Edward F. Simonds ’43

Edward F. Simonds ’43 died on March 18, 2012, in Scarborough, Maine.

He was born on December 23, 1920 in Portland, and prepared for college at Deering High School and Hebron Academy. He was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity and president of Masque and Gown. He served to first lieutenant in the Army infantry 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. He began his successful business career as a salesman and district manager for the Royal McBee Company for 16 years and ended as a vice president for the Bell & Howell Company. He served on the Scarborough Planning Board, Hospice of Southern Maine, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, and worked as a fundraiser for the Scarborough Public Library and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. He skied into his 80s and loved a round of golf at South Portland Municipal Golf Course. He is survived by Rose Ellen Hayes Simonds, his wife of 72 years; two daughters, Beth Branson and Leslie Simonds; two sons, Chick and Michael Simonds; five grandchildren, including Jane Branson Smack ’88; and seven great-grandchildren.

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