James David Fitzpatrick

Born: Mon., Jan. 3, 1944
Died: Fri., Sep. 30, 2011

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James David Fitzpatrick, Sr. – a resident of Pendleton, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011, of a massive heart attack while preparing for a hunting trip with his nephew. He was 67 years old. Recitation of the holy rosary will be conducted on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, followed by interment at Olney Cemetery. Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. James was born on January 3, 1944, at home in Rusk County, Wisconsin, to Donald and Mary Noyes Fitzpatrick. He attended grade school at St. Andrew's and attended high school in Everett, Washington. In the early 1970's, and until 1983, Mr. Fitzpatrick had been an amateur boxing coach with the Red Shield in Spokane, Washington, where he trained his son and nephew. Some of his boxers were National Champions and Olympians, and some even went on to be professional boxers. He also coached 9 and 10 year old little league baseball. Jim had worked as a Journeyman Meat Cutter and a Truck Driver, but was a Direct Sales Representative most of his life. Jim's home door was always open to any and all kids. His children have been quoted as saying that he was "father to us when he didn't have to be". James is survived by his wife Irene Fitzpatrick, at their home in Pendleton, children: Twyla Johnson of Pendleton, OR, Raymond Fitzpatrick of Pendleton, OR, Barbara Art of Richland, WA, Pebbles Fitzpatrick of Pilot Rock, OR, Earlene Brown of Pendleton, OR, David Fitzpatrick of Rexburg, ID, Larry Fitzpatrick of Pendleton, OR, Tonya Fitzpatrick of Phoenix, AZ, and Ralph Fitzpatrick of Amarillo, TX, a sister, Rose Wiseman of Pendleton, OR, 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald & Mary Noyes Fitzpatrick, his brothers: Donnie Fitzpatrick, Tom "Bub" Fitzpatrick, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Michael "Mick" Fitzpatrick, and Dennis Fitzpatrick, a sister, Margie McBean, two grandsons and a great-grandson.

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Martina Gordon
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
I was shocked and heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers have been with you that have been left behind. May you find comfort in your memories and may love and peace surround you during this tragic, dark time.

Peggy Smith Jones
   Posted Wed October 05, 2011
I met Jim about 1965. He was always a gentle man and had a sense of humor. He never ignored people, he always spoke and asked how things were going. I admired him for his principles and his honor. He was devoted to his family and he spoke of how proud he was of them. I am really glad that I got to know such a gentle man and scholar. There are not very many of them around. I want to say how sorry I am that he passed. He was and is a man not to be forgotten.

Angela Jones
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
Uncle Jim was nothing but a great man in my life and has helped me with some troubled times. He will always be in my heart and loved. Ill miss him and treasure all the good times we have had. Thank you for being a part of my life and I love you.

Nita Hyatt
   Posted Thu October 06, 2011
I am so very shocked & sadden by the passing of Jim.. Please know that you all are in my thoughts & prayers..

Les and Lynn Smith
   Posted Fri October 07, 2011
Irene,Dave,Kim and family-we're so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Deirdre Olney
   Posted Sat October 08, 2011
My sympathy is not even enough to tell you how much Jim will be missed. He was a good man. Jim was memorable always, he would make you laugh and then make you shake your finger at him the next moment! Always up for the gamble and in it to win it! I already miss him very much and he will be in my prayers! I send my love and sympathy to Irene, he was forever next to you and will be, forever. Much love to you all at this sad time.

Monika McGuire
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
...Thinking of you all and sending prayers. I first met Jim while dealing blackjack at Wildhorse Casino Resort, he will be remembered as a very special guy with a great smile! Hugs to all!

Rosenda Shippentower
   Posted Sun October 09, 2011
I thought I first met Jim at Washington School when we were in the 5th or 6th grade. But, I notice the obituary says he attended St. Andrews. Maybe we met at Helen McCune Jr. High School. Jim was a good guy when we were kids and he stayed that way all his life. Condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. Sincerely,

Gina Montgomery
   Posted Mon October 10, 2011
I will always remember Jim and his smile and funny antics while keeping score for his co-ed softball team many years ago. My love and prayers go out to Irene and his family during this sad time. He will be missed but never forgotten, Gina

Donna McBean
   Posted Tue October 11, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear this new's. Jim was a very kind man to all who knew him.We will all miss him very much.Please take care of everyone and stay blessed.

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