Sylvia Dimock (nee Simmons)

Sylvia Dimock (nee Simmons)

Sylvia Dimock (Simmons) of Trail passed away at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on January 25, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on April 10, 1926, the youngest of five sisters.

In 1948, she attained her nursing degree from the University of Alberta where she met her husband Barss. After working at the University hospital for a short time, they were married on May 31, 1950 and relocated to Trail. She enjoyed downhill and cross country skiing, curling and golfing. Sylvia was the ladies president of the Rossland Trail Country Club in 1978 and sat on the board for many years.

Music was her passion, as music was always in her home as a young person. She was always humming a song or listening to music. In 1989, she joined the Harmony Choir and remained a member for 23 years. She thoroughly enjoyed performing and travelling with the choir on many occasions.

Sylvia and Barss travelled after his retirement but also enjoyed their home with their neighbourhood friends. They were a close-knit group and many wonderful times were spent together. Sylvia enjoyed many summers at Christina Lake with family and friends.

Mom took a great interest in all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was proud of all their accomplishments.

In the last few years Mom took on the role of caregiver to look after Barss. It was a challenging yet rewarding time of her life.

Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, her in-laws, her step-father as well as her two sisters and their spouses Edith (Friel) Sommerfeld and Lorna (Reg) Quarton, her brothers-in-law George Bodard and Donald Mahaffey, her sister-in-law Gill Dimock and her nephew Stuart Bodard.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years Barss, her children Lynn (Fred) Romano, Rick (Shauna) Dimock, Gloria (Grant) Byington and Ron (Sandy) Dimock. Her nine grandchildren held a special place in her heart; Adam (Kim) Romano, Leah Romano, Laura (Jay) Halifax, Sean Dimock, Erin (Mike) James, Troy Dimock, Garit Byington, Brad Dimock and Robyn Dimock. Her two great-granddaughters Hannah Romano and Jayci Halifax always put a smile on her face.

She is also survived by her two sisters, Doris Bodard and Gloria Mahaffey as well as her brothers-in-law Bill (Jessie) Dimock, and Ken Dimock and many nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandma, and great-grandma. She has left us all with life-long gifts of love and she will be missed greatly. Rest in peace Mom, we love you.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 am at Trail United Church with Reverend Michael Hare, presiding. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Sylvia’s name may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation (Critical Care) or to Poplar Ridge Pavilion at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at

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