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In Loving Memory

James Donald Fitzsimmons

February 5, 1949 – August 19, 2020

James Donald Fitzsimmons ("Fitz") 71, of Friendswood Texas passed away August 19, 2020.

Fitz was born in Columbus Ohio on February 5, 1949 to Betty Mayer Felicia Fitzsimmons and Donald Fitzsimmons, who preceded him in death. His sister Janet F. Temple also preceded him in death. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio and Graduated from Walnut High School in 1967 where he was captain of the cross-country ski team. Then went off to Ohio State and moved to California (Hermosa Beach) before enlisting in the Army. He went to the Vietnam War in 1969 where he delivered mail and did accounting work. He returned to the states where he pursued a career in the car business for the next 40+ years in Houston Texas. He opened a wholesale car business Cars by Fitz in 1991 where he worked until his last days.  While working in the car business he met and married Karen Ann Harbour in 1980.

He is survived by his ex-wife and 2 sons, Karen H. Fitzsimmons, James D. Fitzsimmons, II (37) his wife Chrissy Burns, and John H. Fitzsimmons (34).  "Paw Paw" will be sorely missed by his 2 grandchildren, James D. Fitzsimmons, III and Lila Rose Fitzsimmons and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Fitz had a lifelong love for having a good time.  His love of riding motorcycles never faded. He loved a good live concert or album. He spent a lot of time on the Golf Course in his 40's and 50's.  Jim was famous for loving life and making the best of all life had to offer him.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Deacon Chuck Turner officiating

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2202 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 (713) 791-1414 or www.houston.va.gov or your Local VA Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to the Fitzsimmons family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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7 thoughts on “James Donald Fitzsimmons”

  1. As we travel thru life we meet a lot of people some we remember some we don't. Fitz was
    a great Friend full of Fun and Laughter!
    Fitz we will miss you and your stories.
    Rest In Peace. Louie and Valerie Speaks

  2. We will all miss Fitz, he was a great friend to my husband (Brad Sr.) and I. He was the best man at our wedding over 31 years ago. Fitz was fun to talk to and he listened. He always had words of wisdom and advice on autos.
    Rest in Peace. Cherri, Brad Jr, and Monty Stanley

  3. Only knew Fitz a few years, but top 3 funniest guys I ever met. I always had a smile every time I was around him because I knew we were about to laugh. You will be missed Fitz!

  4. Fitz one of the best wholesaler in the car business..know Fitz 30 plus years ..you will be missed ..
    My Condolence to the family
    Rudi Garcia

  5. This been very hard for me to find the words. We deeply regret we could not be at Jim's service, as we are dealing with finalizing the death of one of our own. I've known Jim since the seventh grade, my husband, Bruce since the. Eleventh grade. We were all fast friends, I'd said Jim was a best friend to both of us. Bruce and Jim were roommates, army buddies, and coworkers. We have many wonderful memories. We send our sincere condolences to Karen,, Jimmy, Johnny and all of his family and friends. We are so grateful we got to visit. Him this past February. The is a huge holes in our hearts, but we will keep his memories there to fill the space he left. There will never be another "Fitz" in our life.
    Becky and Bruce Rutherford
    New Albany, Ohio

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