Gary Lee Fitzgerald, 78, of Millstadt, Illinois, born Monday, September 30, 1940, in Belleville, IL, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.
After his early retirement from Ameren Illinois in 1996, he followed his vocation as a Wildlife/Nature Photographer. He loved bears and photographed them every Fall in Alaska and Canada. He called his work “Rustic Originals”. Gary created one-of-a-kind rustic wooden frames to compliment his photography. Families with their pets, field trials, photography at The Hunt Club, and horse shows were all a part of the Rustic Originals era.
As a free-lance photographer, he wrote articles for newspapers, magazines, and newsletters which told the stories of his adventures featuring his amazing photos.
Gary was a member of the St. Clair Masonic Lodge #24 AF & AM, the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois, and a U.S. Air Force Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Myrtle (Heap) Fitzgerald
He and his wife, Rose Marie (Germann) Fitzgerald were married 4/28/1962. They have one son, Scott Alan Fitzgerald of Edwardsville, Illinois. Two Grandchildren, Bryce Fitzgerald of Chicago, Illinois and Megan Renee’ Fitzgerald of Edwardsville, Illinois.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Services: Gary lived a full life filled with adventure. In honor of Gary’s wishes, cremation and a private Celebration of Life will be held in Alaska.
May his spirit soar with the eagles and fly free!