Michael Simington 1947-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs


POLAND – On Wednesday August 25, 2021, Michael “Mike” Simington, Poland’s most beloved teacher and trainer, passed away.

Mike was born October 4, 1947 to Margaret “Peg” Ahrens and William “Bill” Simington, and raised in Poland, where he has lived his entire life.

He was a Polish Bulldog at heart, with blue and white in his veins. He graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1966 as a featured football player and received a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was coached by Bo Schembechler. He then graduated from Mount Union College, where he was honored as Outstanding Senior Man of the Year. Mike was also a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Mike received his MA in English Literature from Kent State University and returned to Poland, where he taught high school English and Literature for many years and was named Professor of the Year. Mike was also a soccer and athletics coach, serving as the head soccer coach from 1984 to 1985. Mike was inducted into the Poland High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. After 37 years of service, Mike retired in 2012.

Mike was a voracious reader and owned an extensive collection of books. He loved poetry and historical biographies; his favorite authors were Ernest Hemingway and Pat Conroy.

Mike was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Poland, where he served as a deacon and an elder.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Philip Simington, in 2006; his father, William Simington in 1987; and his mother, Margaret Ahrens Simington, in 1969.

Mike is survived by his daughter and best friend, Meredith Simington (fiancé Matt Smith), and his son, Stephen Simington, all of Akron. He also leaves behind his loving sisters, Margaret “Peggy” (Robert) Wilson of Coronado, Calif., And Roberta “Bobbie” Simington of Corrales, NM; as well as his “sweetheart”, Regina Riesick.

Mike was respected and loved by everyone who knew him.

A memorial service honoring the life of Mike will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Poland, with Dr. Paul Anderson as officiant. Interment will follow at the Polish Riverside Cemetery.

Arrangements are made by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland. Condolences can be sent to www.beckerobits.com.

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