Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons Children and Family Fund at Seamen’s Society

Memorializing the long-time support of Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons and continuing the family legacy, this unique fund has been launched as a cornerstone of Seamen’s Society’s 175th anniversary celebration.

Memorializing the long-time support of Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons and continuing the family legacy, this unique fund has been launched as a cornerstone of Seamen’s Society’s 175th anniversary celebration.

The Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons Children and Family Fund at Seamen’s Society has been established by their children, Laura L. Volsario and Robert J. Fitzsimmons, Jr., to continue the Fitzsimmons’ family legacy of supporting children and families. 

Barbara and Robert Fitzsimmons

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons were both very involved with Seamen’s Society. The late Mr. Fitzsimmons ran holiday parties for the children, organized the annual calendar drive, and helped secure the agency’s current office building on Bay Street. The late Mrs. Fitzsimmons served on the Seamen’s Society Board of Managers in the 1980s and its Advisory Board in the 1990s.

“The fund we are creating continues our parents’ desire to help children and families,” said Laura Volsario, Chairperson of Seamen’s Society’s Board of Trustees, and Vice President, Broker/Owner of Gateway Arms Realty Corp. “They had a passion for helping people and supporting the community.”

“Giving back to the community was never a question,” said Robert J. Fitzsimmons, Jr., President, Broker/Owner of Gateway Arms Realty Corp. “The question was finding the specific need, and this experiential fund establishes a way to support the good work of the agency.”

The Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons Children and Family Fund at Seamen’s Society will fund experiential opportunities — including cultural, educational, and recreational activities — for children and families in the organization’s care.

“We are very grateful to Laura and Robert for continuing their family’s legacy by providing this extraordinary gift that will benefit many children and families in the years ahead,” said David W. Gaskin, President and CEO of Seamen’s Society. “As we approach our 175th anniversary, in April, this special tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons will be the cornerstone of our celebration.”

To make a donation to the Robert and Barbara Fitzsimmons Children and Family Fund at Seamen’s Society, click here, or contact Andrew Miller, Senior Director of Development at (718) 447-7740 ext. 4269.

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