James L. FitzGeraldcrane company president

February 9, 2013

James L. FitzGerald, 80, president of Rent-a-Crane Inc. of Lorton and vice president of Manassas-based Arlington Iron Works Inc., died Jan 9. of heart ailments at his home in Polk City, Fla.

A son, Lawrence FitzGerald, confirmed the death.

Mr. FitzGerald helped manage the family steel-fabricating business for more than 50 years. His father founded the company in 1948.

In 1958, Mr. FitzGerald co-founded Rent-a-Crane with two brothers, Barnes and Donald FitzGerald.

James Lloyd FitzGerald was a native of Newport News, Va., and a 1950 graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County. He served in the Coast Guard in the early 1950s and graduated from Strayer Business College in 1956.

He moved to Florida from Manassas in 1999.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ellen White FitzGerald of Virginia Beach; three children, Dawn Clayton of Williamsburg, William FitzGerald of Woodbridge and Lawrence FitzGerald of Ashburn; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

— Megan McDonough

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