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Robert E. Simmons, 75, of Chesapeake, died suddenly and unexpectedly, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
Born May 25, 1942 in Frostburg, Md., he was the son of Thomas P. and Lena W. (Brain) Simmons, of Midlothian, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sylvia M. Barnett; his brother, Bruce B. Simmons Sr.; and his nephews, William and Thomas Barnett.
Bob served in the Army and the Maryland National Guard.
He was a retired Realtor, having represented several real estate agencies in the Hampton Roads area. He was also employed as Purchasing Manager at Sumitomo Corporation, Chesapeake, Materials Manager at Bausch and Lomb Corporation in Oakland, Md., and in the Purchasing Dept. at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland Md.
He was a member of the American Legion, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Hampton Roads Realtors Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He graduated from Beall High School, Frostburg Md., class of 1960 and attained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Frostburg State University.
Bob was a loving husband and father who is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bernadette "Bernie" (Boyle) Simmons; and his son, Scott P. Simmons, both of Chesapeake. He is also survived by his faithful feline companion, Cato; and several nieces and nephews.
Throughout the years Bob has treasured his local friends and the friendships he maintained over the years in the Western Maryland area.
Family and friends will be received at a memorial service to be held at Frostburg United Methodist Church, Frostburg, Md., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Chesapeake, VA Humane Society, or to any American Legion post. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Published on November 30, 2017
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