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!