State Watermen's Association President Passes Away

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State Watermen's Association President Passes Away

Rock Hall, MD - 3/15/2013

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By Dick Myers

The long-time president of the Maryland State Watermen’s Association passed away yesterday at his home in Rock Hall. Larry Simms, 75, was president of the Annapolis-based organization for 40 years and was a fixture before the legislature, testifying on issues affecting his members and the Chesapeake Bay.

The association issued the following statement: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Capt. Larry Simms, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, passed away on March 14. He was 75 and died peacefully at home with his family. Larry was president of MWA for 40 years and he was the only president the association ever had. He will be deeply missed by the Maryland seafood and commercial fishing industry, his network of friends and colleagues all across the country, his wife Carolyn, his children and grandchildren.”

Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D) issued the following statement: “Larry stood sentry for the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay for over forty years and courageously carried their banner into the 21st century. He fought to preserve their traditions and their opportunity to work on the water like their forefathers.

“He also had the tough challenge of helping them navigate a tough economy and difficult environmental factors facing our beloved Bay. He did not have an easy job.

“He was a trusted advisor – candid and straightforward. We shared a profound confidence in the watermen of Maryland and their commitment to preserving the Bay for all our children. Because of Larry Simms and our watermen, many Marylanders have enjoyed the wonderful crabs and oysters that we are so famous for.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Larry’s family and friends, and his fellow watermen.”

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