James Donald Simmonds

December 30, 1930 – February 16, 2016

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, father-in-law, papa, uncle and friend James Simmonds on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay, BC. Predeceased by his loving wife of over 50 years Gwen in 2008.

James will be dearly missed by his son Jordan (Kendra) Simmonds (Regina, SK); his daughter Cindy Perry and two grandsons Spencer and Daniel (Fanny Bay, BC) as well as extended relatives and numerous friends.

James was born on December 30, 1930 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as a young man he moved from the prairies to settle and make his life in Vancouver, BC, shortly after moving to Vancouver he met the love of his life Gwen. James and Gwen were married on March 29, 1957, they purchased their first home in Richmond, BC in 1958. James was a dedicated truck driver for 35 years primarily hauling cement throughout the province of BC. He was particularly proud with being awarded for driving over one million miles accident free. James and Gwen moved to White Rock, BC in 1989. James was a family man; his wife, children and grandchildren mattered most to him. He was a leader, extremely hard-working and finest gentleman. He had great charm that could be accounted for always alongside his impressive sense of humor. James enjoyed many fun times with his family at Birch Bay, Washington for over 25 years staying at the Edgewater Trailer Courte. He loved to spend time in his workshop building things as well as playing many rounds of Golf. James and Gwen most recently moved to Fanny Bay, BC in 2007, after Gwen’s passing in 2008, James made his home at Glacier View Lodge in August of 2010 and lived there until his passing on February 16, 2016.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all staff and management of Glacier View Lodge for their love and care shown to James during the past five and a half years that he lived there. James was loved by all who knew him. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered forever. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Piercy’s Mt. Washington Funeral Home in Courtenay, BC.

The family takes great comfort in knowing that James has been reunited with his Sweetie Gwen. May they live eternally happy together forever until we meet again.


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