Edward F. Simonds, 91: Lived a magnificent adventure

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SCARBOROUGH — Edward F. Simonds, 91, died on March 18 after a brief illness.

Simonds was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Portland, the second son of Elizabeth and John H. Simonds Sr. He graduated from Deering High School in 1938 and after a post-graduate year at Hebron Academy, he attended Bowdoin College where he was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity, graduating in 1943.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theater. Upon his return he served with the 103rd Infantry of the Maine National Guard until 1959, achieving the rank of captain.

In 1940 he married his childhood sweetheart, Rose Ellen Hayes, and for the next 72 years they had the most wonderful journey imaginable.

After a successful business career, in which he began as a salesman for the McBee Co. and ended as a vice president for the Bell & Howell Co., he and his wife embarked on a series of trips throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

In his busy life he found time to volunteer, serving on the Scarborough Planning Board, Hospice of Southern Maine, St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, also taking major fund-raising roles for the Scarborough Public Library and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.

For more then 70 years Simonds summered at Pine Point. He taught himself to sail, taking many visitors on adventuresome odysseys in Saco Bay. He skied into his 80s and loved a round of golf at “South Portland Muni.”

He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, John H. Jr. and Charles A. Simonds.

Simonds is survived by his wife; four children, Beth Branson and her husband, Bob, of Venice, Fla., Chick and his wife, Joan Gillive,r of Deerfield, Ill., Michael and his wife, Nancy White, of East Windsor, Conn., and Leslie Simonds and her husband, Charles Koutsivitis, of Scarborough; his five grandchildren, Jane Smack, John Branson, Matthew Simonds, Alexandra Berry and Benjamin Simonds; seven great-grandchildren, Hillary, Lydia, Nick, Jack, Nate, Tommy and Joey; and several nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no visiting hours; a Mass will be said for the family at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, 307 Congress St., Portland, 04101, or to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

The family would like the thank the Barron Center administration and the staff on the north second and third floors for their extreme kindness and compassion during Simonds’ brief stay.

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