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Theodore Simms, III

October 6, 1956 ~ December 6, 2020 (age 64)


Theodore A. Simms, III, a man’s man who worked with his hands, finally found rest from all his labors.  The 64-year-old Fremont-native, known to most as Tony, died on Sunday, December 6, 2020 in Columbus, OH.  After having battled MS for many years, Tony is reunited with his parents, Theodore II and Hester (Weatherford) Simms Colatruglio.  They first welcomed him into this life on October 6, 1956, now they welcome him again into their company to rest in eternal peace.

Tony, the consummate jokester, graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1975.  A blue-collar kind of guy, he worked many different jobs that included spending time as a laborer in the trucking and automotive industries.  In his spare time, Tony enjoyed comic books and science fiction, fishing, chess, and of course, Ohio State football.  Even as MS stole more and more of his physical capacities, Tony never stopped loving the things he loved, or enjoying as much of life as he could.

Tony is survived by his children Jada Price of Atlanta, GA, Yolanda Simms of Fremont, OH, Dominique (Josh) Akpore of Fort Madison, IA, and Elon (Wynette) Simms of Columbus, OH; grandchildren Mercedes, Alexus, Alonte, Kali, Jaxon, Kira, Jace, Carter, and Caden;  great grandchildren Dameyion, Dorien, Dominik, Kyrah, and Leah; sisters Linda (Ervin) McBeth of Fostoria, OH; Pamela Simms of  Columbus, OH; and Lori Young, of Canton, OH; brothers Tyrone Simms of Findlay, OH; and Eric Simms of Nashville, TN; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Rita Lincoln-Simms, parents, and siblings Dawn and Jeffrey.

 "Memorials can be made to the Theodore "Tony" Simms Memorial Fund through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society."  website:

A life lived with love deserves to be remembered with love. Please join us for a digital life celebration honoring Tony on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11am. In lieu of an in-person gathering, we’ve planned a virtual format in hopes that everyone that knew and loved Tony will be able to participate. Join us as we safely gather to share stories, offer remembrances, and honor Tony’s life together. To register for access and link information, please see memorial service details below.  Please go to: Theodore “Tony” Simms Memorial Service.

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Memorial Service
December 19, 2020

11:00 AM

Video is available for this event

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This will be a VIRTUAL Memorial Service. Please Register here to access the video. The family would love for you to join them in celebrating their loved one in a safe environment from the comfort of your own home.
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