Updated: Aug 30, 2019
It is with deep sadness that we share that Clyde Fitzgerald, Jr., our former CEO, beloved friend, and passionate advocate for the eradication of hunger in our time, passed away this morning, November 18, 2018.
Our Second Harvest Food Bank family, and all who knew him, will miss Clyde more than words can adequately express. We are committed to honoring his legacy through our continuing work to “provide food and hope to those who have too little of both’ (one of our favorite, always heartfelt, quotes from Clyde).
Clyde was adamant that “hunger is a human tragedy that exists only because we as a community allow it to exist.” Every day, we will strive to achieve his vision, knowing that hunger is a problem that can be solved…working together in our communities.
We will remember these words he shared often and lived by each and every day: “It’s always the right time to help somebody in need.”
In true Clyde fashion, he fought a valiant fight surrounded by his loving wife Carol, their devoted children, his dear friend and predecessor at the helm of Second Harvest Nan Griswold… and lifted in love and respect by his Food Bank family and so, so many special friends.
Today, we all mourn the loss of Clyde in our lives. In the days ahead, many stories of Clyde’s impact in our lives and our community will be remembered and shared. We invite you to share your stories here, so that we may all take comfort in them through the loss of our friend.
Eric Aft, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, and the entire Food Bank family