Robert Fitzpatrick


Robert Fitzpatrick, like many young boys, starting kicking a football in any meadow he could find. After playing with the High school team, he went on to play for the Senior Laurentians from 1936 to 1940. While attending St Bon's College he was also a member of that school's varsity team. He also played with St. Mary's College in Brockville, Ontario.

Robert always played at the half-back position. His skills as a defender stopped many rushing offenders from penetrating his zone and kept the opposition from scoring. Not only did he defend well but his speed and tactical skill with the ball made him one of the best playmakers of the 1930's. His setups to the forwards led to many goals being scored by his teammates.

Robert's urge of a call to duty and the desire to fly caused him to cut his soccer career short with the Laurentians. However, it didn't mean his soccer playing days were over. No matter where his squardron was stationed during World War II, Robert played the game he loved against many European teams.

Robert greatest game of all was his dream to fight for the freedom of all mankind. After marrying a young Ena Farrell, he and his new wife spent just eight days together before he got the call to dutg. He went overseas and after a number of air raids, his plane was shot down over Belgium on May 13, 1944. He was only 24 years old. His body was recovered and buried in the Military Cemetery "Evere" in Belgium. Ironicallg on the day he was killed, he was commissioned and made Pilot Officer.

In all his letters home to his wife, Ena, he alwags asked about his beloved Laurentians and looked forward to the day when he would return and wear the blue and white.

Robert is the only person from St. Lawrence to lose his life in World War II. A true Laurentian Hero.