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Richard M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Richard M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., of Langhorne, died on June 12, 2021. He was 74 years old. Richard was the beloved husband of Jane (Caron) Fitzpatrick. Born in Middletown, CT, he was the loving son of the late Louis J. and Emmanuella (Fraulino) Fitzpatrick.

Dr. Fitzpatrick was a hardworking and dedicated public educator. His passion for education led him to a long career as a public school principal and later school superintendent. Over his decades in the field, he inspired countless students and teachers with his message of respect, responsibility, and fairness. He took the time to get to know students as individuals and was always game for adding new roles to his job description: target of the dunk tank at a school fair or bowling team coach when no other could be found. 

A devoted husband and proud father, Dick was thrilled to watch his family grow. Over the years, he took his seven children on camping trips to National Parks, brought them to college, helped them move, threw weddings, held babies, and cherished the memories of it all. He loved to tell friends and strangers alike stories of his ever-expanding cadre of grandchildren, nineteen in all. At home, his dog Riley was a constant presence at his side. In his spare time, he enjoyed visiting with friends, kayaking, attending the theater and concerts, and gardening. He will be greatly missed by his community, friends, and family.

In addition to his wife, Jane, he is survived by his children and their spouses: Matthew Fitzpatrick of Boston, MA, Colleen and Bob Carney of Boston, MA, Katie and Eric May of Kensington, MD, Sean and Lauren Fitzpatrick of New Providence, NJ, Judy and Todd Nolan of Holly Springs, NC, Kara and Justin Seymour of Furlong, PA, and Megan and Mark Domaracki of Altamont, NY; by his grandchildren: Madelyn, Hannah, Brendan, and Emma Fitzpatrick of Holliston, MA; Matthew and Elizabeth Carney of Boston, MA; Ryan, Sean, and Caitlin May of Kensington, MD; Siena and Mia Fitzpatrick of New Providence, NJ; Maggie and Liam Nolan of Holly Springs, NC; Henry, Heidi, Ben, Charlie, and Anna Seymour of Furlong, PA; and Ross Domaracki of Altamont, NY; and by a host of extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet Dick’s family on June 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM until his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA.  Interment with military honors in Washington Crossing National Cemetery will occur privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in his memory to The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation at https://www.hvef.org/dick-fitzpatrick-education-fund.html are appreciated.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    St. Andrew Catholic Church
    81 Swamp Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
    11:00 AM

    St. Andrew Catholic Church
    81 Swamp Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

  • Interment with military honors will occur privately at a later date

    Washington Crossing National Cemetery
    830 Highland Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

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