Member’s Statement: “Big Tom” Fitzgerald

Dale Kirby, MHA, St. John’s North
Private Member’s Statement
“Big Tom” Fitzgerald

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to pay tribute to a man whose sudden and recent death has brought grief and sadness in direct proportion to the warmth and joy he brought to this province.
Tom Fitzgerald, “Big Tom” at K-Rock, died yesterday morning after a short stay in hospital. My deepest sympathies go to his family, his friends, and his co-workers at Steele Communications.

Big Tom co-hosted K-Rock’s wildly popular morning show with Mike Campbell and Candice Udle, creating a classic radio mix of humour, personality, information and music.
On Saturdays, Big Tom’s Shed provided a soundtrack for countless camping trips, backyard projects, weekend drives – and, yes, shed parties throughout the province.
To an ordinary classic rock fan like myself, he seemed tireless. He was a massive on-air presence, but he also seemed to be an active part of every major fundraising effort in his community.

He even came to the NDP Caucus office last December for a K-Rock office pizza party.

A big heart, a big laugh, a big contributor to local radio, Big Tom will be missed.

I ask all honourable members to join me in extending sympathy to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Thank you.

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