Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from October 16 to October 17, 2012
Paul A. Simmons, 85,
at rest Sunday, October 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Paul
was born in Bradenton, FL, the son of the late Frank and Hettie (Landress)
Simmons. After high school, Paul served a stint in the Army.
An excellent athlete, he played professional baseball as a catcher with
the Schenectady Blue Jays in 1951, and 1955 to 56. He met his future wife,
Angela DeAngelo, while playing for the Blue Jays. His entire career spanned
nine seasons, most notably with teams affiliated with the Philadelphia
Phillies and Athletics.
After retiring from baseball due to injury, he made Rotterdam his home.
He was the Town of Rotterdam plumbing inspector for many years, retiring
from this position. Paul was active for many years in local youth baseball,
serving as mentor for innumerable ballplayers. He coached, managed and
won championships with teams from Carman Little League, Rotterdam Babe
Ruth, Connie Mack and the Schenectady Mohawk Travel Team.
He was a longtime member of St. Gabriel's Church. Paul and Angela enjoyed
wintering at their home in Fort Myers Beach, FL for many years.
Paul was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Angela Marie (DeAngelo)
Simmons, who died July 9, 2012; beloved father of Paul B. (Kelly) Simmons
of Williamsville, NY, David A. Simmons of Rotterdam and Gregg A. (Elizabeth)
Simmons of Brunswick, NY; loving grandfather of Courtney and Kyle Simmons
and the late Diane Angela Simmons; beloved brother of Ervine Braddock
of Jacksonville, FL, Joshua (Phyllis) Simmons of Bradenton, FL, Jim (Connie)
Simmons of Bradenton, FL, Mary (Raymond) Crowley of Chincoteague Island,
VA, and the late Earl, Ray and Martha Simmons; beloved brother-in-law
of Nicholas (Barbara) DeAngelo of East Aurora, NY. Paul is also survived
by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 8:30 to 10:30
a.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Rotterdam.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel's Church,
3040 Hamburg St., Rotterdam.
Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Schenectady.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Paul's name may be made to the Parkinson's
Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Community
Hospice of Schenectady, 141 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
Paul's family wishes to thank the entire staff of Community Hospice of
Schenectady; Barbara Burns, the staff of Living Resources, and David Nash
for their kind care of Paul.
I'm Doin' Good.