Fitzpatrick, James 'Jim' Henry

Fitzpatrick, James 'Jim' Henry

December 16th, 2018

Suddenly, on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Beloved husband of Deanne for 60 years. Loving father of Larry (Pam), Mary-Lynn, and Ken. Cherished Poppa of Alison (John) Buckle and Kathleen. Proud Poppa Jim of Ethan, Emily and Eric Buckle. Dear brother of Marilyn (Ron) Wettlaufer. Also will be missed by his sister-in-law Dixie (Doug) Robbie, brother-in-law George (Babs) Snelgrove, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim worked for London Life Insurance Company for 38 years before retiring in 1996. He was an enthusiastic member of the Canadian Celtic Choir, the Greenhills Golf Club, the London Curling Club, and the London “Y” Aquatic Club. Jim and Deanne made great memories sailing out of Bayfield. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation two hours prior. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jim are asked to consider The Salvation Army and St. George’s Anglican Church in Denfield.

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Ross & ShirleyDeanne: Our sincere condolences to you & all of your family members on the loss of a most treasured soul. A true friend of all he came in touch with. He will be truly missed by all. We wish we could be with you on Saturday but we will be in BC with our family for the Christmas Holiday. We will be thinking of you & your family as you celebrate a life well lived & respected by all. God Bless.
Wendy ValhoffDear Deanne, I have been in the Canadian Celtic Choir for nearly seven years, and I saw Jim as the very heart of the choir. He made things work, and he was much loved and appreciated by all of the choristers. Jim was one of the first people to befriend me when I joined the choir and I liked and admired him very much. One thing that impressed me right from the start was his obvious love for you. He wore his heart on his sleeve. I have had you and your family in my thoughts since I heard the sad news last night Sarah and I send our heartfelt sympathy.
Bill ZadorskyDear Deanne and Family: Jim was the first to welcome me officially to the Canadian Celtic Choir in April of 2010 and from that moment on I realized what a very special man and personality he was for this choir. We had many a meeting together at the Timmy's in Byron to go over things and management issues for the choir. One thing I realized rather quickly was the fact that even though the choir took a vast amount of he time he always made room for you Deanne and the family. Jim made a number of trips with you to Florida but always managed to have the choir affairs in order before leaving for his extended holidays with you, Deanne. I want you to know that Jim was loved deeply by all of us in the choir and may we all emulate the humility of this gentle soul. Somewhere in heaven he is playing golf and taking time to sing in the All Saints Choir! Brenda and I offer our deepest sympathy for the loss of a husband, father, and friend to so many.
Al & Barb SeymourDear Deanne Sorry to hear of Jim"s passing our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mark and Sue KelleyDear Deanne and the Kids. Growing up knowing you for 55+ years being part of my parents lives, hearing all the accolades of the kids lives in sports adventures and your trips abroad. Coming to the cottage year after year, spending time in London too. We share your sympathy and sincere condolences. I am so happy you shared a recent visit to eastern Ontario, as you have to take advantage of these chances when you can. You made Heather and Dave so happy with your reminiscing. Again, love you from afar.
Ana Lopes-PetrykJim you were an exceptionally kind person and a real gentleman! You will be missed by all who knew you. My deepest sympathies to your wife & family from me & my family. May your memory be forever!
Jim and Sandra RocheDear Deanne and all the family We share deeply the sorrow in your hearts. I keep thinking how deeply Jim touched so many people with his openness to all we threw at him! The memories just keep flooding in from the friendship that budded at Greenhills, to our great Muskoka trips, to all the golf we shared, to the few short years in the Celtic Choir, to the fabulous trip together to Newfoundland, to Florida and South Carolina adventures to your annual visits to the cottage, to always keeping your door open for us for sleepovers and so much more. Most recently we so enjoyed your visit to Uxbridge for which we are now especially grateful. For Jim I'm so glad that his golf swing is now perfected forever. We have lost such a dear friend and we cherish the opportunity to continue our friendship with you and promise to keep in touch always. We are praying for you and the family and ask God's blessing on all of you.
Joe and Carol DochertyDear Deanne and family, we share in the sorrow you are all feeling. Jim was one of the first members of the Choir to welcome me and I could feel the warmth of his gentle personality. His contributions to the group cannot be overstated. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our condolences. Heaven has gained another tenor.
Joe and Sue BarnesOur deepest condolences to the Fitzpatrick family in this most difficult of circumstances . Jim was a wonderful person to call friend . We loved his humour and generosity during our all too short time of friendship. Rest in peace Jim . Parting is such sweet sorrow. Joe and Sue Barnes
David Manness and Ivana KloudaDear Deanne and Family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We are left with many great memories of being with Jim and his family. We enjoyed many milestones through the years. We also had many laughs over the years. We have travelled together and enjoyed many rounds of golf at home and afar as well. Jim is well known, well respected and loved in London and he will be greatly missed, but remembered very fondly, especially by the two of us. We regret that we will be with family in the west coast on Saturday, but will have your in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.....
Jane & Stew WattFair winds and following seas, dear friend.
Manny PardoHey Ken! Really sorry for loss. My condolences to you and your family
Dale DeMarchiKen, Deanne and Fitzpatrick family, Sending my deepest condolences on Jim's sudden passing. I am remembering many years of friendship between Jim and my dad, for which I'm really grateful. His grace comes when grace is needed so trust that He will carry you through the short and long term. I know He will meet you in your sorrow and comfort you in your grief. Praying for all of you. Peace, Dale
bruce&alix nicolsonDeanne and family,Our deepest condolences on Jims passing.Jim was one of the first golfers I met when we moved to london.His kind and caring ways were always evident to everyone.I will truly miss my fellow lefty. comforting thoughts for you and your family. Bruce&Alix
John and Maria ReyersDeanne and family, so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Harry MurrayDear Deanne: So sorry to hear the sad news of Jim's passing. Deepest sympathy to you from Shirley and I and on behalf of all the members our Morning Golf Group at Greenhills, which was founded and effectively promoted by Jim. We will miss him.
Peter AskeyDear Deanne and Family: So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. When I first joined the London Curling Club, I remember how comfortable Jim made me feel on the ice despite my novice skills. I had the greatest respect for his curling skills, his sense of game strategy and his sportsmanship.
Ian DaviesDear Deanne & family: I was in total shock on Sunday evening when I heard the news. Just last Friday, Jim, you & I were talking in your kitchen and feeling positive about finally finding out what was the cause of Jim's recent frailty. Jim was truly the heart and soul of the Canadian Celtic Choir and I will miss working with him so closely on all the concerts. His gentle spirit will be with us forever. We are dedicating our spring concert to his memory. It was my honor to toast Jim at last night's CCC Christmas dinner. Kay, Julianna & I send you our love and sympathy. Deep Peace.
Cindy and Bruce ThomDear Deanne and Family. From curling mixed for several years together to golfing at Greenhills and away as well as visiting in Florida and lots of dinners and bottles of wine, we have so many great memories. You have both always epitomized the adage of treating your family like friends and your friends like family. We have been honored to feel like part of that family. We along with so many other family and friends will miss Jim and his gentle ways greatly. A dear friend and a true gentleman. Lots of love. Cindy and Bruce.
Bonnie and GA SwansonDear Deanne and family: I first met Jim not at Greenhills but at London Life. I had transferred into the Marketing department from the Kitchener regional office. Jim introduced himself and welcomed me to the department. When GA and I joined Greenhills one of the first members to welcome me and also GA was Jim. Jim will be greatly missed by all of his fellow golfers at Greenhills. Bonnie and GA.
Daniel CastilloWords are not enough to describe Jim's soul and kindness. He was a very good friend, sincere and opened his heart to me and my family in Canada. I will be grateful forever and I will keep the best memories shared together at the Canadian Celtic Choir. Have a good trip dear Jim ... the best one beyond life ...
Terry & Carol MoirDear Deanne. We are so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. We will remember him for his good nature and gentlemanly ways. His presence at the London Curling Club will be missed by all who knew him. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
John & Marilyn VessieSorry to hear of Jim's passing. John will miss Jim's tinkering with his golf swing, as he always tried for the perfect swing. May your family, friends, and memories help you in the days ahead.
Ginet DeMarchiDeanne- Sending sincere condolences to you and your family on Jim’s passing. Will always remember our many happy times together playing golf, trips to Santee and sharing dinners. Unfortunately, I will be in Aurora on Saturday with my family but will keep you in my thoughts during this difficult time,
Chuck and Carol JoyntDear Deanne, Chuck and I are so sorry to hear about Jim. Sending our condolences to you at this very difficult time. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck and Carol Joynt
Dorothy & Gerry DrodgeDeanne & Family: Our condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Rosanne & Doug MilesLarry, Pam, and family: Larry, reading the comments above, it sound like you were blessed to have such a wonderful father. Our sincere sympathy, Rosanne and Doug
Lynn &Bill ArbingDeanne &family, We send you our deepest condolences. We met you both when we joined Greenhills, and always enjoyed your warmth, friendliness and humor. We have so many good memories of both of you. May peace be with you at this time. Sincerely Lynn &Bill Arbing
Eric & Mary Ellen DugganDeanne and family: We are deeply saddened by your loss. Jim has touched our lives in so many ways over the past years with his energy and dedication in curling, golf and the Canadian Celtic Choir. We have fond memories of how Jim chased us around the neighbourhood trying to get us to join the choir. He succeeded in spite of our resistance and we are forever grateful. Unfortunately we will be unable to be with you on Saturday but our thoughts will be with you. Eric and Mary Ellen
Barbara LePageDear Deanne, I was extremely saddened to hear of Jim's recent passing, and wanted to pass along my very sincere condolences to you and your family. Jim was such an integral part of the Canadian Celtic Choir, and I know it will take all of us awhile to realize exactly how many tasks he took on willingly and without fuss. As others have noted, and I wish to reiterate, Jim was such a gentle and giving man, and had a wonderful, kind personality. I wish I could be at Jim's Celebration of Life Ceremony tomorrow, but I am in Nova Scotia at this time with my daughter and family. Please know that I will be there in spirit, singing along with those of the choir who will be able to make it. Once again, my sincere sympathies and condolences to you at this difficult time. Barbara
Carlyn ChapmanI remember Jim fondly from my time in the Canadian Celtic Choir. He was a kind man and will be missed.
Don Munro & Linda JonesSaddened to hear the news. Thinking of all the Fiitzes especially at this difficult time.
Dave MorrowOne of the really good guys. Kind, generous, good sense of humour, a person you could always count on. I have fond memories of working and playing together. Deanne and family we are thinking of you, your loss and great memories. Dave & Joan
Donna ForwardDear Deanne, words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family at this sad and difficult time. As many others have expressed Jim was the heart and soul and had his hand on the pulse of this choir. He took on too may roles to list. Thank you for graciously and patiently putting up with us as Jim took care of his choir. We will all miss him and his voice terribly. RIP Jim
Pam JohnstonTo Deanne and family, I joined the choir in January 2015 and as always Jim was the first person to contact me about membership.May your many,many happy memories of such a humble , wonderful, and gentle man give you comfort and peace. Jim was truly a treasure to know. He will be missed greatly.....
Jean and ken walmsleyDear Deanne and family. It is hard to imagine a world without Jim in it. His curiosity about what people think about a particular topic for discussion was always good for getting talking going. We shall never forget his attempts at convincing us that we should form a co-op for living together in our older age, with each of us being responsible for our main interest. As Deanne and I were nurses, we opted out of the program, much to Jim’s chagrin. Jim was only to happy to offer his services for being in charge of the many remote controls to all our TVs. We did enjoy many conversations around the topic. The curling years we wonderful and provided us with many great memories, especially winning the club championship in Deanne’s first year of curling....1981! Thanks for the memories, Jim. Ken, you did a very remarkable eulogy for your dad with the obvious input from Larry and Mary Lynn. Jean and Ken Walmsley
Alexa PritchardMy sincere condolences. I regret that I never met Jim. Sounds like we have a lot in common other than being cousins.
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