It is with saddened hearts that we share the news of the passing of a teammate, friend, and member of our HAWK family. After courageously battling cancer, Linda Simmons passed away on October 24, 2021. Her memory will live on in our hearts and through her daughter, Kaitlin, with whom she is so deeply proud.
Linda started working at Carlton Wright Insurance Agency in 1997, before Rand Wright took over the agency from his father, later merging businesses with Stephen Hamilton, also a second-generation agency owner of Commercial Insurance Services. The two created HAWK Advisers in 2016 with a common vision for the future and emphasis on the value of meaningful risk management. A huge part in the creation of HAWK Advisers was their affiliate company, SafePark USA, a National Amusement Insurance provider to family entertainment centers – this is where, in recent years, you could find Linda – “where the fun was happening,” as she would say, assisting our family entertainment center clients. When we asked Linda her favorite part of her role, her response was quick, “The best part of my work is the wonderful friends that are not just business acquaintances – they are family!” She truly loved being there for our clients by serving them and advocating for their businesses as if they were her own.
Linda was larger than life, the definition of a giver – always willing to give her time, attention and energy to those that needed her. She has instilled in all of us the importance of kindness, the willingness and desire to always lend a helping hand and the value of remembering a name – a skill she wore proudly.
This loss and grief weighs heavy on our team, please feel free to help us celebrate her life by sharing a memory that you have of our much loved and admired team member, Linda Simmons, in the comments below.