Fitzpatrick & Weller Chairman Dana Fitzpatrick has died
December 21, 2020 | 2:09 pm CST
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ELLICOTTVILLE, N.Y. - Dana Fitzpatrick, chairman of the board of Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc., passed away on Dec. 18. He was 90.

A longtime fixture in the woodworking industry, Fitzpatrick capped his 66-year career by leading the wood components manufacturer's celebration of its 125th anniversary in 2020. In addition to his leadership role at the company, Fitzpatrick was a former director of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Hardwood Manufacturers Association, and the American Forest and Paper Association. He served as chairman of the American Hardwood Export Council and the National Forest Products Association. The company is also a member of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association and the Wood Component Manufacturers Association.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, Bernice, Dana Fitzpatrick is survived by his two sons: Daniel (Nancy) Fitzpatrick, and Gregory (Ann Marie) Fitzpatrick, as well as three daughters: Marcia (Jim Zaepfel) Fitzpatrick, Kerry (Michael) Allison, and Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick. He is also survived by a sister, 10 grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchildren.

"I had the privilege of knowing Dana for over 40 years and had the honor of dining with Dana and Bernice recently," said Philip Bibeau, executive director of the WPMA. "The woodworking industry has lost a true gentleman."

Fitzpatrick was also an active member of the Ellicottville, New York, community. According to his obituary, he was a school board member for 20 years, a director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and the Elkdale Country Club as well as a 70-year member of the Ellicottville Ski Club. He was a member of the Holy Name of Mary RC Church. Fitzpatrick was also a past director of the World Trade Center Buffalo-Niagara Chapter and the Cattaraugus County Bank, as well as a member of the Holiday Valley Board of Directors for 40 years.

Fitzpatrick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and later served as an officer in the Navy.

Private family services will be held with a memorial service to be announced at a later date. To send an online condolence to the family, visit mentleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Ellicottville Memorial Library or the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program, C/O Holiday Valley Resort, P.O. Box 370, Ellicottville, NY 14731.

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