Rory Fitzpatrick, a longtime director of constituent services for the Fourth District of the City of Los Angeles and a Silver Lake native, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25. He was 66 years old.
Fitzpatrick grew up on Panorama Terrace in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. He was a graduate of John Marshall High School, where he was an all-star baseball and basketball player as well as an avid surfer. He continued his education at the University of Southern California, receiving a degree in political science.
An executive for the Automobile Club of Southern California where he worked for 30 years, Fitzpatrick embarked on a second career as Chief of Field Operations for Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who hired Fitzpatrick when LaBonge was first elected in 2001. LaBonge and his seven brothers were childhood friends with Fitzpatrick, having grown up across the street from each other. Fitzpatrick served the people of the Fourth District for nearly a decade before he stepped down due to his illness.
“Rory was loved by everyone in City Hall as well as in the community,” LaBonge said. “He cared about getting services to the people and will be sorely missed.”
His greatest joys were watching his grandson’s baseball games and seeing his granddaughter care for and ride her horses. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; his two daughters, Jennifer and Amy; his son-in-law Marty; and his two grandchildren, Grace and Jack. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be missed greatly.