Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy.
Seymour Crawford (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
Tom Fitzpatrick was a decent, honourable man who was respected by all who had the privilege to know him. He served his people for many years as a solicitor in Cavan and then as Member of the Oireachtas from 1961 to 1989 with honesty and distinction. He never forgot those who helped and supported him along the way and right up to his death he always highlighted how much he appreciated their friendship and support. Tom was one of the people who encouraged me to become involved in politics and I appreciated his advice and support. He set a high standard from which all Members of the House could learn.
Tom was not only a good politician, he was a man of strong faith. We thank God for what he achieved as a Deputy, Minister, Ceann Comhairle and, above all, as a family man and servant of his people and his nation. Of all of this, he was very proud. As already stated, Tom was not just involved in politics. He had a great interest in the arts and in the community in general. He served at local level through his chairmanship of the then Cavan Urban District Council and Cavan VEC.
To his wife, Carmel, children, Geraldine and Tom, brother, John Brendan — who for many years was chairman of Monaghan County Council — grandchildren and extended family, I pass on my sympathy and that of the Fine Gael Party in Cavan-Monaghan and all his friends. I am sure he is smiling down on us because I have no doubt about where he now resides.