Fisheries and Land Resources
May 31, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources:

Provincial Government Remembers R. W. (Scott) Simmons

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the life of Scott Simmons, a man whose business, work, and volunteer efforts impacted not only those around him but all of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I offer my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues that surrounded Mr. Simmons throughout his 85 years. His legacy inspires us to work relentlessly for positive changes in our province.

A true agricultural pioneer, Mr. Simmons founded both Hammond Farm and Scosim Farms. His innovation did not go unrecognized as he served on many agricultural boards and was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1997.

His willingness to take chances, his strong work ethic and appreciation for the value of money, benefited him substantially throughout his diverse career. Mr. Simmons thoroughly enjoyed worshiping at the Salvation Army church and was an active member of the band for much of his adult life. He was community-minded and sought every opportunity to help those around him. He volunteered in New York City after the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

Mr. Simmons serves as a prime example of what can be achieved through a combination of hard work, determination, compassion, and caring. We can all use Mr. Simmons as inspiration to utilize our strengths and resources as catalysts for improving the conditions in the province we all cherish and value. Please join me in recognizing a life spent helping others, and a legacy which continues to live on.

Thank you.

2018 05 31                              2:00 p.m.