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Gloucester — Thomas Henry Simmonds, Jr., 83, husband of Lois (Whidden) Simmonds, of East Main Street, Gloucester, passed peacefully from this life on July 31, 2014 at the Lahey Medical Center, Burlington.

Born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., May 23, 1931, into the Naval family of the late Capt. Thomas H. and Ellice A. (Smith) Simmonds. He attended schools in Virginia, California and Panama, graduating from the University of Virginia and completed his education with a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Simmonds was a Korean Era veteran serving in the Navy from which he retired as a reserve lieutenant.

In 1960, he married Lois Whidden of Worcester, and together they raised three daughters. He was employed his entire career with Bell Telephone Laboratories stationed in North Andover until he moved to Gloucester in his retirement.

He enjoyed electronics and ran a small internet computer business. His real gift was for mechanics: he built or fixed cars, boats and anything around the house. His other strong interests included sailing, auto touring the United States and most of all, his family.

He was a member of the First Universalist Church of Essex.

In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by daughters, Nancy, who is married to Bill Gorman of Essex, Peggy who is married to Tom Duff of Essex and Lois “Beth” formerly married to Bill Bairstow, both of Gloucester. As a consequence, he has taught practical skills to nine grandchildren, Tom, Jamie and Liam Gorman, Eliot, Lindsey and Jenny Duff, Bob, Foster and Aiden Bairstow. He also leaves a sister, Ellice Smart and a niece, Hilary Pluemer, both of Coppell, Texas.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service with military honors will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, graveside, in the Spring Street Cemetery of Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  August 7, 2014
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