Letters and Emails

From John Fitzgerald to Rockaway Memories, Dated March 23, 2011:

Dear Marty,

Several of us from Fitzgerald's ended up in the oil business in the 70's.

I went to Africa in offshore construction after getting out of the Air Force. I got my younger brother Robert involved in offshore work. We spent many years in Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, etc.) and came back to Houston in the 90's. Robert and I still live here in Houston with our families. Robert is involved in getting wells drilled and I work on the development side, mostly in deepwater projects around the world. My son John is now also working as a marine engineer on a large semisubmersible for a deepwater drilling contractor.

We still visit Rockaway from time to time and our sister Margaret (Meg) has one of the remaining Rockaway bungalows on Beach 109th St.

I don't have a lot of photos but here are some old nice ones with my dad: Jack Fitzgerald (AKA: John P. Fitzgerald), uncle Tommy and my grandfather at Fitzgerald's. I will try and dig up some more.

Regards and thanks,

John Fitzgerald

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John Sr., Tommy, unidentified and Jack the old bar of Fitzgerald's Hotel, Restaurant & Bar located at the corner of Beach 108th St. and Shore Front Parkway. Circa 1950s. Photo Credit: John Fitzgerald

 

Chester, Barney, Chick and Jack behind the bar of Fitzgerald's Hotel, Restaurant & Bar located at the corner of Beach 108th St. and Shore Front Parkway. Circa 1950s. Photo Credit: John Fitzgerald

 

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Jack at the old snack bar of Fitzgerald's Hotel Restaurant & Bar located at the corner of Beach 108th St. and Shore Front Parkway. Circa 1950s. Photo Credit: John Fitzgerald

 

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