Monument-style gravestone with Celtic cross



1895 - 1986

Edmund Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald came from a long line of Great Lakes ship captains and rose to prominence as presidentand then chairman of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. While chairman, the company launched an ore carrier bearing his name that was, at the time, the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The vessel later sank in a storm, killing all 29 on board, an event immortalized in the song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.