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FITZSIMMONS, Joseph J. "Coach Fitz"
FITZSIMMONS - Joseph J. "Coach Fitz"
70, born April 2, 1940. Dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at his home in Lake St. Louis surrounded by his family. Joe lived most of his life in Buffalo, NY where he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Jackson Heintz. They then retired to Sun City Hilton Head, SC for 14 years. He was a retired and devoted P.E. teacher and coach at Colden Elementary/Springville Griffith Institute and had a passion for mentoring children. He was a sports enthusiast and a loyal Buffalo Bills fan and was known for his generosity and kind heart. Joe leaves behind his wife Marilyn, son Kent (Nancy) Heintz, daughters Laura (Bryan) Deal and Kristen (Kevin) Ventrillo, sisters Ellen (James) Johnston, Ann (James-deceased) Glavey, Patricia (Alex Reilly) Fitzsimmons, 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Marian and Joseph Fitzsimmons and sister Mary (Bernard) Carpenter. A memorial service will be held in Buffalo in late spring. In Joe's memory, donations can be made to: Town of Colden Recreation Dept. (Colden Town Hall) in care of: Annie Hoffman, P.O. Box 335, Colden, NY 14033.