Edwin P. Simmons, 89, of Fishing Creek passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, December 28, 2017 at Chesapeake Woods Center with his wife, daughter and granddaughter by his side.
Born September 10, 1928 at Fishing Creek, MD, he was a son of the late William and Alberta Creighton Simmons.
Edwin attended the local schools and graduated from Hoopers Island High School with the Class of 1947. After his schooling Edwin enlisted and served his country with the Army National Guard.
For most of his life Edwin worked as a waterman. He crabbed during the summer months and shed crabs as well. During the winter months he would tong and also manufacture crab pot rings. For over 68 years working for three generations of the Doellers family, Edwin was caretaker and hunting guide for Honga River and Hoopers Island Gunning Club. Beginning at age 18 and up to 2015 when it was sold, Ed was the “all in one” person who oversaw the club. Being an avid waterfowl hunter and outdoorsman he greatly enjoyed being involved with the club. Ed was also an accomplished duck carver and a prolific collector. One of his carvings was featured in one the books by local author Henry Fleckenstein about waterfowl carvings. Ed was always on the lookout for another carving to add to his collection that had numbered more than eight hundred.
Ed had been a member of the BPO Elks Lodge 1272, Moose Lodge 1211, NRA and the Waterfowl Festival. He had attended the Riverside Wesleyan Church.
On February 11, 1966 he married the former Eva Jane Myers. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Together they enjoyed traveling, spending time in Ocean City and mostly being with their family.
Surviving is his wife Eva Jane; daughters Patricia Simmons and husband Curtis, Donna Lovell; son Ed Peterson (Simmons) and wife Jan; grandchildren Hennie Hayden and husband Joe, Bobbie Simmons, Mitch Lovell and wife Sarah, Chris Lovell and fiancé Nicole, Lane and Cord Peterson; great grandchildren Joey Hayden (Ashley), Joel Hayden (Brooke), Trish Hayden, Jessie Brown (Chris), Ashley Simmons and fiancé Ryan Mitchell, Samantha Simmons (Matt), Elizabeth Lovell; great- great grandchildren Carrie, Reid,
MaKenzie and Remy Hayden, Junior Brown; siblings Pauline Phillips, Thelma Hooper, Nancy Hayward and Jimmy Simmons, along with many nieces, nephews and many friends.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was his first wife Hennie Thomas Simmons; grandson Eddie Simmons; sister’s Freida Fannin and Dorothy Simmons; brother Jennings Simmons, Sr.; sister-in-law Sandy Simmons; brother-in-laws Alton Hooper, Armond Hayward, William Fannin and Henry Phillips.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 beginning 1:00 pm at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Rev. A. Delmer Willey, Jr. Military honor guard will conduct military honors. Interment will be private
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Chesapeake Woods Center for the wonderful compassionate care that was given to Edwin during his stay.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Hoopers Island VFC, c/o Rosemary Dean, PO Box 125, Fishing Creek, MD 21634 or Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, MD 21613.
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