Edward Simmons, 89, veteran and avid sailor

Edward Taber Simmons, 89, of Cos Cob died on March 9.

He had lived in Greenwich for more than 60 years and was a native of Fall River, Mass. After completing a post-graduate year at the Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., he attended Brown University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in geology.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater including Borneo, Okinawa and the Philippines on board LST 910, and achieved the rank of quartermaster first class.

After the war he had a long career as a hydrogeologist, working first for the U.S. Geological Survey and then for Leggette, Brashears and Graham Consulting Ground Water Geologists where he served as president from 1979 to 1984. He was a member of the United States LST Association, the National Water Well Association and the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.

Mr. Simmons is remembered for his extensive travels and for being an avid sailor and a student of history. His family also recalled his ability to brighten the lives of those he knew and said he was always eager to greet each one with a smile, a joke or a wink.

He is survived by his wife, Claire Colby Simmons, to whom he was married for 63 years; their three children, Douglas, Diane and Elizabeth; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers, the family said a donation in Mr. Simmons’ memory may be made to the Greenwich Hospital Foundation at 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich.

 

—by the staff

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