(James) Keith Simms

July 1, 1917 – March 22, 2009

91 Years Of Age

From start to finish, Dad possessed a keen mind and sharp wit. Years ago, he came into the kitchen dressed to attend a funeral. Mom looked askance at him and asked if that was what he was going to wear. Dad headed back to the bedroom and changed his ensemble but this effort was also met with a discouraging shake of Mom’s head. Partway back down the hall Dad paused, returned and announced that when he went, he was going to fix Mom by going in two different kinds of plaid…and he did.

Always a man of strong convictions, Dad disliked hypocrisy and was never a hypocrite. He was a private person of few words and extraordinary character. A native of Vernon, Dad loved the heat, sailing and hockey. He was also a great admirer of fine music and a talented cornet player. During the years surrounding the war, he played in dance, city and marching bands and later spent many years with the Okanagan Symphony, both as a musician and stage manager. He played the Reveille and Last Post for Remembrance Day at the Vernon Cenotaph many times. Dad was a craftsman with wood, could fix anything and was a major appliance virtuoso. His eight year old grandson, Gray, would like it noted that he was a great husband, father and grandfather.

Keith is also survived by his loving wife of 53 years, June, daughter Lorie and son Don; his youngest brother Bill (Diane) and family, David, Carolyn, Jim and Ken (Alanna) as well as his deceased brother Eric’s wife Eileen, son Steven (Pam), daughter Leslie (Keith) and their families in Vancouver, BC. Keith was also predeceased by parents Jim and Dorothy, an infant brother Robert and his sister Frances Leng (George) in 1985, also on the 22nd of March. Dad has also been well-loved and will be greatly missed by wife June’s brother, three sisters and their families.

Although physically gone, Keith leaves his family, friends and neighbours with a legacy of memories rich in both humour and example. He will be sorely missed but held forever loved and appreciated in our hearts.

“This is it.”

Sincere thanks to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and staff, the Community Health Care nurses and care aides, the Red Cross, Nolan’s Drugs (Pharmasave), Vernon Funeral Home and Interior Health outreach programs including Rapid Respiratory Discharge, Integrated Care and Rehabilitation Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Avenue, Vernon, BC, V1T 5L2, would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.

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