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Martha Fitzpatrick

09/17/1947 –

July 18, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Martha Ann Fitzpatrick on Monday July 18, 2022. After being successfully treated for breast cancer nine years ago, it returned to her bones last year. Once again, she miraculously recovered from it, only to bring it back again this year, this time in her liver. After 3 months of brutal chemotherapy, Martha boldly chose to enter hospice and spend her days in the comfort of her beautiful home with her husband Stephen, surrounded by their artwork, books and nature. It was a peaceful transition as she was no longer in pain and fortunate to have her daughter and a good friend by her side. She was also blessed to have a priest visit her on the day of her death, which was a great comfort to her as a devout Catholic.

In 1969, Martha gave birth to Jeff, the first of her two children. A little over a year later, their daughter Julie was born. She loved her children and always provided them with a loving and supportive environment throughout their childhood. After her divorce from her first husband, Martha immediately went back to school and received her BA in Art History from Bradley University, from which she graduated with honors. She then attended graduate school at Harvard, where she received her master’s degree in landscape architecture.

After several years working as a project manager in the private sector and for the City of Boston, Martha craved the opportunity to make a living from being creative rather than a cog in the municipal machinery. She was accepted into the Bookbinding Program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, and after graduating she moved to New York City and began an internship as a book restorer at the Morgan Library. Impressed with Martha’s work, the Morgan offered her a permanent position in the rare books department, where she worked until retirement.

Deep in her heart and soul, Martha was an artist. She had a lifelong passion for creativity and loved working with her hands. After retiring from the Morgan Library, Martha was able to devote all her time to pursuing her various creative interests – including pottery, sculpting, quilting, sketching, photography, building whimsical dioramas and of course her first love…painting. She possessed a unique style with her work and was always willing to experiment with mixed media. Her only “fault” as an artist was never really seeing how gifted she was.

The only thing that could rival Martha’s love for all things artistic was her compassion for others.

Those of you who have been blessed to be friends with Martha – or even casual acquaintances – know what an amazing and kind person she was, able to make new friends anywhere. She was always willing to lend an ear, offer support, and share endless laughter and love, whether it was family, friends, co-workers, or someone she had just met.

Martha was also deeply committed to social justice, consistently getting involved in her community — volunteering, attending protests, and speaking out for those whose voice was not heard. Simply put, Martha has always been someone who would help people in any way she could, and did it out of the goodness of her heart, not for any awards or recognition for her work.

She also brought a sense of adventure wherever she went. She had a wacky sense of humor and wasn’t at all afraid to make fun of herself. And because of the light Martha brought to everyone around her, she has had a wonderfully diverse group of friends throughout her life. We will miss her friendly manner and infectious laugh very much.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation on Martha’s behalf to an organization close to her heart:

We rise above the streets


Checks: 404 Oak Street, Suite 111, Syracuse, NY 13203

PayPal: [email protected]

Services are provided by the RJ Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich, NY. A live stream of the Mass and funeral on August 1 at 10:30am will be available via the funeral home’s Facebook page. A recording of the services will also be available for those unable to watch that day.

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Published by the Mail Tribune on July 26-27, 2022.

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