GOUVERNEUR -- Robert “Bob” W. Simmons, 41, passed away in his sleep peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his family home.
Robert was affectionately known as Robbie and Bob by his family and Bugsplat by his nieces and nephews. He was born on July 24, 1977 to Phillip and Connie (Bush) Simmons.
In 1997, he graduated from Gouverneur High School and went on to proudly enlist in the United States Army for 4 years. Following his honorable discharge from active service, Robbie continued to serve his country in the Army Reserves at Fort Drum where he eventually deployed to Iraq for a year. After his service, Robbie worked as a civilian at Fort Drum as a Heavy Mobile Equipment Repairer for 13 years.
Outside of work, he enjoyed bowling, golf and watching sports, especially rooting on the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Not keen on ties or pants, you could find Robbie in shorts through all four seasons and he never left home without a ball cap or his sense of humor. He loved to believe he was the world’s greatest driver and when he was feeling smug, he would annoy his siblings with Johnny Cash sing-a-longs in the tune of off key.
Robert is survived by his father and best friend, Phillip and mother, Connie, of Gouverneur; his sister, Jo and her husband Richard Elliot of Lillington, NC; his brother, John Simmons and his companion, Amber Willard of Norwood; his nieces and nephews, Erin Elliot, Christopher Elliot, Zachary Simmons, Kaitlyn Simmons, Morgan Williams, Liam Willard; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 7, 12 - 2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home in Gouverneur with Dave Hart officiating and burial with Military Honors in East DeKalb Cemetery.