Kenneth Allen Simoneau

Born: Wed., Oct. 3, 1956
Died: Tue., Apr. 25, 2017


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 09, 2017
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Wed., May 10, 2017
Location: Sacred Heart Church Taftville


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Ft. Myers - Kenneth Allen Simoneau, 60,  (formerly of Mystic,CT), died on April 25, 2017 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Norwich, CT on October 3, 1956, he was the son of George and Amelia (Shibenski) Simoneau.  He was married to his true love and soulmate, Mara (Santora) Simoneau, who survives him.  Ken grew up in Norwich and graduated from NFA in 1974.  With a desire to serve his community, he joined the Norwich Police Department in 1977 and rose through the ranks during his 13 years with the Department, achieving Det. Lieutenant, Executive Officer of the Detective Division.  Ken filled many roles during his service with the NPD, including being a Motorcycle Officer, NRA Master Firearms Handling and Training Instructor, Tactical Officer, SWAT Team Sniper, Statewide Narcotics Task Force Detective, in addition to initiating the creation of the Department’s first Detective Unit for narcotics investigations.   During his distinguished career with NPD, Ken was recruited by the Division of Criminal Justice and went on to utilize his law enforcement experience as an Inspector.  He retired from the Division as the Supervisory Inspector for the Judicial District of New London in 2005 and later offered services as a Security Management Consultant to the Pfizer Corporation and the Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry.  Ken received numerous awards and commendations during his lengthy career and was proud to have been one of the select few chosen to attend the FBI National Academy.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, and friend.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, taking care of his home, cooking and entertaining, all packaged together with his infectious sense of humor.  With a keen eye and gift for photography, he vigorously recorded the cherished times he spent with friends, family, traveling and experiencing life with his wife Mara.  He was eager to stay abreast of cutting-edge technology and would readily help anyone interested or in need.  Ken was especially grateful for and relished the time he could spend with his children and grandchildren, enthusiastically sharing anything he had to offer along with his sincere love for them.  In addition to his devoted wife and his parents, George and Amelia of Lisbon, CT, Ken is survived by his four children, Christopher (Jodi) of Oxford, CT; James (Emelia) of Trinity, FL; Jessica and Daniel of Norwich, CT; six grandchildren, Gavin, Ella, Landon, Liam, Miles and Harper; four siblings, Stephen (Lisa) of Lisbon, CT; Joan (partner Timothy Stellenwerf) of Norwich, CT; Michael (Deborah) of Colchester, CT; Marie (Joseph) of Voluntown, CT as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to extend special thanks and appreciation to the wonderful Dana-Farber Family in Boston, MA.  There will be a funeral mass held at the Sacred Heart Church on Providence Street in Taftville on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Funeral will assemble at church.  Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City, CT.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s honor to Dr. Lauren C. Harshman Research, at Dana-Farber Cancer Inst., 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.  For online condolences, please go to www.gagnepiechowski.com  A life taken from us much too soon, this amazing man of character, loved and respected by many, will truly be missed and live in our hearts forever.

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Dan and Linda Lunt
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
George, Pat, Steven, Joan, Michael, Marie, Mara, Our heartfelt thoughts with you during this painful time. Ken was a good man, and you must be so proud of the life he led. May you find comfort in the memories you shared with him. Danny and Linda Lunt, Bar Harbor, Maine

Shirley O'Sullivan
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to his parents Pat and George, his brothers and sisters Joan, Steve, Mike, Marie and his wife Mara and his children. My thoughts are with you all in this sad and difficult time.

Bill & Linda Meyer
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
Mara, We are so sorry to hear of you and your family's loss. Although we only met you a year or so ago, we immediately became good friends and we will miss Ken dearly. We hope your family remembers all the good Ken did and the smiles he brought through his humor. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark Kalinowski
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
I looked up to Ken growing up, him a few years my senior. So much so I followed him into NPD with him as one of my mentors. SWAT, the Detective Division and motorcycle were in my future there.... because of my admiration of this intelligent, caring person who gave 100% of himself to law enforcement but 101% to his family. A model to follow. A man to look up to. He will be sadly missed. I pray for his family and know Kenny is looking his savior face to face hearing, "Job well done my good and faithful servant. Come and enter the place I've prepared especially for you."

Caroline Telgarsky
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
My deepest Condolences to the Simoneau Family on the loss of Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Paul and Cass Simoncini
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
Mara, we are so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. You and your family have our deep sympathy. We have missed having you both as neighbors. Ken was always fun to be with.
We will keep you in our prayers.

Lloyd & Sheril Gibson
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Words cannot express the sadness I felt when I learned of Ken's passing. Roughly 39 years ago, less than two weeks after the birth of my first son, I was sent to the CT Municipal Police Academy as a member of the Town of Groton Police Department. Needless to say, I can't explain the anxiety I was feeling having to leave my wife and new born son to spend the next 8 weeks at the Academy. Well as the saying goes "every cloud has a silver lining", I had the good fortune of being Ken's roommate. Instantly we hit it off, both having come from a department in S.E. CT (starting around the same time), approximately the same age and unfortunately the same sense of humor. I truly believe that having Ken as a roommate helped make my time at the Academy bearable and developed a friendship that I'll cherish my entire life.

My family and I wish to express our most deepest sympathy to Mara and the rest of Ken's family for your loss. I feel that all that one can do is hope to have made an impact during their life and make the world a better place, without a doubt, I know Ken did. Rest in Peace my friend-my brother.

Lloyd and Sheril Gibson

Greg and Mary Masonick
   Posted Thu May 11, 2017
Dear Mara and Family
Your family at the Beau grieves with your loss.Ken was a Brother in Blue as well God Bless

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