John L. Fitzpatrick

09/19/1946 - 10/20/2021


Obituary For John L. Fitzpatrick

John L. “Jack” Fitzpatrick, 75, Cresson, formerly of Patton, passed away October 20, 2021 at his home. He was born September 19, 1946 in Patton the son of Charles and Alice (Simmers) Fitzpatrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Duwaine Fitzpatrick. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Jean A. (Berish) Fitzpatrick, children Tina (Rob) Barrientes, Columbus, OH, Sharon (Gary) Yingling, Morrisdale, Christina (Christopher) Pompa, Johnstown, John C. (Tracy) Fitzpatrick, Imler, Jennifer (Bob) DiGilarmo, Dillsburg, eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brothers and sisters Vernita Prevost, Robert (Clara) Fitzpatrick, Betty Gray, Priscilla Fitzpatrick, Allen Fitzpatrick, Barry Fitzpatrick all of Patton, sister in law Irene Fitzpatrick and numerous nieces and nephews. John was a 1964 graduate of Patton High School where he was a drummer in their marching band. He was a retired US Navy veteran with 20 years of service having served in both Vietnam from 1964 to 1967 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He also retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad in 2001 where he was employed as a machinist for 33 years. He was the lead singer and founder of several local country bands, including Jack and the Backcountry, Jack and the Country Gentleman and Jacks Crossfire Band. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Cresson and a lifetime member of Patton VFW Post 779. He enjoyed NASCAR, playing his guitar, classic cars, country music and spending time with his family. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 pm Friday at Stevens Funeral Home, Inc. 1004 N. Fifth Ave. Patton, PA 16668. A funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday at the funeral home. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Patton. Full military rites will be accorded by John White VFW Post 779 and Walter McCoy American Legion Post 614. You may leave online condolences at or on our Stevens Family Facebook page.

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  • 10/27/2021

    Jeanne and family, I was shocked to hear of Jack's passing. I will never forget the good times visiting you in Patton back in the day. You are such good people. Debbi Bennet

  • 10/22/2021

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. In 1962, we walked from the high school to the football field in Patton for marching band practice, we would play very lightly on our drums the Maxwell House Coffee ditty used in their commercials, he on Snare and myself on Bass. That will never go away as it is etched in my memory. Barry "Bart" Collins CHHS class of 1964.

  • 10/21/2021

    Uncle Jack was always a treat to play music with. Music will always be part of my best memories of him.

  • 10/21/2021

    Dear Jean and family. I'm so sorry to hear of Jake's passing. Prayers to you all. I remember visiting and seeing Jack and Jean many times, out and bout as well. I loved to Thank you for your service. Donna Lansberry The Harold Lansberry family! Peace and love.

  • 10/21/2021

    RIP brother. It was a pleasure serving with you.

  • 10/21/2021

    Condolences to family and friends from Jack's Navy Seabee family, NMCB 23. Rest In Peace Brother Bee, We have the watch.

  • 10/21/2021

    Jack was a "Klondike Kid" and shared a kinship of the before TV entertainment of Chest Creek and a neighborhood of relatives and friends who fished and hunted together. Music and drums and guitars and finally the railroad kept connections loosely tied through our lives. May he rest in peace as we all remember "the good times"

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