James Simmons obituary (1960 – 2021) – Johnson City, NY

James A. Simmons; our son, brother, uncle and friend, born July 20, 1960 in Binghamton, NY, passed away suddenly at Tampa General Hospital on September 9, 2021. He is predeceased by his father, James L Simmons, and a younger brother, Paul Edward Simmons. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Simmons; sister, Deborah Gould (Mark Gould); two nieces, Lyndsey Davidson (Andrew Davidson); Kimberly Black (Michael Black); and their children, Amelia and Olive Davidson, and Dominic Black. James graduated from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and was employed as an engineer by IBM, in Boca Raton, FL, Raleigh NC and Owego, NY. He was also a member of the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad. In the late ’90s, he moved to an online auction tech company with his trusted friend and colleague Nancy Rabenold before moving to Brandon, Florida to help grow their business. After 20 years, he decides to leave the auction world to pursue other projects. Jim started a motorcycle restoration and parts business, restoring classic and vintage bikes. He loved his motorcycles and often rode with his faithful sidekick, his dog Sally, in a sidecar. He was a volunteer member of a faith-based ministry, Home Makers of Hope, providing furniture and household items to people struggling with poverty. Jim was also an honorary member of the Manatee Search and Rescue Organization. Jim was generous and gave of his time and resources, opening his home to many friends in need. His most frequently heard phrase was “What can I do to help?” He was humble, loving, a staunch friend, and a devoted son, brother and uncle. Jim’s greatest passion was spreading his faith to others. He was recently a member of New City Church, Tampa, and has spent many hours enthusiastically planning with his pastor the best methods to grow the church. He was particularly focused on leading young people to Christ and had developed a business plan of action to that end. He was enrolled at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and was preparing to begin their master’s education program. A service will be held on Friday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel located in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, 3997 Vestal Road, Vestal, with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name at New City Church, 218 E. Bearss Ave Suite 413 Tampa, FL 33613. If you prefer, an online donation must be made at https: // newcitytpa. churchcenter.com/ donate / to / general Celebration of life memorial service scheduled for a future date in Brandon, FL
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Posted by Barber Memorial Home, Inc. on Sep 14, 2021.

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