HAMDEN- Monica Lynn (nee Leach) Fitzpatrick, age 59, passed away on Aug. 1, 2020, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
A resident of Hamden, Monica was born March 13, 1961, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late Albert and Dorothy (nee Thomas) Leach, and sister to the late Allison Leach.
Monica graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. degree in journalism. She worked at prominent media stations, becoming an operations manager at A&E Networks, and expanding her expertise to digital content management at ESPN.
Her career included numerous awards, including two New England Emmys-one for Outstanding Target Audience for “African-Americans in Connecticut-From Civil War to Civil Rights,” and another for Outstanding Entertainment Program for “Electronic Road Film: An American Odyssey.”
She also received the first-place Telly Award for “IBM Technology Mountain” and the AETN Production/Broadcast Operations Service Award for extraordinary performance, attitude, collaboration and dedication.
Monica enjoyed arts and culture. She loved music, including jazz musicians Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, and rock bands Dave Matthews Band and Pink Floyd. She read African-American authors Alice Waters, James Baldwin and Tony Morrison. She was a devout Christian and very strong in her faith in God.
Monica’s beauty, charm, quick wit, humor and supportive friendship will be missed.
Monica is survived by many dear cousins and friends.
A memorial will be at Trinity on The Green, 230 Temple St., New Haven, on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required, with the seating limited to 25 people. Her ashes will be spread at a private ceremony.
“In these times of increasing insecurity, please make a donation of food, pet food, and other necessities in Monica’s memory to the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries.”
Arrangements were made through Luddy & Peterson’s Funeral Home and Crematory in New Britain.
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