Carl Simmons

April 9, 1954February 21, 2021

Carl Simmons April 9, 1954 - February 21, 2021 Brief is life, but love is long

Carl Gerard Simmons was born in the urban capital of the world, Harlem USA on April 9, 1954 to George L. Simmons and Carrie H. Simmons. Carl was their first-born child and only son. Growing up, Carl developed an affinity for music at an early age. He attended PS. 125 Elementary School, then JHS 43. His hard-working parents invested in his musical talent by finding the best piano teachers they could afford. This investment proved to give a great return when Carl was invited to play a concerto at Carnegie Hall at 14 years old.

Carl also discovered his love for travel and photography soon after. While attending The Dalton School, he joined a student abroad group to Haiti. He learned of an exchange summer camp counselor position in Sweden. He packed his bags and left 125th Street to spend a summer in wanderlust; learning a new culture and language. Carl graduated Dalton HS and entered Boston University to major in Soviet and Eastern European Studies. Always a step ahead of his peers and colleagues, he showed great achievement in college. During Carl’s final year at Boston U., he landed his first job in the travel industry with Garber Travel, then Trans World Airlines. TWA’s slogan was, “You’re Going to Like Us” and that he did. The Boston office relocated to NYC and Carl returned with TWA. After TWA folded, Carl entered the world of Executive and Luxury Travel with Stevens Travel Management in 1984.

He met his soulmate Tom in 1988, also a professional in the travel business. When Tzell Travel Leaders acquired Stevens in 2008, Carl became an independent contractor as Global Connexions LLC. He had built an illustrious clientele over the years. Carl worked hard and played equally as hard. He cultivated many lasting friendships with colleagues and clients.

Travel, music, language, photography, good cuisine, laughter, excellent work and self-determination define Carl Simmons. For several years, he made his home in Brooklyn NY. Around 2001 he moved to Astoria, NY and enjoyed the myriad of cuisines and cultures of this diverse neighborhood. Carl travelled the world, visited great cities and country sides, stayed in the most luxurious hotels and photographed it all!— yet he was a family man. Carl loved visiting family on birthdays and especially the holidays when our eclectic cuisine flowed between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. In later years he slowed down somewhat to enjoy quiet weekends with Tom (between their extensive travel schedules) watching movies and resting. He created his own good life. Through his years, he faced obstacles, avoided confrontation and accepted challenges. He had the spirit of a griot, the character of a gentleman and the wit of a comedian. To know Carl was to love Carl. His vibrant soul, caring nature and adventurous spirit were his strengths.

Carl is survived by his two sisters, Gisele Simmons and Robin Simmons; a nephew, Ahmed Saunders, his niece, Andrea Saunders and his grand-nephew, Isaiah Saunders Carrion. Carl leaves his life-partner of 32 years, Thomas Moncho and the brother from another mother, Kerry Saunders. Carl is survived by his aunt Annabel Boyd, cousins Moses and his wife Ann, Clara, Ernest Groves, Edna Hinton and Rosabel Talbird. He leaves more cousins living in Texas and South Carolina: Ronald Jenkins, his son Jordan, Carolyn and Sherral Reid, Sonia Yates and their children. We will miss Carl with every fiber of our being. He will live on in our hearts and memories.


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Nicole Morrison

March 1, 2021

Carl, the joy and memories you brought to our lives will not be forgotten. I still remember them like yesterday.
Sending warm embrace to your family during this difficult time.
Love Nicole (Nee-col, as you called me) - Stevens Travel family

Andrea S

March 1, 2021

Dear Uncle, I love you so. I hope you are traveling anywhere you want right now to the moon and back and visiting our ancestors as well. Love you UC

Tom Moncho

March 1, 2021

"A Heart Is Not Judged By How Much You Love, But By How Much You Are Loved By Others." - The Wizard To The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz

So very true in regard to Carl.....such a huge heart.

- Tom

Mary Lou Snow

February 28, 2021

Just lit outdoor lights on my tree in Boston for Carl’s memory. What a mensch he was.
Happy to have known you, dear Carl! Your memory is a blessing!!

Georgette anagnostaras-Petersen

February 28, 2021

While working at TWA 1987-1992 at 2 Penn Plaza Carl helped me while he was on the rate desk especially with round the world reservations . I was very honored to have known him and he will truly be missed. Today I was very happy to meet his wonderful family and see the beautiful pictures of Carl thru out his life RIP God Bless you

Mavis Stevens

February 28, 2021

My heart goes out to Carl's family and friends and his presence was always such fun - especially the dancing!

Carl was part of the Stevens Travel Family for many years, and he continued to be my "travel guy" in the last few years. We all had many adventures together and enjoyed his humor, expertise and zest for life.

He will be so missed but not forgotten.

Lydia Diaz

February 28, 2021

Dear Gisele, Robin, Tom and all family members,
Know that we are with you all in spirit today. We were honored to be able to participate in such a beautiful service. Carl was truly a unique and special human being. He was always full of quiet strength and dignity. We only wish that we could have had more time to know him better.

God knows all things, and he's been called Home. Be at peace; we love you all and look forward to seeing you next year.
Lydia Diaz & Marvin Lang

Anton Petrescu de Perrella

February 28, 2021


During the 30 years that i have know you; you always had a positive outlook on everything and were always a good friend. You made us laugh when we were down and you always were willing to help anybody that was in need. Your loss here on planet earth is Heavens' gain.


Marcia Mcfarlane

February 28, 2021

Carl. My heart is so broken with the news of your passing.
Who will provide me with those unusual snacks that you always seem to find when ever you travel.
Their are no words my friend that can express how much I am going to miss you .
I have known you for half my life . From Stevens Travel to Tzell.
As I sit here with my heart in pieces . I am thankful and grateful that I knew you and had the privilege to call you my friend.
Safe travel to your next journey RIP 💖.

Keith Seard

February 28, 2021

Words never seem full enough to capture the essence of a life or fill the gap left behind when we lose a person so dear to our heart, but know that peace comes is knowing, truly knowing that Carl's love for you and his love for life will continue to be a source of comfort and joy when you think about him. My heart goes out to your entire family in this time of loss.