William P. Simons, II, 91: Dedicated volunteer EMT, hospital board member

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SCARBOROUGH — William Peabody Simons, II, 91, died July 23 at the Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores.  

Born on June 7, 1919, in Springfield, Mass., he was a son of Dorothy F. and Philip W. Simons.  

He attended Longmeadow Country Day School, Groton School, and graduated from Amherst College in 1942.  

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy,  and was stationed in Portland and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

While stationed in Portland, he met and married Lorna Boothby on Sept. 4, 1943. 

In 1945 he was discharged from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, and began working in life insurance.  Three years later, he began his longtime career in banking with the Third National Bank and Trust of Hamden County in Springfield, Mass. He retired in 1984 as vice president after 36 years.

While living in Longmeadow, Mass., he began his lifelong commitment as a volunteer emergency medical technician, serving as Springfield Fire Department’s first volunteer EMT.

After he retired from banking, he and his wife relocated to Cape Elizabeth. He remained active as a volunteer EMT with the Cape Elizabeth Rescue Squad and at the Brighton Hospital emergency room for 18 years.

Additionally, he served  on the board of directors of Brighton Hospital, and was a corporator with Maine Medical Center.

He enjoyed traveling, sailing, tennis, fishing, and gardening.

He was predeceased by his younger brother, Richard L. F. Simons.  

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Lorna Boothby Simons; two children, William P. Simons, III of Arlington, Va., and Leslie Simons Fissmer of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Cape Elizabeth; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces.  

A memorial service will be held at St. Albans Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth on Friday, Aug. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at Holbrook Health Center at Piper Shores for their care and compassion.

Memorial  donations may be made to The Root Cellar, 94 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04101.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 US Route 1, Scarborough. 

Condolences may be expressed at hobbsfuneralhome.com.

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