Obituaries

George H. Simmons

May 31st, 2015

George H. Simmons, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 30, 2015.

George was the beloved husband of Anna (Iannello) Simmons for 65 years, devoted father of William H. Simmons & Pamela Pearson of Salem, NH, George H. Simmons, Jr. & Andrea DiFlumeri of Peabody, Pat M. & Helen Simmons of Monroe, CT and Marylou & Richard Gair of Medfield, loving grandfather of Jason Simmons, Billy Simmons Jr., Stacey Simmons, Kyle and Sammar Simmons, Corey Simmons, Shannon Gair, Kelly Gair and Colleen Gair, great-grandfather of Jenavive Simmons Teleshevsky, cherished son of the late William H. Sr. and Mary Alice (Fitzpatrick) Simmons, dear brother of Mary, Ed and Peggy. George is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

George was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late William Herbert Simmons and Mary Alice (Fitzpatrick) Simmons, brother of Edward, Mary, and Peggy Simmons, he was a lifelong resident of Wilmington, Mass.

In his early years, Mr. Simmons loved playing baseball and basketball, and worked at summer camps for children. His favorite camp event was Christmas in July. After graduating from LaSalle Academy in Providence, he fought in World War II, and then graduated from Boston College. He met his wife Anna (the love of his life) at a YMCA dance. He tapped her on the shoulder asked her if he could have the next dance, and they have been dancing together throughout life ever since. He was employed at Somerville High School for 42 years starting as a teacher of Physics and then becoming a Guidance Counselor, where he found his true calling; helping people.

Mr. Simmons had the mind of a scientist, but the heart of a humanitarian. Through his wife’s illness, he used his scientific mind to find ways for her to live a more comfortable life. He truly cared for others during his lifetime, and he wanted to make a difference in the lives of those he had daily contact with, and he did, whether it be the mailman delivering his mail, the cashier at the grocery store, or a neighbor passing by on the street. He considered the true measure of success to be quietly making a difference in the lives of others, and lived by that measure. He was a man of integrity, and honor, and the world is a better place for having had him in it.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, June 3rd at 11:00 am. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Greystone Farm at Salem Associate Fund, 242 Main St. Salem, NH 03079.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “George H. Simmons”

  1. Auntie Carol says:

    Oh, Georgie, (gran’ma’s loving name for you), you were and still are so loved. I WILL SO MISS YOU. I was only 11years old when you entered the family. The love between you and my sister Anna was so strong and you both always made me feel I was included in your lives. You will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Pray for us from Heaven.

  2. Theresa Stevens says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle George. The few memories I have of him are fond ones: when I was younger Auntie Ann and Uncle George called me “the singer” because I sang for them once while we were in a car together. Everytime they saw me they would mention this and ask if I was still singing and I would feel very special. They truly lit up a room together and made everyone around them feel special like not many people can do. Uncle George, you will be missed.

  3. Laurie Valle says:

    Uncle George was a happy part of my childhood. Besides being a ’snappy” dresser his kindness and good humor was a constant. I will never forget my summer ‘vacations’ at the Simmons. I remember Uncle George getting out of the car after work, shedding that seersucker sports jacket and grabbing a baseball mitt to play catch with the boys. He would tell us bedtime stories that always ended with ‘the farmer had an awl and that’s all”. The Fourth of July at my parents pool, no matter how cold or rainy or miserable, Uncle George went for a swim. We never parted without Uncle George saying to each and every one of us “safe journey home”. To you beloved, Uncle “safe journey home.” x o x o x o

  4. Juanita Reppucci says:

    I always remembered the talks that I had with you about Guidance Counseling as I was exploring career choices for myself. That inspiration was part of the reason why I chose the career I have today. Thank you Uncle George. I also remember when I was little and it was time for you to leave a family gathering you would always joke, “I have to home now. My mother is calling me.” I guess this time, she really was calling you…into heaven with her. You will be missed.

  5. Nella Townsend says:

    One of my fondest childhood memories of Uncle George is when we used to go to Silver Lake Beach. Me and Marylou would take turns getting twirled in the water by her Dad while he sweetly sang, “dance ballereeeeeeena.” Uncle George was a kind, gentle soul who gave his all to his family up until his last breath. What a beautiful legacy of love he leaves – and takes with him. No doubt in my mind he’s heard those precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

  6. Pam (Hadfield) McDade says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Simmons passing. He was our neighbor for 56 years, and my parents truly enjoyed their social life with Ann and George. They loved the bridge group, the many travel adventures, and the New Year’s Eve progressive dinners they shared. The entire Hadfield Family will miss him and appreciated his friendship. Our deepest sympathy to the Simmons Family.

  7. Lil Turner says:

    It was nice seeing everyone and George looked wonderful. Bridge, the Dance Party and the theater have given me wonderful memories for all of us.

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