Lieutenant Jay W. Fitzgerald – Cranston Police

Lt. Jay W. Fitzgerald
Appointed Aug. 28, 1961

     It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lieutenant Jay W. “Fitzy” Fitzgerald who passed away on February 11, 1982.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Michael and Alice (Townsend) Fitzgerald.  An Army Veteran of four years, Jay joined the department on August 28, 1961 where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.  At the time of his passing, he was a Training Officer and served as a Crime Prevention and Public Relations Officer.  Previously he was a Lieutenant with the Patrol Division for many years.  He was also active in numerous associations and loved being involved in the Cranston Western Little League and coaching basketball at the St. Joseph’s Church in West Warwick, RI.  In April of 1982, the Cranston Western Little League honored him by dedicating their season to Jay and naming their baseball field after him. The field is located at Sherman Ave. and Cranston St.  He is survived by his loving wife Patricia M. (Flynn) Fitzgerald and his children  Jay W. Jr., Michael R., Thomas J., Betsy A. Fitzgerald, and a sister, Mrs. Janice D. Quinn, all of Cranston.  He was also a graduate of Bryant College.  Truly a kind and gentle man who will be missed.