Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ned Simmons (1939-2011)



Ned's Interment was last Saturday at Trinidad Cemetery. He was a dear friend of mine and of many in our community.

In true Ned style, he scripted a fun afternoon for his friends as a celebration of his life. The afternoon started with a nice service at his church, Sts. Martha & Mary Mission. From the church to the cemetery, Ned had his fellow Trinidad Volunteer Firefighters carry his ashes in our rescue basket in a bag pipe led parade - good one Ned!

There was a great reception after at Trinidad Town Hall. Per his bidding, there was 'no open mic'. This was smart because we'd all still be talking about this wonderful man.

Ned's friend and next-door neighbor, Jan West, shared a wonderful slideshow of his paintings with quotes from his writings. Art was a passion for Ned. He even turned his historic home into Trinidad Art - a gallery showcasing local artists.

Ned served with many Trinidad organizations like the Trinidad Museum and the Land Trust. Representatives told moving stories of his exemplary service. The Song Circle, where he loved playing his ukulele, honored him with their voices and led us to join in. We enjoyed tasty soup, bread, and wine throughout the reception.

Though I was missing my friend Ned, this was one of those 'Thank God I found Trinidad!' moments we get to share with each other so frequently. Thanks Ned for planning such a great afternoon, and for living such an inspiring life. I'm so lucky to be a part of such a beautiful place filled with such caring people.

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