WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Patricia Maria Fitch

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April 23, 1948 — March 3, 2020

“I lived a magnificent life, made friends wherever I went, had successes in life and a few failures, but no regrets.” — Pat Fitch

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Patricia Maria Fitch Esq., the third of the five children, but the first girl of the late Milton Frederick and Cora Jordan Whitted Fitch, departed this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

A true trailblazer, Pat became the first Black/African-American to graduate from Fike High School. Later Pat joined the law firm of Fitch, Butterfield and Sumner, becoming the first female African-American to practice law in Wilson.

Pat was appointed territorial attorney general to the U. S. Virgin Islands. She later became the female legal counsel for the V. I. Port Authority and was instrumental in passing bonds for extending and widening the runways. Pat also was an integral part of the team that modernized the airport from the World War II hangar to a modern worldwide jetport.

Pat returned home to Wilson and began working in the nonprofit arena, first with WCIA (Wilson Community Improvement Association) and then the OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center).

Pat leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Amber; her son-in-love, Michael Motylinski; her grandchildren, Madeline Daisy, Scarlett Pearl, Marek Ambrose and Vesper Josephine Motylinski; her brothers, Dr. Jerome Fitch and state Sen. Milton F. “Toby” Fitch; her sisters, Dr. Christine Fitch and Ernestine Fitch, MD; her nieces, Ericka Fitch Hart, Kimberly Fitch Lee (Tyrell) and Melonie Fitch; her nephews, Michael J. Fitch, MD (Ashlee) and Milton Bradley Fitch; a very special great-niece, Jordan A Hart, along with other great-nieces and nephews, Caleb, Abbie, and Micha Fitch; T. J., Kaden and Karson Lee, Kortne and Trevion Fitch and Nia Fitch; special cousin, Tommy Gilmer (Gale); and friends and loved ones too numerous to name.

An Omega Omega service will be held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Patricia M. Fitch Scholarship Fund c/o Christine Fitch, 516 S Lodge St., Wilson, NC 27893.

Local funeral arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home, Inc. Direct condolences to www.edwardscaares.com.