A lineman by trade, Craig Simmons Sr. loved outdoor activities, including boating, water skiing and swimming.
"It's why he loved his job as a lineman so much. It allowed him to be outdoors," said his wife, Belinda.
Mr. Simmons died Saturday when his car crossed the center line of an interstate and collided with a tractor-trailer in Chesterfield, Mich. He was 54. Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Simmons was raised in Buffalo. Immediately after he graduated from Bennett High School in 1971, Mr. Simmons went to work for Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg.
He later attended the University at Buffalo, where he made the dean's list and graduated in 1979.
After college, Mr. Simmons worked for many years as a lineman for Niagara Mohawk, before moving to Detroit, where he was a city employee for eight years.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Belinda Knight; two sons, Craig Jr. and Altwon; a daughter, Rosalynn; his parents, Isaac and Melvyn; a sister, Rachel S. Butler; and two brothers, Todd and Terrance.
Services will be held at noon Saturday in New Macedonia Fire Baptized Holiness Church, 132 Scoville Ave.