On Sunday, December 11, 2022, James (Jim aka Fitz) Robert Fitzsimmons passed away at 74 years young with his Family at his side. Jim was lovingly devoted to all of his Family and to his faith in God, friends and mankind. Jim was born to Katharine and Francis Fitzsimmons and resided in Chicago, Illinois until he moved to Friendship, Wisconsin where he met and married his loving wife, Marie.
Jim was a Deputy Sheriff/Traffic Safety Coordinator/Training Officer with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department until he and his Family decided to “Head West” and begin another chapter of their life of love in Mesa, Arizona. Jim became a Phoenix Police Officer, advancing to Detective until his retirement in 2006. For thirty years, Jim was a dedicated police officer directly credited for saving countless lives.
Jim loved music, fishing, road-trips, food and most of all being with his Family. He was gentle and kind. His smile was infectious and his patience was divine.
Jim is survived by his loving and adored wife, Marie; his most precious son Michael (Susan) Fitzsimmons of Mesa, Arizona; his lovingly devoted daughter Katie Amelia Fitzsimmons (Drew Snowbarger), Mesa, Arizona; loving youngest daughter Jenny and son-in-law Andy Logan, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Brother George Fitzsimmons, Algonquin, Illinois; Sister Dorothy (Steve) Stroschein of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Brother Edward (Leslie) Fitzsimmons of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois; Brother Robert Fitzsimmons of Mesa, Arizona; Grandchildren, Edward, James, Margaret and Jonathan Fitzsimmons of Mesa, Arizona; Sister-in-law Sue (Les) Roeder of Adams, Wisconsin; Brothers-in-law Roy (Judy Alderman) Bogseth of Friendship, Wisconsin, Walter (Paty) Bogseth of Greenwood, Wisconsin, Robert Bogseth (Laurie Bradford), Adams, Wisconsin, Paul (Cindy) Turner of Minnesota; cousins, nieces/nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Katharine and Francis Fitzsimmons, his sister Margaret Turner, parents-in-law Alice and Harold Bogseth, sisters-in-law Susan Fitzsimmons, Kim Bogseth, Sheri Bogseth, and brother-in-law Merlin Winchester.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E. Dana Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85204. A family and friend gathering with food and a celebration of Jim will follow the Mass.
A private burial will be conducted at a later date.
A special thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their loving support of our Family. Heaven holds a special place for all who are loved.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.