Conley B. Simmons

Nov 22, 2019
Conley Simmons

Friendship — Conley Burgess Simmons, 90, of Friendship, passed away Nov. 21, 2019 with family by his side at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Conley was born to parents Burgess Lee Simmons and Jennie Frances Simmons on March 31, 1929, in Friendship. Conley was a life-long resident of Friendship. His love for the ocean played a major role in his life. For many years he harvested the sea in his lobster boat the "Lucia Ann" which he himself built with his own two hands. Conley loved to invite family and friends to go out on the sea to fish. He loved to eat fresh seafood especially fresh Maine crab meat. Conley's favorite meal was fried clams and haddock shared with friends and family.

In his later years, he enjoyed being a self-employed painter and wall paper hanger. As he grew older, his skills of craftsmanship bloomed in his woodworking shop. Conley and Sarah were known throughout the region as skilled creators of sail boat whirli-gigs and cartoon character lawn runners. Conley also had an amazing green thumb. His home vegetable gardens always provided the family with fresh vegetables season after season.

Conley and Sarah loved to meet new people. You would often times find Conley and Sarah walking the Rockland Harbor boardwalk running into friends and enjoying socializing. Conley had a joyful heart and always enjoyed making people laugh.

Conley defined strength and perseverance through tough obstacles in life with the cards he was dealt since his early years on Earth. He inspired every person he met to work hard and stay positive to achieve a happy and healthy life.

He is survived by, his wife of 57 years, Sarah Kelly Simmons; son Lanson Simmons and wife Diane from Merrimack, N.H.; daughter Lucia Ann Williamson and husband Craig of York, Pa. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jared Williamson, Kelly Williamson, Nicholas Simmons and Celina Simmons. He is also survived by his three great-grand children, Madison McKenzie, Hunter McKenzie and Olivia McKenzie. Predeceased by his granddaughter Tiffany McClure.

There will be no services held at this time.

The family respectfully request donations be submitted to the Sussman House, c/o Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, Maine in his loving memory.

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit

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