Mark FitzGerald passed away unexpectedly on September 6, 2018. He died peacefully in their new home at camp in Oakland with his beloved dog Beretta by his side. \r\n\r\nMark was born in Waterville, Maine, on January 18, 1954, the only child of Frank and Phyllis (Ladd) FitzGerald. He attended Waterville schools and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. He believed strongly in education and attained a Master’s degree from Bangor Theological Seminary.\r\n\r\nMark married the love of his life, Marji, in 1983. Together they had three very beloved children.\r\nHe was very interested in religious exploration. His walk with the Lord took many paths and he had come back to his strong Anabaptist beliefs. Mark truly had the gift of seeking, and was generous in sharing his knowledge and encouraging others in their Christian journeys.\r\nEarly on, he served on the Waterville City Council and served as a State Representative. He was a long-time teacher in both Maine and Pennsylvania. He later moved into the social work field and worked for various agencies as a case worker. In addition, he worked for his close friend, Bob Richard, at the Record Connection in Waterville for many years.\r\n\r\nHis diverse interests included coaching Little League and attending as many sports games of his children as possible. He curated extensive book and music collections for his personal use. He was very proud of his Irish heritage with his drink of choice being Guinness. Mark also greatly enjoyed sharing his love of music with his kids. He often played cribbage and had in-depth conversations with his lifelong friends David Harris, Clyde Goodwin, and Roger Collins. He was the first choice when choosing a trivia team, as he described himself as having a “wealth of useless information”.\r\n\r\nMark truly appreciated all of the help with building the new “camp” home from his close cousins, the in-law clan, and the Collins family!\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Hammond) FitzGerald, son Eli FitzGerald and his wife Katie, daughter Hannah FitzGerald, and son Aidan FitzGerald and his girlfriend, Kira Vigue. He is also survived by several cousins with whom he spent many happy hours at camp growing up, as well as the entire extended Hammond family. \r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation in Mark’s name to the American Diabetes Association, Waterville Area Humane Society or a charity of your choice.\r\n\r\nPlease join the family for a remembrance gathering on Saturday, September 15th from 1-5 pm at the Best Western hotel in Waterville. There will not be a public service, but if you have pictures or a story to donate to our memory book, you are welcome to bring them Saturday.