Fitzgerald Honored with Street Name
A ceremony naming a small stretch of Shore Front Parkway between 108 Street and where Fitzgerald ‘s Hotel stood after the hotel’s owner, Jack Fitzgerald will take place on June 28 at 11 am.
Jack Fitzgerald was born to John and Anne Foley Fitzgerald on March 10, 1922. His parents had come to Rockaway from Ireland looking for a better life. Jack went to St. Francis de Sales elementary school and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. He attended Manhattan College, and them the Academy of Aeronautics, which is across from LaGuardia Airport.
His education helped him to serve as a sergeant in the in the U.S. Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy as an aircraft mechanic and trainer during WWII. He was proud of being picked to guard President Truman during a state visit to New York. He also went to New Mexico, where he worked on the plane that would carry the first atom bomb to Japan.
After the war, he married Ellen Hancock, and they purchased Fitzgerald’s Hotel. He served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and was invited to join the Rockaway Rotary, which he later served as President.
He was active in charity work, and when his wife died, leaving him with four small children, he made it a point to bring them everywhere with him instead of leaving them home.
Fitzgerald sold the hotel and retired in 1982. He remained active in the Rockaway ran and Arverne Soup Kitchen. He died on May 13, 2001.