David Sims

David Sims

Thursday, March 11th, 1937 - Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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David James Denne Sims
March 11, 1937 - October 15, 2020

David has taken his final breath - and our world is now an emptier place.

Those who knew David, know what a kind, knowledgeable and generous person we have lost. A community builder. A husband. A father. A friend.

Born and raised in Kitchener, ON. Graduated from Ridley College, University of Toronto, and Osgoode Hall Law School. Earned his Masters in Constitutional Law. Ministerial assistant in Ottawa. School trustee for Durham Region. Lawyer in Toronto and Whitby. Retired in Collingwood.

So many have benefitted from his generosity, compassion and community spirit - whether freely given advice to family and friends, legal services to those who couldn’t afford, or participation on boards and committees. He never wanted praise for himself or recognition of his efforts - only to help others.

David loved skiing with his family particularly at Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood – a core part of our family. David and Jacquie’s first date was skiing at Craigleith. Joining in 1963, Craigleith quickly became a winter weekend getaway, a social hub and a family place for David and Jacquie. He became President of the Club after serving on the Board of Directors twice. His children Leslie, Bill and Rob grew up skiing as did his grandchildren Kathleen and Ryan.

One of his proudest achievements was to establish Colborne Community Services and open Colborne House to provide a safe home and services for those with mental health issues. He guided and proudly watched as this not-for-profit organization grew in size and scope, now operating as Durham Mental Health Services.

He was instrumental in establishing the All Saints’ Foundation. He served on the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation, and was President of Georgian Triangle Life Long Learning in Collingwood. He assisted and advised on the purchase of the site for Campbell House, Collingwood’s hospice facility. He helped coordinate the sponsorship and settling of Syrian refugee families in Collingwood.

Left to miss him every day - wife of 58 years, Jacquie; his children - Leslie, Bill (Natalie) and Rob (Karen); his grandchildren - Kathleen and Ryan; his friends - too numerous to name.

Thank you to our friends (old and new) who helped us during his final days. He got his wish to die peacefully at home.

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 20th, at 2 pm. You may join us to celebrate his life by following the link under the Photos & Videos tab.

We leave you with his favourite blessing - ‘For this, for us, God bless’.

The family kindly requests no flowers, please consider a donation to: All Saints Anglican Church Foundation, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation or Hospice Georgian Triangle - Campbell House.
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    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 2:00pm
    All Saints' Anglican Church
    32 Elgin Street
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    Private funeral service. The service may be viewed via the link found under Photos & Videos tab.


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Rob Moore Ede

Posted at 02:17pm
Welcoming. Witty. Engaging. Jovial. I always enjoyed any and all opportunities to share in David’s company (Mr. Sims to me – always seemed appropriately respectful). A great conversationalist, he was always interested in what was happening with me and the family. He had a curiosity and analytical approach to topics that was wonderfully engaging. His laugh would add to any festive gathering. David, you will be dearly missed. From the “MacK-Edes” to Jacquie, Rob, Leslie, and Bill, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Posted at 01:54pm
You have our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers at this time from our family to yours. As a friend growing up with Leslie, Mr and Mrs Sims always welcomed us "Yahoos" into their home even if we were loud and boisterous. We saw her parents as a great team and Mr Sims as a great role model for us all. Family man to the core and enjoyed life. We will miss him through Leslie. Love from Mary Windfeld and Dave Buck and family from BC

Glorianne Stromberg

Posted at 01:22pm
David, your memory is and always will be a blessing. Rest easy my good and gentle friend. Glori

Ruth Plant

Posted at 12:57pm
Our sincere condolences to the whole Sims Family. We met David through his wonderful support of sponsoring and settling Syrian families. He was an important and caring member of the Collingwood Syrian Sponsorship Committee and always offered his sage advice when needed in a respectful and loving way. In recent days there have been many wonderful memories shared amongst committee members - he will be missed by all of us and the families to whom he played the important role of grandfather. Our thoughts are with the Sims Family and everyone whose lives he touched so profoundly.
Best wishes,
Ruth Plant & Bruce Clark

Gareth White

Posted at 11:09am
Our Heartfelt sympathies to Jacquie, Leslie, Bill and Rob and their extended families.
David was a scholar and a gentleman, he will be sorely missed. It is unfortunate that we cannot be there in person but we stand with you in spirit on this day.

Gareth, Monty and Basil


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