Daniel Thomas Fitzgerald

April 1, 1952 - November 17, 2020

Daniel Thomas Fitzgerald, 68, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past ten years, formerly of Royersford, PA, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born April 1, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA to Raymond and Eleanor Fitzgerald, now deceased.

Dan was raised in the Catholic faith. He grew up on the Jersey shore where he enjoyed going to the beach and surfing. He graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School in 1970. He then attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia where he obtained a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, graduating in 1974. Later, he attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he obtained his MBA while working nights at American Express in 1987.

Dan went on to have a successful business career with over 37 years of experience in operations, including 29 years in market research specifically serving the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets, both domestically and internationally. Over the course of his career, his responsibilities encompassed all aspects of operations including customer service, finance, legal, field services, human resources and information technology. He played an important role in successful market research start-up companies as well as management of operations in the international arena. His business partners and co-workers say he was the glue that held them together.

Dan spent years of his life traveling the world, tanning on the beach, and playing golf. He enjoyed good music (preferably the Grateful Dead or Jimmy Buffet) and a good sunset. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and was able to watch the Phillies win the World Series in person with both of his daughters in 2008. He celebrated again when the Eagles pulled out a Superbowl win in 2018. Dan had a sweet tooth and would never turn down ice cream, a piece of chocolate, or key lime pie.

For the last many years, Dan battled with the autoimmune disease Crohn’s. This didn’t stop him from engaging in post-retirement consulting work, which he very much enjoyed. He also loved spending time with his grandsons swimming and playing in the pool and giving them tickle bugs. Dan was a kind, loving soul who found joy in helping his kids do whatever they needed him to do – whether it was fixing a computer, helping them set up a new kitchen appliance, repairing a broken toilet, or offering guidance on purchasing their homes or cars.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Nancy Fitzgerald of Cape Coral; two loving daughters, Megan Martinez (Fernando) of Cooper City, FL, and Kelly Junco (Fernando) of Cape Coral; as well as four grandchildren, Adrian, Kieran, Devin, and Alonso (on the way).

Daniel was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Fitzgerald.

A small family celebration of life will be held in December.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Daniel Thomas Fitzgerald are suggested to:

  • Eagles Charitable Foundation – making free vision screenings, eye exams and prescription glasses accessible to under-insured and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Foundation – to engage Ben & Jerry’s employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to Vermont communities; and to support grassroots activism and community organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.
  • The Jerry Garcia Foundation – a nonprofit that supports environmental, artistic and humanitarian causes through the beauty of music and art.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joseph Gallagher Nov 24, 2020 at 8:24 am

    8th St in North Wildwood lost a great friend

  2. emin Nov 25, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    “Grant but memory to us, and we lose nothing by death.”
    my deepest condolences ❤️

  3. Anne Camille Talley Nov 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Copying in from LinkedIn, where I learned this sad news today, 11/28/20, from Noah Pines’ post.
    Anne Camille Talley, Punta Gorda, FL
    Insights expert leading teams & teaching researchers to frame the case for research to drive business.
    Oh, Dear. Dan was a true mensch. We worked together at 2 companies. HIs family are in my heart and prayers for condolence.

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    Sherry Fox
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    Global C-Suite Strategist, Digital Transformation Innovator, Acquisition Facilitator
    Deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. Dan was an industry icon and will be sorely missed.

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    John Kane
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    Sr. Vice President, Strategic Development at MDoutlook – disease intelligence, ThoughtLeader insights
    Very sorry to hear about Dan. We were fortunate to have known and worked with him.
    Condolences to the Fitzgerald family.

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    Vincent Ceniccola
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    Senior Sales Executive – Pharmaceutical services
    I worked with Dan during my IMS days. He had a practical, plain speaking, get it done style. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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    Elaine Riddell
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    M&A Advisor | Growth Activist | CEO | Board Director | Business Transformation | Data Insights Analytics | Healthcare
    I am so saddened by this news. I’ve known Dan since our days together at IMS Health – a truly good human full of integrity! My condolences to the Fitzgerald family.

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    Joel Schindler
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    Senior Vice President at MarketVision Research
    So sad to hear this news. Dan was a genuine guy who will be missed.

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    Joel Bradus
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    Managing Partner
    He was great in life. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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    Marina Basin
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    Insights Manager at Janssen Inc.
    I am so sorry for you loss.

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    Mo Rice
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    Vice President at Medefield
    What shocking news, I have known Dan since very early in my career in healthcare. He was a great guy with time for everyone. So sorry and sad to hear this. His family, friends and colleagues are in my thoughts at this tragic time

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    Simon Fitall
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    Director, North America at Real Consulting Data; bringing ease of access to Open Data from around the World Co-Founder & CEO Galileo Analytics; asking the right questions to gain insights from complex data
    The glint in the eye, mischievous grin, and always totally no BS approach. a lovely bloke to chat with and terrific to do business with. A sad loss and sincere condolences to his family and the team at Think Gen.

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    Michael Galvin
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    Vice President at Healogix
    Dan was one of my favorite people I ever worked with. My condolences to his family and may his memory be a blessing.

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    Sharon Mowen, PhD
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    Partner at HawkPartners
    So very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing and will be keeping his family, friends, and colleagues in my thoughts. He was a true industry icon who will be missed.

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    Sarah-May Hall
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    Very sad news. All my condolences to Dan’s family, friends & colleagues. I have very fond memories of Dan, such a great person. He will be very much missed. X

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    Marite Talbergs
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    Senior Vice President at KJT Group
    So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. My condolences to both his home and work families.

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    Matt Gershner
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    Chief Revenue Officer at GreenBook
    I spent many a conference with Dan. I’m so very sorry to hear this. May his memory be a blessing.

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    Kevin McCreavy
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    Senior Field Manager at KJT Group
    So sorry to hear this. Working with/for Dan was a highlight of my career. My thoughts and prayers for his family and the ThinkGen team.

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    Sue Wild
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    Executive Vice President, Qualitative Healthcare Sector Lead at Ipsos
    Dan was truly a great man! It was a privilege to work with him and to be his friend. He will be missed.

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    Rebekkah Carney
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    Medical Device Consulting
    Oh, no- I’m so sorry to hear this. I absolutely enjoyed his humor and benefitted from his perspective.

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    Amber Leila Esco (Jones)
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    Healthcare Solutions at Dynata
    The world is a little less bright without Dan – an amazing and compassionate soul… my deepest condolences to Dan’s family.

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    Sally M. Davis
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    President at Armature Group Inc
    I am so sorry, Noah, for this loss. May his memory be for a blessing. —Sally

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    Patricia Hartline
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    Project Director, Mystery Shopping
    So sad to hear this. My deepest sympathies to Dan’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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    Christopher Shipp
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    Executive Client Partner, North American Commercial Team Lead at Kantar Health
    I am really sorry to here this news. My deepest condolences to Dan’s family, friends and colleagues.

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    Melanie Bayley
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    Managing Director at deFacto Research
    So sorry to hear this news. Sincerest condolences to all his family and friends.

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    Harris Kaplan
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    Managing Partner, Red Team Associates & CEO, Healogix
    I’ve known Dan for many years. He was a great guy. My best wishes to his family and his colleagues at Think-Gen.

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    Tim Edbrooke
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    President & COO at Healogix, LLC
    Such sad news indeed. My condolences to his family and all those that knew him and got the chance to work with him

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    Jamie Jansson
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    Executive Director, Head of Marketing and Patient Services at AMAG Pharmaceuticals
    I’m so sorry for your loss Noah. Thinking about you, Dan’s family and the ThinkGen team during this tough time.

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    Matt Campion
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    Chief Revenue Officer at Schlesinger Group
    Great guy. Always fun to spend time with Dan. I’ll miss him.

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    Tom Alesi
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    Senior Vice President at Fulcrum Research Group
    So sorry to hear. Please pass along my condolences to his family.

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    Arseny Ratmansky
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    Controller at Futura Mobility, LLC
    Oh no. So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great person to work with.

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    Roger A. Straus, Ph.D.
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    Sensemaker, Story-Teller, Leading Edge Marketing Researcher and Applied Sociologist Available for New Projects. President-Elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.
    Oh my… another good man gone.

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    Corinne Lucas
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    Director at Research America, Inc.
    So sorry for your loss, Noah. Sending virtual healing vibes your way!

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    Michael Gibbons
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    Interim Associate Provost Institutional Research and Data Strategy Associate Professor of Sociology
    I hadn’t heard this.

    Thanks for the news. So sad

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    Scott Baker, IPC
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    SVP | Business Development | Research Solutions & Consulting
    So sorry to hear this news. Dan was a great guy!

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    Now retired at Formerly with MetPro Group
    Fondly remembered after only a few rendezvous. Sad loss

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    Ariella Evenzahav, PhD
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    President, ZahavBio Consulting, LLC
    So sad. My condolences to his family – including his work family.

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    Unemployed and looking for a full time position as an Administrative Assistant/Executive Assistant or Project Coordinator.
    Oh no! I remember him well. So sorry to hear this.

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    Ellen Gordon
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    Executive Director, Business Development at GNS Healthcare
    My sincere condolences.

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    Karen Kuller
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    Healthcare marketing, innovation and communications
    So sorry Noah. May his memory be a blessing.

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    Mindy Telmer
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    Creative Lead, Health and Wellness at Rauxa
    Sorry to hear that Noah Pines

  4. Michael Messner IV Dec 24, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I knew Dan for many years and he was a wonderful friend. My most cherished memory is when he and I went to see the flyers and we talked about everything in life that was important to us.
    I just learned of his passing today Christmas Eve and I am very saddened. He was a great man and I look forward to when I meet him again. God bless everyone and I hope to live the life that Danny lived.

  5. Brian Pickell Jan 15, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Just heard the news about Dan’s passing. Surprised and saddened. I worked with Dan as an IT consultant at V2 and kept in touch over the years since. We had many talks about family and life. He adored his wife and daughters and was very proud of them. He was a fine professional, a straight-shooter, and an honest friend. May God bless and care for his family and may Dan rest in peace. Amen.

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