David James Denne Sims
1937 - 2020
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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. 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. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 20th. Please see David's memorial page on Fawcett Funeral Homes' website for how you may join us to celebrate his life. (www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com) We leave you with his favourite blessing - 'For this, for us, God bless'.

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Published in Simcoe County News on Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 20, 2020
David was a good friend from All Saints Whitby, politics, business and leisure spanning 40 years. David delghted all who were fortunate enough to know him with his wit, humour, warmth and, most certainly, his sharp mind. Truly a life well lived. Sincerest condolences to Jaquie, Leslie, Bill and Rob from John, Denyse, Brian and Stephanie.
John Duffy
October 20, 2020
John Duffy
October 19, 2020
David was a uniquely gifted individual who made a significant difference in my life. As a recent graduate of the Bar Admission Course and shortly after my call to the Bar of Ontario in 1968 David offered me my first job in the legal profession, an event I have never forgotten and for which I have always remained truly grateful. We maintained our friendship from then until the present with both of us having retired to Collingwood. I will miss his company and his wicked sense of humour. My deepest condolences to Jacquie and the family.
Richard Anka
October 19, 2020
Deepest sympathy on the loss of your spouse, father and grandfather. Bruce and Eleanor stevenson
Eleanor Stevenson
October 17, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Jacquie, Bill, Rob and Leslie. David was a partner and friend for many years. He contributed to the character and fabric of Whitby for decades and is still missed here, in his old hometown.
Rob and Carolyn (Cal) Morton
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