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David Marshall Simmons

August 11, 1958 — October 27, 2023

 

David Marshall Simmons, aged 65, passed away on October 27, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of devotion and love as a son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandi; dear father, Walter Simmons; devoted sons, Daniel and Cody Simmons; loving stepson, William Casanova; loving daughters-in-law, Kayla Simmons and Elisabeth Casanova; and his cherished grandchildren, Damian, Julie, Ava and Isabelle Simmons. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Simmons.

 Born in Washington, DC, Dave's journey began with promise and determination. He graduated from Springbrook High School in 1976, where he showcased his athletic talents on the cross country, track, and wrestling teams. His exceptional driving skills led him to become a respected driver's education instructor during his high school years. In 1980, he began his career by graduating from the police academy.

 For over four decades, Dave served the Baltimore City Police Department with unwavering commitment and distinction until his retirement in 2020. Throughout his illustrious career, he embodied honor, integrity, and humility as he selflessly dedicated himself to serving the citizens of Baltimore. Dave's exceptional service was recognized through numerous accolades and achievements, including being named Officer of the Month for the Northwest District in 1984, receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Northwest Citizens Patrol for exemplary work in 1987, and was nominated for the Evening Sun’s Officer of the Year Award in 1988. In 1991, he became a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).  In or around 1994, he became a detective in the Internal Affairs Unit, investigating police misconduct allegations.  In 1997, he completed his studies at UMBC and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude all while working full-time for the Department.  His commitment to academic excellence would lead to his induction into both the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. After earning his degree, he received the rank of Police Agent in December 1997. In or around 1999, Dave took a position in the Overtime and Special Events Unit, where he would become well known for his role in planning and providing security services at all home Ravens Games, the Baltimore Marathon, and the Preakness, among other events.  Further, Dave would receive The Baltimore Ravens Tip of the Wing Service Award in 1999, exemplifying his commitment to the security of the Ravens Organization and its fans. Throughout his career, Dave served in an array of assignments, including patrol in the Northwest District, Internal Affairs Division, the Traffic Unit,  and the Overtime and Special Events Unit. While assigned to the Overtime Unit, Dave was routinely detailed to work the streets, and he stood proudly on the front lines with his brothers and sisters in blue during the 2015 Baltimore Riots.  He was known for his excellent report writing and public speaking skills, and received numerous commendations for various presentations he gave at law enforcement related seminars throughout the country.  He also received multiple letters of appreciation and commendation during his service, of which there are too many to mention here.

Dave was a proud member of the FOP Lodge #3, solidifying his bond with fellow officers in a fraternity built on shared experiences and dedication to their calling.

 Forever imbued with a spirit of generosity and devotion to not only his profession but also his community, Dave's commitment extended beyond his uniform. He willingly dedicated his time and energy to coaching his sons' baseball teams, nurturing the growth and potential of young athletes. 

 Dave had a zest for life that encompassed various interests and hobbies. His love for reading and history, particularly the Civil War, provided him with countless hours of intellectual fulfillment. Exploring outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and kayaking allowed him to connect with nature's beauty while keeping an active lifestyle. To know Dave was to experience a profound sense of love and warmth. His presence exuded genuine kindness, and his infectious smile brightened the lives of all those he encountered. Whether it was his endearing gestures of pointing in agreement or approval, hearty laughter that accompanied shared humor, or a simple thumbs-up signifying culinary delight, Dave possessed an indescribable ability to infuse joy into every interaction. His remarkable character and unwavering authenticity endeared him to all who had the privilege of calling him friend. Dave's memory will forever be cherished by his loving family. 

 Family and friends may gather at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, PA, Glen Burnie, on Friday, Nov. 3rd, from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 PM. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th at 10:30 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of the Chesapeake, https://www.hospicechesapeake.org/giving/donate-now/, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, https://www.angiopathy.org/support-us or Baltimore Retired Police Benevolent Association, P.O. Box 6217 Baltimore, MD 21206, BRPBAoffice@gmail.com, 410-803-2293.

 

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Friday, November 3, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, November 3, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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