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Frederick W. Simmons

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AMHERST, N.H. -- Frederick W. Simmons, 77, resident of Woodland Drive, Amherst, died May 16, 2004 at Aynsley Place, Nashua, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Bennington, Vt. on Feb. 10, 1927, a son of the late Frederick M. and Marjorie (Squires) Simmons.

He grew up in North Bennington, Vt. on Main Street in a close-knit family, surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. He had been a resident of Amherst for the past 43 years.

Mr. Simmons was a graduate of North Bennington High School, Class of 1944. He attended Yale University and graduated from the University of Vermont, class of 1950, with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He had been employed by Ingersoll Rand, Nashua, as a sales engineer for 35 years and after his retirement, continued consulting for many years.

Mr. Simmons greatest passion was steam driven engines. He built a steam driven spit in his handmade fireplace. He first built a model steamboat that was remote controlled and then constructed a full-scale steamboat, called the “Lulabelle L,” after his wife Louise.

He had been a member of the Amherst Congregational Church, Amherst, for 40 years, where he had served as a deacon. In addition, he was one of the founders of the Souhegan Congregational Church, Amherst.

Mr. Simmons served in the United States Army.

He and his wife were married in Old South Church in Boston on May 23, 1953. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year, followed by a party given by their children,

He was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather.

Family members include his wife Louise L. Simmons of Amherst; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jenn Simmons of Champaign, Ill.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Stephen Ward of New Boston, Pam and Phil Porter of Milford, Polly and Mark Johnstone of Dover; 15 grandchildren, Will, Brad, Eric, Ethan, Joseph, Seth and Adam Simmons all of Champaign, Ill., Sarah and Molly Ward of New Boston, Katie, Stephanie and Justin Porter, all of Milford, Krista, Kayla and Nikki Johnstone, all of Dover; a sister, Polly Williams of Beaufort, S.C. and Manchester, Vt.; three nieces and three cousins.

Memorial visiting hours are Saturday, May 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. in the Amherst Congregational Church, Church Street, Amherst. Burial will be in North Bennington, Vt., at a later date.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 19, 2004
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