Robert “Bob” Fitzsimons died peacefully Tuesday morning, October 24th, at the age of 88.
A life long resident of St. Paul, Bob attended and graduated from St. Agnes Church and School, where he served as an altar boy. He learned his trade of carpentry at St. Paul Vo Tech, after which he had a 50 year career with James Steele Construction Co. Bob’s work can still be seen all over the Twin Cities. He was also a long time member of Carpenters Local 322.
He served honorably in the US Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant.
In 1973, Bob became an “Eastsider” and he joined Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, where he attended mass regularly. In addition to his financial support, in his retirement, Bob joined Presentation’s “Tuesday Toilers”, church members who donated their time and skills to make repairs and improvements to the church, school, and its grounds and offices.
In 1957, Bob married the love of his life, Norma. Their 65 years together was an inspiration to all who knew them. That life together came to an end in June of 2022, when Norma reached the end of her journey. Now, they are together again.
Bob was also preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Agnes; and his younger brother Wally.
He is survived by two brothers Ralph and Ray; four children Bob (Beth Lafayette), Nancy (Andy Johnson), Jim (Amy), and Steve (Leslie); three grandchildren Andy, Jacki, and Hayden; and two great grandchildren Dru and Sylas, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bob was a kind, caring, and generous husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved his work and took great pride in it. He was a good provider and protector of his family. Also, everyone who knew him knew very well his wry sense of humor.
Bob was also a supporter of the American Red Cross. Over the years, he had donated gallons of blood to them. His blood was especially beneficial to newborns. Perhaps that’s why he was so well liked by babies.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4th, at Mueller Memorial in St. Paul, 835 Johnson Parkway
. Visitation will start at 9:30am, service will be at 11:30am. Lunch will be served and many, many stories will be shared.
In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family requests that cash donations be made to the American Red Cross. And, please, consider donating blood to honor Bob’s memory.