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David King FitzSimons

David King FitzSimons, 85, of Harbor Springs and Vero Beach, Fla., died Thursday, May 16, 2024. He was surrounded by his loving family in his treasured Roaring Brook cottage on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

He was born Sept. 8, 1938, in Detroit, to Sherman J. and Mary Josephine Collins FitzSimons. He attended Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army for two years while stationed in Germany.

Mr. FitzSimons lived his life in Grosse Pointe Farms with his devoted wife of 49 years, Barrie Gartrell FitzSimons, who predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by his beloved companion of 11 years, Eleanor Naess; and his children and their spouses, Kerry and Charles Wilson, David and Holly FitzSimons, William and Lisa FitzSimons and Allison and John LaFramboise. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren, Josephine, Charlie and Place Wilson, Katherine and Patrick FitzSimons, Freddy and Henry FitzSimons and Thomas, Grace and Madeline LaFramboise. He also is survived by his sister, Joan FitzSimons Smith; brother, Michael FitzSimons; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Julie FitzSimons, Sherman FitzSimons III, Suzanne Reynolds and Fay Buhl.

His business career began in Detroit at FitzSimons Manufacturing Co., a maker of on-time fuel systems components for auto and truck assemblers in North America. In 1972, he was elected president of FitzSimons Manufacturing. In 1983, Copper & Brass Sales Inc., a processor and distributor of non-ferrous metals, acquired FitzSimons Manufacturing and Mr. FitzSimons remained as president. In 1985, he was elected executive vice president of Copper & Brass. After Copper & Brass merged with ThyssenKrupp Materials North America, he retired in 1998, and settled into life in Vero Beach, Fla.

Mr. FitzSimons was a former member and past president of the Country Club of Detroit, as well as a member of the Yondotega Club in Detroit. In northern Michigan, he was a member of the Little Harbor Club, Wequetonsing Golf Club in Harbor Springs and The Fontinalis Club in Vanderbilt. In Vero Beach, he was a member of John’s Island Club and Riomar Country Club. Mr. FitzSimons also was a member of the U.S. Seniors Golf Association.

David was a caring husband and companion, loving father and loyal friend. His quick wit, bright smile and generous spirit brought joy to many. He was happiest when sharing a round of golf, day fishing or tour of the bay on his boat with friends or family at his side. He was blessed to be loved by many and returned that love to all he knew.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Schiller Funeral Home, 5505 M-119, Harbor Springs. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 513 Howard, Petoskey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little Traverse Conservancy, 3264 Powell, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, landtrust.org/donate/.