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George Donald Fitzpatrick, of Oak Island, died Oct. 8, 2015, at Dosher Nursing Center in Southport. He was 85.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was born March 3, 1930, son of the late Eugene and Marguerite MacDonald Fitzpatrick. He worked as a writer for The Charlotte Observer before retirement.

Survivors include his loving wife, Veda Doss, of Oak Island; son, Christo Doss Fitzpatrick, of Monroe; brothers, Eugene Fitzpatrick, David Fitzpatrick and Richard Fitzpatrick; and grandson, Caleb Kiran Pike.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will be held at Cape Fear Memorial Park.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home.

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