Rochester, NY: April 7, 2020. John passed away at the age of 47 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. John was predeceased by his mother, Donna M. Simmons. He is survived by his life partner Christina Ishman, his daughter Lindsey (Jeffrey) Parmelee, his sons Owen and Brian Simmons, his brother Jeffrey (Kathy) Simmons, his sister Michelle (Claude) Treusdell, his father Elwood L. Simmons, his nieces Jacque (Patrick) Turbett, and Cassandra MacUmber, his nephew Dieter Treusdell, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
John was a Journeyman Electrician for The IBEW Local 86 upon his passing. He was an electrician in the city of Rochester for over 25 years. He loved the work he did and was a part of many interesting projects throughout the city of Rochester. He also enjoyed teaching his trade to apprentices that had joined his profession. He used his skill in the electrical field to help friends, neighbors, and family. He never shied away when someone mentioned they were working on a project and wondered if he could lend a hand.
John had many interests: #1 being The Chicago Bears, sports memorabilia, golf, camping, basketball, cornhole, movies, classic rock, (Dave Matthews), oldies music his mother loved, and cooking. He was a loyal friend who enjoyed hanging out with the boys on a Friday night after work. John enjoyed the simple things in life: sitting on a porch, a beautiful sunset, the waves of the ocean, a campfire in his backyard, the lyrics to a song, a good haircut, and a pat on the back for a job well done. He was so thankful for anyone who was pleasant or went above and beyond no matter what their job was in life.
He was a caring and supportive soulmate to Christina. His greatest joy was bragging about his three children: Lindsey, Owen and Brian. He was in awe of the gifts each of them brought to the world and his life, and so thankful to be their father. John brought great joy to his family and his friends. He impacted the lives of many and will forever be in our hearts.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held in the summer of 2020. It will be announced via Facebook. We will provide donation information at the future memorial service.