John E. Sim, 89, crossed the Atlantic with his mother and brother on the first ship of British refugees during World War II

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John E. Sim, 89, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Yorktown.

Mr. Sim was born August 17, 1926, in Dalian, China. John had a long and fulfilling career beginning with his U.S. Army service in World War II. He joined Morgan Marrow Company in 1960; he worked there until his retirement as president in 1997. Following that retirement, he spent 16 years helping to start and grow a new business in the area, Shred-it. After his retirement, he dedicated his considerable energy to caring for and spending time with his beloved wife, Martha.

He was educated at Strathallen School in Perth Scotland prior to moving with his family to California in 1940, crossing the Atlantic with his mother and brother on the first ship of British refugees during World War II. His family moved to Hampton when he was 15. John was a 1945 graduate of Newport News High School and attended the College of William & Mary.

John enjoyed living on the water, skiing and golfing at Wintergreen and was a loyal William and Mary fan. He and Martha also traveled extensively with their friends and family. Though John had a gentlemanly manor, he loved to tell jokes and stories about the family escapades, always ending with a big laugh at his own jokes. He had a natural gift for making friends and sharing his interests with them.

He was a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church Yorktown, where he served as a trustee and was on the board of Jackson-Feild Episcopal Home. He was a past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Hampton Rotary Club, a past president of the Virginia Association of Insurance Agents and was an active member of Hampton Yacht Club, The Hampton Roads German Club, James River Country Club and the Yorktown Rotary Club, where he was a founding member.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Frances Daley Sim; brother, James Sim; and son- in-law, Jeffrey R. Gustafson.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Martha Stack Sim; children, J. Michael Sim, Elizabeth S. Wash, and her husband, Tom, Molly C. Sim and J. Stuart Sim, and his wife, Nicole; and 10 grandchildren, John Sim, Wren Sim, Anastasia Wash, Garrett Sim, Lauren Gustafson, Colby Gustafson, Hunter Sim, Juliette Sim, Alisa Wash and Jordan Sim.

John’s family invites friends to visit with them from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the home of Elizabeth and Tom Wash. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the churchyard of Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, with the Rev. Carleton Bakkum, rector, officiating. A reception will follow in the church Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family requests memorial donations to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, VA 23690; or the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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