He was the former director of the Cleveland City recreation department overseeing the construction of Tinsley Park.
He spent 55 years as a Minor League manager or scout for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles organizations, as well as being a Super Scout in on the ground level of the beginning of the Florida Marlins expansion team.
He was a member of the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and most recently in 2011 was inducted into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame.
He was the son of the late Otto and Virginia Webb Fitzgerald. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Myrtle Fitzgerald; his sister, Ruth Buckner; and two brothers: Dave Fitzgerald and Arch Fitzgerald.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by his son, Mike Fitzgerald, and his friend Teresa Wilhoit of Ooltewah; granddaughter, Allison Hobbs and her husband Will of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; two great-granddaughters: Gracen and Raven Hobbs; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes.
There will be a private graveside service.
The family thanks the staff at Garden Plaza of Cleveland, Southern Oaks of Chattanooga and Caris Healthcare.
The family requests donations be made to the Caring Place at 130 Wildwood Ave., Cleveland TN., 37311 and\or the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 4354 Cleveland, TN., 37320.
Please share your memories and condolences with his family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.