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Edward Taber Simmons, 89, Of Cos Cob, WWII Veteran

Edward Taber Simmons
Edward Taber Simmons Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

COS COB, Conn. - Edward Taber Simmons of Cos Cob died Sunday, March 9. He was 89.

Simmons was born and raised in Fall River, Mass., he was the son of Leonard Wilbur Simmons and Susan Sanford (Taber) Simmons. He graduated from BMC Durfee High School. After completing a postgraduate year at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, he attended Brown University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Geology. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater and achieved the rank of quartermaster first class. He had a long career as a hydrogeologist, working first for the U.S. Geological Survey and then for Leggette, Brashears, and Graham Consulting Groundwater Geologists. At the time of his retirement from LB&G in 1984, he had been company president for five years. He was a member of the United States LST Association, the National Water Well Association, and the Old Greenwich Yacht Club. He had lived in the Town of Greenwich for more than 60 years.

He is survived by his wife Claire Colby (McCreery) Simmons, to whom he was married for 63 years; their 3 children: Douglas Edward Simmons and his wife Debra of Clinton, MA; Diane Colby Wolchik and her husband Lawrence of Randolph, NJ; and Elizabeth (Lisa) Claire Hanna and her husband Mark of Lakeville, MN; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Charles Leonard Simmons.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28th at 11 am at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Simmons may be made to the Greenwich Hospital Foundation , 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.

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