OBITUARY

Dr. David L. Simes

January 10, 1929March 1, 2013

Dr. David L. Simes, a pillar of the Volusia County medical community for over thirty years, died peacefully at home on March 1, 2013. He was 84. Born on January 10, 1929 in Myers town, Pennsylvania, Dr. Simes was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and, in 1954, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. From 1955-1966, Dr. Simes was an officer in the United States Air Force, finishing his Air Force days as a Major. As a flight surgeon and an Ob/Gyn at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, he served those stationed at the United States Air War College. He also served as a consulting physician for six other Air Force bases in Georgia and Florida. Between his stints of active duty, Dr. Simes completed a residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland from 1957-1961, where he was selected by the faculty to serve as Chief Resident during his final year. After his retirement from military service, Dr. Simes settled in Daytona Beach and began his private practice career in partnership with Dr. Charles Stump. Between 1966 and 1996, Dr. Simes, alongside his beloved wife, Patsy, provided obstetric, gynecologic, and infertility care to thousands of women in Volusia County. In the Daytona Beach medical community, Dr. Simes was a pioneer; he was the first physician to perform a number of now-common procedures, including laparoscopy, and he was the first obstetrician to invite fathers into the delivery room. Over his long career, Dr. Simes delivered approximately 10,000 babies and assisted countless others in starting families. Dr. Simes served as the Chief of Staff at both Halifax Hospital and Humana Hospital. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a testament to the global reach of his work, Dr. Simes was also honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom and as a Life Member of the Medical Society of Vienna. Upon his retirement in 1996, Dr. Simes was presented with a Lifetime Service Award by the Volusia County Medical Society. During his life, Dr. Simes was a member of both St. James Episcopal Church in Ormond Beach and, in recent years, of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Port Orange. In addition to his devoted wife of more than 40 years, Patsy, Dr. Simes is survived by: his daughter, Marjorie Simes Miller; his son, David W. Simes; his son, Clay Taylor; and his son, Michael L. Simes. He is also survived by his brother (Jim), nine grandchildren (Amy, Lauren, Sara, Cliff, Bryce, Haley, Brooke, Grant, and Ella), and one great-grandson (Nicholas). A celebration of the life of Dr. Simes will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home in Ormond Beach. A visitation period will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a service to follow at 11:30. His family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Halifax Hospice of Volusia/Flagler (www.hovf.org). Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, FL

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Dr. David L. Simes

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Margaret Kirk

March 14, 2013

Patsy,
My Mom and I depended on the medical knowledge and thoughtful advice of Dr. Simes for so many years.
Small kindnesses are long remembered.
Dr. Simes helped to see me through one of the most difficult times of my life.
He never hesitated to go beyond the norm when caring for his patients.
I am forever grateful.

May you find comfort and courage through your faith, family and friends.

Margaret Kirk

March 14, 2013

Patsy,
For so many years my Mom and I counted on the medical knowledge and thoughtful advice of Dr. Simes.
Small kindnesses are long remembered.
Dr. Simes demonstrated compassion beyond the norm, and he helped me through a very dark time in my life.
I am forever grateful.
I will pray for the comfort and courage of you and your family.
-Margaret Kirk

March 10, 2013

Dear Patsy,
I Loved you and Dr. Simes! I am so sad to hear of his passing, I have thought of him often over the years. He was the BEST Dr.! You and Him made me feel at home, every time I came in. I will be forever grateful for all the hard work that was done for me to finally get pregnant. It was like he fixed me!, because I had no problems the second time! Please know that he will dearly missed, they don't make Doctors like him anymore. My thoughs and prayers will be with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Connie and Tom Hayes
" Love leaves a heartache no one can heal....Loves leaves a memory no one can steal"

Jennifer & Jim Wigle

March 9, 2013

Mrs. Simes and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Sandra (Scott) Biller

March 9, 2013

Dear Patsy, So sad to learn of Dr. Simes passing. He delivered both my children, Jamie in 1971 and Melissa in 1976. He was the best as were you as his nurse. I remember his practice as the ONLY doctor's office where I never had to wait on him to see me. I was saddened the day you both closed the door to the practice. Just wasn't the same. Now as I ready for my own retirement, I know that it was time for you both to take it easy and enjoy the rest of your time together. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

March 8, 2013

Margie and family,
Hold all your loving memories in your heart.
With our deepest sympathy......
Love, Barbara and Randy

March 8, 2013

Margie and Family,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

Carol & Chick

Elise Roy Nickel

March 7, 2013

Patsy and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I was a patient for over 18 years, and remember often how wonderful you both were to me. He will be missed.

Jeanne Wolchansky

March 6, 2013

Dr.Simes delivered both of my children in 1966 and 1968. I was only 19 when I had the first. He was extremely kind and very professional with me. I considered him as wise. I'm sure he will be missed.

Cindy Beauchaine

March 6, 2013

Dear Patsy,
My sincere sympathies to you and your family.Remembering how kind you and your husband were to me as your patient.
Cindy Beauchaine