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John William Simard, 59

CLARKSBURG, Mass. —  John William Simard, 59 of Clarksburg died on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his family.

  John was born in North Adams on September 24, 1962 a son of Richard & Christina (Vackas) Simard. John attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the Class of 1980 and was proudly employed by Lenco Armored Vehicles in Pittsfield, MA.
   John was a man of boundless character, endless hobbies, and peculiar quirks. Some of his favorites included riding his motorcycles, jet skiing, hunting for the rarest collectables, antiquing, attending concerts of all types, hunting Big Foot (multiple sightings), fishing, working on cars, searching for buried treasure, spotting U.F.O.s, never being on time, hunting (deer, turkey, and bear), surprise visits, and telling the most spectacular stories you'll ever hear. He was not a man easily forgotten, and any one who was lucky enough to cross paths with him will know how truly unique and full of life he was.
  John leaves his beloved children, Branden Simard (Lizzy) of Amherst, MA, Hayley Simard of Adams, MA, Sierra Simard of Adams, Ma, and Nathan Simard of Clarksburg, MA. He also leaves his parents, Richard & Christina Simard of Clarksburg, his siblings, Wendy Simard, Michael Simard (Susan), Paula Bopp, Melissa Lash and his grandchild, Braelynn Banister. John was predeceased by his nephew, Brian Simard. He also leaves his dog, Shylee and pet chickens.

Wherever he's moved on to has become a much louder place.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of John Simard will be on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Calling hours will be on Monday from 9-10:30 AM at the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home – CENTRAL CHAPEL 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. Donations may be made in his memory to the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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I am so proud to have known my Nephew John. I think I took my sister Tina to the hospital when John were born.
I LOVE his obituary. It was so John. It was the best obituary I have ever seen. I know John is smiling.

from: Madeleine Rousseau on: 09-28-2022

Wendy My thought and prayers are with you on the loss of your brother. Hugs
from: elizabeth a dilegoon: 09-28-2022

Your all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless
from: Dan and Vanessa Martelleon: 09-26-2022

Wendy, So sorry about your brother. My condolences to you and your family ..
from: Allen Kushneton: 09-23-2022

Wendy and Family - I'm so sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
from: Paula Wright LaBonteon: 09-23-2022

My deepest sympathies to the Simard family. Hard to believe someone I just had a great conversation with is gone. Such a kind person. You are in my prayers??
from: Lisa Lincolnon: 09-22-2022

Wendy and family I'm so sorry for your loss.We will all meet again .Much love
from: Cindy (Pecor)Schneider on: 09-22-2022

To all the Family and friends of John, He was such a nice soul..So sorry to of your loss of a very humble sweet person.Loved his smile..He would always stop and talk anytime we would bump into each other..Great hugs..You will be very missed..?Love Debrajean?
from: on: 09-22-2022

Wendy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
from: Dave and Sue Emeryon: 09-22-2022

Wendy - So very sorry to read about the loss of your brother. From the reading, he sounded like quite a character ! What a wonderful life.
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 09-22-2022

Richard and Mike and family. I am in disbelief , I talked with John a short time ago, he was with Shylee, little did I know it was the last time. He certainly was a uniquely nice guy. So sad for all of you. Many will miss seeing him. My thoughts are with your family and John, and feeling sad along with you and all who knew him. ??
from: Darlene Mancinion: 09-21-2022

My hearfelt condolences to you all. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about John. My life long friend who I didn't get to see too often, but we always had a good time catching up with lots of laughs. May all the wonderful memories you have help comfort you in the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.
Love, Erica
from: Erica (Dami) Pecoron: 09-21-2022

So very sorry for your loss! May your precious memories get you through this difficult journey ??????My thoughts and prayers are with you all
from: Dunn Jonion: 09-21-2022

Dick, Tina and all your family……. I was so shocked and heartbroken to hear of John passing away. I have known y’all since the 60’s and John at that time was only about 6 yrs old. He was an adorable little boy and so full of life. To tell you I am so very sorry is an understatement……… I so hope that the warm, fun and special memories shared with John will help to ease the pain in your hearts. Sent with much love, Ellen
from: Ellen Dami on: 09-21-2022

John we were lucky to have shared your short life with you. Your legacy lives on in your children and grandchildren. You will forever be in our hearts. Sincerely, Terri
from: Theresa Brownon: 09-21-2022

Wendy, Mike, John's children, grandchildren and the whole Simard family, I am SO SO sad to hear of John's passing, my sincere condolences to all of you! John was truly a special soul and will be greatly missed by many! I will always remember him fondly. May he RIP! Soar with the angels John!!! <3
from: Kris (Saunders) Ziebaon: 09-21-2022

I'm in disbelief that such a good friend and nicest guy you now has passed at his young age. My sincere condolences to the family. I will miss him.
from: Keith E. Bushon: 09-21-2022