Wyatt Nathaniel Simard of Burlington succumbed to the torment of mental illness by ending his own life on July 25 at the age of 26. He was born in New Britain on April 28, 1992, and moved to Burlington at age 7 with his parents, Brian and Marie Woods Simard, to live with and care for his maternal grandfather, Wallace “Skip” Woods, who passed in 2007. He was pre-deceased by his maternal grandmother, Eileen (Sandwell) Woods in 1999.
In addition to his parents, Wyatt is survived by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Yvette (Couture) Simard of Bristol, with whom he had a special bond and loving relationship. He is also survived by a large extended family, and his many aunts and uncles; Diane and Philip Wojtusik of Bristol, David and Julie Simard of Farmington, Debra and Richard Caruso of Harwinton, Gary and Janique Simard of Southington, Eilleen and Rob Nelli of South Windsor, Susan and Larry Graham of Burlington, Joan and Christopher Hurlock of Unionville, and Maureen and Gary Nadeau, also of Unionville. As an only child, Wyatt’s 21 cousins were all like brothers and sisters to him.
Wyatt attended Burlington public schools, where his innate talent for music was first nurtured and developed thanks to the remarkable and dedicated teachers at Region 10; Mrs. “Ned” at Lake Garda Elementary, Mr. Crameri at Har-Bur middle school, and Mr. Deeb at Lewis S. Mills High School. Wyatt graduated from the University of New Haven with a BA in music production and sound recording. He could play several musical instruments, and became an accomplished performer, composer, and producer. He was recently employed with Princess Cruises as a stage sound technician, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
His true love in life was being with nature, hiking the many trails in Connecticut and camping out alone, which brought some serenity to his troubled mind. One of that happiest times of his life was during the summer of 2015, when he hiked the 700+ mile New England portion of the Appalachian Trail with his great friend and kindred spirit, Ryan Mennett. Wyatt’s AT name became “Straps”.
Wyatt grew up attending summer camp at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol, first as a day camper, and for the past several years as a counselor and educator. He found great fulfillment in introducing young children to the wonders of the natural world; animals, plants, and finding their way through the woods on their own. His parents would like to thank the entire community at Indian Rock / ELCCT, especially executive director Scott Heth, who was both a mentor and a true friend to Wyatt.
Friends may call at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street in Unionville, on Wednesday, (August 1) from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral liturgy will be held, Thursday (August 2) at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Unionville
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, CT, or at elcct.org
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com