Wendell B. Simmons

Wendell B. Simmons

December 19, 1940 - June 23, 2012

Wendell B. Simmons

December 19, 1940 - June 23, 2012


It is with great sadness we share with all that Wendell Simmons has left this life he loved so much on June 23rd, 2012 at 5:03am. We will all miss his charismatic and magnetic personality. He squeezed every ounce of fun, excitement and life out of every moment he lived. He was kind hearted to a fault and he always made you laugh. He could tell a story better than most and he was famous for being the one central to the punch line. He loved tennis and ping pong and was known to beat everyone, no matter age or ability. Wendell always had a song in his heart and he was the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gerry, his mother, Vivian, his brother Glenn (Judy), his two children, Mark (Mark) and Wendy (Bob), his three step-children, John (Michele), Kelley (Jennifer), and David, his six grandchildren, Brandy, Candice, Tosha, Ambra, Melissa and Lauren and one great-grandchild, Aiden.

He fought valiantly to beat this disease of cancer and showed us all that a good man never dies, but lives with us in our re-telling of fond memories. So, please join us this Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10am for a memorial service to celebrate his life and a graveside ceremony at the family plot in Green Hills Cemetery at 2:45pm to lay him in his final resting place.

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27 responses to Wendell B. Simmons

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  1. We’d like to send our sincere condolances to Gerry and Wendell’s entire family.
    We will never forget Wendell’s magnetic personality, his constant smile, and most of all his friendship. We will also miss his wonderful, informative and funny e-mails which made us look forward to each day to see what Wendell will send us today. we will cherish those saved e-mails (not all of them, that would be impossible), but some of the funniest and most informative.
    Wendell, Martha will miss you at the arobics class and I will miss you at tennis, it will not be the same without you. But we are sure, that wherever you are,by now you are probably organizing new classes and planning those pot lucks.
    Rest in peace our friend,
    Martha and Paul Weiss

  2. I had not heard from Wendell since his leaving Vanguard, except for a rare email or two over the years. While he was here, though, he enlivened this place as only he could. A few memories:

    – Many a laugh over his “commuting” drive-a-wreck car that I have no idea how he managed to squeeze an extra 1000 miles out of it, when everyone else thought it had died (two times, already)…

    – The wig and wig dummy that he used to use as a “car-pool” friend, and how he would hold it up and carry on conversations with it when he thought the CHP was coming….

    – Fooling around with his PC here at work and making him think that the machine had a ghost by remotely closing programs, and him showing everyone, with no one believing him….

    – His love of music, a joke, and having a laugh…

    My sincerest condolences to the family during this sad time.
    Bill Tomlinson
    A friend from Vanguard

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