Richard Douglas Simmel

November 29, 1939 - August 26, 2010
Richard Douglas Simmel

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Richard D. Simmel passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Four Seasonsí Elizabeth House, after a brief illness.

Mr. Simmel was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 29, 1939. He graduated from Hofstra University. Mr. Simmel and his wife, Connie, lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut and raised three sons while he worked at CBS. In 1989, they moved to Concord, North Carolina and, later, to Etowah for retirement.

Mr. Simmel is survived by his wife, Connie Simmel; his son, Brad and daughter-in-law, Caroline; his son, Keith and daughter-in-law, Holly; and his son, Todd and daughter-in-law, Kathy. He leaves seven grandchildren. Also surviving Mr. Simmel are his brother, Scott Simmel, and his sisters, Leslie Simmel and Joy Fischer.

A memorial service will be held for him at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at Etowah United Methodist Church.


Saturday, September 4, 2010
12:00 AM

Etowah United Methodist Church - Directions
110 Brickyard Road
Etowah, NC 28729

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  • September 01, 2010
    Linda Shadbolt Eagan says:
    Dear Connie and family, I cannot express the deep sorrow I share with you all. I was blessed to have known him from childhood and have never known such a good man and friend. We have shared so many joys together Connie through the years and now know I am here for you in this overwelming time. Much love, Linda

  • September 29, 2018
    Chip Hoins says:
    Memories? Impossible to list there are so many. We shared everything together from the day we met - perhaps in 1957 or '58. Back then our girlfriends were best friends. Later, our wives were best friends. Richard was my "touchstone" the person I gauged my life against. (I never measured up to his) Today, his wonderful wife, Connie and my wife Jill are great friends. Shortly after Jill and I married our first dinner guests at our home were Richard and Connie. It was memorable for some hysterical reasons. I miss Richard now and always will. Bless you Connie for carrying on so well!

  • October 12, 2010
    Elizabeth Sganga says:
    It's October and we're still thinking about Dick. Lots of folks move from our town, Ridgefield, CT. We lose track of most of them, but not Connie and Dick. We checked in on a regular and the conversation always continued where we left off. Dick was our tour guide when we visited N.C. There are many Ridgefield memories tucked away -- Ridgebury church, social events, weddings, etc. Dick will be deeply missed. He had a wonderful sense of humor. It was always evident that Dick and Connie were a team in every way and their life together has been cut all too short. Connie, you remain in our prayers and as always, we will stay in touch. All our love, Elizabeth and Vince

  • September 15, 2010
    Elizaveth and Vince Sganga says:
    Reflecting on the many occasions we enjoyed together in Ridgefield, CT and on trips to NC, it is difficult to believe that Dick won't be involved in future events. He was a terrific man, father and husband. It was always quite evident that Connie and Dick lived their lives as one unit. Connie, our prayers go out to you and your family, for strength as you adjust to the "different future" before you. Dick's spirit stays very much alive and active in all of you. Since we have no answers as to why, our prayers are for God's blessing as you move forward. All our love, Elizabeth and Vince

  • September 07, 2010
    Lee and Judith (Lane) Schultz says:
    Dear Connie & Family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you and yours, as you face life without your beloved "Dick." May your "sweet" memories comfort and sustain you.