Michael A. FitzMaurice, 61, of Darien, died in Southbury on December, 16, 2014 following a 7 month battle with cancer. 
Born in Stamford on August 5, 1953 to the late Bill and Mimi Rich FitzMaurice, he was raised in a close-knit family in the Shippan area. FitzMaurice attended Christ the King Prep School in Southport, and graduated from Stamford High School. He received a degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. FitzMaurice loved Long Island Sound and was an avid sailor who sailed out of the Stamford and Noroton Yacht Clubs. His passion for sailing and his family life became entwined when he met Ann Metayer of Darien at the Stamford Yacht Club. 
Mike and Ann celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary earlier this year. A devoted family man, Mr. FitzMaurice took great pride in the activities and accomplishments of his two children, Will and Kate FitzMaurice of Darien. He was an active presence in their lives and the lives of their friends.  He encouraged all their interests, but as a talented woodworker and meticulous builder himself, perhaps nothing pleased him more than when both Will and Kate followed similar paths using those skills in theatrical design. FitzMaurice’s talents enriched many Darien youth through his involvement with both Boy and Girl Scouts. He happily volunteered his time as a merit badge counselor and adult leader in Darien Troop 35 and contributed countless hours to Eagle Service projects and to the St. John Youth Group. 

FitzMaurice followed his grandfather into the construction business and was one of those lucky people who loved his work. As a senior project manager in interior architecture for 35 years for various New York and Westchester firms, most recently with the Talisen Construction Company of New York, he worked on some of the most iconic buildings in the metropolitan region. These included the Random House building in midtown Manhattan and the Goldman Sachs building in Jersey City; as well as the restoration and renovation of the historic Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.

A bon vivant and a cheerful companion, FitzMaurice was always ready with a smile and a helping hand. He enjoyed a wide circle of friends who will miss his quick wit and jovial demeanor. He loved spending time with family and friends in the mountains. As a frequent visitor to the Catskills, FitzMaurice was the ultimate houseguest. During the day he’d help out with projects big and small (often bringing his own tools), and at night he’d cook a memorable meal for everyone. Yet as gregarious as he was, he also cherished quiet time, either sitting at Pear Tree Point watching the action on Long Island Sound, or working on crossword puzzles. 

In addition to his wife and children, FitzMaurice is survived by his brother Tom and his wife, Cindy, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and their children Megan and Matthew; his sister Taffy and her husband, Chris Powderly, of Southbury and their daughters Anne and Maggie; his in-laws Jean and Al Metayer of Darien; his brother- and sister-in-law Tom and Charlene Metayer of Branford; his sister- and brother-in-law Mary Lynn and Marc Raggenbass of Zollikon, Switzerland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. John Church, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the FitzMaurice Family Education Fund in care of Attorney Therese A. FitzMaurice, 302 Bucks Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488 or in Mike’s name to Darien EMS Post 53, P.O. Box 2066, Darien, CT 06820. Arrangements made by Carpino Funeral Home, Southbury.