James A. Simmons

July 20, 1960 ~ September 9, 2021 (age 61)


James A. Simmons; our son, brother, uncle and friend, born July 20, 1960 in Binghamton, NY, passed away unexpectedly in Tampa General Hospital on September 9, 2021. He is predeceased by his father, James L Simmons, and an infant 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 90's he transitioned to an online auction technology business with his trusted friend and co-worker, Nancy Rabenold, eventually relocating to Brandon, FL to help develop their business venture.  After 20 years, he decided to leave the auction world to pursue other projects.  Jim started a motorcycle restoration and parts business, restoring classic and vintage bikes. He enjoyed his motorcycles, and rode often 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 furnishings 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 giving of both his time and resources, opening his home to many friends in need.  His most commonly heard phrase was "What can I do to help?"  He was humble, loving, a loyal friend and devoted son, brother and uncle.  Jim's highest passion was spreading his faith to others. He was a recent member of the New City Church, Tampa and spent many hours planning enthusiastically with his pastor the best methods to grow the church. He was especially focused on leading youth to Christ and had mapped a business plan of action to that end.  He was enrolled in the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, and preparing to start their masters education program.  A service will be held Friday, September 17 at 2:30pm in the chapel located in the Vestal Hills Memorial Park, 3997 Vestal Road, Vestal, with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's name to the New City Church, 218 E. Bearss Ave Suite 413 Tampa, FL 33613.  If preferred, an online donation made be made to   A celebration of life memorial service is being planned for a future date in Brandon, FL

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Memorial Service
September 17, 2021

2:30 PM
Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal Road

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