The Committee are saddened to record that Gordon Simms, the President of the Allotment Association, passed away after a short illness on Thursday 11th March 2021. He was 84 years old. Gordon took on his allotment plot on area ‘A’ in the 1950’s when 21 years old.
In 1992 Gordon took on the mantle of our site plumber, a little seen but crucial role, fixing the many continuous leaks in our ageing water supply system. A replacement water network did ease his load but there were always broken ball valves and isolated leaks to fix.
Gordon was a local man, growing up in Rushmore Terrace and attending Clapham Terrace Primary School and later the Central (Campion) School. He showed a prowess for football. An intense and passionate player, he was left in tears after a heavy defeat by Ardmore School. He played for several local teams until spotted by a Coventry City scout and signed for them in October 1955, playing as a winger. He was an apprentice plumber at the time, one of three on City’s books. Whilst two years National Service in the Army as a PE Instructor intervened from 1958 to 1960, he transferred to Notts County before returning to play non-League football with local teams until 1970. Outside of football Gordon taught plumbing at Mid-Warwickshire College for over 20 years.
Gordon was a great supporter of Coventry City’s Former Players Association. He attended City’s home games and was a regular in the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh Stadium, participating in the ‘Legends Day’.
He and his wife Enid have lived at Cubbington for the last 25 years. Both keen gardeners, they would open their garden for Cubbington’s ‘Open Gardens’ event and organised ‘Leamington in Bloom’ for many years, a very demanding task. He leaves behind his wife Enid, two children, five grand-children and one great-grand child.
Gordon represented everything that is good about our allotments. An example of how to live life well with compassion and consideration for everyone around him. A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed.