St.Agnes RNLI volunteer of almost 50 years, has died.

Lifeboats News Release

Gerald Simmons was a volunteer over almost 50 years for the St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Station, before retiring in 2017.

Photograph of Gerald Simmons

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Gerald Simmons

It is with tremendous sadness that the St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Station must announce the passing of one of our longest standing Volunteers and RNLI Supporters.

On Friday 12th April 2019, Mr Gerald Simmons passed away peacefully at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. This followed a strong, proud and brave battle with an illness.

Gerald served as a volunteer for the St.Agnes RNLI over a period of almost 50 years, before hanging up his oilskins to concentrate on his health and family, in 2017.

Gerald was a very highly respected member of the Lifeboat Station Team and in the whole community of St.Agnes.
He served as a Crew member, the Station Honorary Secretary (or Station Operational Manager), and in his latter years, as Chairperson of the whole Lifeboat Station.

His Funeral will be taking place at St.Agnes Parish Church on Friday 26th April at 4pm. This will take the form of a 'Thanksgiving and Celebration of Life' Service, after a private, family only, service at the crematorium.

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Crew, Branch and Guild offer their deepest condolences to Gerald's Family and Friends at this sad time.
We hope his family may feel comforted by the immense love, respect and adoration of his RNLI Friends and Colleagues. He is gone, but never forgotten.

Please make any enquiries relating to this announcement to

Photograph of Gerald Simmons

RNLI/via Paul Kimberley

Gerald Simmons at a Lifeboat Day
Photograph of Gerald Simmons

RNLI/via Paul Kimberley

Gerald Simmons
Photograph of Gerald Simmons retirement statuette.

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

Gerald Simmons retirement Statuette from 2017

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