A memorial service for men’s wear veteran William Henry FitzMaurice 3rd, will be held Nov. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea church in Stamford, Conn. FitzMaurice, 89, died on Oct. 15 at Pomperaug Woods, a retirement home in Southbury, Conn., according to an obituary in the Stamford Advocate.
Born and raised in Stamford, FitzMaurice attended St. Thomas Seminary and Columbia University and served in World War II, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant 3 and serving with the 96th Signal Battalion, primarily in Burma.
Although he had studied for the priesthood, he opted to enter the business world and spent the bulk of his career in the men’s wear industry. He held various executive and senior marketing positions at several men’s publishers and trade associations, including Hare Publications, Bobbin Publications, Menswear Retailers of America, National Outerwear Sportswear Association and the World Congress of Menswear.
Known as a dapper dresser who often sported an ascot, FitzMaurice was an avid tennis player and a member of the Stamford Yacht Club for more than 64 years. A devout Catholic, he was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea as well as Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. He also volunteered at The Covenant House in New York City from its inception until he retired.
He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Marie “Mimi” Rich FitzMaurice and is survived by sons Michael and Thomas, a daughter, Therese, six grandchildren and two brothers.
Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, the family said donations could be sent to The Covenant House, c/o Sondra Latchman, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10001-1810.