Gordon M. Simms

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

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Market St., York, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. John E. Morgan officiating. Private burial will be in First Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York is in charge of arrangements.

Born May 10, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y., the eldest son of the late Harry H. and Lillian O. (Morrison) Simms, he 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 30 years in the choir, York Downtown Rotary, Regents Glen Country Club, and had also sung with the York Symphony Chorus. In Annapolis, Md., he and his wife sang in the St. Anne’s Episcopal choir 13 years as well as 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 wife, Beth Simms, of Red Lion; two daughters: Elizabeth S. and husband, Dan Rudolf and Kathleen M. and husband, Jon Rudolf, both of Yellow Springs, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, John E. Simms and wife, Barbara, of Jackson, Wyo; with three nieces and children.

Memorial contributions to honor Gordon may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871; or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washing-ton DC 20090-6011 (GM Simms Memorial Fund); or to First Presbyterian York, 225 East Market St., York, PA 17403-2014.

Online condolences may be made at www.BestLifeTributes.com.