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Gordon M. Simms

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Gordon Simms

Gordon Simms

Gordon M. Simms, 77, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Rest Haven in York, Pa. He was the husband of Mary (Loomis) Simms, to whom he was married for 55 years.

Born May 10, 1935 in Buffalo, N.Y., the eldest son of the late Harry H. and Lillian O. (Morrison) Simms, Gordon was a graduate of Taft Academy in Connecticut and Middlebury College in Vermont, studying geology. Gordon worked with the family business, Jamestown Veneer and Plywood. He had been a production woodworking machinery salesman prior to being the founder and President of both Simms Machinery and Kiika International. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he sang for 30 years in the choir, and a member of York Downtown Rotary, and Regents Glen Country Club. He also sang with the York Symphony Chorus. In Annapolis, Md., he and his wife sang in the St. Anne’s Episcopal choir for 13 years, as well as with the Bachmeister Singers

In addition to his wife, Mr. Simms is survived by two sons, Daniel L. and wife Vanessa, Simms of Dallastown, and William H.H. and Beth Simms of Red Lion, Pa.; two daughters, Elizabeth S. and husband Dan Rudolf and Kathleen M. and husband Jon Rudolf, both of Yellow Springs; 10 grandchildren and a brother, John E. Simms and wife Barbara of Jackson, Wyo., with three nieces and children.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private burial will be in First Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions to honor Gordon may be made to: Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871, or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 (GMSimms Memorial Fund), or to First Presbyterian York, 225 East Market St., York, PA 17403-2014

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