Edward Leslie Fitzgibbon, 94, passed away April 24 of natural causes, in his home, surrounded by those who loved him. A rosary will be held at St. John Fisher Church in Southwest Portland at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m.

Edward loved above all else his wife, Molly, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Edward was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Portland, to Dr. John Harold Fitzgibbon and Elizabeth (Smith) Fitzgibbon.

He and his wife, Molly (Blair) Fitzgibbon, who had been childhood friends, married August 26, 1949.

Eager to serve, he enlisted at a young age in the Navy during World War II. Afterward, he graduated from Lewis and Clark College, ultimately receiving his Juris Doctorate in Law from Willamette University. He argued cases both in local jurisdictions and in the Supreme Court, many of which resulted in landmark decisions. He was an expert in his field. Although a no-nonsense practitioner of his legal profession, he was kind and generous to everyone. He endeavored tirelessly on behalf of all those who sought his counsel.

He loved music, in particular Dixieland jazz which he would enthusiastically play for his family and friends; cooking, especially Japanese cuisine; and genealogy. He read voraciously. His intellect was keen, his mind sharp and his heart filled with love.

His life experiences resulted in a profound sense of faith which consoled him after the loss of his wife, Molly, with whom he is now resting in heaven. Our world and that of all those who knew him is painfully smaller with his passing.

He is survived by all his children and the family he loved: Edward, Henry Fitzgibbon (Ann), Harry Blair Fitzgibbon, Margaret Sakuma (Dwight), Laura Fitzgibbon (Michael Salmond), and James Fitzgibbon (Kathleen); 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Molly, his parents John and Elizabeth Fitzgibbon, and siblings, Mary Dimick, John Fitzgibbon, and Elizabeth Dimon; and grandchildren Edward Alexander Satoru Sakuma and John Peter Fitzgibbon.

A private family interment will occur at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Donations may go to St. John Fisher Catholic Church (7007 SW 46th Ave., Portland, 97219); flower donations to Zeller Chapel of the Roses (2107 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232).