Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


William Dale Simescu

October 7, 1951July 13, 2019

William Dale Simescu, 67, passed away peacefully at Munson Hospice House on July 13, 2019 after battling cancer for eleven and a half years. William was born in Detroit, Michigan to Eugene and Nancy on October 7, 1951. He graduated Thurston High School in 1969. After high school, he attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan and then Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado before moving to Crested Butte, Colorado. William began his building career working on the family cottage on Clear Lake in Atlanta, Michigan. In Crested Butte he continued to perfect his trade while also living an adventurous life as a “ski bum” (his words) in the Rocky Mountains. William moved back to Traverse City, Michigan, in the 1980s where he raised two children, Will and Layne, with his former spouse Rebecca Austin. William ran his own contracting company in Traverse City for over twenty-five years. He excelled at woodwork of all kinds and evidence of his craft remains across Northern Michigan in the form of cabinetry, wood floors, porches, housing additions, remodels, and much more. William loved skiing and even taught his children to ski at two years old so he could have more ski buddies. He also loved to sail and powerboat in Lake Michigan, and he was a member of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club for many years. William never liked to “sit around,” as he called it, and he strived to live life to the fullest until the very end. He traveled with his kids everywhere from New York City to Alaska. Friends and family remember his easy-going way and the smile he had for everyone. His parents and his brother, James, preceded William in death. His children, his brother Barry (Dorothy), and nephews Daniel and Tyler survive him. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in downtown Traverse City. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club. In addition to flowers, contributions can be made to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy or the Sierra Club. If you would like to send flowers, please send them to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. The family would like to thank the Hospice nurses and Hospice House for their wonderful care of William in his final days.


  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
  • The Sierra Club Foundation


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019


William Dale Simescu

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Matt Willis

July 23, 2019

Dear Barry, Dorothy, Will & Layne,

Very sorry that Bill has moved on, and do know our thoughts are with you.
The years have passed but the memories of being young and together in the Detroit area with all my Simescu Cousins, Aunts and Uncles are priceless. How fortunate we all sprang from the same tree...

Sincerely, Matt Willis & Family

Nancy Burnham

July 21, 2019

Dear Barry, Will and Layne,
I’m sorry to hear of loss of you Brother and father .
I was a classmate of Bill’s from Elementary through high school. I remember his friendly smile and the warmth of his spirit. He was always able to make some one smile.
Comfort and peace to all of you at this time of grief.
Nancy Christoph Burnham

Jan Carney

July 19, 2019

Dear Barry and Dorothy

We are so sorry to hear about the death of your brother Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you are best.
Jan and Jim Carney

Judy Childs

July 18, 2019

I went to high school with Bill. He was a senior and I was a sophomore. I'll never forget his engaging, beautiful smile. He was a sweetie. The Tigers won the World Series that year! 30-some years later, I got the coolest kid in my 8th grade ELA class, Will, Bill's son. I am so very sorry to hear of our loss. Bill was a gentle spirit and a great guy.

Chris Bastian

July 15, 2019

We have many happy memories of growing up on Sarasota Street with Bill and his brothers Barry and Jim.

Our condolences to Bill’s family.

Chris, Hugh, and Walter Thomson

Tom and Betty Curran

July 15, 2019

Dear Barry and Dorothy,
We are so very sorry about your brother Bill.
Sending love and prayers to you and all of your family.
God Bless Bill. He as at peace.

Tom and Betty

Mary and Ed Albrigo

July 15, 2019

Will and Layne, We're so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. We hope you can find some comfort and inspiration in wonderful memories of a life well lived by a great father. Our most sincere condolences to you, your mom and the Simescu family. Love, Aunt Mary, Uncle Ed, Erica, Steve and Chris.