Robert (Bob) Simms passed away peacefully in the early morning of July 26th, one week after his 86th birthday. Bob is survived by so many who loved and admired him who will pass on his stories, knowledge, and jokes for generations to come. Bob and his wife, Claire (Strunk) were married for 63 years. They lived in Fishtown where they raised their three boys Bobby, Mark, and Michael. They spent their summers down the shore hanging on the porch of their second home in Wildwood Crest. They loved entertaining there and always opened their doors to all of their many nieces and nephews. Bob grew up in Fishtown with his parents John and Josephine (Campbell) and many siblings Francis, Marjorie, Josephine, Helen, Johnny, and Richard. Bob spent his free time flying his plane and volunteering at Cape May Airport and the Wildwood Aviation museum. He loved taking his grandchildren, Jen (Mike), Alissa, Brud, Kerri, Amy, and Rosalina for rides in his plane overlooking the beaches of Wildwood. Bob loved to go for long walks, especially around Fishtown’s Palmer Cemetery. He was a talented man who could play any instrument he picked up. A few of his favorites were piano, harmonica, banjo, and ukulele. He was always singing or whistling a tune. Bob was always a hard worker, spending 25 years as a teamster, running his hardware store in Fishtown with his great friend, Bib. Even after retiring, he was always working on his houses and helping his family and friends figure out how to fix things that no one else could. Anyone who knew Bob knew his mind was filled with a wealth of knowledge on countless subjects and could always go to him to ask for help. Bob was a true Fishtown legend and will be missed by many. We invite all who knew Bob and want to pay their respects on Thursday 7-9pm and Friday 10-11am at McElvarr Funeral Home at 1415-17 E Susquehanna Ave of course, in Fishtown. Funeral service 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Holy Name of Jesus Church 701 Gaul Street Philadelphia PA 19125
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