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Charles Robert Simcoe, 93, formerly of Lockport, passed away on February 25, 2017, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Illinois. He was born on March 27, 1923, in Taylor Station, Ohio, to Charles Raymond and Anna Marie Simcoe.
From 1964 to 1999 Bob and Mary lived in Lockport, NY, and were members of St. Mary's parish. They most recently lived in Watseka, IL, where they were cared for by their daughter, Joyce Simutis.
Charles was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving as a welder on the USS White Marsh (LSD-8) during the invasions of Saipan, Palau, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. After the war he studied metallurgical engineering, graduating from Purdue University in 1950. While living in Lockport, he worked at Simonds Saw & Steel Company for 19 years, and Curtiss Wright Corporation in Buffalo. After his retirement, he took a position with the University of Buffalo teaching the metallurgy lab. When he retired from teaching he continued his research and writing, recently completing a book that will be published by the American Society of Metals International in 2017.
Charles is survived by his son, Robert (Ellie) Simcoe of Marlborough, MA; daughter, Joyce (Frank) Simutis of Watseka, IL; son, Thomas Simcoe of Alexandria, VA; son, William (Elizabeth) Simcoe of Albany, NY; son, Richard (Laurie) Simcoe of Burnt Hills, NY; and daughter, Janice Simcoe of Pasadena, CA; sisters, Ruth Rice; Betty Baker; Mary Leser; and Ann Hopper; grandchildren, Jennifer (Stewart) Wagener, Frank (Katy) Simutis, Jeffrey (Melanie) Simutis, Robert Simutis, Renee (Brandon) Levine, Thomas (Ji Yoon) Simcoe, John Simcoe, Timothy (Stephanie) Simcoe, Robert (Pat) Simcoe, and Justin (Rachel) Simcoe; and great-grandchildren, Frank, Michael, Joseph, Katherine, Anne, Theodore, Andrew, Lillian, Kate, Sherman, Naomi, Esti and Robert. Charles is pre-deceased by his wife of 71 years, Mary Simcoe; and by his great-grandson, Andrew Simutis.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Albany, NY.
Memorial donations can be made to the Native American Heritage Association, Children's Hospital of Philadephia, Shriners Hospitals or the Alzheimers Association.
Condolences may be left on McVeigh Funeral Home online guest book at mcveighfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 2, 2017
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