Richard F. Simmons

Mar 01, 2021
Richard Simmons

Rockland — Richard F. Simmons, 94, passed away at home Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, surrounded by family.

He was born in Rockland to the late Floyd G. and Grace E. (Lindsey) Simmons and was a 1943 graduate of Rockland High School.

Richard served his country in the Army from 1944 to 1946 during World War II. He attained the rank of Technician 5, and received the Army of Occupation Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Upon returning from the war, he married Jean Gillchrest in 1947.

He became the manager for Endicott-Johnson Shoe Store in Hyannis in 1948, and they then moved to Westfield in 1962, where he became the manager of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Store in Westfield. He was then hired by Moriarty Shoe Store as the manager of the men and boy's shoe department in the Holyoke and Westfield stores from 1966 to 1979. He then went to work for Paul Shoe Center in Chicopee from 1979 to 1984.

Richard was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, the Westfield Camera Club, Springfield Photographic Society and the American Legion Post 454.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife Jean P. (Gillchrest) Simmons in New Bedford; loving children, Cheryl J. Simmons of South Hadley, Mass., David A. Simmons of New Bedford, Mass., and Scott R. Simmons of Indianapolis, Ind.; cherished grandchildren Matthew, Shannon, Kelly, Samuel and Sarah and great-grandchildren Abigail, Gracen, Emma and Claire.

Sadly, he was predeceased by two grandchildren, Lindsay and Jeremy.

All services for Richard will be held in the spring. Donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to the New England Camera Club Council Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5494, Springfield MA 01101.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield MA 01085.

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