Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Joe FitzSimmons

Joseph Thomas (Joe) FitzSimmons Esquire., 74, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021, in his Metropolis, Illinois home with his beloved wife Rima at his side, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Joe was born in Chicago and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. Joe and Rima were united in marriage on Aug 30, 2019 at the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, Illinois.

He graduated from St Ignatius High School, received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University (Chicago), and in 1983 earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Joe joined the Chicago Police Department as a patrolman in 1970. He rose through the ranks to become a detective, sergeant and eventually a lieutenant. He held several other positions with the CPD including teaching law at the Academy. He was Watch Commander when he retired from the CPD in 2008.

In addition to being a sworn officer, Joe also practiced law in the Chicago area for many years.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He loved hunting and fishing on the family property (“The Farm”) in Johnson County, Illinois where he raised prize winning Hungarian Vizslas and honeybees and spent time with family and friends. Joe took great care to be a good steward of The Farm’s timber resources for future generations. He was a past-president of the Illinois Forestry Association.

Joe was a lifelong and loyal fan of the Rolling Stones. Think of him whenever you hear Satisfaction or Gimme Shelter.

Joe’s passing was preceded by that of his loving parents, Dr William and Mary Phyllis Fitzsimmons and his loving sisters Martha, Catherine and Mary. He is survived by his beloved wife Rima, his beloved children Danielle (Kevin Victor) and Brian, his step-son Jon Budzilowicz, his brothers and sisters Brendan (Selena Brown), Venessa, Nora Armstrong, Regina (Todd Olson) and Tom, his brother-in-law Zaven (Lilian) Sevoian and sisters-in-law Rosie Burris and Anita (Larry) Fowler, and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to acknowledge their deep appreciation to Joe’s oncologist, Dr. Wederson Claudino, and the oncology staff of Mercy-Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, KY for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (1407 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607), Illinois Forestry Association (P. O. Box 224, Chatham, IL 62629), or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (1500 Rosecrans Ave, Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA  90266).

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  To share a memory of Joe or to leave an on-line message of condolence for his family, please visit


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