Edmond Stewart Fitzgerald, 80 years young, surrounded by his family, went to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, in his Vista, CA home. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, on Nov 01, 1939 to Edmond Martin Fitzgerald and Ora Fitzgerald.
He is survived by his daughter, Myriam Trementozzi and son-in-law, (Michael), from Yucaipa, his daughter-in-law, Astrid Plissart, (Jean-Jacques, deceased) from Belgium, his sister, Jeannie Yager (Don) from Madera, his brother, Joe, from Fresno, his four grandchildren, Tristan D’Auria, from Belgium, Eve-Marie Putz (Emmanuel) from Belgium, Christopher Trementozzi (Jordan) from Lakeside, Sarah De Vera (Justin) from Huntington Beach and four great grandchildren, Nicolas Putz and Valentin Putz, from Belgium, Lincoln Trementozzi and Sutton Trementozzi, from Lakeside, his niece, Julie(Christopher) from Madera and great niece, Macy and great nephew, Jacob from Madera.
He was raised in Friant, CA, graduated from Clovis High School, attended two years at Fresno City College. He started his career working and managing various drugstore locations in California.
In May of 1963, Ed was drafted into the military and served in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for two years, where he received the good conduct medal and Marksmanship Award.
In May of 1965, after being honorably discharged, Ed flew to Paris, France, where he sought and obtained employment with AAFES, the Army and Air Force Exchange System. This is where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Eva Courtillet.
Ed received transfer orders to Chievres, Belgium to open a PX for SHAPE headquarters to support the defense of Europe when the mission in France had ended. His future wife, Eva, his secretary at the time was among the team who was sent to help achieve this mission. In the spring of 1971, Edmond married Eva in Huissignies, Belgium.
Ed’s career with AAFES, serving our military men, women and families for over thirty years, during which time he held various management positions and assignments around the world, fulfilled his passion for traveling, discovering new cultures and satisfying his eagerness to learn. His strong leadership ability was applied to many important assignments in the U.S., Vietnam, France, Germany, and Japan, earning him the respect from many foreign national co-workers.
In 1994, Ed retired and settled with Eva, in Vista, CA where they enjoyed their home, family and the beautiful southern California beaches. As Ed’s passion grew for horticulture, he devoted his time and talents to Alta Vista and Mira Costa Botanical Gardens.
Ed was loved, admired and respected by his family and friends from Belgium, France and the USA. He will be remembered as the most caring, selfless, hospitable, beyond generous, nature loving and patriotic person anyone could ever meet.
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