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, 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.
(Obituary & photo from Nichols Funeral Home.)