Mr. Sims was awesome, and always had a great story to tell in class! I will miss him.
Mr. Sims was one of the best substitute teachers I have ever had in Middle School. He told the best stories and brightened everyone's day. It's unfortunate that he is no longer with us, but I will always remember what a great teacher he was.
Mr. Sims was a the best substitute teacher a person could ask for. He made class fun and interesting. Anyone who went to Lincoln knows that he cared for the students very much. I personally would like to say that you will be truly missed and although we are sad that you are gone we know that Heaven has gained an Angel and that Angel will always be in our hearts.
John Sims, a great man, was a mentor & friend to me from my 1st SBAC Social Sciences Workshops 25 years ago right up to a recent family event. I began Teaching when Quinn Wiggins & John Sims brought our county's Soc.Stud. Teachers together for great inspiration & collaborations. John kept good humour & insight at every juncture when the "Edujargon" & clerical crapola threatened to make Our Callings redundant & dull... A Social Studies Saviour of sorts.
John Sims popped up at Westwood Middle School as a Subst.Teacher after retirement and with all positivity encouraged us to "Keep Fightin' This War On Ignorance!". I loved bumping into him about town..."Drake! You Pirate!" John would exclaim, "Keep Those Minds Exploring! Sail On!"
Recently he crashed our twins' 2nd Birthday Party spilling out into the lobby at the Lakeshore Towers. We knocked back a number of brews, talked of great topics; "All Under The Sun", & enjoyed the company of toddlers, teens, young & old adults into their 90's. All there loved him. I learned of his Kentucky life and we made plans to enjoy sunsets from his high perches here "on the rotting peninsula" and up there...
Every time I reflect on Our Profession (near daily), or go to The Towers, or travel to The Bluegrass State I think of John Sims with happiness & honour. Thank You Sims Family for such an inspiring fellow, such a good comrade! Our World is a better place for having shared him here.
Even though I have not talked to John for over 35 yrs., There is no way I could ever forget him. I taught at GHS with John. John was wonderful person, a good friend, and a very dedicated teacher. He was quite special. Wouldn't we all like to be the gifted teacher he was? I had forgotten he was from Ky. Had I known he was in Danville, I would have visited. I go to Lawrenceburg, Ky many times a year. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and to all of his many friends. Connie Kormanyos
Mr. Sims was always a genuine person. He was a great teacher, an amazing friend and touched the hearts of so many people. I enjoyed working with him at Santa Fe High School! May God bless your family and keep them strong. I know you are missed and if love could have kept you here, you never would have let us!
Gloria Randolph/Tallahassee, Florida
I had the privilege of having Mr. Sims as my American History teacher. Little did he know social studies in general was my LEAST favorite subject. Mr. Sims American History class was one of my favorite classes at GHS. Takes a special teacher to change the mindset of a student. You will never be forgotten! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
Great teacher,Santa Fe High School. Thank You !
Mr. Sims taught me at Howard Bishop, then again at Gainesville High School. His personality and sense of humor always made his class fun. He was truly a brave soul, as he co-lead the 30-day European tour of 22 high school graduates, almost all girls. I'm sure we were the source of many of his premature gray hairs, as we were chases through the streets by handsome young Italian men, on our way back to the Convent. We had a lot of fun, while we experienced the artistic cultural wonders of Madrid, Rome, Florence, Munich, Salzburg, Paris and London. Mr. Sims helped make a lifetime of memories. Bonnie Williams and I have laughed about that trip many, many times. I have thought about him often, and wish his family great blessings during this time of loss.
Mr. Sims was my history teacher at GHS in 1974...best class I ever had. He was funny, friendly and made history so exciting to learn. Yes, he and Ms. Lafontange would pick on each other and it would be so very funny. For anyone to have this many students remember him after all these years...my, oh my is all I can say what a lasting impact he made on so many kids! I've also had the pleasure of seeing him recently as he would pop up every so often in the department I work in...I'm so glad I got to tell him this in person. He was such a positive role model for us growing up in the 70's! He will be missed, but always remembered.....
Mr. Sims taught when I attended 7th grade at Howard Bishop. All his students, including me, enjoyed his personality and teaching style.
I just learned of your passing, John. What good times we had a life time ago. Such a caring, kind soul. You will be missed.
We had many fun times together in the GHS faculty lounge, at way too many TGIF's and at the Dynasty watching parties. I'll miss you, ole Buddy.
I am deeply saddened by the news of J. Sims' passing. My heart felt condolences extend to his family. May the many memories we share, find peace for all.
The Young Family
Mr. Sims was my history teacher at GHS in the TA Building. He was excellent teacher. So sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.
Over 40 years of being a friend, teacher,coach, neighbor and friend again.. such an inspiration to myself and many others. Prayers to John's family,and extened family, he will be missed by so many.
John was our neighbor and good friend for many years. We are so sad his life ended so soon. Loved his quick wit, sense of humor and kind heart. He will be missed greatly.
Mr. Sims was an incredible teacher who truly made a difference in so many lives. I am so fortunate to have been his student . My mother Mary Faricy his colleague at GHS also sends her deepest sympathy. He will be missed.
Mr. Sims was my teacher for 10th grade history at GHS. I remember him as being a funny guy. He tried to make it interesting. I remember I learned how to write a real essay in his class. He was a very good teacher and I was sorry to hear that he passed away. GHS class of '76
John was a great teacher; he always treated people with humor and kindness. He was a positive influence on many young students. RIP Ernest Lamar Blair, GHS Class of 76
Mr. Sims was my 10th grade Am. History teacher at GHS 71-72. I took a liking to him the first day of class. He just had a way of communicating with students that made them feel comfortable and welcome. I wish the best to his family. Rest in Peace Mr. John Sims.
Mr. Sims was a wonderful example of a dedicated teacher. I'll never forget how he and Ms. Lafontaine would banter back and forth about who had the best students in the school. Both made history at GHS fun. God Bless him and his family.
Mr. Sims was a wonderful teacher and an even better person who influenced me at both Howard Bishop and GHS. he made learning fun. I will never forget our trip to Europe in 1976. I send my condolences to you all.
Wish I could make the service. I loved this man so much and will never forget his enormous charisma and keen sense of humor.- Glad I got to chat with him one last time, send him funny cards and make a new friend in his lovely neice, Susan Shelton who took care of him.
John Sims is a good friend of mine. He made me smile while he was here and I will continue to smile from the many memories of the time we spent together. May God bless his family and all of us who love him. Take your rest John.
MR.SIMS WAS MY TEACHER AT HOWARD BISHOP THEN I WAS SUPRISE TO HAVE HIM AGAIN AT GHS GRAD 76 WHEN HE SEEN YOU AROUND GAINESVILLE HE NEVER FORGOT YOU BLISS HIS FAMILY.
When a teacher can make Junior High School students enjoy social studies, he is truly a gifted educator. I had the pleasure to be taught by "Mr. Sims" at Howard Bishop Jr. High. To "Mr. Sim's" family my deepest condolences.
My condolences to the family. Mr sims and I crossed paths at GHS as my teacher in social studies. He kept it real as well as teacher and showed a lot of care for his students. I was saddened to hear of his passing, may he Rest In Peace!
John Sims made history come alive in a way that no other teacher I had, before or since, had been able to do. He was an amazing teacher and individual who touched many lives through his teaching and philanthropy. The world has lost a wonderful human being. ~ GHS, Class of 1983.
Mr. Sims was the best teacher. I had some wonderful times with him. He is the reason I went into teaching. He will be missed.
What a great teacher and friend! We shared many fun times together while I was at GHS. I will remember him always with admiration and respect.
Mr.Sims was an exceptional teacher. I remember just loving to go to his class. He was such a caring man who loved teaching. Prayers to his family. RIP Mr.Sims
As one of his past students, "Uncle Johnny" influenced us with his drive and passion when teaching or when carrying on during Student Government. Prayers to his family during this time.
Mr. Sims was a thoroughly unique and amazing teacher. He molded young minds through humor and insight into History and Society. He was a remarkable man that taught the most important of lessons - self awareness and compassion to our fellow man. Rock On, Fabio.
John contributed so much to the children he taught, he was an educator/teacher in the very best sense of the word. His impact will live on for decades.
What a sad time. Mr. Sims was my favorite teacher. He was so energized and really made learning fun. Great man terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, God Bless.