Donald Mitchell Sims Sr.

Charlottesville, Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia


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Donald Mitchell Sims Sr.

Donald Mitchell Sims Sr., 62, formerly of Charlottesville, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

"Don" was born on March 3, 1950, in Jackson, Missisippi, to Donald Lafayette and Evelyn Rosser Sims. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy and attended Virginia Military Institute and University of Virginia He was a founding member and owner of Buckingham Parachute Center for many years before moving into the office equipment industry. He worked for Monroe prior to finding his dream job as a technical trainer for Cobb Technologies in Richmond, where he worked for 17 years.

To say that "Dickel Don", lived life to its fullest would be somewhat of an understatement. He loved skydiving, canoeing, traveling, civil war and World War II history, the Blue Ridge Mountains, gardening, storytelling, his dogs, and walking at least 1,000 miles a year. He was 62 going on 30, and he never turned down a good time. He is survived by his son, daughter and their spouses, three grandchildren, two sisters, six nieces and nephews, countless river children and "dumb" children.

"River Daddy", a long-time member of the Float Fisherman didn't get a chance to enlighten his grandchildren on the intricacies of paddling a canoe, but enough of us paid attention, some of the time, to pass his canoeing expertise on. He was as unique as they come, and he had a moral compass second to none. Don was loved by more than he knew, and he will be sorely missed.

Arrangements are with Teague Funeral Home,

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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I was a friend a co-worker of Don's for 12 years. Words cannot describe the loss of my friend and mentor. He was a brother and taught me everything I know about office equipment repair and canoeing. He made such a significant impact on my life and I will never forget him!

I knew Donald in Richmond. His RVA and Cobb family was so rich and unconditional. How many can say 'they love going to work everyday. Recently Donald
had sponsors for Special Olympics fund raiser to scale a tall building in RVA. His Cobb family has honored his challenge and continue his goal. Donald challenged us all. He was a 'River Daddy" with the highest credentials, an innovative sky diver who set the standard, a lover of family and friends. he will always be a fine...

he will be miss for sure --he was a fixture of lakeside--good guy

To Don's Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew your father through friends, at the gym, and as a neighborhood walker! Gosh he loved walking the neighborhood--He was so funny and I know you miss him terribly. I hope memories of the wonderful times together will help ease your pain. Sherrie

Becky.....I am so saddened by everyone's loss of such a great friend,my thoughts and prayers to you and Mitch and Erica and extended family....I will always remember Don and the joy of being a friend to you both.....hugs :)


This is very sad news. My condolences to his family and many friends. I will always remember Don and his dashing band of Buckingham Skydivers brightening up a Wednesday evening at the Watering Hole.

Don was a great guy, a huge personality, and never met a stranger. We both shared a great love of the water and he made one particular Oyster Festival in Urbana a cherished lifelong memory for me. My deepest condolences to those he left behind.

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