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Discussion: The Passing of Steve Simmons

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Aug. 16, 2012
Men's 50
23 posts
The Passing of Steve Simmons
Steve will be sorely missed, not only as a Director for the Organization, but as the person that he was...kind, caring, passionate, and loved the game of softball and all involved. Our heart-felt sympathy goes out to Steve's family and friends, we will surely miss him.

Most sincerely,

Michael Boone and the players of the Sweet Construction Softball Club
Aug. 16, 2012
Men's 55
183 posts
To the Simmons family, Please accept the condolences of the Pace Electronics Softball Team. We are very sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

Al Drechsler #33
Pace Electronics
Aug. 16, 2012
Men's 65
570 posts
Our prayer will be with Steve's family a friend like Steve only comes just a few times in a lifetime. My heart is just broken to hear this news. You will be missed by many.

Don Ward and players of
Crystal pharmacy / Mobley Gin softball club
Aug. 16, 2012
160 posts
My heart is broken right now. I have lost a dear, dear, friend in Steve. I have a void in my life that I cannot express in words. It was just a short time ago that Steve and I had a very precious four days together in my home during the Western Nationals in Colorado. Life is so fragile. I know that Steve is now with his God and at peace. I can only say to his family, Nancy, Melissa, Lane, and Dalton, I love you all very much and am here for you. May God wrap you all in his love and peace which only He can give. I will see you all in a few days.
DuWayne Pillard (Scrap Iron Classics-Colorado)
Aug. 16, 2012
Men's 55
285 posts
What a great much fun and dedicated to softball. A huge loss for his family and our softball community. We will sorely miss him. Ken Van Bogaert on behalf of Dave Dukelow and Roberts Construction/Pope
Aug. 16, 2012
Men's 60
196 posts
Life is so short but it is good to hear that it sounds like Steve was a good man who loved God, His family and softball. God has given each of us a promise that he will never leave or forsake us and now he is in the hands of God. To his family we wish you only wonderful memories and I am sure his impact will continue for those that knew him as a person. Bless you all in the days ahead.

Gary Ingle and CJS Express
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 65
885 posts
Our prayers are with Steve's family and friends. I knew Steve as an intense competitor and a man dedicated to the softball community. Larry Lopez / Texas Makules
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 60
1175 posts
My thoughts and prayers go to all of his family and all of the softball family who loved him so much.

Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 50
173 posts
On behalf of the Team 1 Sports softball team, we would like to our prayers and condolences to Steve's family and friends.

Steve will be missed as a friend and SSUSA Director.

John Beasley
Team 1 Sports Softball #3
Senior Softball Central Admin
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 60
1052 posts
What I love about Senior Softball is the friendships you make and those you renew. I will remember Steve as someone I respected and enjoyed their company. When my brother decided to begin playing Senior Ball, I asked Steve, what teams in his area should he get in touch with. Steve supplied the names of several managers and Sam became a member of one those teams. I asked him about how I could best help a friend be considered for the HOF, he again gave me great advice. What I am trying to say is Steve, CARED. Simply, someone you want to know and value their opinion.

The bittersweet aspect of our sport is it is Senior Softball. We tend to lose our friends on a more often basis. The pain is no less and in some instances more poignant because we realize just how precious the time is that we have. Letís take this time not just to remember Steve, but to bring civility and respect into our lives.

My thoughts and prayers are not just with Steve and his family, but the others mentioned on this board with true tragedy and crisis in their lives.

Steve will be missed, but certainly not forgotten.

Mike Adair
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 65
59 posts
What a tragedy, Steve Simmons was one of the finest men I have ever met in every aspect, may he rest in peace and may the good Lord comfort his family and good friends and help them through the tough times ahead. Custom Graphics 65 Doug Hixon.
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 60
81 posts
What a great loss to the softball community and to his family and friends. Steve was instrumental in getting me interested in senior softball and to become a SSUSA director in my state of New York. I will always miss the friendship we shared and many laughs we had at the ball field and the national conventions each year. I want to express my deepest condolences to Steve's family in their loss. I am truly saddened by the loss of a great friend.

Chuck Sharkey
Aug. 17, 2012
Capt Kirk
516 posts
In 2009 our team, Texas Tornados, played in the Texas State Championship. I met Steve at the managers meeting. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family: The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
Aug. 17, 2012
Men's 55
373 posts
Praying that God's peace n comfort to be poured upon all in need. His life will remain in the hearts in all who loved n knew him! God bless, Fabe... Familystones Softball Club..Hawaii
Aug. 17, 2012
6 posts
My heart goes out to the Simmons family. I will remember Steve as a gentleman, a competitor and an ambassador of "our" game. The New England contingent of Senior Softball will miss one of our home grown boys !!

Joey Frongello
Aug. 17, 2012
1588 posts
I got to know Steve about 4 years ago when helping him out part-time with the business side of SSUSA. I found him to be a very honest, caring, humble and positive man who cared very deeply about senior softball. He always had a smile on his face and was very easy to work with. I am proud to say that he was my friend and someone who used to regularly pick my brain about the game and what could be done to improve it. He did this with a lot of players and I'm convinced that the success of senior softball is due to the hard work and perseverance of guys like Steve. I didn't know him as a player but if he put half the the energy and time into playing as he put into helping run SSUSA he must have been a great player!
Today I am deeply saddened to have learned of his passing. My most heartfelt condolences go his immediate family and friends.
RIP my friend, you did a lot of good things for the game and you will be sorely missed.
Stick--OKI Softball
Aug. 21, 2012
Men's 60
2 posts
Steve Simmons welcomed me to the Minnesota Masters 55 team in 2000 when I was moving to Minnesota from California. He was a joy to play with as well as against in later years. I always looked for Steve whenever my team traveled to play, and I was always met with that big, warm smile of his. I last saw him in Phoenix last October. We played against each other
I met Steve in softball and I will sincerely miss him on the softball field, but I will for as long as I live miss his friendship and that warm smile of his.
I have no doubts that he is with our Lord, and the Lord smiled at Steve the same way Steve smiled at us.
My prayers go out to Nancy and the entire Simmons family along with Steve's entire Minnesota family of friends.

Pat Tobin - A Steve Simmons friend for 13 years
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