Funeral services for William John Alton Simms-age 82 of 4991
State Highway 812 will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm at Galilee
United Methodist Church with Tom Nichols, Lay Minister officiating. Burial will
be in Pine Hill Cemetery,
Eel Weir Road. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to
9:00 pm at the family home, 4991 State Highway 812, Ogdensburg. Arrangements are with Frary Funeral Home.
A reception for family and friends will be held at the Galilee United Methodist
Church, Black Lake Road
following the funeral service.
Mr. Simms passed away on Monday, May 5, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse where he had been admitted the day
Mr. Simms is survived by his wife of almost 56 years;
Dorothy, four daughters and their husbands; Barbara and David Sullivan of
Marlborough, Massachusetts, Mary Lou and William Rupp of Ogdensburg, Janet and
Mark Brouillette of Waddington and Janice and Rick Sutphin of Apalachin. Two sons and their wives; John and Julie
Simms of Cazenovia and W. Jay and Robyn Simms of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Thirteen grandchildren; Timothy and Kristin
Sullivan of Massachusetts, Abbie and Kelsie Rupp of Ogdensburg, Zachary and
Aidan Simms of Cazenovia, Tyler and Tanner Simms of New Hampshire, Jonathan and Micheline
Brouillette, Nickolas Brouillette of Lisbon, Amelia, Alicia and Julie Sutphin
of Apalachin. A sister and her husband,
Edna and Webster Fields and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Miller (Betty) Simms, Mrs.
Leonard Livingston and Mrs. Ivan Livingston.
He is predeceased by one son, Dale Livingston Simms in 1981, a sister
Mrs. Earl (Jean) Livingston in 2005, two brothers, Miller Simms in 1985 and C.
Malcolm Simms in 1938, a grandson Michael C. Sullivan in 1995.
Mr. Simms was born on April 15, 1926 in Mountain, Ontario, Canada; the son of William H. and
Mae (Miller) Simms. He immigrated to
this country with his family, when he was almost 4 years old. The family
crossed at Prescott, Ontario to Ogdensburg by way of the very
huge ferry, the Joseph Dubrule. They
brought some horses and horse drawn equipment to start their new life on this
side. The family eventually settled on a
farm on the Black Lake Road. Mr. Simms graduated in 1943 from Ogdensburg Free Academy
and continued working on the family farm.
He married Dorothy Jean Livingston, his childhood sweetheart, on June 26, 1952 at the Galilee United Methodist
Church with The Rev.
Merle O. Brown officiating.
In 1953 Mr. and Mrs. Simms rented a farm on the Horseshoe Road in
Heuvelton the locating to their present farm on Route 812 in 1959. He was a member of the Seaway Bulk Milk
Producers Cooperative, Inc. Mr. Simms
retired from farming in 1989. Mr. Simms
became a United States Citizen in 1953 and always used his responsibility and
privilege to vote. He was a current
Trustee on the Pine Hill Cemetery Association where he served for 25 years. Mr.
Simms belonged to the Ogdensburg
for many years. He later transferred his
membership to the Galilee
Church, where he served
as a Trustee and was on several other committees. Mr. Simms was very active in the restoration
of the church. He was also the coffee
maker for many years at their church functions.
Memorials contributions can be made in Mr. Simms name to the
Galilee United Methodist
Church c/o Mrs. Mary Lou
Rupp, 95 Hutchinson Rd.,