It doesn’t quite rise to the level of the greatest obituary of all time, but a line at the end of James Francis “Fitz” Fitzgerald Sr.’s death notice in Tuesday’s Madison State Journal is certainly out of the ordinary.
Fitz, an outspoken part-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors, asked for memorials in his name, in the form of support for “whoever is running against Barack Obama.”
His growing guestbook on the Janesville, Wisc. funeral home’s website contains numerous tributes to the late community business leader, but none more telling than the entry from long-time Fitzgerald family friend Robert “Garbo” Garbutt.
“To my dear friends the Fitzgerald family, thank you for sharing Mr Fitz with the rest of us,” Garbutt wrote Monday. “We can all find peace in his example and joy in our time with him. Of course I will make a donation to the Romney campaign! What a guy.”