Brendan Thomas Fitzgerald

brendan fitzgerald
Brendan was born to Marion and Robert Fitzgerald on Halloween in 1983. Brendan died suddenly from a traumatic seizure on Sunday June 12, 2022 while at his home alone with his rescue dog PJ. Brendan was born in Fairfax County and lived all of his life in Northern Virginia. He was a proud 2002 graduate of South Lakes HS in Reston and graduated from Gettysburg College in 2006.

Brendan joined MicroStrategy, Inc. in 2007 and spent 15 years at their Headquarters in Tysons Corner. During that time he rose from a position as a Facilities Associate to become the Manager of International Real Estate. Just recently he was asked to add Procurement responsibilities to his Real Estate duties. Above all else Brendan was a valued member of the MicroStrategy team and he was personally and professionally admired by all of his colleagues.

Brendan was the youngest in the family and had two older sisters who doted on him. In his adult life he paid back the favor to his sisters by becoming the very special “Uncle B” to their four daughters, his beloved nieces. From sporting events to concerts to ‘movie night’ in front of his 70 inch TV, he loved every minute of the time he spent with them. And that love was reciprocated four times over.

Brendan is survived by his parents, Marion and Bob Fitzgerald, his sisters Erin Smythers and Lindsey Grilliot and their husbands Mike Smythers and Gary Grilliot; his loving nieces, Lauren, Megan and Brooke Smythers and Ava Grilliot; his devoted Life Partner Nicole Lernia; his Aunt Mary Clare Fitzgerald and her daughter Telma; his Aunts Janet Bendann and Judy Trelogan and her son Daniel and daughters Andre and Hope; and his uncle Michael Fitzgerald.

Private graveside services will be held at a future date. A Celebration of Brendan’s short but wonderful life will be held on June 27, 2022 at “Red’s Table” restaurant from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The restaurant is located in the South Lakes Shopping Center at 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Rescue Alliance, Attn: Angela Rhone, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW Washington, DC 20011

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you. Bob Gallagher Funeral Director

  2. Brendan was my son, Peter’s, best friend. from preschool through second grade. They had many good times at both his house and ours.

  3. Dearest Bob and Marion I read this Obituary in shock and sadness. I did not know Brendon well, though I think we met on occasions, but I can see what a lovely man he was, minted of the qualities of which his parents were so well endowed. Please accept heartfelt sympathies from Meriel and me. God Bless and may he rest in eternal peace. Ian Hume

  4. Marion, Bob, Erin, Lindsey, and family, We are so sorry and heartbroken for all of you. Jeff and I have such fond memories of Brendan growing up playing in the pool …the little brother we all adored in college. And he grew up into the amazing Uncle B. His smile that could light up a room will shine brightly through all of you. It was so good to see him at the Tribe football game last fall. Holding all of you in our hearts and prayers. Love you and Brendan!

  5. Dear Marion, Bob, Lindsey and Erin How sad to get these news. I always think of Brendan as the cutest little brother in your loving and welcoming family. Same experience as my sister Hilda had a little later. You are in our thoughts and prayer, Love Britta

  6. Bob, Marion and family, I am so sorry to hear this news. Heidi and I offer our sincerest condolences to the entire Fitzgerald clan. Tom and Heidi Powell

  7. Brendan was approachable and willing to help in any way. He remembered my son who worked as facility intern few years back and asked how he was doing. He was caring others around him. He will be missed greatly.

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