Fitzpatrick, who was born in Prestonsburg and then later attended Eastern Kentucky University before serving as a lieutenant in World World II, made his mark in Prestonsburg as a banker.
From 1946 until 1988, Fitzpatrick built The Bank Josephine into a financial services company that catered to customers of all sizes. The bank was chartered in 1891 by Fitzpatrick’s grandfather and other investors and was named in honor of his grandmother’s sister, Josephine Davidson Harkins.
During the years he was employed at the bank, succeeding his grandfather and father, Fitzpatrick worked in every department and made friendships with coworkers that lasted until the end of his life, his family said.
Even while working and succeeding at this level, Fitzpatrick branched out his role as a local businessman, cultivating his real estate holdings with developments ranging from nursing homes to hotels.
Fitzpatrick served on the Kentucky State Board of Education, Prestonsburg Board of Education, Eastern Kentucky Board of Trustees, Morehead State University-Prestonsburg Advisory Board and Prestonsburg Community College Board of Trustees.
Visitation will be today from 5 until 9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, where he was a member his entire life.
Funeral services are set for tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the Mayo Family Cemetery.