Steven Allen Simmons

December 3, 1954June 4, 2019

Steven Allen Simmons, 64, of Raleigh, NC, formerly of West Caldwell, NJ, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, leaving his family with memories of a well lived life.

Steve was born in Dumont, NJ to John and Doris (Pettrich) Simmons. He was raised in Bergen County, NJ, and was a graduate of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia.

He met the love of his life, Claire Marie Beusse while they were beginning what would become life-long careers at IBM. Over the course of more than 30 years they worked at IBM offices in Parsippany, NJ, Somers, NY, and ultimately Raleigh, N.C.

Steve retired as a project manager with IBM in 2016. Throughout the years he was a tireless volunteer for non-profit organizations including, The Boy Scouts of America, The American Red Cross, The Catholic Parish Outreach of Raleigh and Habitat for Humanity.

He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying skiing, caving, canoeing, gardening and most of all mountain climbing and hiking with his sons.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Claire, his devoted sons Matthew and Kyle, his mother, Doris Pettrich Simmons and siblings Dianne (Rick) Grabb of Ridgewood, NJ, Scott (Cindy) Simmons of South Carolina and Wendy (Jeff) Dropkin of New Hampshire. He was predeceased by his father, John Simmons

Visitation with the family will be held at the Codey & Jones Funeral Home, 54 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, NJ on Tuesday, June 11th from 4-7 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, 28 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, NJ on Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00 am. The interment is private. Please visit to share a condolence or a memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Steve to any of the above-mentioned organizations that meant so much to him would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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Stuart McRae

June 10, 2019

I was sad to hear the news of Steve, and I share my deep condolences with Steve's family. I had the pleasure of working with Steve at IBM and he was always a pleasure and a true professional to work. Steve was one of the most positive people I have ever worked with and he clearly had a passion for life and his family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Stuart McRae

Laura Karch Gries

June 7, 2019

Although my family and I have only known “Mr. Steve” for mere 2.5 months, I find it incredible how he played a very large part in our lives recently. We are Steve and Claire’s new next door neighbors. Steve has become our daily constant many times in a day. While he spent day in and day out outside working in and around his home he became our friend, major resource and constant companion to myself and our little girls. He showed and taught them like they were his own. He entertained their stories about princesses, dance recitals, kittens we were about to get, he even said yes to a play date our children wanted with him. He was a gentle soul and has been greatly missed daily when we come home and look for Nala and Steve. Prayers to Claire and their boys as they transition to this new way of life without their rock. We love you “Mr. Steve “.

Bettie Powers

June 7, 2019

Steve and Claire were best friends of my son and daughter-in-law Jay and Carol and my granddaughter, Sarah is best friends with Kyle so I feel a strong connection with the family. I always hear such wonderful things about Steve, especially all the volunteering that he has done. May God get them through this very difficult time.

Craig Brown

June 6, 2019

I am very sad to hear of this news. When working at the CPO, Steve was always full of life and vitality. He brought much laughter and joy, great guy to be around. He will be missed. Prayers for his family and friends, may God give you peace and comfort in your time of loss.