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Stan Simmonds funeral to be held next month
4:44pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 in News
A former Second World War hero from Abbots Langley who dedicated his later life to sharing his passion for bowls has died.
Stan Simmonds, 91, passed away peacefully last Tuesday (August 14) in Watford General Hospital .
He was well known for his contribution to bowls which included his integral role in the formation of Watford Indoor Bowls Club.
A statement on the club’s website describes him as "one of the driving force that got Watford Indoors Bowls Club built".
He also spent a spell as chairman of the club and was made county bowls president in 1994.
Mr Simmonds grew up in the family home on Gladstone Road, Watford before being called up to serve with the 7th Armoured Brigade during the Second World War.
In December 1944 he lost a leg when the armoured vehicle he was driving struck a landmine in Italy, his dedication was recognised in a letter from General Montgomery which was found amongst his possessions.
After leaving the army Mr Simmonds moved to South Way, Abbots Langley and took a job at Rolls Royce in Leavesden where he was employed as a welder for roughly 30 years until his retirement.
His wife Sophie passed away in December and he is survived by his two sons John and Alex.
His funeral will take place on Monday September 3 at West Herts Crematorium , Garston at 12pm
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