Ed Fitzsimmons was born in Springfield, IL to Edward Francis and Betty Fitzsimmons. He went to Griffin High School, graduating in 1965, where he met his future wife, Monica Gant Fitzsimmons. He then went on to earn a degree in 1969 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. His love for the Fighting Illini endured his entire life.
Ed was retired from a dedicated career in law enforcement. For 36 years, Ed ascended through the ranks of the Illinois State Police investigative units, ending his career leading private sector security. Special Agent Fitzsimmons was a part of the Division of Narcotics Control (DNC), a key part of the first ever class of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI) and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The bonds Ed formed with his fellow agents during that time became life long, even as Retired Master Sergeant Fitzsimmons. Ed loved family, friends, music, football, political science, Fighting Illini, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals, and his Irish heritage. Most of all, Ed was a man of great faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Monica Fitzsimmons of Princeton, TX; son Matt Fitzsimmons and wife, Kasie, of Lucas, TX; son Dan Fitzsimmons and wife, Mallory, of Plano, TX; two brothers and he was preceded in death by one brother. He is also survived by his grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Madison Mailhes and husband, Logan, of Cayman Islands; Kylee Fitzsimmons of Lucas, TX; Reagan Fitzsimmons of Lucas, TX; Landry Fitzsimmons of Plano, TX; and Lawson Fitzsimmons of Plano, TX.
The family would like to give special thanks to the entire team at Medical City McKinney whom cared for Ed in his final weeks. Thank you to those who inspired and loved our dear Ed....Dad...husband...grandpa...colleague...friend...child of God.
"May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand."
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Fraternal Order of Police: https://fop.net/donate/