Bob was born in Medford on April 2nd, 1947 and was the dear son of the late William and Janet (Ball) Simmons; brother of Carolyn and her husband Bill Gable, brother of Joseph and his wife Melissa (Glencross) and beloved uncle to Michael and Stefanie Gable and Billy, Tommy and Jonathon Simmons all of Wilmington. Bob was predeceased by his sister, Mary, and his brother Frank.
Bob proudly served his country for four years in the US Air Force. He trained in Biloxi, Mississippi and was stationed in Pakistan. He retired from Raytheon after 30+ years as an engineer. Bob not only played softball for a number of years, but he became known as “Coach” to his many players and friends. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 2071 for many years and became Exalted Ruler in 2009.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, June 27th, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62) Wilmington, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 26th, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Development Office, 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.