Michael E. Simmons

August 4, 1995November 7, 2021

Michael Edward Simmons, 26, of Avon, Connecticut, passed away tragically on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from a pulmonary embolism in Wilmington, Delaware where he was currently a law clerk in the U.S Bankruptcy Court.

Michael graduated from Suffield Academy in 2013, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature with a minor in Philosophy from New York University in 2017. He pursued his passion of becoming an attorney and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2020. He was awarded the role of Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and was bestowed the honor of the Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Fellow amongst a multitude of other distinguished honors during his studies at Brooklyn Law. Following graduation, Michael became a law clerk to the Hon. Louis A. Scarcella, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and passed the New York State Bar. Michael was a true gentleman and scholar- an extraordinary person who lived life to the fullest, always eager to learn and experience as much as possible. He had a fierce intellect and a true core of kindness. Michael was an accomplished guitarist who loved all types of music (particularly the Grateful Dead) and attended endless concerts over the years. He was a world traveler who immersed himself in culture and history. Michael had a special place in his heart for the Cape where he enjoyed a good sunset, a “Grey Goose up and dirty, shaken well,” and a cigar. He found great joy in his beloved dogs Oscar, Macallan, Wilson and Huxley. Michael was extremely passionate about fine dining, watches, theater, film and museums- passions he enjoyed sharing with his family whom he loved dearly. This love was also evident in the special bond he shared with his mother who brought him deep inspiration and strength.

Michael leaves behind the love of his life, Alexandra Loi, with whom he planned to spend the rest of his life, his parents, Kathleen and Bradley Hoffman of Avon, Donald Simmons of Rocky Hill, his sister Bryanna Noel and her husband Dan, his niece and god daughter Sophie Rose, along with grandmothers, Irene Gainty, Phyllis Hoffman and Jackie Simmons, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his childhood hero and grandfather Edward Gainty, and his grandfather Walter Simmons.

A memorial service celebrating Michael’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family will be creating a foundation where donations can be made in Michael’s memory. Please always keep Michael in your hearts and know he would want you to live well, laugh often and love much.

The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Pamela Hajjar

November 26, 2021

Kathy & Bradley,
The immediate shock and deep emotion we feel for you both is unmeasurable. No one should ever loose a son as you have. It is not fair for such an amazing individual as Michael to not be a part of this world. Our hearts bleed for your entire family and know of the loving influence you had in the man he had become. Sending prayers of strength and arms of embrace for the days that are ahead. Love, Bashir & Pamela

Susan Cardinali

November 20, 2021

Whenever we met Michael he was so engaged in life-moving forward with his education and goal of being a lawyer. Michael and Alexandria were on the same page-just great together.
Kathy and Brad there are no words except to know you are loved as is Michael.
Susan and Jeff Cardinali

Anne & Tony Camilliere

November 18, 2021

Dear Donald and the Simmons Family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Michael. Our thoughts and constant prayers are with you. May the outpouring of sympathy, love and support, and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, carry you through this difficult time.
With love and sympathy.

Joan Guerrera

November 17, 2021

Kathy and Brad-
I am in total disbelief and shock at Michael’s passing. I know how intense your bond was and how proud you were of him. I will always remember him as a quiet respectful young man. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. My deepest sympathy to all of you. May he Rest In Peace with his grandfather.

Sandy Rovin

November 17, 2021

Kathy & IBH, words can't express how deeply sad I feel over your loss of Michael. I'm so terribly sorry you have to go thru this. Please know that I am there for you with anything you need. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you and your family lots of love and hugs. XOX Sandy Rovin

Kathie Lawlor

November 14, 2021

To Donald and the Simmons' Family ~ I truly am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Michael but I know most of you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find love and comfort from your loved ones around you.

Pam Bittner

November 14, 2021

Aunt Irene, Kathy, Brad, Don & Bryanna,
There are no words to express my most sincere and heartfelt sympathies. Michael was clearly an exceptional person whose loss is immeasurable. My thoughts and prayers are with all you all. He’s resting with the best.
With love,
Pam Bittner

Patricia Bartone

November 14, 2021

Dear Irene and the Gainty family. I have no words. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. My Deepest Sympathy🙏

Fred and Carolyn Matera

November 14, 2021

Kathy and Brad,

No words can express our sadness and sympathy at the loss of your son, Michael. We are devastated and want to express our love and support for you and your family at this tragic time. We are praying for you and of course for Michael, and for all of those whose lives are so much better for having known Michael.

with our deepest love and condolences,

Fred and Carolyn.

Andres Fernandez

November 13, 2021

Kathy & Brad,
Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of Mike. Not only did his jovial and witty sense of humor bring smiles to everyone's face, but his kindness, generosity and loyalty knew no bounds. We will always cherish the time he spent with our family, and this place won't be the same without him. He will be greatly missed!

The Fernandez Family