James L. FitzGer­ald

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Me­gan McDonough

CRANE COM­PANY PRES­I­DENT

James L. FitzGer­ald, 80, pres­i­dent of Rent-a-Crane Inc. of Lor­ton and vice pres­i­dent of Manas­sas-based Ar­ling­ton Iron Works Inc., died Jan 9. of heart ail­ments at his home in Polk City, Fla.

A son, Lawrence FitzGer­ald, con­firmed the death.

Mr. FitzGer­ald helped man­age the fam­ily steel-fabri­cat­ing busi­ness for more than 50 years. His fa­ther founded the com­pany in 1948. In 1958, Mr. FitzGer­ald co­founded Rent-a-Crane with two brothers, Barnes and Don­ald FitzGer­ald.

James Lloyd FitzGer­ald was a na­tive of New­port News, Va., and a 1950 grad­u­ate of Washington-Lee High School in Ar­ling­ton County. He served in the Coast Guard in the early 1950s and grad­u­ated from Strayer Busi­ness Col­lege in 1956. He moved to Florida from Manas­sas in 1999.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 50 years, Ellen White FitzGer­ald of Vir­ginia Beach; three chil­dren, Dawn Clay­ton of Wil­liams­burg, Wil­liam FitzGer­ald of Wood­bridge and Lawrence FitzGer­ald of Ash­burn; 10 grand­chil­dren; and three great-grand­sons.

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