March 4, 1922 - February 13, 2017
HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory
8057 Niles Center Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
847.673.6111 | Map
Friday 3/3, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Memorial Gathering

William F. Simms, age 94, of Skokie.  Beloved husband of Barbara, nee Eckholm;  loving father of Polly (Jim Reifenberg), John (Judi), and Pete;  dear grandfather of Dana and Nikki.  Born March 4, 1922, in Clinton, Indiana.  He was a World War II veteran and served as a communications specialist on a battleship near Luzon, Philippines. Continue Reading

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Arnold Aprill left a message on December 22, 2017:
I was a student at Fairview Elementary when he was principal. I have worked in education all my life, and he always served as my role model of a good principal - warm, caring, and effective
Diane Laughlin, Tucson AZ left a message on May 21, 2017:
So sorry to hear about Mr. Simms. My condolences to all of his family. Please know he touched hundreds of lives, I remember my years at Fairview were enriched by his leadership.
Gina Valenti Crimmins left a message on March 7, 2017:
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Simms passing. He was a wonderful man, and I am so grateful that I had him as a teacher. Sending my deepest sympathies to his family.
Vic Banks left a message on March 6, 2017:
I just learned of Bill Simms passing and can only smile at the warm and bountiful memories I have when he was our principal and coach at Fairview. His chiseled good looks and strong moral compass stand out in my memory even today. I was so happy to have seen him a few years ago (five for goodness sake!!) when our class reunion visited Fairview. Hold dear his memories, Bill Simms was our Mr. Chips! Condolences to all who will miss his light. I will plant an oak tree in his memory this spring.
Ann Finzel Young left a message on February 22, 2017:
I'm so sorry to learn of Mr. Sim's passing. I was in the group of his students who attended classes in the old pumping station. Mr. Sims was a patient teacher, even with those of us who had the giggles and trouble learning math. I'm so glad I had a chance to be his student and want to convey sincere condolences to Mrs. Sims and their family.
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Ken Grubb left a message on February 20, 2017:
I am proud to have been a member of Mr. Sims' first class at Fairview graduating in 1954. Mr. Sims was more than a teacher to us, he was a mentor and a role model as well as being our teacher and coach. We started with him even before Fairview was complete going to class in the water pumping station on Pratt Avenue in Skokie. The absolute highlight of our 54th Fairview graduation reunion held back in 2008 in conjunction with our 50th high school reunion was Mr. Sims coming to our dinner. Mr. Sims remembered as all and the he "stole the show" with stories about all of his "kids"; they were funny, moving and heartfelt. Mrs. Sims, you and your husband played a big role in shaping many of us and I'm sure he continued to do so over his many years of service to the Fairview community. He will be missed and remembered fondly!! Rest in peace, Mr. Sims. You will always have a special place in our hearts.
Marilyn (Cole) Bolgioni left a message on February 20, 2017:
A smiling face, a warm and loving human being! My principal in grade school at Fairview throughout the 50's. I watched his children for him since he was a close neighbor who lived around the corner! I wanted to stop in and see him this summer.... I will miss knowing he was there.❤️
Ron Berman & Ellen Greenman (Class of 1966) left a message on February 19, 2017:
Our sympathies are with Mr. Simms family during this time of sorrow.
Jodi engelberg left a message on February 19, 2017:
He was a caring teacher and a fair person. I respected him and he made tried to make me a better person.
Michele Dodd left a message on February 18, 2017:
Mr Simms was far more than a math teacher to me. He was the friend that let me into Fairview early so I didn't have to stand outside when I was too upset to face friends. As a girl coming from an unstable and sometimes abusive home, Mr. Simms always listened without judgment. Thank you always for your support, Mr. Simms! Love, Doddsy
Elyse "Lysi" Fisher Kist left a message on February 18, 2017:
My deepest condolences to all of the family. So many Fairview "kids" are saddened by Mr. Simms passing. On behalf of the Fisher family, we send our blessings.
Arthur S. Pullano left a message on February 17, 2017:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr Simms played a pivotal roll in my family's life. From all of the Pullano's, Thank You. See you on the 3rd.
Andrew Mills (Fairview class of 82) left a message on February 17, 2017:
Hundreds of us who went through Fairview have fond memories of Mr. Simms. I never had the pleasure of having him as my teacher, but he knew me, always asked my parents about me when he saw them around Skokie, and was a model teacher and human being. My condolences go out to his family, and I hope they are comforted by the knowledge of the amazing positive influence he had on so many young people in our community. They broke the mold when they made Mr. Simms.
Barb Strickett Anderson left a message on February 17, 2017:
I went to Fairview from '51 to ''60 and remember Mr. Simms as such a kind, encouraging man. I'm so sorry for your loss. I live in Seattle, but if I was close I'd be at the visitation.
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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