Kevin M. Fitzgerald, loving Husband, Father, Papa, Brother and Uncle, passed away at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Lana Fitzgerald; daughters, Kimberly Orne Bachschmid (Jeff), Kellie Carter Griffin (Scott); son, Richard Oppelt (Tara); grandchildren, Dalton Carter, Claudia Carter, Emma Oppelt, Mairin Bachschmid; great granddaughter, Ava Carter; sister, Georgette Dieschbourg (Ric), nieces Alicia Harnett, Lisa Locascia (Chuck), Lisa Moeller; nephews, Matthew Dieschbourg (Heather), Christopher Dieschbourg (Peggy), Grant Harnett (Kelly); several great nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Joan Cross.
Kevin was born April 8, 1958 to George R. Fitzgerald and Eileen Elizabeth Moore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up and attended public schools in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Dramatic Arts. He began his career at KRVR Radio in the Quad Cities and later at KWPC Radio in Muscatine, Iowa where he met the love of his life, Lana. Kevin also served on the Muscatine City Council.
Kevin spent his early career days in radio and 35 years in diversified Commercial Real Estate. He was affiliated with NAI Global, served as past Chairman of the NAI Global Leadership Board of Directors and had The Fitzgerald Award named after him. He was nine-time winner of the NAI Associate of the Year and garnered the International Networking and Chairman’s Award on six separate occasions. Kevin started his commercial real estate career with NAI Ruhl Commercial Company in Davenport, Iowa. After moving to Florida, Kevin owned NAI Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and was most recently affiliated with NAI Skyway National Partners. His passion was always being on the microphone, whether it was leading a meeting or supporting a fundraiser - but most important to him was reading at church or a church function.
Kevin spent his life loving his family and serving the Lord and others. He was a member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Marco Island, since moving to Florida in 2002. He served as Senior Warden for several years and was bestowed Senior Warden Emeritus. He also was very active in the Diocese of Southwest Florida where he most recently served as Bishop Transition Chair, Diocesan Disciplinary Board, Member of Diocesan Risk Management Team, Master Trainer and On-Line Admin for Safeguarding All God’s People as well as Past President, Standing Committee, Past Chair Congressional Development Committee (CDC), former Member of Constitutions and Cannon’s Committee, Chair of Diocesan Deputation to General Convention (2018) and Diocesan Deputation Member to General Convention (2015). He also served as Board of Trustees Chair for Naples Community Hospital - Marco Island Campus and President of The Royal Seafarer Condominium Board of Directors for 17 years.
Kevin is preceded in death by his parents and sister, M. Elizabeth Simon. Kevin spent many years volunteering as Santa Claus at church and throughout the community; coaching “his kids” in baseball and found great joy in the Minions, Glenlivet 18 and was a lifelong Cubs fan “Go Cubs Go!”
Celebration of Life will be Sunday, July 3rd at 4:00 PM EST at St. Mark's Episcopal Church 1101 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145
Zoom or Facebook Livestream at: https://www.stmarksmarco.org.
Condolences may be sent to:
Lana Fitzgerald - 300 S. Collier Blvd., #602, Marco Island, Florida 34145.
In lieu of flowers family requests Memorials be made to:
DaySpring Episcopal Center. - 8005 25th St. East - Parrish, FL 34219 or online: https://dayspringfla.org/giving/ (In Honor: Kevin M. Fitzgerald)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church. - PO Box 339 - Marco Island, FL 34145 Online: https://onrealm.org/stmarksmarco/-/form/give/now (Kevin Fitzgerald in memorial line)
As Kevin would sign off, “Have A Red Letter Day!”