D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Leroy M. Simons

August 17, 1928January 21, 2020

Leroy “Lee” M. Simons, 91, of East Hartford, beloved husband for 67 years of Pauline (Reynolds) Simons, went to be with our Lord on Monday, January 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. Born in New Britain on August 17, 1928, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Larsen) Simons and had lived in East Hartford since 1959. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, Lee worked at Pratt & Whitney as a machinist for 39 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved playing Yahtzee with his family members. He also was a talented carpenter and liked working on the family automobiles. He will be remembered as someone who was always willing to help family and friends at any time. More than anything, Lee was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be forever missed by his loving wife Pauline; three daughters, Sherrie Simons of Vernon, Debbie Massey and husband Kevin of North Granby, and Linda Colturi and husband John of East Granby; a son, David Simons and wife Jackie of St. Cloud, FL; five adored grandchildren, Bryan Massey and wife Jody of Townsend, MA, Jen Grillo and husband Glauco of Berkeley Heights, NJ, Tim Massey and fiancée Rebecca Shutt of Townsend, MA, Jared Colturi and wife Mary of Ellington and Jess Marsalisi and husband Ryan of Columbia; and his five cherished great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert Simons, and Richard Simons and wife Shirley, all of Berlin; his sister, Barbara Karoll of Kensington; a special brother-in-law, Worthy Reynolds and wife Jackie of Morgan, VT; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Anderson of Farmington, Joyce Carter and husband Mike of Palm Coast, FL, and Connie Reynolds of East Hartford; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Lee’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain for their professionalism, care, compassion, and love given to Lee and his entire family. Funeral service celebrating Lee’s life will be Friday (January 24, 2020) at 1 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Burial with military honors will be Saturday (January 25, 2020) at 9 am at the State Veterans’ Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Lee’s family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home chapel on Friday afternoon from 12 noon – 1 pm. Memorial contributions in Lee’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory of Lee with his family, please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Wounded Warrior Project


  • Public Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Burial with military honors Saturday, January 25, 2020


Leroy M. Simons

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Bill Reynolds

January 23, 2020

I miss you already Uncle Lee!!! You were the perfect gentlemen and a man that so many of us looked up to!! Like my brother said I also have so many great memories of the days we all were hunting and fishing together! One of my favorite memories is the weekend you, Aunt Polly,Dad,Mom,Bob and myself went camping and fishing in Dads camper up in upstate NY, the weekend didn’t start out very well as for some reason my father got very upset at Bob and myself. Bob and I were in one car and you other four were in dads car pulling the camper. Bob and I talked about turning around and going home but then here comes Dad passing us on the highway and he somehow talked you into giving Bob and I the bird as you drove by us!!! To look over and see your big smile and that 6 inch finger sticking up at us just made us laugh so much and it broke the ice and we all had the best time ever that weekend!!! To this day I still love telling that story!!! Love you Uncle Lee

Sandy Castonguay

January 23, 2020

Uncle Lee’s smile, hugs and kisses will truly be missed. We were all so blessed to have him in our lives. I loved waiting up for him when we were kids and stayed overnight. We could all sit at the table and visit. I will miss our Yahtzee games so much! He was an awesome partner! His memories will put a smile on our faces and a happiness in our hearts. ❤️ I Love you Uncle Lee!😘

Robert Reynolds

January 22, 2020

Uncle Lee, I will never forget our hunting and fishing trips to the Adirondacks as well as those to the Northeast Kingdom in northern Vermont and of course Wilmington Vermont. I cherished those trips for which you were a large part and all of them continue to give me the best of memories. You are a man of great pride, dignity, morals and righteousness and I can only hope the values you exuded will continue to guide me for the rest of my days. Until we meet again, let say once more, I love you uncle and I hope there is good hunting and fishing in heaven.