CRPS Warriors Foundation

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Memorials

Memorials

At the CRPS Warriors Foundation, we value the life of each and every warrior. Their strength and resilience is remarkable. Those who touch our lives, will always live in our hearts and their memory becomes our most valuable treasure. We honor them by passing down their story and experiences to future generations. We are honored to be part of their legacy.

If you have a loved one you would like to have a permanent memorial, please contact Brittany at brittanysummerville@crpswarriorsfoundation.org

Patrick W. “Bill” Fitzgerald (Mr. Fitz)

October 26, 1944 – January 29, 2024

Age 79 U.S. Army Veteran.

Beloved husband of the late Florence “Flo” (née Adamek). Devoted father of Jacki (Ken) Frederking, Pat (Stacy) Fitzgerald and Tricia (James Haworth) Fitzgerald. Cherished grandfather of Cora, Kaylee, Jack, Sydney, Ryan, Macy, Jake, Brendan, Mickey, Zane and Brody. Dear son of the late Patrick and Bridget (née Merrins) Fitzgerald.

Loving brother of the late Kay (Pat) Flodin, Jack (Joyce), Patsy, Norine (Tom) Forbes and Jimmy. Caring brother-in-law and best friends to Tom and Noel Adamek. Carol (late Bill) Wedel and the late Lou (Dolly), Richard (Mildred), Jerry (Nancy) and Roberta (Richard) Prokop. Fond uncle, cousin and friend of many.

 

Written by his children:

Our dad was truly one of a kind. If you met him, you were his friend for life.  Our Pops turned into quite a warm hearted man as he aged, as he missed our mom terribly every single day.  After 50 years of marriage (and almost 5 years apart), mom and dad are finally together again. How could we not find peace knowing that they are finally reunited?  

We can’t put into words how much we’ll miss our Pops, as he was a survivor in health and in life. He was the “last man standing” as a first generation descendant from Ireland.  As one of 6 children (and our mom was one of 7), we are blessed to have so many cousins, 2nd cousins and so on who will work hard to keep their parents’ legacy alive.  Just as we will ours.  Hard work and the values of compassion, love and family is what our mom and dad built as their legacy.  However in the end, Pop’s biggest love was his grandchildren.

One of Pop’s grandsons, Jake Frederking, was injured Labor Day weekend 2023 during a varsity cross country meet. His severe right high and low ankle sprains healed, but his debilitating right foot, leg and hip pain increased two weeks post injury. Pop was the person who demanded his parents not take his orthopedics’ statement that “we are unsure why there is new pain”, but maybe “the nerves just need time to heal” as an answer. After various doctor visits, Jake’s parents found the correct physician who within minutes, diagnosed Jake with three nerve impingements and CRPS. She put him into the hospital that same day to help try to manage his debilitating pain. After 4 weeks as an inpatient at a children’s and a rehab hospital in Chicago, Jake’s CRPS diagnosis was confirmed. 

Pops was Jake’s #1 fan and checked on him daily. He even battled the Chicago downtown traffic during rush hour just to bring Jake his favorite Portillo’s meal as a way to cheer him up. We are so glad that our Pops was able to see Jake’s pain become more controlled and get some relief after leg decompression surgery in 3 areas, which eventually helped Jake move from a wheelchair, to a walker and now on good days, to his cane. Jake’s goal is to try to return for the spring track season in March of 2024. We know he will now have his #1 fan with the best seat cheering him on, so anything is possible.  We will miss you forever, Pops!

LIVE.

LOVE.

FIGHT.

REPEAT.

Matthew Shea Manning

June 18, 1988 – July 11, 2023

Beloved son, brother, and uncle.

Matthew was born on June 18, 1988 in Harrisburg, PA. He passed away at this residence on July 11, 2023 at the age of 35. He is survived by his parents, grandparents, his brother, two sisters, and two nephews.

He earned his Bachelors of Science in graphic design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, soon after graduating highschool. He loved bright colors and tie-dye. His passion for the arts was undeniable. He was always exploring new music and movies.

He loved spending time at the Colonnade with family and friends. Mathew’s creativity lives on through the Twin Valley Players Colonnade Theatre logo that is still used today. He was very knowledgeable. He was always up for deep and thoughtful conversations. Those close to him found him interesting.

Matt suffered from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Despite his physical capabilities he always saw the beauty in everything. He loves spending time outdoors. He found ways to improve his quality of life. His pain didn’t stop him from being there for his nephews. Matt made a lasting impression on everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He was one of a kind and unique. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Matthew Shea Manning

LIVE.

LOVE.

FIGHT.

REPEAT.

Jake Filut

December 17, 1998 – October 12, 2023

Beloved son and brother

Jake grew up with his parents and older brother in Yardley, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising in November 2021.

Jake was an outgoing, naturally friendly person who enjoyed meeting and talking to new people. He had a great sense of humor, and brought a lot of laughter and fun to others with is wity and fun-loving personality. He was also resourceful and independent, helpful, considerate and loyal to his family and friends.

Jake enjoyed listening to all different styles of music and podcasts, as well as working out at the gym daily. He loved the outdoors, as well, and could be found long-boarding, playing basketball, and taking long walks at the park. Jake was creative, and had a passion for writing and recording his own rap songs and music. He also took pleasure in learning how to play the guitar and other instruments. Lastly, Jake was curious and fearless always wanting to try new things. Before CRPS, Jake wanted to one day parachute out of an airplane and go hang gliding.

In January 2021, Jake strained and injured his right arm while weight-lifting at the gym. He lost complete use of the arm, wrist and fingers, while suffering intense pain, burning, sensitivity and muscle tightening. Jake saw many doctors, including neurologists and hand and arm specialists, but nothing showed up on tests, including an x-ray and MRI Jake was finally diagnosed with CRPS a year and nine months later when he saw a pain specialist.

Jake was a true warrior who never complained and always did the best he could to remain active and participate in events with family and friends, even though his physical abilities became extremely limited from pain.

A best friend describes him as “…the kind of friend that everyone needs but not everyone finds…from making you laugh until you can’t breathe or encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something amazing…or helping you grow into the person you were born to be.” Another friend said, “I don’t think I’d be the person I am if wasn’t blessed with Jake’s life.” Others describe Jake as kind, funny, open-minded, special, and a positive person. His 91 year- old grandmother said, “When I could no longer hold on to his right arm for help, I held onto his left arm…he was my rock!”

Jake brought joy to all he touched, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Jake Filut

LIVE.

LOVE.

FIGHT.

REPEAT.

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