RVDA regrets to inform the membership that George Gerald (Jerry) FitzGerald, the former owner of Venture Out RV and father of former RVDA board member Lee FitzGerald, passed on Monday, July 31, one month shy of his 99th birthday.
Jerry FitzGerald was born September 23, 1918, in Santa Cruz California, a sixth-generation California native. He served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II and rose to the rank of major while serving in the Hawaiian Islands. He and his wife Millie were parents of three sons: Peter; Lee (George Kohn); and Bruce (Kathy); and grandchildren: Ryan (Mara), Kailyn, Colleen, and Joshua.
The RV industry was introduced to Fitzgerald in 1975 when he and his family bought Venture Out RV. Lee FitzGerald, eventually took over the business and became an RVDA volunteer leader and served as a regional director, then an officer on the RVDA Board of Directors.
A Celebration of Jerry FitzGerald’s life will be held on August 12 at 2 p.m. at the Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Cupertino Rotary Endowment Fund, PO Box 1101, Cupertino, CA 95015.
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