OBITUARY

Robert Vaquero Simmons

August 8, 1970September 16, 2020

Robert Vaquero Simmons, 50, died on September 16, 2020, in a hospice in Little Rock, Arkansas. His life was taken by a relatively brief but difficult struggle with severe Stomach Cancer.

Robert was born August 8, 1970, in Gainesville, FL, the son of Maria Angeles Vaquero of Seville, Spain (now known as Angie Vaquero Simmons) and Kenneth Williams Simmons of Cleveland, Ohio and Searcy, Arkansas. Robert’s parents met and fell in love while Ken was serving with the U. S. Air Force and had been stationed in Seville, where he was assigned to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services. It was there that he met Robert’s mother, Angie, who worked for a local Spanish radio station. On July 16, 1969, after Ken completed his military service but before leaving Spain, Ken and Angie were married, then came to the United States.

The family moved from Florida to Searcy when Robert was very young and he remained there until graduating high school. He was a member of the Searcy Swim Team and won a state championship in the breaststroke event. He attended college at the University of Central Arkansas earning a degree in Accounting. His most recent position was as a Certified Financial Examiner Manager with the State Insurance Department.

Because Robert made a career of being a friend, he will be deeply missed by the many who knew and loved him. Loyalty and support of those he cared about came easily to him and they were offered without a second thought. His compassion often extended beyond his circle of family and close friends proving that his concern for others was not from a sense of duty or responsibility, but was a deeply ingrained trait.

He was generous with his time and attention and was always eager to lend a hand. He had a love of animals, especially dogs. He was dedicated to his family, making regular visits, frequent phone calls, and never missing holiday and birthday get-togethers.

His favorite social activity was sharing dinner with groups of friends. He was a regular member of Friday and Saturday night groups, using his quiet wit and antagonistic humor to inspire both laughter and deep conversations. He was at times goofy and hilariously funny but always displayed intelligence and knowledge of current events.

He was a great navigator, but was teased mercilessly about his slow, overly cautious driving style, often stopping at green lights. Despite his reputation for being steady, reliable and somewhat predictable, there was a part of him that enjoyed a bit of adventure leading him to make two tandem sky dives.

He is survived by his mother Angie Simmons of Searcy, a brother David Simmons and sister in law Jill, and two nieces Tori Simmons and Haley Simmons, all of Conway and countless other family and friends whom he touched throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his father Ken Simmons.

His family wishes to convey their deepest appreciation to the physicians, nurses and personnel at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary for their extraordinary care and compassion in caring for Robert after his diagnosis, and those who cared for him in his last days at the hospice. Special thanks are extended to Fr. Warren Harvey, Catholic chaplain of St. Vincent’s Infirmary for his many visits, prayers, friendship and loving care of Robert.

Rosary services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Searcy, AR, with funeral Mass to follow. A private graveside service will be held for family and friends at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, AR following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, a pet shelter located at 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR, 72210. Include a note, giving them Robert’s name as the honoree and where you would like the acknowledgment sent.

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Jon Florin

September 25, 2020

Dear Simmons family and friends,

Everyone at No Stomach For Cancer would like to extend their sympathies to the friends and family of Robert Vaquero Simmons. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your friend and loved one.

May God bless you during this difficult time.

Sincere regards,

Jon Florin
Executive Director
No Stomach For Cancer

Dennis Horn

September 24, 2020

Robert was a great man and a great friend and he will be missed.

Stephanie Fowler

September 23, 2020

He always greeted people with a smile and was always so kind. The world is a darker place without him. Many prayers for his friends and loved ones.

Matt Zimmerman

September 23, 2020

Prayers for Robert, his mother and all his family and friends. May he rest in peace and love.

Elder LoRraine Rowland

September 23, 2020

Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. Robert and I worked together for years. He was a joy to work with at the Arkansas Insurance Department. Take your rest friend.

LoRraine

Ladeana Bell

September 22, 2020

Robert, I will miss your smile and silly laugh. I am glad our paths crossed so many years ago at UCA and thankful for your help over the decades that followed. My deepest condolences to your mom and family as they grieve and learn to manage without your earthly presence. Rest in Love my friend.

Jan Zawislak Miller

September 22, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I met Robert in college, as we both were majoring in accounting and were catholic. He was such a smart, funny guy and a great friend. We shared many laughs as only accountants could! I talked with him on and off after graduation after I had moved out of state. He will be missed by many I’m sure!

Thom Hall

September 21, 2020

Robert could add light and joy to any situation or any room. As his health declined he retained his solid, grounded footing clearly knowing though his life was suddenly shortened, it was a life fully lived, with no reservations nor any regret. He faced death with a calm sense of reason and a wonderful aura of peace and the amazing strength to express his love to his friends and family. His delightful sense of humor was intact to the end. I have long thought that all of us can become powerful teachers if we live long enough and open our hearts to share what we have learned. Robert taught with kindness and love and so often a thoughtful smile or a hardy laugh. How lucky we are to have known him. I am so grateful for the times we shared. Rejoice and celebrate his life and remember him with joy.

Johnnie Parks, Sr

September 21, 2020

Robert, thanks for some of our deep conversations about life and how to navigate life in this world. I will always remember your laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as they morn your loss. We all understand that we are graveyard travelers from time to eternity. Our sympathy goes out to the entire family. To your family, we pray GOD give each you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Howard Richard

September 21, 2020

Robert was a very special man, one of a kind. I, for one, will miss him and his friendship. May you Rest in GOD’s Peace dear friend.

FROM THE FAMILY

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