David Dewar Sims

April 30, 1953 - October 6, 2021
David Dewar Sims

David Dewar Sims, age 68 of Wilmington, NC, sadly and unexpectedly passed away at his home on October 6, 2021.

David was born on April 30, 1953 in Annapolis, MD to the late Neil Harry and Edith Sedwick Sims.

David is survived by his daughter Mary Sims Carty, Mary’s son, David’s loving grandson, Reiner Sims Carty, his brother Geoff Sims, a special nephew Neil Sims, his former wife, mother of his daughter, Sherry Johnson, and many other special and dear family members and friends. He is predeceased by both his aforementioned parents and his two brothers, Neil and Steve Sims.

There will be a full obituary to come.

There will be a Celebration of Life for David on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm at the residence of Geoff and Leslie Sims.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 12, 2021
    Susan Clarke says:
    Heart felt condolences to Dave’s family. Words cannot express the grief felt from David leaving too soon. Loved him since high school.

  • October 15, 2021
    Claire Thomas says:
    I met Dave in 2019 when my boyfriend and I moved in next door to him in Pine Valley. He was so kind and fun, and so full of life. We chatted with Dave almost daily through the fence when our dogs got into barking matches and talking to him would always leave a smile on your face. Dave will be so missed. Sending so much love to Mary, Reiner, and Sherry.

  • October 21, 2021
    Prioleau says:
    My Dave, was always fun and full of laughter and always made me happy. We were the office .. the show and he made it so . I love everything about him and his spirit and so many great times! He will always be in my heart and continue to fill me with joy and laughter and I miss him! I miss his family too and I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful loving person!

  • January 01, 2022
    Bruce Cotton says:
    It's taken waiting for quiet for me to get the thoughts out... Sorry for the delay. David was Baltimore. His living room was an homage to Cal Ripkin. Baseballs, Wheaties boxes... Some people have tray ceilings; Dave had Orioles shelves. The day Dave passed, Baltimore should have observed a moment of silence, because they lost an unwavering fan. I've never understood people's obsession with pro sports - until I met Dave. I think it was a great escape for him. I first met Dave... when he sent his wife as a stand-in for HIS job interview. That's a story I've enjoyed telling a few times. He was hired as a radio copywriter at WGNI, and was a good one. It's hard to describe Dave's smile or laugh. It was a bit sly, and dry... a snicker? I rarely heard him belly laugh like some do - but his sideways smile and grin let you know he had a good sense of humor and wit. I'm not sure whether the term "dad joke" had been invented back then, but he was good for a few of them. Horseshoes and darts. He was a good dart thrower. We were on a bar league together for a while. He had his own unique and accurate throw. I got to know several venues and friends through our shared dart interest. Salty dogs or greyhounds. I remember several nights standing outside with 3 or 4 other guys enjoying the grapefruit juice, and sharing life stories. It was a cast of characters. And Preakness cookouts, with a little wager. Dave opened his house to me (and my dog Lilly) when I came back to Wilmington the second time. He was always kind in that regard. That's another fond memory; Dave and his beloved dogs. And his mother Edith occasionally visiting, and sharing conversations about Whiskeypaleans. We went to different Episcopal churches, but it was always an amusing conversation. We drifted apart the past few years, whether it was politics or life events...Who knows. We used to stay in touch regularly, and I missed that friendship. At this age, we lose various friends - and it makes me reflect on just what life is about, and what difference we make to those we meet on our journey. Dave is missed. Rest in Peace, Dave.