Michael A. Simmonds Sr.
The family of Michael A. Simmonds Sr. mourns the loss of our cherished husband and father. He died peacefully at home with his wife at his bedside on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the age of 95. He will forever be in our hearts and we will miss him all the days of our life on earth, but have confidence in faith that one day we will all be reunited.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah M. (Peggy) Simmonds; his children, Melvyn Simmonds, Maureen Simmonds, Michael Simmonds Jr., Marissa Simmonds and Kathleen Simmonds; and eight grandchildren, Michael Simmonds III, Monique Simmonds, Sean Smith, John Gibson III, Jamoire Gibson Maples (Anthony), Shayna Hospadeles, Briana Roebuck and Brian Roebuck; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Leatrice Sheen Todman; sister-in-law, Lucia Neal-Huskey; and stepdaughter, Ruthie Lyman, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George F. Simmonds of Frederiksted, St. Croix; his mother, Domitila Oscar of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; four siblings, Juanita, Carmen, George and Mercedes; and his first wife, Kathleen Sheen Simmonds.
After being appointed in 1958 as general manager for Joaquin Belendez-Sola, he purchased the company in 1980 and became president and CEO of what became the Michael A. Simmonds Co., Inc. (MASCO), which grew to become a major wholesaler/distributor in the Virgin Islands for more than 60 years.
Michael served as an active charter member and contributor to the Rotary Club of St. Croix West and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 94 (San Juan, P.R.); former trustee of UVI, board member of the V.I. Housing Finance Authority, St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce and many more organizations.
He was a recipient of multiple awards during his lifetime as well as recognitions from Gov. Ralph Paiewonsky, Gov. Juan Luis, Gov. Alexander A. Farrelly, and Gov. Roy L. Schneider for his contributions to the community.
A viewing at Turnbull’s Funeral Home, St. Thomas, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12. The funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Frederiksted, St. Croix, on Oct. 14, with burial in the Frederiksted cemetery.
Tributes and messages for his booklet may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Michael’s name can be made to the Rotary Club of St. Croix West to enhance their programs for senior citizens (Post Office Box 26, Frederiksted, St. Croix, V.I. 00841).
A special thank you for your love and kindness to everyone, especially nurse Goldine Martin, who supported us during these last days.
Friends and relatives are advised of the passing of our beloved Fernando Cameron, aka Camo, who died in Lake Mary, Fla., on Sept. 8, 2020, at the age of 81.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services. Interment will be in Tortola, BVI.
He was survived by his wife, Mariet Cameron; children, Alric, Stephanie, Jalani and Jabradli Cameron, Morsha, Merick and Kemo Smith; daughter-in-law, Rosalie Cameron; grandchildren, Alyssa, Ryan, Abigail, Jesua, Jalania, Jaleel, Jalen Cameron, Shakeem, Raheem, Talesha, K’zaria, K’mori, Meriq M’Kyda, and Jcori, Jordan and Deondre Smith; great-grandchildren, Jayden Cameron and Dream Smith; brothers, Alchardio and Romeo Cameron; sisters, Erica Donovan, Helen Phillip, Alpha Robinson, Angelica Smith, Wisteria Donovan, Jennifer Bertie and Stephony Francis; mother-in-law, Adena Brathwaite; sisters-in-law, Karen and Utah Cameron, Jacqui Thomas, Juliet Brathwaite, Yvette Maduro, and Bernadette Brathwaite; brothers-in-law, Leonardo and Godfrey Donovan, Haldean Bastian, Malvern and Myron Brathwaite.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family respectfully requests that all attendees adhere to social distancing guidelines and all other safety rules.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.
Midalia Fabio of Estate St. John transitioned into eternal peace on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. She was 67 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Fabio Sr.; sons, Malcolm Fabio Jr., Monell Fabio, Marcos Fabio and Mark Fabio; grandchildren, Nia’dalia Fabio, Sonia Fabio and Ashwin Fabio; and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral services and interment will take place at 10 a.m. today at Kingshill Cemetery.
The family respectfully requests that attendees wear face masks and adhere to the social distancing requirements.
The family also requests that donations be made toward cancer research. If you would like to make a donation in Midala’s name, please log on to American Cancer Society website www.cancer.org and click on the tab “give in honor and memorial.”