Billy Wayne

"Fuzzy" Fitzsimmons

Fuzzy Fitzsimmons returned to his maker on the 82 anniversary of his birth, July 16, 2011. He was born in Mason City, Neb., on July 16, 1929, to Alfred Fitzsimmons and Alice Hutchinson Fitzsimmons. He married Ella on July 17, 1949, in the Upper Applegate Grange at McKee Bridge.

Fuzzy was a self-employed diesel mechanic the majority of his working years. He retired to Crescent City where he and Ella went into the commercial fishing business. He and Ella moved back to the Medford area to be closer to family when they retired from fishing.

In his younger years Fuzzy enjoyed motorcycle hill climbing and stock car racing. He was a favorite of youthful racing fans as he never failed to give them his winning trophies. He came by the name Fuzzy when his nephews glued a bright red wig on his racing helmet. The wig stayed and so did the name. He was also a past member of The Little Butte Mountain Men. Fuzzy was always there for a friend in need.

He is survived by his wife, Ella (Hard) Fitzsimmons with whom he spent one day short of 62 loving years. He is also survived by daughters, Lee Fitzsimmons, Laura Waldren, of Watsonville, Calif.; Ree Fitzsimmons Ayres (Reggie), of Medford, Ore.; brother, Harold (Meredith); three grandchildren and seven great grand children whom he adored. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia Falconer; and brother, Robert Fitzsimmons.

No service is planned at this time but feel free to toast him with your favorite beverage and wish him a fond farewell and a wonderful journey. Memorial contribution may be made in his name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital if you are so inclined.

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