Gregory “Greg” Fitzpatrick
August 31, 1950 - December 30, 2022

Gregory Martin Fitzpatrick, 72, of Hubert, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022 at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Honolulu, HI on August 31, 1950. He was the loving husband to Judith (Jones) Fitzpatrick for over 47 years. He was the son of the late James “Pat” Fitzpatrick and Victoria (Dunne) Fitzpatrick.

After high school, Greg went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Literature from UNC Chapel Hill in 1972. Greg’s eclectic career included Uniflite Boat Builders, Swansboro Public Works Department and decades with the Department of Defense aboard Camp Lejeune.

He was an avid reader who also had a talent for photography, always carrying a camera with him and taking pictures of anything that spoke to him. He was proud of his Irish heritage and loved the NY Yankees, UNC Tar Heels and the Grateful Dead. Greg was a fisherman and a story teller who had a special brotherhood of friends called FOTO, Fellowship of the Oyster, going on close to 50 years now.

In addition to his wife, left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Erin Fitzpatrick and her husband, Mark Ramsdell of Swansboro and Glena Fitzpatrick of Chapel Hill; son, Conor Fitzpatrick and his wife, Caitlin Barnes of Swansboro; grandchildren, Cade and Cara; and his sister, Karen Vogel of Charlotte.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Dunne Fitzpatrick and his brother in-law, Bill Vogel.

Greg enjoyed numerous extraordinary friendships, most spanning several decades. He was also a true friend. Greg was renowned for the virtue of showing up for others; he was the type of person who would visit you when you were sick, write you a letter or send a card when you crossed his mind, or tell you the truth in love you may not want to hear. He was funny, sharp-witted and intelligent. He was greatly loved and respected and will be missed tremendously by all who loved and knew him.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 24th 2023 at St. Mildred Catholic Church in Swansboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the North Carolina Coastal Federation at 3609 N.C. 24, Newport, NC 28570.

Coastal Cremations and Funeral Care-Jacksonville is serving the family.


5 Comments

  • Joe Mobley Posted January 6, 2023 8:09 am

    I met Greg when we both worked at Uniflite decades ago. My wife Debbie and his wife to be Judy both worked at the Islander Restaurant. He readily pitched horseshoes with any challenger and also played on the company softball team. He was such a good guy and could evoke a laugh from someone even in bad times.

  • Talley Kovacs Posted January 6, 2023 12:10 pm

    Greg was one of the many friends in my parents’ circle that I feel I’ve known my whole life. I’m pretty sure he was there when I was fed my first raw oyster at the age of 3 or 4 at a party on the creek. When my own father died, I found in dad’s desk several handwritten letters and cards Greg had sent him enclosing articles or just sharing an observation. He was always a riot to talk to and occasionally argue with on a philosophical point. I will miss him and I’m so grateful to have known him.

  • Mike Teachey Posted January 6, 2023 5:35 pm

    Greg was a good friend to me for a long time. When I lost my father then my brother Greg came by with comforting words. He was just that kind of guy. My brother Danny always said there`s two kinds of people, uppers & downers, Greg was an upper. It was always good to see him. He was intelligent, empathetic & well-read, w/great wit & humorous. Talley said it well ; grateful to have known him! I`m gonna miss him.

  • Deanna Kreiser Scroggs Posted January 6, 2023 6:29 pm

    Greg Fitzpatrick loved all things Irish. He and Judy visited Ireland not too long ago where they visited family connections and sampled Pub fare all over the countryside.
    His delicious fish stew recipe has yet to be replicated.

  • john cotton Posted January 10, 2023 11:13 am

    The water brothers were formed during the time of the creek when Bill and Linda McGowan ran the Salt Creek Surf Shop between the bridges in Swansboro. Greg rode a Tom Overlin single fin with a big green shamrock on the bottom. He was a goofy-footer. The Fellowship of the Oyster was established in October 1977 when the following water brothers made a surfing/fishing trip to Cape Hatteras: Jim Cotton, John Cotton, Greg Fitzpatrick, Bill McGowan, Mike Rogers, Rick Scroggs and Mike Teachey. On this trip the official cheer of the Fellowship was born and I give it now in memory of my fallen water brother “Fitz”: Oysters, Oysters, Puppies and Slaw, Eat a Peck, Eat a Peck, Raw! Raw! Raw! Vaya Con Dios Mi Amigo.


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