Arthur M. Simmons, a World War II veteran and longtime Fairfield resident, died May 1, 2010.

Born Dec. 13, 1920, in Jackson Heights, N.Y., he was the oldest son of Arthur and Anna Simmons. A five-year World War II Coast Guard veteran, he rose to the rank of Bosun's Mate, 2nd Class, and served in the Pacific/European theatres. An assignment to Penfield Lighthouse brought him to Fairfield, where he met his future wife, Dorothy. This also led to an eventual position at Wade's Dairy, where he worked for 32 years. One of the last home delivery milkmen, he was loved by his customers and was often Wade's highest performing salesman.

A dedicated and hard working father of seven, he found time to enjoy bowling, fishing, camping and gardening -- interests he passed on to several of his children.

Simmons was active in the St. Thomas Men's League and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 74, where he held various positions and treasured his weekly poker games and laughs with fellow legionnaires. A lifetime Yankees fan, he also greatly enjoyed UConn basketball games. He loved living on Henderson Road and traditions like the annual block party.

Simmons is survived by his children, Karen Ann, Kris, Keith, Kathy, Colleen and Kevin; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, George.

He was predeceased by his brother, John; his wife, Dorothy; and their son, Craig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at St Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield; interment with military honors will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, May 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610.

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