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Harold Simmons: Texas' 'Golden Boy,' a man of 'many faces' has passed away

Harold Simmons: Texas' Golden Boy' has passed away

According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, Annette Simmons, wife of Dallas billionaire, philanthropist and conservative political supporter, Harold Simmons passed away Dec. 28,2013, at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. During the eight day stay in Baylor's intensive care unity, the family had gathered for Christmas at the hospital. It was understood from Mrs. Simmons the family was aware his death was imminent. Simmons was 82 years old.

A portrait of Harold once graced the walls of his home showing three different faces, each capturing a different expression. Indeed, Simmons may be remembered as a man of many faces, among them both Dallas' "Angel of Grace" or "Most Evil Genius." However, his finest legacy will be that of a man with an immensely generous heart which revealed itself in both public and private acts of profound kindnesses. That is the lasting, caring legacy he shared with his family and passed on to his daughters. Read: Dallas' Harold Simmons: Known for small and large acts of generosity

Harold Simmons bravely tiptoed into the world of mega financial deals, first purchasing one tiny drugstore adjacent to the Southern Methodist University campus in the mid sixties. The way he tapped his innate genius to amass a fortune of not millions, but billions, from that one purchase is the stuff that fuels American dreams. In the "Golden Boy: The Harold Simmons Story," by author John Nance, his remarkable business rise is described as, "an inspiring record of intelligence, honesty, and faith in the American system."

Perhaps it was his passionate belief the "American system," he so revered was threatened that led him to invest millions of dollars to support the Republican party in their bid to unseat President Barack Obama in the last presidential election. A plain-spoken man who seldom permitted personal interviews, Simmons didn't hold back in an interview with the Wall Street Journal when he warned Obama was “the most dangerous man in America” because Obama supported government policies designed to “eliminate free enterprise in this country.”

Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens called Simmons "one of his close friends," and spoke of his enormous "passion" which embraced "his family, his business, philanthropy and politics." Understanding that strong passions are often born of deep conviction, it was inevitable that Simmons would lock horns when his convictions were challenged, personally or in court. During one such court challenge, it was said of Simmons that one could hire legal minds equal to Simmons' lawyers; however, finding legal minds as brilliant as Harold Simmons, himself, was the problem.

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