Monday, May 18, 2015

Family Marriage: 50+ Years of Beautiful Music

Antique Organ
On May 18, 1934, William Jefferson Simmons married Harriet "Terry" McGovern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. William Jefferson (called "Jeff" by my father) was my 1st cousin twice removed.

Jeff's life was full of music. At the age of 21, he started his career as a teacher at the South Hills School of Music, which was located on Brownsville Road in the Knoxville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. According to his obituary in New York's Clinton Courier, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. After his time as a music teacher and public school supervisor, "he was organist and choir director in the Diocese of Pittsburgh" for more than 35 years.

Jeff and Terry were married for 53 years when he passed away in Clinton, New York. They had two sons.

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