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Bob Fitzsimmons

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Robert Peter Fitzsimmons, 67, of Goldendale, Washington departed on the ultimate hunting and fishing trip Saturday, May 18, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Born January 6, 1946 to June and Kenneth (Pete) Fitzsimmons of Oroville, California, the family moved to Prineville, Oregon in 1957, when he was in the seventh grade. Bob completed his education in Prineville and was a member of the graduating class of 1963 from Crook County High School.

Following in his father’s footsteps, in 1964 he started his journey to become a lineman with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company of Fresno, California. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he moved back to Oregon and began working for the Condon office of Columbia Basin Electric Co-op in January of 1970 and spent over 30 years dedicated to keeping the power on for the residents of Gilliam and Wheeler Counties.

He married Roberta Bruce in 1965 and they were blessed with two children, Aaron and Jeanine whom they raised together in Condon. They later divorced.

On May 14, 1996, he married the love of his life, his wife, Sharon Coleman in Shaniko, Oregon. They made their home in Fossil, Oregon for several years before relocating to Goldendale in 2001 following his retirement from the Columbia Basin Electric Co-op.

On July 1, 2001, he began working at the Klickitat County PUD and held the position of Line Superintendent at the time of his death. He truly loved his job and the people he worked with immensely and made many close friends during his years there. It was said that “for a guy that gives the impression of having a rough exterior, Fitz has a heart of gold.”

Bob spent his life outdoors and was an avid sportsman. His happiest times were spent hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed guiding fishing trips, meeting new people and following his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was an extremely gifted woodworker and spent countless hours in his shop creating treasures that will long be cherished by family and friends.

Always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors and friends, Bob was very involved in the community and particularly enjoyed working with kids. He was a very devoted father and was always there for his family. Whether coaching his sons’ baseball team, teaching hunters’ safety courses to the kids of the area, or simply lending an ear and extending much needed advice. His children and grandchildren were the pride of his life.

He became a Master Mason in May of 1984, was a member of the Condon Elks Lodge 1869 where he served as Exalted Ruler in 1976 & 1977, and was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 125, Oregon Hunters Association, National Rifle Association and Northwest Steelheaders Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother, Richard Dunn. He is survived by his wife Sharon of Goldendale; mother, June Dunn Guimont of Woodburn, Oregon; son Aaron (Chris) Fitzsimmons of Condon, Oregon; daughters Jeanine (Rob) Conlee of The Dalles, Oregon; and Shannon (Vince) Vanoss of Leonardtown, Maryland; grandchildren, Marnie, Derek, Coby, Aleks and Stefan; sister-in-law Carolyn Reeves of Prineville, Oregon; sister Debra Bowar of Woodburn, Oregon; brother; Richard Fitzsimmons of Madera, California; and niece Lindsey Dunn of Portland, Oregon.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. at the Goldendale Country Club, 1901 N. Columbus Ave. in Goldendale, Washington. It will be followed by a potluck celebration of his life, so bring your favorite “Fitz” stories. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made through IBEW Local 125 to the Oregon Burn Center. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled cremation arrangements.

 

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