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Longtime Free Press columnist Jim Fitzgerald dies

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - Retired longtime Detroit Free Press columnist Jim Fitzgerald has died. He was 85.

The Free Press says (http://on.freep.com/ABFd2n ) Fitzgerald died Wednesday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Lapeer.

Fitzgerald was born in Port Huron and graduated from St. Stephen School. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served in Germany.

He received a journalism degree from Michigan State University in 1951 and joined the Lapeer County Press, becoming its editor in 1960. The Free Press hired him as a back page columnist in 1976. He retired in 1995.

Free Press associate editor Ron Dzwonkowski (zwon-KAU'-skee) says Fitzgerald was gentle with a sharp wit and "brought small-town sensibilities to the big city."

The newspaper says the family held a private memorial.

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