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Oshawa Funeral Home

847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON

OBITUARY

Thomas Hamilton Fitzsimmons

September 19, 1944June 22, 2020

Thomas Hamilton Fitzsimmons V of Whitby, Ontario passed away on Monday June 22, 2020 in an automobile accident North of Whitby, at the age of 75.

Tom is survived by his wife Karen (nee Murdoch), his children Thomas VI (Denise) of East York and Lindsay (Greg) of Toronto, and his grandchildren Robin and Thomas VII both of East York. Tom is also survived by his brothers Robert and Bruce, his sisters Chauncey and Jill, and his many nieces, nephews, and the extended Murdoch family. Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas IV and Edith, and his brother Richard. He was loved by all and will be missed by all.

As a teacher and principal in the Durham Catholic District School Board, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, and a key figure in recreational sports organizations in Whitby, Tom has touched the lives of many people young and old, locally and abroad. His legacy will live on in the community. Tom will also be remembered as an avid golfer who loved the camaraderie of the game and the travel.

A public memorial visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Thursday July 2nd, from 3PM to 7PM and Friday July 3rd, from 3PM to 7PM. Masks are requested and encouraged. A private family service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise.

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Stacey Ritchie

July 10, 2020

I met Tom as my Principal at Monsignor John Pereyma CSS many years ago. I will always remember the tremendous support he gave to me, his gregarious personality and kindness. Tom was so well connected in our School Board and every time I saw him at a celebration or event, Tom was always there to greet me with a warm smile and a hug. This past year Tom also volunteered at Continuing Education to help support vulnerable youth with their math skills. He is a wonderful example of a Catholic Educator and someone who has taught me a lot about the importance of community. I will miss Tom. He has touched the lives of so many and I am blessed to have known him.

Rosann Pultz

July 7, 2020

Tom made my transition to Monsignor John Pereyma an easy one. Through his patience, guidance and understanding I learned so much as part of his office staff. A big smile and "good morning" was his greeting every day. Tom's love for education and children was apparent in everything he did. He was a devoted family man who spoke lovingly of Karen and he was so proud of his children. Tom will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
My thoughts, prayers and hugs to Karen and family.

Mario Griscti

July 5, 2020

I had the good fortune to work with Tom at the DCDSB. He always found ways to make math relevant and important for his students. He was always quick with a great joke or a wonderful story. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family.

Anne & Mike O’Brien

July 4, 2020

Dear Karen and Fitzsimmons’ family,
We extend our heartfelt condolences to you with the passing of Tom. He was an extraordinary administrator in the DCDSB who cared dearly for the well being of students. We are saddened, as our family got to know Tom well over the years, and are so grateful for his friendship, passion for education and stories. Even in Tom’s retirement, he volunteered tutoring students in math for many years. Peace and prayers to you Karen, and the family at this time of sorrow.

Brian Thompson

July 4, 2020

I’ve known Tom for half of my life, through Rotary, and have had a warm spot in my heart for him from early on. His presence seemed to radiate a joy and camaraderie throughout any crowded room, and even outdoors … when greeting visitors to Ribfest, for instance. He often worked behind the scenes in Rotary, but he was also a standout club president several years ago.
Tom loved a good story, and I fondly recall an occasion when he arranged for a professional storyteller to entertain Rotarians and their guests, in a quiet, darkened room --- lit by candlelight, I believe. The story I recall had a moral. It was a very special evening.
On behalf of my wife (Karen) and me, our warm condolences to Karen and her family. May Tom rest in peace with our Lord Jesus.

Ian Dainty

July 3, 2020

I went through a special class in high school with Tom and Karen. We were all in the same class for three straight years. He was a brilliant and fun guy, with a quick wit. I only saw him once after high school. He was a marshal at a golf course. We had a great reunion then. So sad to see such a talented man taken too soon.

My condolences to Karen and their family.

Monique DeBrouwer

July 3, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of Tom. I met Tom many years ago while working as a nurse at the ACS Clinic in downtown Whitby. It likely won't surprise those reading this that the reason he was there was because of a golf injury when he flipped the cart he was riding on. Despite having an intravenous in his arm and what I recall as painful injuries he was none the less discouraged from wanting to get back on the course to play! Of course I had to strongly advise against this so I do not know if he ended up playing hooked up to his IV or not. I likely only saw him a handful of times but we often talked about golf as this is one of my passions also. He was always very pleasant and a great conversationalist. May he rest in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ron Harris

July 3, 2020

Tom enjoyed his golf. We played together for many seasons before Lynda and I moved to Alliston.

I loved the way he complimented his playing partners and was so supportive of us duffers who did not play as well as he did.

I will continue to have very positive and great memories of Tom and will think of him often as we continue with our golf.

God Bless Karen and Tom's extended family. Remember the good memories forever.

Ron and Lynda

J. Shaw-Ringham

July 3, 2020

Dear Karen: I am sad to hear of your loss of husband and life-partner. I want to say that my heart is with you at this time of remembering, challenge and mourning. I will keep you tucked in my heart.
Love, J. Lynn Shaw-Ringham, Mac'66

Cathy Hermetz

July 3, 2020

Dear Karen and family,
My deepest condolences in your loss.
Tom was my Grade 11 and 12 Math teacher at Denis O’Connor. He certainly instilled a love of math in me. He was always kind and patient with his students. He always told everyone that I was one of his best math students.
He kept in touch with so many of his students over the years, always interested in the ups and downs of our lives
He definitely was a kind and gentle giant. He will be sorely missed by all.
Cathy Hermetz (n. Vandeloo)