By Sue Sexton –
Longtime West Hollywood resident Elliott Simmons passed away Friday, May 1st after a brief battle with Leukemia. He was a well-loved community activist and volunteer in the city.
For over ten years he was a key volunteer, producer and director at Public Access Channel 36 in West Hollywood. For many years he was the live Thursday night cable caster. He worked on several of the programs that he would introduce on the air including John Angelo Interviews, The Sally Kirkland Show, The Skippy Lowe Show and TimeOut produced by Jimmy Palmieri and Sue Sexton. Elliott and his partner Michael Arrigo also produced many of their own programs including their latest show, “Living Well with HIV”. West Hollywood Pubic Access Coordinator, Yvette Sotelo, stated, “The station has lost a wonderful supporter, volunteer and a great friend. Elliott seldom turned down an opportunity to help out fellow producers with their shows. He was always there if people needed him. Elliott will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.”
Elliott was also the recording secretary of the Friends of The West Hollywood Library, committee member of the Annual West Hollywood Book Fair and volunteered on the annual Christopher Street West/LA PRIDE live parade broadcast crew.
Elliott is survived by his partner Michael Arrigo, their dog Jasper and by his mother Sally Parker. Below, Elliott is pictured with Michael and Ivy Bottini.