08/27/1938 - 03/31/2020
Ronald F. Simmons, died March 31, 2020 after a brief but courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. The son of Harold C. and Dorothy (Kimball) Simmons, Ron was born August 27, 1938 and raised in Manchester, CT. Ron excelled in sports, particularly baseball, basketball and golf. Ron was inducted to the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport, PA for pitching the first ever perfect game. Later in life he was inducted to the Manchester Hall of Fame for multiple sports achievements.
Ron attended Centre College in Danville, KY on a baseball scholarship. It was there he met his wife, the former Janice Turnbull. This year would have marked their 60th wedding anniversary. Ron and Janice raised their family in Vernon, South Windsor and Glastonbury. They spent their later years in Somers.
Left to cherish his memory, are his wife Janice, daughter Cynthia (Michael) Hall, son Gregory (Jeffrey) Simmons, grandchildren Christopher (Kayla) Hall, Ashley Hall (fiancé Matt) and great granddaughter Naomi Hall. Ron leaves a brother Donald (Linda) Simmons, nephew Randy Simmons and niece Stacey Simmons. Ron leaves a brother-in-law Fred Turnbull, former wife Sara Turnbull and their daughters Abby and Ali. Ron also leaves his beloved whippets, Lovella and Luca.
There will be no services. A private burial will take place at a later date. Contributions in memory of Ron can be made to the Closer to Free Fund, which jointly supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Closer to Free Fund and mail to P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. Please include the honoree’s name on the memo line. Secure online gifts can be made at https://www.givetoynhh.org/closertofree Please feel free to leave a message for the family on this website.