A Mass of Christian burial for George Carrigan FitzGerald, retired owner of the Wagon Wheels Restaurant on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.
Mr. FitzGerald, who was 74 and lived in Annapolis, died Sunday at the Pleasant Living Convalescent Center in Edgewater after a long illness.
He and a partner started the restaurant in 1950, but he was the sole owner for most of the 35 years before his retirement about five years ago.
He had settled in Annapolis in the late 1940s and had served as manager of the Carvel Hall Hotel and the Naval Academy Officers Club before starting the restaurant.
Born in Chittenden, Vt., he was a graduate of the University of Alabama and served in the Army Air Forces in England during World War II.
Before settling in Annapolis, he studied restaurant and hotel management in Washington and managed the Lake Placid Club in New York.
He was a former president of the Maryland Hotel-Restaurant Association.
A life member of the Annapolis Rotary and Yacht clubs, he also belonged to the Annapolis Lodge of the Elks, the Knights of Columbus and the Annapolis Touchdown Club.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Esther Hudnall; two daughters, Patricia Thalman of State College, Pa., and Susan Moore of Berlin; a sister, Marcella King of Chittenden, Vt.; and five grandchildren.