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Saturday, 2 December 2017 07:59

I am the daughter of the late Jim (James) Fitzgerald who was caretaker and lollipop man at St Mary's school, Dover Road, Folkestone for 40 years. I would love to hear anyone's memories of my dad as he knew so many generations of Folkestone families.

Jackie Langford Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:19
I went to St Mary’s from around 1959 to 1966 and have very fond memories of Mr Fitzgerald as we always called him. I remember him clearly as the lollipop man to see us across the road as well as his caretaker duties. He had a cheerful smile and word for us and used to greet us as we arrived for another day at school. He also used to deliver the crates of milk to the classrooms with our free school milk, I can still see him in my memories lifting the crate up onto the boiler in our classroom as we used to like the chill taken off the milk in the winter, He was a very important person to us at the school. How lovely to be reminded of him.

Jenny Shephard Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:01
Yes I remember Mr Fitzgerald , I attended St Mary's School from 49 to 54 . Very nice man and always pleasant to the children . I believe he lived in a house , which was part of the school , now sadly half demolished .

Rosemary Woodward Friday, 13 April 2018 06:12
I went to St Mary's in the mid 60's. I remember Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald. I think they lived in the house which later became a playschool. I also remember they had a dog.

Nicky Parker Friday, 13 April 2018 06:16
Wow I remember him lovely man.
I also remember a new boy joining our class he couldn’t speak much English and he really helped him .

Kim Bell Friday, 13 April 2018 06:18
I remember mr Fitzgerald I attended St Mary’s from 62 to 68 and when I was older about 16 I bumped into him over the Rose and Crown at Rhodes Minis he had a natter with my mum remembered us all lovely man

Viv Gillespie Friday, 13 April 2018 06:20
I remember him too, lovely man..was at St Mary's for my junior years & left in 1970. He had a boxer dog named Ben.

Helen Devereese Friday, 13 April 2018 06:23
I remember him to always had a smile he was also the lollipop man he lived in the house between infants and juniors happy days.

Jesse Parsons Friday, 13 April 2018 06:27
I remember him nice very nice person.

Barbara Hughes Friday, 13 April 2018 06:30
Our mum was good friend to your mum and dad barbara philpott now hughes we had good times we all went to Scotland in the war x

Joan Brickell Friday, 13 April 2018 06:32
I remember Mr Fitzgerald when he was the lollipop man for St Mary's school in Dover Road. He and his wife lived in the little house in the centre of the school.I believe there is a memorial bench to him on the East Cliff overlooking the harbour and sands.

Beryl Swaffer Friday, 13 April 2018 06:35
I remember Mr Fitzgerald. I just remember he looked kind and nice.

Val Hibbert Friday, 13 April 2018 06:53
Yes, I remember him too. Lovely man. Same years there as Jenny above.

Tania Leighton Friday, 13 April 2018 13:49
I remember him well I went to St Mary’s school and I remember the time that his dog Ben bit his leg. Bless him he still managed to carry on with his lollipop duties etc with his leg all bandaged up. He was a lovely man and always had a kind word for us kids.

Sue Bradfield Friday, 13 April 2018 19:12
Yes I too remember your Mum & Dad Eileen. I lived at no 82 Dover Road . Mum worked in Ushers & The Little Shop for a while . My name was Susan Harris & I had a sister Gillian & a brother Martyn . Was your Mums name Molly

Andy Markwell Friday, 13 April 2018 19:33
Yes I remember Mr Fitzgerald well our caretaker and lollipop man with the dog that followed him everywhere! He was always cheerful. I was at St Mary's primary until summer 1978 great memories!

Karl Neve Friday, 13 April 2018 20:20
I'm a volunteer at the Folkestone museum & we are in the middle of auditing all the collection. The other day we photographed some pictures from the 1960's of local people & it happens that one of those was of Mr Fitzgerald. It shows him with his 'lollypop stick' in the middle of the road whilst children cross. As far as I know, due to copywrite, they can not be copied but if you enquire at the museum, you may be able to view it. I was at St Marys from 70-76. Both Mr & Mrs Fitzgerald were always very nice as I remember.

Susan Nicholson Monday, 16 April 2018 06:40
Yes I do...he had the best
Smile and white teeth and lovely dark hair...that was around 68 years ago, I was 7 and he reminded me of my dad with those features and lovely friendly nature

Debbs Heath Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:42
He had a white boxer dog. When he checked everything after school was finished he would go around with him.

Julie Peters Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:47
I remember him loveliest man I have ever met I also remember your mum as lunchtime supervisor I think lovely lady as an adult used to see your dad over Tesco going shopping always happy to chat x

Lesley Anne Woolven Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:59
Yep, I def remember Fitz and Mrs Fitz who was a dinner lady. I taught in Dover Road from 1976 until the juniors moved up to join the infants in Warren Road. Well remember Fitz going round the classrooms with a tobacco tin collecting up the maggots that fell through the gratings in the ceiling! (You see the pigeons that used to live in the loft above the classrooms had been trapped inside and died!). Oh dear!! And I also remember Fitz doing handyman tasks...a hammer was his tool of choice...even with screws! A lovely man and a great character. Him and Mrs Fitz spent a lot of their time looking after PG's children, John and Jane.

Malcolm Berry Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:03
Mr Fitzgerald what a great fella I always used to see him lunchtime with his White boxer Ben Outside his house and next door to the school hall and remember the big pine tree outside his house as well Mrs Fitzgerald was my favourite dinner lady and she would always let me leave my cabbage and Swede so I could go out to play after lunch started in 67 - 73

Pierre Croucher Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:19
I remember Mr Fitzgerald well.Lovely man,if my memory serves me right,i heard he was a ex boxer????

verona clatworthy Friday, 22 February 2019 15:26
I attended St Mary's Primary School from about 1969 to 1974,I lived in Harbour Way,and have the best childhood memories being there...I remember Mr Fitzgerald ,also Mr Pendleberry Green,and Mrs Plandry..best days ever
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