Valentinas Simulis, who worked as a barber in town prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, died November 26 at Falmouth Hospital. Known as Walt, he was 80 and lived in East Falmouth.
He was the husband of Rita L. (Brault) Simulis.
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, he was the only child of Juozas Jonas Simulis and Izabele (Kuncinskaite) Saulys. After his father died at a young age, he was raised by his mother. They immigrated to the United States in 1950, after having fled Lithuania during the World War II Russian occupation and taking refuge in Germany.
The rest of his youth was spent in Athol. After graduating from high school in 1959, he served in the US Navy for four years during the Vietnam War and was present at the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade.
Mr. Simulis began his career as a barber during his onboard service on the USS Denebola. Upon honorable discharge, he earned his barbering license from Brom’s Barber Academy and pursued his career in Worcester. In 1970 he became self-employed at Walt’s Barber Shop, Rice Square, until his retirement in 2015, after which he settled in Menauhant.
After full retirement—and not loving it—he continued his trade with Adrian C.J. Dufresne at Andy’s Barber Shop in Falmouth Plaza until COVID-19 precipitated its closure.
For many years, upon taking up residence in Worcester, he belonged to and participated in the Lithuanian community’s organizations, namely the Lithuanian Naturalization Club, the Lithuanian War Vets and Maironis Park. The family belonged to St. Casimir’s Church.
His favorite pastime was his large garden, where he carried on his mother’s horticultural talents, sharing the abundance with family, friends and neighbors. Each winters he and his wife spent a month in Florida.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Mark A. Simulis and his wife, Nancy (Lacourse) Simulis, John J. Simulis of East Falmouth, Charles S. Simulis and his wife, Kirsten (Foster) Simulis, of Hopkinton and Thomas C. Simulis and his wife, Danielle (Porcaro) Simulis, of Spencer; his grandchildren, Matthew W., Allison M., Jonathan J., Alexis E., Charles D., Mitchell V., Gabriella G. and Leah G. Simulis and Kassandra R. Porcaro.
Visitation will be today, Friday, December 3, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow, Saturday, December 4, at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Committal service will be Monday, December 6, at 10:45 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.