BAILEYVILLE – George Edmund Fitzsimmons, 85, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. George was born Jan. 25, 1927, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, son of the late Herber and Georgina (Swift) Fitzsimmons.

On Oct. 1, 1953, he married Patricia Hayes in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. George worked for Georgia Pacific for more than 32 years as a machine tender, and most recently as a custodian for Woodland School Department, where he worked alongside his wife, Pat. Both George and Pat found great joy in being involved in the lives of the children at school. He was a communicant of St. James the Greater R.C. Church, Baileyville, a member of Calais Council No. 149 Knights of Columbus, and the Quarter Century Club with Georgia Pacific. George will be remembered for always having a smile on his face, his fun nature of teasing and joking, but most importantly his devotion to his family.

In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia “Pat” Fitzsimmons; a son, Paul Fitzsimmons; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Anna and Danny Armstrong; a son-in-law, Ron Armstrong; and two sisters, Marjorie Tammaro and Grace Ross. Surviving are a son, Jeffrey Fitzsimmons and his wife, Debbie, of San Antonio; three daughters, Frances Engroff and her companion, Gordon Newell, of Baileyville, Patricia Metta and her husband, George, of Baileyville and Laura Butler and her husband, Fred, of Casco; a sister, Dorothy McCurdy of Kamloops, British Columbia; 12 grandchildren, Rory, Joshua, Spc. Aaron, Nicole, A.J., Jordan, Hannah, Kimberly, Brian, Adam, Ryan and Heidi; numerous “adopted” grandchildren from the community, many nieces and nephews, many dear friends; and his feline companion, Nervey.

Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James the Greater R.C. Church, Baileyville, with Father James Plourde, celebrant. A spring burial for both George and his wife, Pat, will be held at Woodland Cemetery. Donations in George’s memory may be made to St. James the Greater R.C. Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 898, Calais, ME 04619 or the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Condolences and memories may be shared at