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Aristides "Al" Martins" Simoes, Age :86

Jul 10,1932---Nov 05,2018

Al Simoes passed away early in the morning on November 5, 2018, after a weekend surrounded by family doing the things he always loved doing with them best—eating, talking, playing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching the Chiefs win. He was proud to be an example of the American dream. He arrived in the United States as a young boy, having immigrated with his family from Portugal. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, where he was instrumental in deploying the then-new technology of microwave telecommunication. After his discharge, Al continued his career with New York Telephone Co and retired from AT&T after 40 years. He started supervising long lines installation and eventually earned his BA from Rockhurst College. He then transferred to AT&T’s marketing department, where he went on to help develop and implement AT&T’s affirmative action program. He played important corporate public relations roles during major events like the 1976 Republican National Convention; Al coordinated the Kansas/Missouri leg of the Olympic torch journey for the 1984 Olympics. Al was the doting patriarch of a loving, rambunctious family that includes Erma, his wife of 62 years; six children: Kathy (Stephen) Marian, Debbie (Paul) Spannuth, Larry Simoes, Renee (Ken, deceased) Godsey, Mary Lynn (Chad) Martin, Laura (Jeff) Jaworski; ten grandchildren: Rachel (Sam) Spannuth, Alison (Jason) Fraser, Michael (Adrienne) Spannuth, Geoff (Cate) Marian, Chris Martin, Greg Martin, Sydney Martin, Nick Jaworski, Zach Jaworski, Morgan Godsey; and two great-grandchildren: Abilia Fraser and Elliot Marian (plus one more on the way); Al’s brother Jack (Linda) Simoes and the large, extended New York family; brother-in-law Jim Schulte (LaVern); and Al and Erma’s long-time vacation buddies and brother-at-arms Dick (Marian) Gatto. Al was preceded in death by his father, Julio, mother, Abilia and sister, Mary. Dad, please forgive us all, we could not condense your life, love and gifts into "just two paragraphs," as you requested.  The Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday, November 9 at Cure' of Ars Catholic Church, 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Melanoma Research Foundation at www.melanoma.org/

Additional Service:
Visitation
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date of Service:
Nov 09 ,2018
Time of Service:
10:00 AM
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Additional Service:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date of Service:
Nov 09 ,2018
Time of Service:
11:00 AM
Additional Information:
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