Richard "Dixie" Simone

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Richard "Dixie" Simone

<p>It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Simone, affectionately known to many as Dixie or Dicky, 82, of Plainville who passed peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at UCONN in Farmington following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Born on June 18, 1941, in New Britain, son to the late Ralph and Pauline (Plocharczyk) Simone, Dixie was a beloved member of the Plainville community, known for his hard work, generous spirit, and infectious sense of humor. </p><p>Dixie graduated from Plainville High School and dedicated many years to the family welding business, Plainville General Welding, formerly on Cianci Avenue in Plainville, where he worked with his father and other family members. Alongside his brother, Dixie continued to operate the successful business, upholding a reputation for excellence and integrity in the community, earning the respect of all who crossed paths at the welding shop. They continuously shared their expertise and talented welding skills with the community. Dixie spent some time working for White Oaks, Mizzy Construction, and Manafort Brothers and he continued to visit Mizzy Construction in retirement, often being asked to return back to work to assist with welding tasks, however, Dixie would often joke that he is “too old to do any of that.” </p><p>A selfless and compassionate man, Dixie was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He would give his last shirt off his back to someone in need. He was a trusted confidant, always offered wise words of wisdom and led a life filled with positive energy, along with a joke or two to make you laugh. Known for his wisdom and positivity, he touched the lives of many with his kind words and genuine smile. His love for life and family was unmatched and he cherished the bonds shared with friends and loved ones. Throughout his life, Dixie cherished every moment, spreading joy and laughter wherever he went. His magnetic personality and quick wit endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. </p><p>Dixie found solace in the outdoors, spending countless hours basking in the sun, fishing at various Connecticut and Rhode Island shores, including his cottage at Soundview and his friend’s cottage in Westbrook at Grove Beach, clamming with family, and camping with friends at the beloved breachway in Westerly, where his fellow campers became family to him. There was nothing Dixie loved more than being down by the shore and it was evident in his year-round tan. An avid fisherman, he always traveled with his fishing pole in his car, ready to take on any opportunity to fish. He would frequent Norton Park, Crescent Lake, and the Farmington River to cast a line or to simply relax while enjoying the beauty of nature. </p><p>Dixie had a passion for playing card games, especially solitaire, finding joy in quiet moments spent concentrating on the cards before him. His love for connection transcended to the realm of social media, where he enjoyed keeping in touch with loved ones through Facebook, often finding amusement in his accidental posts that would tickle his own sense of humor.<br> &nbsp; </p><p>Dixie's adventurous spirit led him to explore various corners of the United States, creating lasting memories with those he cherished. Traveling was his way of experiencing life to the fullest, embracing each new destination with an open heart and a curious mind. </p><p>A passionate motocross enthusiast, Dixie passed down his love for the sport to his children and grandson, creating lasting memories at racing events across New England, including Southwick. Dixie raced BSA motorcycles in motocross events and had a fond collection of trophies that he won during his racing days. </p><p>Dixie was a life member of the Bristol Elks Lodge 1010, always eager to socialize and unwind with loved ones. He often visited the Elks Lodge in Westbrook with family and friends for a bite to eat and a cocktail to unwind. An accomplished cook, he delighted in trying new recipes and sharing meals with family and friends, creating warm and welcoming spaces in his home adorned with stunning hanging flower baskets and seasonal wreaths on his front door. His home was always a welcoming place for guests to stop by and pay a visit. Although he cooked often at home, he was never one to turn down going out to lunch or dinner, always willing to try a new restaurant. </p><p>Relaxing at home, Dixie enjoyed the daily news or catching an episode of Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, where he would test his knowledge and engage in the episodes. He wasn't always the “winner” of points when watching with his family and friends. He kept an honest count of right and wrong answers and praised the smartest person in the room during the episodes. In the evenings, he was known to catch an episode of Deadliest Catch, Pawn Stars, or Alaska: The Last Frontier. He often would please his son, Eric, in watching Ridiculousness, however he could not stand that show and found it hard to believe the stupid things people do and broadcast it... he always chuckled though. </p><p>Leaving his family and friends completely heartbroken, Dixie is survived by his cherished sons, Richard “Rick” Simone, of Bristol, and Eric Simone, of Plainville; his beloved grandsons, who he was so proud of, Richard “Ricky” Simone and his life partner, Kayla Collier, of MA, and T.J. Simone, of Southington; his treasured great-granddaughters, Skylar, Payton and Lennon Simone, all of MA; his brothers and sisters, Robert “Bobby” Simone and his wife, Barbara, Linda (Simone) Rungi, James “Jimmy” Simone, Dino Simone, and Nancy Simone and her husband, Don Massie; he also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and a large circle of friends, including his best friends, Stanley Mierzejewski, Alan and Nancy Wasley, and Frank Molnar. Dixie was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Pauline (Plocharczyk) Simone, his step-mother, Doris (Paradise) Simone, his sister, Patricia “Patty” (Simone) Norton-Young, and the mother of his children, Cynthia (Baltzer) Simone. </p><p>As we reflect on Dixie's life, we will always remember his laughter, joy, and unwavering love for those around him. May his memories live on in our hearts forever. It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later, Dixie. </p><p>A Celebration of Dixie’s life will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 12 to 2 PM at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad Street, Plainville. A prayer service and words of remembrance will begin at 2 PM at the funeral home. Honoring Dixie’s wishes, burial will be held privately. Donations in memory of Dixie may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org). The staff at Plainville Funeral Home extends their appreciation to the Simone family for their trust. </p>
June 18, 1941 - June 9, 202406/18/194106/09/2024
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William Wells & Family

June 20, 2024

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Love, Brenda & Eddie Kowalski

June 19, 2024

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So sorry for your loss. May Dickies memory continue to be a blessing and comfort to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Richard "Dixie" Simone has been arranged by The staff at Plainville Funeral Home. Plant a tree
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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Richard "Dixie" Simone has been arranged by The staff at Plainville Funeral Home. Plant a tree
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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Richard "Dixie" Simone has been arranged by The staff at Plainville Funeral Home. Plant a tree
We plant this tree as a living memorial to Richard "Dixie" Simone. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Richard "Dixie" Simone has been arranged by The staff at Plainville Funeral Home. Plant a tree
We plant this tree as a living memorial to Richard "Dixie" Simone. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
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The staff at Plainville Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Richard "Dixie" Simone has been arranged by The staff at Plainville Funeral Home. Plant a tree
We plant this tree as a living memorial to Richard "Dixie" Simone. We are deeply sorry for your loss.