Vernest Simons

Born: Tue., Mar. 6, 1928
Died: Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

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Vernest Simons Vernest Simons 85, a resident of City of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at home with his loving great niece by his side. Vernest Simons was born on March 6, 1928 in Town of Beekman, NY to the late Murtland and Catherine Simons. On October 24, 1960 he married his beautiful wife Queenie and shared 52 loving years together. Queenie Simons predeceased Vernest on December 21, 2012.

Vernest Simons was a Poughkeepsie High School graduate and proudly served in the United States Army. He received an honorable discharge from the Army in 1960 as a Corporal and lived the rest of his life as a proud Veteran. Vernest and his loving wife Queenie participated in a Veteran Affairs program and dedicated many years assisting help and providing a home for disabled Veterans.

Vernest worked at City Cleaners in Poughkeepsie, NY for almost 50 years as a Presser and then later worked at Red Cap Cleaners in Poughkeepsie as a part-time Presser. Vernest earned a Seamanship certificate through the U.S. Coast Guard and enjoyed travelling in his boat on the many rivers and lakes in the region. Vernest was known as the "Fisherman" and enjoyed fishing with his friends, especially with his best friend Albert Whitaker, who unfortunately predeceased him.

Vernest Simons leaves to cherish his memories: his special great niece, Yvonne Flowers; son-like friend, Harold Cromer; his brother Roger E. Simons (Poughkeepsie, NY); his goddaughter Sonia Williams Perez (North Carolina) and a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday January 24, 2014 from 10am to 11am at Beulah Baptist Church, 92 Catherine Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 with funeral services to begin at 11am with Rev. Jesse Bottoms officiating. Burial will be at Lagrange Rural Cemetery with full Military Honors.

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