Remembering Peter Simmons http://rememberingpete.org 1954 - 2014 2014-06-02T15:38:12Z hourly 1 2000-01-01T12:00+00:00 Andrea Brown http://rememberingpete.org/andrea-brown/ 2014-06-02T15:38:12Z Continue Reading »

]]>
I had the privilege of working with Peter at Lockheed Martin. He was a very talented communications professional and was held in high esteem by his peers. I was also fortunate to consider him a dear friend. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful family. Rest in Peace, Peter.

]]>
James Jamieson http://rememberingpete.org/james-jamieson/ 2014-05-22T13:13:23Z Continue Reading »

]]>
I had the honor of meeting Peter at Lockheed Martin in September 2000 while serving with the RAF in our small British Residents Office on C-130J Hercules Programme. Peter liked to joke with kin folk and be all british. He took our small contingent under his wing with invitations to the British American Functions albeit we always had to stay to the end of the functions to wheel out the “barrel of beer” and sing british songs around the piano. I recall turning up to an event and there was Peter with a cane calling himself names like “daft old fool” for having fallen off the roof of his house and as you do we all agreed with his connotation of himself. Peter was that english gentlemen who had a passion for clay pigeon shooting so one day he took me sports clay shooting on a large estate. I was amazed to find all the trap areas including a white clay with a rabbit on it that was fired along the ground that I could never hit. Peter had me fire the gun all day long and in between listening to Peter chatting passionately on his family and aircraft. That day, I came back with a huge bruised lip caused by the shoot gun hilt and my wife thought I had been in a fight! I recall one of Peter’s wishes was to do bonefish fly fishing in Florida, I hope he managed to do so. Peter also had a passion for Indian food and curries and with our wifes we met up occassionally at restaurants and joked about the waiters who often acted like Manuel in Fawlty Towers…….the waiters never understood King’s english and always forgot to bring to us what we ordered! In 2004 we celebrated Peter’s 50th birthday and I still have the “Peters 50th Birthday” pint glass of which I toasted a beer or 3 for Peter. Although I left Georgia in 2004 to live in Vancouver BC, we kept in touch at the annual Abbotsford Air Show where Peter invited me along as a honorary Lockheed Rep. I was always amazed at Peter’s wheeling dealing influence to organize the USAF to bring the biggest and fastest aircraft to a small air show in Canada. Peter was a pasionate man devoted to his family, a perfect gentlemen and wonderful friend who will always be remembered fondly. Cheers Peter.

]]>
Lindsay Peacock http://rememberingpete.org/lindsay-peacock/ 2014-03-15T10:50:33Z Continue Reading »

]]>
I regret that I never had the good fortune to meet Peter, but we communicated via email and the occasional telephone call for several years. As the individual responsible for ensuring the entry on the C-130 Hercules in Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft was as up-to-date as it could possibly be, our association was largely a professional one. In that respect, it was always a pleasure to deal with Peter – because he always came up with an answer to my many questions. I do wish I had known of his taste in music though – it would have been good to exchange thoughts about bands such as Ten Years After, Jethro Tull and others of that ilk. And then, of course, there is Marmite – one of the great spreads!!!

]]>
Esther Simmons http://rememberingpete.org/esther-simmons/ 2014-02-25T13:06:33Z Relaxing under the birch tree in the garden.

]]>
Skip Smith http://rememberingpete.org/skip-smith/ 2014-02-23T21:50:52Z Continue Reading »

]]>
I had the good fortune of meeting Peter shortly after I moved to Georgia and began working at Barnsley Resort. As clay shooters and fellow instructors we had a host of common interest. Peter helped us out by teaching with us for both the Orvis School and our Caesar Guerini School and of course he was always such a big factor during the Boy Scout Tournament and Operation One Voice. I will miss our conversations about clay shooting and many other topics that we discussed together. I wish him peace and to his family thank you for sharing him with us.

]]>
Peter with Planes http://rememberingpete.org/peter-with-planes/ 2014-02-20T03:25:03Z Jim Grant http://rememberingpete.org/jim-grant/ 2014-02-17T21:08:25Z Continue Reading »

]]>
Peter was simply a great personal and professional friend. I am so glad our paths crossed and will truly miss his “hey Mate” greeting. He taught me more about communications and media relations than all my college professors combined. Our phone call minutes after he became a US Citizen will be a call I will remember forever.

]]>
Woody Woodward http://rememberingpete.org/woody-woodward/ 2014-02-14T23:49:45Z Continue Reading »

]]>
I met Pete Simmons in the Spring of 1991 shortly after my family and I transferred to Atlanta from South Florida. At that time, I only knew those I worked with. Pete became a very good friend. Our common bond then was running, and the sip of a good brew after enduring a goodly distance, and God was always in our conversation. Pete was into LONG-distance running and, for Pete, the rainier and muddier the better. I can here his voice now as I made my appeal to wait until things dried up a bit- “Come on mate, it’ll be great!” I suppose if Go Pro cams would have been around then, we’d have a myriad of pictures to show for our good times. That was up and until the late 90’s, when Pete and I went on one of those muddy Saturday morning runs, when I crushed my tailbone trying to stay up with Pete, and navigate a downhill grade (a mud-slide!) on the Chattahoochee Trail near Sope Creek, Marietta, GA. Thanks Pete! Pete never could stay still for too long, always moving, which is why I think he fared well that morning. (And, in understanding that, I knew the battle of a disease like ALS had to be devastating to him). I was too careful :) If Pete had an injury, I didn’t know it, and off he went shortly thereafter to take on The Grand Canyon, and even the summit of Pike’s Peak (or is that “Pike’s Pete”)! We were fellow musicians, and Pete-the-Beat was perhaps my biggest encourager back then as we played together. We loved the same music, and sometimes debated over the ‘whose who’ among the American vs English rivals of rock. He was usually right (or so he convinced me that he was; he was good at that too). I have missed you Pete Simmons, and I miss you now. BUT, I will see you again. And in that place, there will be no possibility of a busted tailbone- and we can run like the wind, as you are now. You now carry His rest with you. I love you my friend- I always have.

]]>
Isla Craigie http://rememberingpete.org/isla-craigie/ 2014-02-13T14:34:32Z Pete & Debbie spent quite a bit of time with us at Lake Lanier over the past few years and we enjoyed good times together. This is a great picture of the two of them on our houseboat on October 17, 2011.

]]>
Greg Ulmer http://rememberingpete.org/greg-ulmer/ 2014-02-10T05:18:31Z Continue Reading »

]]>
Peter always reached out to those around him to may you feel welcome, comfortable, at ease and “a part of” whatever he was involved with, whether at work or in a social setting. When I think of words to describe Peter I think of caring, humble, passionate, fun and civil (something us yanks struggle with).

Peter, we miss you and are better persons for knowing you. Thank you for your contributions in support of the mighty C-130J “SuperHerc” (coined by Peter no less!!!)

We love you…

]]>