Kenneth J. and Alice M. SIMMONS
1956 - 2019
We regret to announce the sudden deaths of Kenneth J. Simmons, 62, and Alice M. Simmons, 59, and their two Golden Retrievers, Bailey and Lily, in a plane crash on February 1, 2019. They were traveling to the Bahamas, their favorite vacation destination. Ken was born on November 21, 1956 in Palm Beach, Florida to John and Lorraine Simmons. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. He owned and operated Simmons Veterinary Hospital for 30 years and was adored by colleagues, clientele, and staff of the practice. Ken was an innovative entrepreneur who expanded the practice to include a pet resort called the Barker's Hotel and Purrington Inn, which included a water park and served as a certified hurricane shelter for pets. He was larger than life, always engaging with a warm personality and a wicked sense of humor. Ken was well-known for his volunteer work helping animals in need in Palm Beach County and the Bahamas. He was happiest when he was in or on the ocean, fishing, diving, and boating. Alice was born on April 15, 1959 in Tampa, Florida, to Louis and Clare McCormick. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, where she and Ken met. At the time, they lived in the same area, and the only thing that distracted Ken from his veterinary studies was "that cute little blonde, tanning in the red bikini." They were married on March 2, 1986. She was the Director of Business and Operations for Simmons Veterinary Hospital for decades and was largely responsible for the success of the practice. Alice was an incredibly caring person known for her patience, compassionate heart, sense of humor, and overall zest for life. Her volunteer work with Best Buddies made a tangible impact within the community. Alice valued spending time with her many friends and even played on a croquet team! She loved music, especially alternative rock and smooth jazz, and always seemed to know the latest trends. She practiced yoga and mindfulness, living in the moment. Alice often began her days on a run with the dogs and most of all, loved watching the breathtaking sunsets over the water, sometimes complemented by a good glass of wine. Ken and Alice are survived by their sons, Christopher (Amanda) Simmons and Matthew Simmons; Ken's mother, Lorraine Simmons; Ken's siblings, Kathleen (Patrick) Day, Dale (Marian) Simmons, and Patrice Antony; and Alice's siblings, Barbara (Dale) Buzzi, Suzanne (Steve) Hurst, Rita (Joe) Sammarco, Patricia (Mark) Dobson, and Dennis (Lisette) McCormick. The family wishes to thank the US Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and US Air Traffic Control for their thorough search process and personal interactions with members of the Simmons and McCormick families. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM (open to the public) at the Community of Hope (East Campus) - 2341 S Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Please dress to celebrate the lives of Alice and Ken. In lieu of flowers, the Simmons and McCormick families ask that donations be directed to the Coral Restoration Foundation ( in honor of Ken and Alice Simmons.
Published by Palm Beach Post on Feb. 10, 2019.
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Erica H. Levine
February 4, 2021
Praying for your family, and still so sad we all lost the 4 of you last year.
K. G.
February 18, 2020
In remembrance of Ken and Alice Simmons up in heaven. You are dearly missed by so many.
Erica Levine
February 5, 2020
Can't believe a year has gone by. It's comforting too know You & Alice are together
Patricia Vittorio
February 4, 2020
I was just telling a good friend of mine about Dr. Simmons. My beagle, Mattie, was a frequent customer for at least 10 years. At age 16, she suddenly couldn't walk and I was devastated. After Dr. Simmons and his team did all they could do, it was time to spend the day with my pup and let her go to the rainbow bridge. All of his employees were so kind. I swore I'd never have another dog. 8 months later, I'm in an exam room with my new girl Abbie and Dr. Simmons stood in the door frame all 6 foot 4 and said I thought you were never going to get a dog again. Abbie is still going to Simmons to this day and loves it!
Kristine Dinges
November 5, 2019
We are very saddened to just learn of the deaths of Dr Ken Simmons & Alice.. We were so blessed to have known Dr Simmons from 2003 - 2010 while living there. He was the ultimate compassionate & caring veterinarian/physician.. He had an incredible relationship with every pet as well as their owners. We always asked about his family when we saw him in the clinic. He was especialy proud to tell us about Christopher & Matthew. Even after moving to Ponte Vedra, we would go back & visit at Pawdi Gras, still have the invitations dated 2011 thru 2014.. Walked the sidewalk where our schnauzer Major had his engraved brick.. We still have mementos from those visits. He was truly bigger than life & touched many people .. we hope you can find peace in knowing that Ken & Alice have many stars in their crowns in a better world...Linda & Albert Myers
Linda & Albert Myers
April 13, 2019
My Sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family. May God be with each of you and he Grace, Peace and comfort be upon you always.

Bill M.
Bill Michelin
March 14, 2019
He was more than a vet to me and my dogs. As one of his earliest patients, 30 years ago, we developed a friendly relationship through the years. Even though it's been a month since this horrible tragedy I just had to share my sadness at his loss. So very sorry for all who remain to miss him and his lovely wife.
Nancy Hirsch
March 1, 2019
Wonderful memories of time together getting our DVM education and socalizing. Great couple❤❤ W a real zest for this precious gift of life. They made a positive impact together
Eileen Naaman
February 22, 2019
Our family send Deepest Condolences to the families of Ken and Alice, Bailey & Lily.We were horrified and so sad to hear the news. Ken looked after Caesar, Augustus, Brandy,Frangelica & Sherry and we could never thank him enough for his kindness when we were in his surgery.
We had many conversations because we had a place in
Treasure Cay, and made that trip many times. Three of our dogs were rescued from the beach in Treasure Cay. May Bailey and Lily find their new friends at Rainbow Bridge.
RIP to you all from the Stenson family
Anne Stenson
February 20, 2019
May you both RIP
Patricia Vittorio
February 19, 2019
I am so very sad about the loss of Ken, Alice & their 2 dogs.
I had the opportunity to have a Friendship with Ken who was a Wonderful Person from the 1st moment I took my Dog Mickey for his 1st checkup. His love for animals was so incredible as if each pet he treated was his very own.
My heart goes out to his 2 Sons who have grown into wonderful men like there Dad. RIP KEN & ALICE until we meet again
Patricia Vittorio
February 19, 2019
Ken and I were in our vibrant 20's when we met. I was a microbiologist at Bethesda Hospital at the time and I drove to the first Vet clinic (Bird clinic of Lake Worth) and there he stood.

I asked him: "Can you accept my help on my free time, I want to be a VET!" With welcome arms he took me in as part of the team! My first day' I was asked to assist in surgery (a spay!) Moments passed before I was excusing myself, making my way to the bathroom, sweating, nauseous and yes, passed out.. Ken, simply and kindly said, It gets easier!!! Off we went, for many years!

I was accepted into vet school in 1984, Ken showed me the way, showed up for me with a glorious recommendation, and throughout my 4 years we continued our friendship and stayed in contact.

Upon graduating, Simmons, again welcomed me into Simmon's Vet clinic' with open arms, a rookie Vet right out of school.!

I was blessed!

So many years later, not a week has gone by that I have not referred to Ken as my most valuable, most impressionable teacher in every aspect of my BEING as a Veterinarian and as a person! He challenged my GUT' knowings about every case, expected perfection in my medicine and surgery skills, and because he insisted on throwing me into cases that some of us use to refer to as parannas' on the other side of the exam door, a confidence I acquired from Ken, that to this day, Nobody can take from me!! Ken's challenges and high expectations have allowed me still after 31 years of practice, to practice medicine from my heart with confidence and a KNOWING that I am NOT GOD, but doing my absolute best!

My heart thanks you Ken, for all the teaching and lessons I was privileged to experience with you, and because of you.

With loving gratitude and prayers, I will miss you!

Your brilliant spirit as you were here on Earth as well as the place you move onto from here, will remain with all of us, so many of us, always!

Dr Nancy Keller
Curtis Miller
February 18, 2019
My deepest condolences to the families of Ken and Alice. May you take comfort in the wonderful memories they leave behind.
Randie Britton
February 17, 2019
I grew up two houses down from Kennys in Lake Worth. I remember from the beginning his love of animals and seeing the rabbit hutches in their backyard. Shocked at hearing of his and dear Alice's death. He was a wonderful man, a talented veterinarian, and a wonderful humanitarian. So many memories. My love to his family.
Mary Schaad
February 16, 2019
Lord God Almighty I pray you can somehow ease the pain, grief and sense of loss the families and friends of Kenny and his wife are feeling. Amen. To my old friends Dale and Mrs Simmons I am so so sorry about Kenny's death.
Dan Duimstra
February 16, 2019
Amazing people who left too early.
Ken would always help me when I couldn't afford treatment..with no return expected.

My mom got sick in Oct. 2009. Ken actually took my .mom for a walk before she agreed to see a doctor expressing his. Concern about her health ...that was heartfelt. ..and helped my mom get to the doctor....
I send my prayers to the families. The old cliche that time helps is teue... but the pain crops up when you least expect it. When our loved ones die, we have to belief they are ok and watching over us. Believe it and God willing it will help the pain you feel in your heart and soul.

God bless
Disne Ford
February 16, 2019
I met Ken Simmons in 1990. We owned an insurance agancy a couple of blocks away. We started bringing our German Shepherd to him. She had a degenerative spine disorder and Ken was very helpful in prolonging her quality of life for several more years. I liked him immediately. He was dynamic. He was smart. He was...particular. He was exacting. He was cutting edge. He was exactly what you wanted in a Vet. Soon I got a puppy. His name was Treu and we brought him to Dr. Simmons at 7 weeks old. He loved Ken. On most Fridays I would drop Treu off for a bath on my way to work. Treu began whining and barking as soon as we hit Haverhill and Lake Worth Road. He loved it there. Four years later I was divorced and living in Miami. I found a stray pitt bull and took her in. Up we drove, 1.5 hours, to see Ken. I called her Katie. She too became a regular at Simmons. Fast forward to a sad day. I had to put Treuman to sleep. He was old and he most probably had a brain tumor. Ken and staff stood by me as I poured my heart and soul into tears that never ended. When I finally stood up, I realized they were all crying with me. Even Ken. With everything he saw, he stayed open-hearted. Katie got cancer years later. Ken tried everything to help her. We had a wonderful extra month with her before we put her to sleep. That was Ken. It was 10 years before I got another dog. Ken had started a garden, he said, and he had stones for Treu and Katie in there. I was touched. I took my new dog Zeus to him and then a year later Mia. Of course I did. By then the practice had blown up and I got a tour of the insanity called Barkeritaville. I couldn't belive it. My dogs loved it there. If I ever had an issue or a concern, I would email Ken and then would count the minutes until my phone rang. I think the longest was 3 minutes. I can't tell you how comforting it was to know my pets were at his facility. Its the only place I've ever boarded my dogs or sent them to daycare. Ever. When he told me that he was selling his practice I was devastated but also so excited for him. Since that time, I have counted the days until he could open another animal hospital somewhere in Florida. Even if it was in Orlando, I would have driven there. Ken was just that great of a person and a Vet. Over the years I sent tons of people to Ken for Veterinary care and to daycare. We all drank the Koolaid. Many of my neighbors went. My friends. My business friends.

When I heard about the plane crash two weeks ago, I couldn't believe it. I was crushed. This world lost such a kind, decent human being. His charitable contributions to animals were immeasurable. That his family lost their father and mother and both dogs at once is a tragedy beyond words. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I posted about losing my friend and Veterinarian Ken Simmons on Facebook and so many of my friends responded. They too knew Ken! One had a sister whom Ken helped get into Veterinary School. Another said she had used him for many years. Another had taken her cat and dog to him. The stories kept coming. So many people whose lives were touched by this man, this family. How unfair that they were ripped away in a tragic moment. We will miss you Ken and your lovely wife Alice whom you spoke of so kindly. May you rest in peace and please watch over your loved ones and friends.
Erica Levine
February 16, 2019
Dr Ken Simmons was our vet for many years and we will never forget our first visit, he sat on the floor with our dog and bopped his head to her. She loved him! His caring approach and ability to investigate and find the true diagnosis healed our dog. We are forever thankful to Dr. Simmons. We send our deepest sympathy and keep all of the family in our prayers.
Patricia Grosek
February 15, 2019
Andi Anderson
February 14, 2019
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragedy that took the lives of Ken and Alice Simmons and their two fur babies Bailey and Lily. Ken has been our vet since 1986 until he sold the practice. He was a wonderful and compassionate man who took care of our many dogs and cats. He always said that his clients were as important to him as were our pets. Over the years we had to say goodbye to many loved pets and Ken spent many hours with us sharing in our grief and stories. I only met Alice a couple of times, the first being when I was on duty at St Mary's the day that Chis was born. She was a wonderful, kind person. Together they shared their lives with so many through their professional and volunteer activities. Their loss leaves a huge hole in the lives of many. My sympathies and prayers go out to Christopher, Amanda, Matthew and the entire Simmons and McCormick families. Ken and Alice were treasures to all of us but they were true love one to you. They are still with you. Treasure your memories.
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My sincere condolences to the McCormick and Simmons families. I was a good friend of Alice's when we were at Nova High School class of 1977. Alice was so smart, athletic and driven and so active with cheerleading, titaners, and various service organizations at Nova. Always had a can do attitude and was a real hard worker. Was so happy when Alice reached me on FB as I only joined FB about 2 or so years ago. She was the consummate social director and wanted some of her good friends from HS to come to her house for lunch and paddle boarding. We had so much fun catching up and Alice was so proud of her boys and her husband. She retired and it was so nice that she wanted to reach out to her old HS buddies. So shocked this happened. Her Nova HS friends and class of 1977 pray for Alice and her husband's family.
Shelly Moxon
February 13, 2019
My condolences to the McCormick and Simmons families, but especially to Matthew and Christopher (& Amanda).
Alice and I were close friends in High School and had remained in contact all these years later. Though my husband and I transferred to several different states, we always kept up to date on the happenings in each others lives.
I was so incredibly blessed to have had the chance to spend 6 days with Alice and Ken in September---we hadn't seen each other in 20 years!! A kiss from God for me....I had such a marvelous time and was once again reminded why Alice was such a dear friend to me. She is always the encourager, the seer of the silver lining in all things, the passionate lover of her children, and always loves unconditionally!! She has a grace I could only wish to have!!
I was shocked and have been in a state of unbelief since hearing the news....I will miss Alice so...
Patty and Rita, don't know if you remember me, but I always asked about you when Alice and I spoke....
Please know, all of you, my prayers are with each of you as you walk this journey of heart breaks for each of you!
Janet Jeffrey King
February 13, 2019
I was very saddened to hear of Ken's and Alice's passing . My brother-in -law and sister called me immediately when they received the news of their plane accident . My brother-in-laws kids went to school with Ken and Alice's kids . They knew he was my classmate
I was Ken's classmate in Veterinary Medical School . Ill always remember the times we worked out together as work out buddies and how he used to hold me down when we lifted weights ! Such a great guy and full of humor at all times ! Nothing really bothered him . I saw him many times at the big medical conference we have in Orlando and we spoke and ate together and compared notes with our practices! I will always remember those special times together. My condolences to both families.
Michael Ponte
February 13, 2019
Chris and Mathew,
I was so sorry to hear about your mom and dad. You were truly blessed to have such wonderful parents. I remember them fondly from when you both attended St. Juliana. They always wanted the best for both of you. You will have wonderful angels watching out for you and guiding you through your life. I know this is a difficult time but hopefully all the wonderful memories you shared is giving you some comfort now. You are in my prayers.
Ms. Irene Korf
February 13, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Simmons and his beautiful wife, Alice along with Bailey and Lily. Dr. Simmons was an amazing man. Most caring person I came in contact with. I feel so honored to know this man. His love for the animals was amazing. He took care of my furry kids. He sat with me for a very long time when my cat was put down. My furry kids loved going to daycare. There will never be another like Dr. Ken Simmons. His smile lite up the room when he walked in. He was larger then life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Patty Bucco
February 13, 2019
Dr.Simmons and Alice were an amazing soul . I worked at Simmons Vet for over 3 years and I'm very thankful I met them . Dr Simmons was a hard working man that dedicated so much to Simmons Veterinary Hospital. I have so many memories with them from Christmas parties to Pawdi Gras and from meeting his mom to working with his son Chris . My condolences to all his family and friends . Dr.Simmons , Alice , Bailey and Lily May you all Rest In Peace you will be truly missed !
Marilyn Maldonado
February 12, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I was taking my dogs to boarding and grooming when I was looking into hip surgery for one of my dogs. Dr. Simmons helped me get another opinion from UF even though my dog was not one of his patients. Everytime I saw him, I saw a person who was full of life and made this world a better place. May Ken and Alice and Bailey and Lily rest in peace.
February 12, 2019
Ken and Alice cherished all life had to give. They worked hard, played hard and had family as their priorities. Above all was their love of life.Sue and Bob French
Sue & Bob French
February 12, 2019
I am heartbroken. Ken Simmons was our vet when we moved to Boynton Beach in 1989 or 1990. I loved him from the start and could tell you a hundred stories. I will remember his kindness always, and the last time I saw him. I was in the lobby with my most recent rescue, Ricky (a mystery mix puppy), and it was early 2008. After hugging him and catching up a little, I said... Doc, this one is a heartbreaker. I don't know what happened to him before I was lucky enough to get him home but he's afraid of men. Before the words were out of my mouth, Ken was squatted down and Ricky was doing a big wiggle-butt puppy dance loving him some Ken Simmons. He said... Oh, yea... he's terrified! ... :) I loved and love him still. Such a fine man with a quick wit and ready smile. I am heartbroken.

Ironically, Alice was my physical therapist after I had hand surgery. Another genuinely kind and lovely person.

My love and thoughts are with the family.
Laura Restivo
February 12, 2019
I met Ken in 1975 in our physics class at U of F. We spent countless hours studying together and as the years passed, a close friendship developed. Our first fishing adventure was collecting shad for bait from Lake Clarke and trucking them to the spillway in garbage cans full of water sloshing that smell into the trunk of his beat up old car. We eventually graduated to a 13 ft boat which we launched from the beach and caught goggle eyes to sell for gas money. We fished with the ones we could not sell.

I was there when Ken met Alice. Although I did not know Alice at the time, I had to laugh when I found out she graduated from the same high school as I did in Davie; Nova high School. Many people tried to ground Ken, including me, but Alice was the only one who could. Ken knew it, but quietly Alice did too. She was perfect for him.

Ken and I both wanted to be vets and promised ourselves that if we were accepted into vet school, we would celebrate with a trip to Andros Island to fish and dive. We were accepted and the fishing continued. I met Dale in Andros and was amazed how incredible well he and Ken could dive and spearfish. I was not as good, so I was delegated as the one to float on the surface and inform them when the sharks arrived. They did, all the time and I let the guys know when it was time to get out of the water.

Eventually, Ken and Alice married and I was the best man; quite an honor. Ken and I began our practices at about the same time. We both succeeded, in spite of ourselves, and we both retired at nearly the same time.

As life would have it, we both became busy with our lives, children, practices, etc. and hadn't had contact for quite some time. I was actually in the Bahamas when the news of this disaster surfaced. Somehow, I knew it was Ken when they stated it was a plane from Lantana on its way to Marsh Harbour. I am still stunned by the news. In time, the shock will subside, the grief will lessen and we can all tell funny stories of the Ken Simmons we all knew.

My sincere condolences to the entire Simmons and McCormick families. I know there is a giant hole in your hearts. Ken and Alice will be missed by your families as well as many others whose lives they touched.
Wayne Diamond
February 12, 2019
These two people made such a impact in my life! I started working for Ken and Alice in 1998 at Simmons Veterinary Clinic. I spent the next 5 years learning so much about veterinary medicine and how to become the best entrepreneur that I could be. When I wanted to give up and would walk into his office and say I can't do this. I can't manage. He would look at me and would say " I don't want to hear that . you get your butt out there and do what I know you go do and that is be a good manager." While I worked for Ken and Alice, I went through a divorce and my son and I was all alone, we had nobody in Florida Alice and Ken opened there hearts and home to my son and I. They would take us fishing or Alice would come by the office and get my son and take him to play with Mathew and Chris for the day. I would go with Dr. Simmons to Andros Island and work. He taught me how to spear fish.
I have always regretted leaving the clinic. No matter what veterinary clinic I have gone to I have always and will always talk about these two beautiful people. I can't say enough good about them.
I am so privileged to be able to say that they was a part of my life.
Over 25 years later I wouldn't be where I'm at today if it wasn't for Ken and Alice.
I only wish that I would have taken some time out of life to say THANK YOU for all you did for my son and I. We love you !

To the family: I'm so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jen Givens
February 12, 2019
Chris, Matthew and family,

We are so sadden to hear of the loss of your precious parents. They were both wonderful people. Chris and I feel blessed to have known them. We enjoyed our time with them immensely during their visits to Guana.

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Karen and Chris Dowd
February 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy to all who mourn this beautiful couple . Dr Simmons was the best and he and his wife will be missed forever
Lois Berman
February 12, 2019
Dr. Simmons was dedicated to his profession and his love for animals. Our Italian Greyhound, Chianti was diagnosed by Dr. Simmons to have a condition only five other dogs had. He made it a concerned effort to find a cure and found medications to keep her condition under control for another 12 years. When we had to put her to rest for the last time Dr. Simmons took her outside in the garden and cried along with us as he put her to sleep.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
May Mr. and Mrs. Simmons and his two dogs rest in peace.
We will miss you.
Al and Jill Davis
Ocala, Florida
Al & Jill Davis
February 12, 2019
We know your good work will continue in heaven.
Karen Klotz
February 12, 2019
We were so saddened to hear of the news. Dr. Simmons was larger than life and together they were both very innovative. Godspeed to them and all of the family.
Karen and Rick Klotz
February 12, 2019
I am so very sorry to the Simmons family. I only knew Dr Simmons. He was the kindest person ever. They will certainly be missed.
Sandra Dalton
February 11, 2019
In loving Memory of Ken & Alice, & Bailey & Lily
May you all R.I.P. you are..., and will be missed.
Cheryl Friedman
February 11, 2019
Denise Landman
February 11, 2019
Cheryl Friedman
February 11, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
LAUREN Fillingame
February 11, 2019
The memories are many. Fly free to the lagoon in heaven. RIP Kenny and Alice.
Marilyn Hodges
February 11, 2019
Gary and I were truly truly saddened to hear about Ken, his wife and furry family. I kept checking the paper to see if a miracle had happened and they were found alive. He was our family vet for my parents and our toy poodle GiGi. When Gary and I got Cookie in 1988, of course he was our Vet. He was caring, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. After Mom died, we had an appointment with Cookie, Ken handed us a sympathy card, with tears in his eyes, saying how much he cared for my Mom and how he was going to miss her and that he tried several times to write a message in the card and mail it to us, but just could not bring himself to do it. We moved away from the area in 1998 and we communicated several times. He would run across my mind more than once. Kept up with the practice on Facebook.

Kathy (Stromp) and Gary Boland
February 11, 2019
With our HEARTFELT SYMPATHY on the passing of Ken and Alice and their Beautiful Fur Babies. Ken was our Vet for our very first Sheltie back in late Eighties.
Our Prayers are wth all of the Family.
Love, MaryAnn & Greg Nash
Greg and MaryAnn Nash
February 11, 2019
February 11, 2019
Simmons Family, My deepest condolences for the passing of your loved ones. Dr. Simmons was my fur baby, Bailey's veterinarian and I always knew when the Simmons Family attended mass, because Dr. Simmons stood above all the rest. I would say that about him in both stature and in life. Please know that both their love for family and friends is a treasure we'll have forever. May all your happy memories help you through this most difficult time. God Bless You All!!!
Shirley and Bill Lange
February 11, 2019
Dr. Simmons was my idol and the one who gave me a chance and put me on my road to success. Alice was so generous and caring. No two people I have ever met have made a positive impact on so many lives. I am sad that they have gone from this world that we share, am glad that they are together as I've always known them to be, and heartbroken for their two sons. Bailey and Lily were awesome as well, cannot forget them...
Michelle Sedeno
February 11, 2019
My heart was broken from the news of that day. My family has known Dr. Ken Simmons for the full 30 years of his vet. practice. I only met Alice a couple of times, but she was very sweet. Their practice was such an important part of my life. I have always been such a huge animal lover, and I can not tell you how much peace of mind it was to have Dr. Simmons as our vet. I even worked there for a short time. I will never forget when my kitty Snickers, went in to have a tooth removed. He had said I could call from work to check on my baby, so I did;
They put Dr. Simmons on, and he was still preforming the surgery. He said that one bad tooth, lead to another, and another, and that he was just going to remove them all. I was so worried about how would he be able to eat with no teeth? He said he would be eating hard food in no time. It was true, my baby was great! When my kitty was 12, he developed diabetes. Dr. Simmons helped me to treat him, and extend his life for an additional 8 years. I learned so much over the years about renal failure, diabetes, and various other issues we had to treat. I have had a total of 8 pets in those 30 years, and he fixed and saved them all, from one ailment to another. I would have done anything for Dr. Simmons. I wish I could have helped their family in some manner.
I was so impressed with the Drake ceremony. It was so nice and just what our city needed for celebrating K-9's and their super important role. My prayers are being sent to Chris and Matt; I am so sorry for their devastating loss. I never met the boys, but I watched them grow in photos.
My condolences to their entire family and the community who are all heart broken.
Kristen Gayoso
February 11, 2019
Michelle Galerkin
February 11, 2019
My family & I were utterly shocked to learn that Dr Kenneth Simmons, his wife Alice & their 2 dogs were in the plane that crashed at sea last week. I can't begin to imagine how devastated his sons and family must be!
I can't stop thinking about them and can't believe they're gone without a trace!
Dr Ken was our vet since we moved to the area in 2003. My 2 Weimaraners Shai & K-O loved him-he was so caring and compassionate! He used to sit on the floor with the dogs so they'd feel more comfortable because of his 6'7 height.
My male Weim Shai was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in June 2005 but lived another 6 months. I'll never forget towards the end, how Dr. Ken told me that I would know when it's time to put Shai down, and to call him-even if it's 10 to 9 (p.m.) we'll be here for you.
When the time did come the staff were so patient, loving and compassionate.
There's even an engraved stone on the grounds in Shai's memory.
So many people and the pets he cared for loved Dr. Simmons!
May he and his wife & their dogs Rest In Peace.
Such kind and gentle souls. May their memories be for a blessing.
Denise Landman
February 10, 2019
Dr. Simmons dedicated his life to rescuing and healing and loving animals in our community and beyond. He loved my dog as he loved every four-legged family member. He had a huge heart and was happiest in the service of others -- such as the K-9 Drake, who he tried desperately to save after the German Shepherd was shot multiple times by a home invader. Our community is diminished by the loss of Ken and Alice, but their legacy of service and kindness will endure for generations.
Dave Aronberg
February 10, 2019
Ken was my vet on Andros Island in 1987. He took care of my Labrador Britney. He also stayed at our house in Davis Creek and was my friend,
Never got the chance to meet Alice but wish I had. You will be missed.
Your friends, John and Phyllis Browning
February 10, 2019
Worked with Dr. Simmons on the Drake memorial project and he was an awesome person who loved animals .. and dogs - especially K9's. Will miss him for sure.
Barbara Masi
February 10, 2019
Ken was a friend. he took care of so many of my animals fro Tasha and Koishka which he helped import from Andros, to Pita, Pearly, Snowy, Bunbun and Spot. He and Alice will be missed beyond words.
Wendy Ash Graves
February 10, 2019
Ken was a friend. I watched the Mike Tyson fight with several friends and Ken was one of them. He took care of several of my animals, Tasha, Koishka, Snowy, Bunbun, and Spot. I can't believe he is gone. Such a hole in the animal care community. Rest In Peace Ken, Alice, and your two dogs. You will never be forgotten.
February 10, 2019
My prayers are with the family of Ken and Alice Simmons. Dr. Simmons became our family veterinarian back in 1986 and as we watched his practice grow through the years his commitment to his patients was second to none. The world is a better place thanks to Ken Simmons!
Kim St. Louis
February 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss, Chris. I never got the chance to meet your parents, but the amazing job they did in raising you, their work in the community, and the kind words all of those that did meet them have to say, it is evident they were incredible people. We are sending our deepest condolences during this tough time. Jacque & David Rendina
David Rendina
February 10, 2019
We are so saddened for Christopher, Matthew and all of Ken and Alice's family, friends and the community. Ken and Alice will surely be missed by all. They had a great sense of love, compassion and a love for life for both people and mother nature. You both will be dearly missed.
God's Speed! And thank you for blessing us with your friendship. ❤
Jim and Robin
February 10, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Chris, Matt, McCormick and Simmons families. Ken and Alice were truly wonderful and will be missed.
Beth Miller
February 10, 2019
We, and our kitty Sabrina, are forever grateful for your creation of the Purrington Inn where we have boarded her with confidence. Thank you. Rick & Barbara Reddig
Barbara Reddig
February 10, 2019
It's been 15 or so years since Dr. Simmons treated 2 of my pets. Even after all those years have passed, hearing the news of his death along with his wife and dogs was devastating. He touched my heart with the compassion he gave to me and my beloved dogs when they had to be euthanized. Phoebe and Tiffany now have a familiar face in heaven.
February 10, 2019
I was proud and honored to have been able to not only know; but, grow up with Ken as my cousin for all these years. I have been and will always remember the great times we had together as kids when our families would gather for special occasions or would just visit him and his family. I remember how he always took the time to take his blind cousin fishing at the spill way and anywhere else could go drop a fishing line and how he would help bate the line and or take the fish off for me. I also remember the times we would walk to our grand mothers home when him and his family live close by. I also remember times playing football with him and my other cousin either in the back yard or out on the street. I remember how we road bikes together when I could see better or better enough to ride bikes and how he took the time to take me along when dooing his paper rout. I remember how he took the time during his busy work schedule when owned the veterinary business to share it with me and my family and how he took the time to show me the different equipment would use and how it worked. I also remember how we would fly kites either store bought or home made ones. So these are just some of the great memories that will always remember and treasure for the rest of my life of my cousin Ken as well as, his love for life, people and animals. My wife Mollie and my thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of Ken's family Lorraine, Cathy, Dale and Patti and his two sons for their loss of a son, brother and father whose life was taken to soon even though it was doing what he loved to do "enjoying life". Even though didn't know Alice as well as Ken she seemed and appeared to have the same Passion for life. My wife Mollie and my thoughts, prayers and condolences also go out to Alice's family for their loss that again a life that was taken to soon; but, just like her husband Ken was doing what she also enjoyed which was "enjoying life", people, life and animals and also being a mom to her children, wife and sister and daughter to her family. In closing even though Ken and Alice will dearly be missed Mollie and especially me will remember all the times spent around these two lovely people that were blessed to have known. GOD BLESS. Love Don Jr and Mollie Risavy
Risavy Don & Mollie
February 10, 2019
Ken will be missed by many. He was so sincere and compassionate. He will be welcomed in Heaven by the many pets he lovingly cared for, including mine. Thank you: you were a hero.
February 10, 2019
Through the love of our children, we became family. There are no words to describe the devastation we feel. We will cherish all the wonderful memories made and know you will live in our hearts always.
Scott & Debra Posgai
February 10, 2019
I was so sad to read of this tragedy. Our dog, Taffy, was a happy visitor to Dr. Simmons for many years. God's blessings to the family. With deepest sympathy, Susanne Hyman
February 10, 2019
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