January 29

Prominent Waterville philanthropist Walter Simcock dies at 88

Simcock, who won the 2010 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service Award and was devoted to children’s causes, is remembered as a generous person.

By Jesse Scardina jscardina@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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TOGETHER: Walter Simcock is surrounded by former Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce employees Audrey Harding, left, and Jill Van Gorden.

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A native of Cambridge, Mass., Simcock grew up in Boston’s West End, bouncing around different grade schools before graduating from Watertown High School in 1944. Simcock graduated from Springfield College in 1950, where he majored in education before studying guidance and personnel at Boston University. During college, Simcock dabbled in stand-up comedy to support himself, according to his son.

“His single greatest trait was his sense of humor,” Stephen Simcock said. “He never lost it, even up until the day he died.”

Simcock met his wife, Mary, while in Boston when she was a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1960 they moved to Waterville.

In Waterville, Simcock was deeply involved in the community, serving as the chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors and as king lion of the Waterville Lion’s Club.

“Walter was a perfect citizen,” said Karen Heck, mayor of Waterville. “He was a supporter of this city and his presence will be missed.”

Simcock is survived by three of his children, Cheryl Zimmer, Stephen Simcock and Walli Fitton, his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours at Veilleux Funeral Home for Simcock are set for Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239jscardina@centralmaine.com Twitter: @jessescardina

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