BILL Fitz, as he was affectionatley known was born in Kyle, Listowel. He attended St Michaels College and later U.C.C were he studied Agri Science.
He started his working career in Knocklong Creamery as manager in Limerick. While in Limerick Bill played for the Limerick Junior team in the full forward position, in some respects Bill was the original target man standing a good 6'3". He then left Limerick and moved closer to home where he managed many creameries in North Kerry and while he was busy working he also enjoyed playing football for Clounmacon, but it was to be a wait of nearly ten years before Bill could play for his chosen team as a original request was denied after an objection from Listowel in 1957.
As a result Bill missed out on playing for Clounmacon in the North Kerry Senior Final. He was to play intermediate in 1965 where he played full forward and went on to win the town league, Clounmacon's first since 1945.
While Bill was enjoying all his football he meet his wife Nora Dillon, married and moved to Ballydonoghue. Where in 1990 he became Treasurer and u12 selector for his new club Ballydonoghue and for a further 10 years Bill held the position of Treasurer and Bord na nóg Secretary with Ballydonoghue. He also held the position of minor selector with Shannon rangers in 1991 where they went on to win the county championship.
But his true passion was with the underage players and in 1993 he was asked by the North Kerry Board to step in as Secretary for Bord na nóg and it was in his role over a period of 20 years that the people of North Kerry found a true gentleman in Bill Fitz.
Bill always went about the business of running Bord na nog with great patience and common sense, he always accommodated as much as he could a fixture change with the minimal of fuss.
He was a genius with numbers and rang every referee in North Kerry about 8pm Sundays to give them their games for the coming week and each phone number was from memory. Bill wasn't one for technology; he had the mobile phone and that was all he needed, he didn't have internet, email or text.
You would get your phone call and if you missed that you could very well see the car pull into the drive and out came Bill with all the information your club needed.
This is what made Bill so special it was the personal touch and that is why he touched everyone from committee members, referees, young players and club delegates.
Bill Fitz was one of the old, strong, reliable stock that was a true North Kerry Gael and will never be replaced. May he rest in peace.
Fixtures SATURDAY MAY 5 Under 21 North Kerry Final (7pm extra time if needed) St Senans v Knocknagoshel/brosna - venue Duagh
Results Division 3 Rd 5 Beale B 1-7 St Senans B 1-10 Moyvane B 3-9 Emmets B 2-8 Clounmacon v Ballydonoghue B were awarded points Division 4 Rd 5 Castleisland Desmonds B 1-14 Finuge B 1-3 Duagh B 1-12 Ballylongford B 3-10 Tarbert B 1-13 Listowel Emmets C 1-11 Division 5 Rd 5 Clounmacon B 2-18 Knockanure 2-1 St Senans C 1-10 Brosna B 1-11 Knocknagoshel Rest