Donald Leo Simonds, age 76 passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home after an illness. Donald was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on July 24, 1944, son of the late Alpheus G. Simonds and Olive M. (Arsenault) Simonds. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1962 and served two years. Donald was forever a proud Marine. He lived for many years in Fitchburg, prior to residing in Ware for the past 27 years. Donald held various jobs throughout his life, including the Fitchburg Police Department. He began working for civil service in 1986, first at Fort Devens, and then at Westover Air Force Base, where he retired from in 2000. Donald was a 44 year member of the Elks Fraternity BPOE. He leaves behind his loving wife of 29 years, Patricia L. (Murphy) Simonds, his daughter, Melissa Eckstein and her husband, Erik of Fitchburg, his siblings, Diane Bartie and her husband, Bill of Ruskin, FL, Dolores Funaiole of Townsend, MA and David E. Simonds and his wife, Denise of Fitchburg, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved cats. Donald also leaves behind his good friend of many years, Jim Dinsel. He was pre-deceased by two sisters, Theresa Aho and Beverly Promisel. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 4 - 6 PM in the Cebula Funeral Home Chapel, 66 South Street, Ware, Massachusetts. A Brief Memorial Ceremony will conclude in the Garden Area of Cebula Funeral Home at 6 PM. Donald will be laid to rest privately by his family in Smithville Cemetery in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. For more information and online guest book, please visit: www.cebulafuneralhome.com .
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