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Thomas Henry Simmonds, Jr

Thomas Henry Simmonds, Jr. 83, husband of Lois (Whidden) Simmonds of East Main Street, Gloucester  passed peacefully from this life on July 31, 2014 at the Lahey Medical Center, Burlington.

Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, May 23, 1931  into the Naval family of the late Capt. Thomas H. and Ellice A. (Smith) Simmonds. He attended schools in Virginia, California and Panama, graduating from the University of Virginia and completing his education with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Simmonds  was a Korean Era veteran serving  in the Navy from which he retired as a reserve lieutenant.

In 1960 he married Lois Whidden of Worcester, and together they raised three daughters.  He was employed  his entire career with Bell Telephone Laboratories stationed  in North Andover until he moved to Gloucester in his retirement.

He enjoyed electronics and ran a small internet computer business. His real gift was for mechanics: he built or fixed cars, boats and anything around the house. His other strong  interests included sailing,  auto touring  the United States and most of all, his family.

He was a member of the First Universalist Church of Essex.

In addition to his wife Lois he is survived by daughters Nancy, who is married to Bill Gorman of Essex,  Peggy  who is married to Tom Duff  of Essex and Lois “Beth” formerly married to Bill Bairstow both of Gloucester. As a consequence, he has taught practical skills to nine grandchildren: Tom, Jamie and Liam Gorman; Eliot, Lindsey and Jenny Duff; Bob, Foster and Aiden Bairstow. He also  leaves a sister, Ellice Smart and a niece, Hilary Pluemer, both of Coppell, TX.

His funeral service with Military Honors  will be held 2 pm Thursday, August 7, graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery of Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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