Daniel Fitzpatrick

Daniel Fitzpatrick

October 26, 1946 - August 25, 2014

Daniel Fitzpatrick

October 26, 1946 - August 25, 2014


The second of six children, Dan was born October 26, 1946 in Whitehall, Wisconsin to Rita Catherine Malone and Daniel Francis Fitzpatrick. He died at home in San Clemente, California of cardiovascular issues on August 25, 2014 at the age of 67. He grew up in North Hollywood, California where he attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School. His family moved to Bergenfield, New Jersey when he was in the ninth grade. He graduated in 1964 from Bergenfield High School.

While at Bergenfield High School he met his lifelong sweetheart, Maureen Jeanne Boos. They where married at St. John’s Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey, on March 28, 1965 and had three children: Kathleen, Daniel, and Kelly. The new family spent the first few years in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. Dan worked as a photographer for the FBI and studied at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He became a licensed electrician and moved to Mission Viejo, California in 1973 while working for Mosler.

In 1975 he began his long career as an entrepreneur by starting his own electrical contracting business, Fitzpatrick Electric, installing electrical systems in commercial and residential buildings. In 1984 he and his business partner started Counterpointe, a real estate and business development company in Laguna Beach. Counterpointe developed residential and commercial buildings, hotels, and restaurants. In 1988 Rosa’s Italian Restaurant (high-end Italian dining) in Ontario was developed and is still owned and operated by Counterpointe. They also created The New York Grill (a steak house and jazz venue) also in Ontario that was sold in 2012. Counterpointe also ran an NASD broker dealer and various companies in the insurance industry.

In the 1980s he put his three children and his wife Maureen through UC Irvine where the kids each earned a Bachelor degree and Maureen her PhD.

Dan was well loved by those he served and worked with. For 30 years he was avidly involved with helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction. He operated two recovery homes and attended countless meetings and counseling sessions with those in recovery. He always saw the potential in people and believed they could change and achieve their potential through learning and relying on God.

Dan enjoyed the ocean immensely. Boating and fishing were a great love of his. He spent many days enjoying the surf at Capo Beach and Laguna Beach. He will be buried at sea off the coast of Capo Beach following the funeral service.

Dan was preceded in death by his father Daniel Francis Fitzpatrick. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Fitzpatrick of San Clemente, his mother Rita Fitzpatrick of Sandy Utah, daughter Kathleen (Chris) Cosby of San Juan Capistrano with grandchildren Bryan, Joshua, and Kayla; son Daniel (Kim) Fitzpatrick of Estes Park, Colorado with grandchildren Michael, Lauren, Nathan, William, and Daniel; daughter Kelly Francis Fitzpatrick of San Francisco; sisters Pat Buniva of Sandy, Utah and Susan Tuite of Draper Utah; brothers Michael Fitzpatrick of Long Island New York, Dennis Fitzpatrick of Fontana, and James Fitzpatrick of Draper, Utah.

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13 responses to Daniel Fitzpatrick

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  1. Joann Badra says:

    First and fore most, we would like to extend our heart felt condolences to the Fitzpatrick family on the tragic and sudden loss of a great, great man. Dan was by far, the most genuinely giving human being we have ever come to know and love. In more ways than imaginable, he was an angel sent to our family. His heart only knew one nature; to overflow with love and support. We hope that you all find peace in knowing that Dan touched many, many lives and that he is resting in a beautiful heaven with our Lord. With love, THE BADRA FAMILY:pray: Aziz, Joann, Jenna, Melissa and Deanna +++

  2. Where to start for someone who was so loving and kind. Big heart, big smile, big ideas, big life lessons, big sacrifices. Always so generous in sharing of himself. Saw the best in everyone, champion of underdogs, graduate of Hard Knock University with a PhD in empathy and love for his fellow man. I thank Almighty God for the honor of being Dan’s daughter. Kath

    Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

  3. Such a huge and sad loss for his family and friends. As cousins, we always looked forward to the Fitzpatrick’s summer visits to Minnesota, Auntie Rita’s siblings all resided in Minnesota and it was always such a fun memorable time, with all the Irish together! Uncle Dan’s family I believe was also in Minnesota. They were special times. After Danny and Maureen were married, they had a motor home that they would drive to Minnesota in, I can still see my mom and dad getting the driveway all cleaned up for their motor home, buying ribs, steaks, turkey and everything else and so excited for Danny & Maureen to arrive…so many fond memories of a time so long ago. I am so sorry for auntie Rita to have to say goodbye to her son, Maureen to her husband, the children to their Dad, siblings to their brother, and grand babies to their Grandpa, Uncle, cousin and friend to many. Loved reading in the obituary that Dan helped so many with addictions, provided housing and was such a true friend to those in need..sounds like our cousin, sounds like we all have that blessing of caring and helping others in need…with love and caring thoughts to all….Margie O’Neill Maloney

  4. Ps. 24:22 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
    This was my brother Danny. He was of God. Thanks Dan. Denny

  5. Don Oriolo says:

    Even though we didn’t stay in touch after I moved from Bergenfield, I still have fond memories of Danny, the cool kid who moved from California to wintery New Jersey! I remember playing b-ball with him behind Hoover school.. Of course he was the best player on the court.. I’d love to hear his stories about California hot rods and ape hanger handle bars on the coolest bikes in the country.. I send my deepest condolences to his friends and family.. I’m sure Danny was bigger than life which is how I’ll always remember him!

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