July 11, 2019


Charles Sprague Simonds, 85, a resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, formerly of Darien, Westport, Connecticut, Key West, Florida, and Newport, Rhode Island, died peacefully on July 2, 2019, in New Canaan. Charlie as he was known, was born on Feb. 20, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Daniel Simonds and Elizabeth Sprague Simonds Stout. He was the devoted husband of Michelle R. Hubbard-Simonds of New Canaan.

He was a graduate of the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, Yale University, with a bachelor’s degree in Art History in 1960, and Harvard Business School, with an MBA in 1964. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 as an OD, 2nd Lieutenant, Forward Guard Battalion Chief. He was stationed in San Diego, Okinawa, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. He was also a member of The Laurentian Club, Triton Club, and Potatuck Club.

After graduate school, he worked briefly for McKinsey and Company in New York prior to assuming a role as President and Chairman of the RAE Motor Corporation in Illinois, that, under his stewardship, advanced the technology for small motors in the use of new applications including the first electric wheelchair and the first electric pencil sharpener.

Charlie had a deep appreciation for fine art and its history. He collected art and visited art museums his entire life, a hobby influenced by his mother.

Later in life, Charlie received his master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and maintained a private practice for a brief time in Connecticut. He nurtured a life-long love affair with spy novels and the New York Times.

Charlie leaves behind his beloved wife, his sister and brother-in-law, Holly “T-ian” and Jake Callery, of Vermont,and a half-sister, Lansing Simonds of California. He was a loving father to his children Christopher L. Simonds of Wyoming, C. Sprague Simonds, Jr., of Virginia, Reade H. Simonds of Stamford, Melissa Simonds of Rhode Island, grandchildren Anna (Michael)Glennon, Natalie, Sean and William Simonds, Carlyn and Christopher Vachow, and a great- granddaughter Helen Glennon, and two stepdaughters Kelsey Hubbard (Topher) Rollinson, of Connecticut, and Stephanie A. Hubbard, of California, and two stepgrandchildren, Paget and Hunter Rollinson.

A memorial service will be planned for late September/ October in Newport.

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