Patrick Jerome Fitzsimons
1920 - 2013
Patrick Jerome Fitzsimons, 93, of Boise, died on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at home of natural causes.
Patrick was born on March 17, 1920 at Spalding, Nebraska, to Elzie and Elizabeth Harris Fitzsimons. He grew up in Spalding and the nearby town of Greeley, but he also spent much time on his mother's family farm in nearby Leo Valley, helping his uncles with farm work.
In 1935, he moved with his family to New Plymouth, Idaho, where he graduated from New Plymouth High School. In the summer of 1936 he worked at a sheep ranch in Emmett (for a dollar a day). In the summer of 1937 he worked near Hereford, Oregon, cutting hay (with horses, for two dollars a day). He went back to Oregon for the summer of 1938, working near Prairie City.
He met his wife, Barbara Gene Scott, from Lincoln, Nebraska and then Payette, Idaho, and they married in New Plymouth in 1940. They lived briefly in New Plymouth and Wilder. They then moved to Caldwell, Idaho where their four children were born.
Patrick was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force as a Radar Specialist and Bombardier Trainer. He continued serving in the Air Force Reserves until retirement gaining a top rank of Major. He had his pilot's license and often went out flying on his own in the years after the war.
He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation from 1945 to 1951, as a surveyor and later an inspector, on irrigation canal projects in the Treasure Valley and other parts of Idaho. He had begun working part-time for JC Penney's in 1943, and went full-time with the company in 1951. Subsequently, in 1956, he and his family re-located to southern California, where he continued his JC Penney's career in Long Beach. He retired from Penney's in 1983, and the next year returned to Idaho, settling in Boise to be near family.
He was a member of the Elk's Lodge in Caldwell and a member of the Eagle's Lodge in Boise, where he spent many nights dancing. He loved to dance and watch Western TV shows, and he gave considerable time and attention to his large yard.
Patrick is survived by a son, Michael; daughter, Rosemary "Rosie" Rosco, both of Boise, and a daughter Patty Nichols & her husband Ed of Montgomery Village, Maryland; a sister, Jeanette Larsen, her husband, and family of New Plymouth Idaho; two sisters-in-law, Janie Fitzsimons and Eula Fitzsimons and their families; six grandchildren, Capper Nichols of St. Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth Houghton & her husband Richard of Marmora, New Jersey, Matthew Nichols of Germantown, Maryland, Kristen Nau and her husband Michael, Boise, Idaho, Shaun Fitzsimons, Payette, Idaho, Brian Rosco and his wife Breeanne, Boise, Idaho; and seven great-grandchildren, Naomi, Alix, Brendan, Jacqueline, Mary Elizabeth, Dalton, and Rylee; and 3 great-great grandchildren, Winston, Jackson, and Rosalie; and his dear friend and fiancé, Rosalie "Rosie" Mohr, of Boise.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, a son, Kelly Fitzsimons, his parents, three brothers, Chuck, Jimmy & Bobby Fitzsimons, and granddaughter, Amy Coiner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah in Boise with Reverend Rob Cook as celebrant.
A reception will follow the Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will follow the reception at the Park View Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho.
To share memories with the family please visit Patrick's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 19, 2013
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