It is with extreme sadness that FSR has announced the passing of its co-founder and Chairman, Bill Fitzsimmons. Bill passed away peacefully on October 25th at his home in Boca Raton, Florida after a year-long battle with cancer with his business partner, dearest friend and companion Jan Sandri at his side. Bill was 91 years young.
“Bill was a gentleman to the core,” said Sandri. “He lived life to the fullest, enjoying the challenges of running a successful business and contributing to an exciting and invigorating industry. But he especially loved being surrounded by family, either those he was related to, or his FSR family. Our hearts break with our loss as we mourn the passing of a great leader, friend, colleague, inspiration and quite simply a kind human being.”
Bill received a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Babson College, and an MS in Physics from Tufts University. His early career included positions in the Budd Company and the ITT Defense Group, Avionics division, working on both TACAN and LORAN navigation systems. He subsequently moved on to Sales Engineering where he successfully worked on many large government contracts.
In his spare time and as a hobby, he designed and built the first control system for the New Jersey Lottery for a friend who owned Charles Maltby Exhibits, and then designed and built the first dissolve systems for Charles Rodriguez at AV Services. […]