Cole Fitzgerald Obituary: Washington Township HS alumnus died at 19

Cole Fitzgerald Obituary

Cole Fitzgerald Obituary: On December 15, 2023, Cole Patrick Fitzgerald, age 19, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after an 18-month courageous cancer battle.

Beloved son of William and Keren Fitzgerald (nee Jacobson), cherished brother of Maeve and Maggie Fitzgerald. Grandson of Patricia and the late Lee Jacobson and William and Mary Fitzgerald. Dear nephew of Erin and Steven Pimpinella, Thomas Jacobson, Scott Fitzgerald, Lisa Fitzgerald, Denise Vicario, and Great Nephew to Susan and Daniel Vicario. Loving cousins include Ava and Alexandra Pimpinella Gabriella and Kaya Mesulam. He will miss watching all of the Eagles and Phillies games with best friend, Andrew Seagreaves.

Cole was a 2022 cum laude honors graduate of Washington Township High School. He was also a student assistant coach for Washington Township Youth Football and served 4 years as a coaching assistant at WTHS. There are 2 annual awards at the Youth Football and High School level established in his name – The Cole Fitzgerald Most Inspirational Player Award – due to his devotion and support of both programs. He attended Bunker Hill Middle School where he was one of the inaugural People’s Choice Award winners for always exhibiting a positive, can-do attitude despite having multiple disabilities and being a childhood cancer survivor of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

Cole received a generous scholarship to attend Temple University which fulfilled his dream to go to a D1 Football school. In June 2022 just after graduation, he was hired to be part of the Temple Owls Equipment Staff as an incoming freshman and enjoyed that role until August when he was diagnosed with Metastatic Pancreatoblastoma. He also attended Temple full time while he was in treatment achieving a 3.5 GPA.

Cole was also a proud Student Leader Ambassador for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation along with his family since age 6. He spent a considerable amount of his childhood, along with his family, raising funds, and awareness and speaking to sponsors about the importance of funding Childhood Cancer research. For the last 9 years, Cole appeared on the CBS3 Alex’s Lemonade Telethon with his family to share his journey and to inspire others to donate to the cause.

Cole earned his Black Belt in Kickboxing at age 11 and was a hard-working student throughout his academic career. At WTHS, Cole was on the Executive Class Council for 4 years and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior.

There was never an obstacle that he could not overcome, and he did it all with a smile. He knew more about football strategy than any NFL coach and dreamed of one day working full-time as a professional coach. He never complained about why he developed cancer for a second time after his successful battle at age 3. While all his achievements are impressive for such a young man, to know Cole was to love him.

Cole was a friend to everyone he met, and he was always his authentic self. He possessed an incredible sense of humor, loved to banter, and talk about football and WWE/AEW wrestling, and was quick to tell others that he loved them. He had a genuine concern for others and enjoyed cheering on his sisters in their endeavors. He was a born and bred passionate Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers fan.

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