James L. Fitzsimmons, age 84 of Eastern Blvd. Watertown passed away at his home Thursday morning.
James was born June 18, 1928 in Theresa the son of James and Alice M. Dorr Fitzsimmons. He enlisted in the US Navy on January 24, 1946, attending Training Center in Camp Perry, Williamsburg, VA. was honorably discharged December 14, 1947 and enlisted in the US Navy Reserve until February of 1954 when he then enlisted in the US Army Reserve 314th MPC and was discharged in February 1958.
James married Jennie Marie Brough on August 10, 1963 in Morristown, N.Y.
In November of 1973 he enlisted in the US Army Reserves 479th Engineers and retired as Master Sergeant of HQ, 98th Div. in November 1988. He served as Army Civilian Policeman at Ft. Drum from 1952-1954. In June of 1988 he retired Federal Service 98th Div. Equipment Concentration Site as Equipment Operator and as Operator/Inspector Dept. of the Army Civilian Mobile Equipment at Ft. Drum.
He is survived by a step-daughter Mrs. Lee (Barbara) Lavarnway of Watertown, a sister Delores Fitzsimmons of Dexter, sister-in-law Marsha Fitzsimmons of Canton, brothers: Michael and Gladys Fitzsimmons of Florida, Patrick and Mary Fitzsimmons of N. Carolina, Carl and Elsie Fitzsimmons of Theresa, several nieces, nephews, cousins and step-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Jennie in 2004, a brother Eugene also in 2004 and his parents.
He was a member of Watertown American Legion Post 61, International Union of Operating Engineers, N.Y. State Sherriffs Assoc., N.Y. State Democratic Committee, Northside Improvement League, US Navy Memorial Foundation , AUSA, and Knights of Columbus.
Funeral servies will be Monday 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter with FR. John Gaffney of Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 5-8 P.M. Donations may be made to the National Nieman-Pick Disease Foundation P.O. Box 49 Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538.