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Edmund Simmons

May 28, 1936 - January 4, 2019
Born in Canada
Resided in Capistrano Beach, CA


It is with great sadness that the family of Edmund (Ted) Simmons announces his passing on January 4, 2019 at the age of 82 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Ca. Ted will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Gwynne and his children Aaron of Capistrano Beach, Shawn (Heather) of Manhattan Beach and Ryan (Shannon) of Parker, Colorado. The joys of his life were his seven grandchildren: Corbin (8), Stratton (6), Everett (5), Jamison (3), Noelle (1) (children of Shawn and Heather) and Teagan, (5), and Evan (3) (children of Ryan and Shannon). He is also survived by his brother, Roy Simmons of Vancouver, Canada and his brother-in-law, Ed McCurley of Athens, Georgia.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Ted attended the University of British Columbia before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force flying the F86 Sabre jet. He continued his education receiving a bachelor’s degree at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. While in Colorado, Ted crop-dusted and also taught an aviation course at the college. After graduating, Ted joined United Airlines in 1964, where he met his wife and their adventure began. Ted and Gwynne were married in Palos Verdes, CA and lived for a short time in Manhattan Beach before they moved to Capistrano Beach in 1969. Ted completed building their home in 1974 to accommodate 3 growing boys!! After flying with United for 32 years, Ted retired in 1996. He flew as Captain, domestically on the Boeing 727; on the Pacific Asian routes on the DC10 and the Australian-New Zealand routes on the Boeing 747-400.

Throughout his life Ted enjoyed many sports including sailing on his boat -Passing Thru- biking, skiing (from their mountain house in Lake Tahoe and many ski trips with the boys to Colorado, Utah, and Canada), hiking (He and the 3 boys hiked down the Grand Canyon on his 70th birthday and stayed at the Phantom Ranch at the bottom, a special trip), snorkeling (many trips to all the islands of Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Honduras, and Guam), and golf with many friends. He was an excellent backgammon player. He and Gwynne had an on-going score of hundreds of games (he was ahead!!!) Ted was an avid traveler, always ready for a new adventure, by plane, car, train or boat, visiting many countries, for extended stays in Greece, France, UK, Monaco, New Zealand and all the provinces of Canada. He and Gwynne had traveled to every state of the union, relishing seeing museums and gardens. Ted enjoyed tending his rose garden of 23 varieties of roses. Ted loved plays, concerts and live music performances, especially the piano, which he also played. He was a life member of the Dana Point Historical Society and played an active part in saving Pines Park in Capistrano Beach in the 70’s and was past treasurer of the Capistrano Beach Community Association. He was the Dana Point area representative for the Retired United Pilot Association (RUPA) for 22 years. Ted was an unwavering friend to many, always happy to meet for coffee and stories, and he will be missed.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Ted to the Dana Point Historical Society or the charity of your choice.




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