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H. Paul Fitzpatrick, BID Board Chair, 1936-2010

H. Paul FitzpatrickDecember 4, 2010 -- West Chester has lost a great friend with the passing of H. Paul Fitzpatrick. Paul was the current Chair of the BID Board of Directors, had also chaired the Executive Board, the Advocacy Committee, and the Business Attraction Committee. He was elected to two terms on the West Chester Borough Council (2000-2008) where he also served as President of Council for four years. He was involved with many other organizations including the West Chester Downtown Foundation, West Chester Film Festival, and the Chester County Historical Society. Paul also hosted a radio program on WCHE-1520AM on Monday afternoons.

Along with his wife Judy, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage, he was regularly seen at downtown events and was a great supporter of the arts. He was the father to Pamela Tatum, Timothy, and Kevin. He was predeceased by his daughter, Diana.

Paul was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the US Navy where he served in the Submarine Force.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10, at St. Agnes Church on Gay Street in West Chester, preceded by a visitation with the family starting at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul's name to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

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With the passing of Paul Fitzpatrick, West Chester has lost an important voice of reason and humor — a good man you could always turn to for a reasonable perspective on any issue, often delivered with a twinkle and a little grin that let you know, "We're all in this together, so let's just drop the bull and figure it out."

I served with Paul for four years on Borough Council — we started as "freshmen" together in 2000 — and I was frequently grateful for his sensible approach to the sometimes difficult issues we faced.

He gave a tremendous amount to our town as council representative and president, BID president, radio commentator, and much more. He was the guy you could always count on to step up and take care of business, whatever the problem or task.

To Paul's family, I want to say this: He was a genuinely good, humble, wise man you'll always be proud of. He was also a great friend and I'll miss him a lot.

Diane LeBold, West Chester



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