With the warmth and love of his grieving family by his side, Dan passed away peacefully on February 24, 2017, at the Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Surviving Dan are his siblings Penny (Nathan), Sam (Veronica), Lanny (Melanie) and Cammy. As well, Dan is fondly remembered by five nephews, eight nieces and their families. Also mourning Dan are his dogs, Alfie and Louie, who he affectionately called his boys. They were a big part of his life and gave him comfort and joy. Dan was born September 16, 1943, at the old Grace Hospital, the second son to the late Eva, “Mickey” (nee Abrahamson) and Morris “Moe” Simcoff. He was the product of the Old North End where he lived his initial decades on Selkirk Ave. near McGregor. Dan was educated at Strathcona and Aberdeen Schools, then graduated from St. John’s Tech, after which he obtained a B.A. from United College (University of Winnipeg). Then he studied at Dalhousie in Halifax but returned to Winnipeg and achieved an M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Manitoba. Dan’s life was eclectic. He taught school in rural Manitoba, was a civil servant with the Federal Government in Ottawa (Secretary of State), worked on a Kibbutz in Israel, managed a bar in San Francisco and ultimately settled in Phoenix, Arizona. A graveside funeral was held at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Phoenix prior to sundown on Friday, February 24, 2017. Profound gratitude to Rabbi Pinchas Allouche who got things done and officiated a memorable service.