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Monday, August 3, 2015

"Scott Sims, the ultimate mensch-and memorial info..."'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #82)


James "Kimo"Rosen is a retired Professional
 Photographer living on The Garden Island
 of Kaua'i with his best friend Obama Da Dog.

Kimo's World #82

Scott Sims, the ultimate mensch---and memorial info

Photo used with permission from Nat Geo Wild


I only met Scott Sims once, yet I feel like we were best friends. I was  renting an Ohana suite from my friend Carrie who lived in a beautiful home fronting the Wailua river. She had a pet pig named---believe it or not "Piggy."

Scott came over to trim Piggy's nails. Since the pig was anesthetized, Scott  said in a facetious but sincere manner, "you might as well paint those nails."  My friend  proceeded to paint Piggy's nails pink.  From then on Carrie would periodically rub Piggy's belly to relax her while refreshing that nice feminine look . The enclosed photo shows Miss Piggy with  painted nails and a  Jewish Yamaca. Yes folks, a Kosher Female Jewish pig with painted nails. Please forgive me Rabbi. 


Miss Piggy with pink nails and
a Jewish Aloha Yamaca! Oy Vey!
Why does a man that does nothing but contribute to society on such a high positive level get taken from us at age 59, while others the same age and older contribute nothing to society?

I guess it's not for us to judge, but it's hard not to. Those whom believe in God will state there's a reason for everything and the non believers and even some believers will question , WHY?

I have never seen so many comments on Facebook----not only from Scott's home of his 'Pegasus' veterinary animal clinic on the cosmic  island of Kauai, but from people all around the globe.

Dr. Scott was more popular than  most movie stars and politicians. Dr. Scott was not trying to achieve fame, yet achieved fame and fortune, the fortune of doing what he loved. When asked what he did for vacation he would reply," I'm living it."

Dr. Scott was a truly a dignitary. I have never met a soul that knew him personally or para socially from his nationally televised TV show "The Aloha vet" that didn't consider this man an icon, dignitary and friend. Scott, as my Jewish friends would say was the ultimate mensch---translating to 'a person of integrity and honor.' It is the highest honor to be called a mensch!
Dr. Scott with assistants Dia and Ella
Photo used with permission from Nat Geo Wild

 Thousands of condolences messages for Dr. Scott were posted all over the internet and Facebook this past week,  here are a few;
"This is heartbreaking news! I also only knew him from the show but have a wonderful story. My 11 year old future veterinarian watched his show for hours! Our boxer has struggled with ear infections etc and she has tried every trick in the book to help him. One day I came into the kitchen and she was on the phone explaining his symptoms and I asked who she was talking to and she said "Dr.Sims, the aloha vet!" She looked up the number online and was sooooo happy and impressed that he not only answered but talked to her about her dog! So thankful for the time he took to chat with her."~Aryn Kelley Lallas~

"I can only imagine the many animals that greeted Scott in heaven now healed, healthy and happy. What joy he must be feeling. You can rest easy now Scott, enjoy the love of all the animals that passed and that you cared for with such compassion. We will carry on with your passion to have a for a free clinic here on Kauai, this will be your legacy. Please give many hugs to Maile, I miss her so very much. I am eternally thankful that you helped her take her final journey here at her home surrounded by love. Until we all meet again."~Alice Monaghan~

"I am so sad to hear this! I knew him on a personal level when he use to live in California. He use to be our vet and he was truly an amazing person. When he moved to the island of Kauai, we had a very sick horse and he would ship us medication. And we just talked to him on the phone like a month ago! My heart is truly heavy."~Jacklyn Elizabeth Hutton~

"The Veterinary Community has lost one of a kind. In knowing Scott only through watching "Aloha Vet", it was evident that he lived life and loved his work with equal passion. I am a Vet Tech, and it would have been an honor to work with this amazing man. This barefoot Vet now walks with our Father. My heart and prayers go out to his family, Dia, and Ella. ~Victoria Filippelli-Corbett~

 "I feel like a member of my family passed. Dr Scott reflected his kind gentle spirit in the work he did. My deepest sympathy for his family and friends. He will be missed but not forgotten." ~Lona Phillips Sauro~

From Miss Piggy's mom, " He was one in a million that was real and made a lasting impression for all that knew him and was lucky enough to have him as their vet. He made a lasting impression on this world in a positive way. Not many people do that. He will live on in our memory. Aloha Scott" ~Carrie Kneubuhl -Eckert~

Dr. Scott last posted on his care page on  07-15-15
http://www.carepages.com/carepages/DrScottSims
"Hi everybody,   Right now I plan to return to UCSF sometime next week and start treatments as soon as possible. Again, allow me to say again how much I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement that all of you have given me. It really means the world to me. It’s hard to put into words how much it all means to me. Thank you all so very much."
Photo of Scott on Pegasus
created by Maila Coleman


NAT GEO WILD has decided to pay special memorial tribute to Dr. Scott by rebroadcasting the entire Season 1 of "ALOHA VET" on the NAT GEO WILD CHANNEL. The first episode will be airing on August 7th, 2015. For those who do not have cable you can view clips from all episodes of the Aloha vet for free on Nat Geo wilds website;
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/aloha-vet/



Celebrate the Life of Dr. Scott Sims “Aloha Vet” Memorial, Princeville Airport Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (HST)

 This service will be live streamed for those not able to be  there in person. For current information on the memorial or for any questions sign up for Scott's care page being managed by his Dear friend Samantha at the URL below;
http://drscottsims.eventbrite.com

We love you Scott!
Photo used with permission from  Nat Geo Wild




Miss Piggy on left and  James
"Kimo" Rosen below with best friend Obama Da Dog.








An edited down version of this blog appeared in the 08-10-15 edition of the Garden Island news;

http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/remembering-our-aloha-vet/article_5804e49d-5bd8-56a1-aa7e-0dc2f4b0f37d.html




Event Details


Come celebrate the life of 

Dr. Scott Sims “Aloha Vet”

Sunday, August 23, 2015

4-7 p.m.

Princeville Airport

5-3541 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI  96754

Silent Auction 4-7pm

Dedication: 4:30pm



Parking is limited.

Please, carpool if possible. 
Have questions about Celebrate the Life of Dr. Scott Sims “Aloha Vet” Memorial, Princeville 

Reminder to RSVP for Scott Sims Memorial Service and........
Aloha and Good morning, afternoon and evening to all:
I'm reaching out to everyone who might have some special photos or video of Scott that you would like me to consider sharing during his tribute at the memorial service on August 23rd 2015. Please email them to: PegasusFoundationpr@gmail.com
I would love to get some earlier photos or video of Scott during his college and clinic days in Northern California.
**REMINDER TO RSVP if you are planning to attend Scott's Memorial Service. Please copy and paste this link below into your browser to RSVP.
http://drscottsims.eventbrite.com

Thank you to everybody for all of your support. Your words of encouragement is what is keeping it all going! The amount of love is overwhelming.
Love & Respect,
~Samantha

For further reading on Dr. Scott check out;

"The Aloha Vet,Now Imagine an Aloha MD"

"Dr. Sims goes viral"
"Feather Ruffling and Special Memorial Tribute To Dr. Scott Sims, The Aloha Vet"
"Why not call it the Scott Sims humane society?"

P.S.
If you would like to submit a quote to be seen with one of my Kaua'i sunrise photos please leave the  quote on my Facebook comments. James "Kimo" Rosen




Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook




25 comments:

Samantha said...

Such a beautiful tribute that you wrote on your blog about Dr. Scott Sims. Thank you Kimo!
~Samantha

Anonymous said...

(My favorite thing said about Scott was from an 11 year old girl who personally called Dr. Sims just from watching the show, Sims took her call and told her how to care for her boxer, This girl wants to be a vet when she grows up, that message is part of this column!)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You made me cry. What an amazing tribute to Scott.

Dru Williams said...

Via Facebook-
"An amazing man and veterinarian, that the world was just getting to know. He will be missed by many..."

Conchita Harris said...

Via Facebook-
"Love the pig. I have set my DVR for the re-runs of the show."

Scott's fan page said...


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James Kimo Rosen (My favorite thing said about Scott was from an 11 year old girl who personally called Dr. Sims just from watching the show, Sims took her call and told her how to care for her boxer, This girl wants to be a vet when she grows up, that message is part of this column!)
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Gail Mercer So sad, loved watching him and all the animals he treated. You could certainly feel the love he had for his work. May you rest in peace Scott Sims.
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Janis Dowd I'm going to miss seeing him and his whole crew. They all worked so well together. Dia Battalla and Ella Arume, we will miss you and Dr. Scott Sims. frown emoticon
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Evelyn Tascher So sad, we just started to know him !
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Rachel Baldwin I watched his show, it was an honor to have seen him doing what he loved to do. He will always have a place in all of our animal lovers heart.
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Mary Jo Madden OConnor You surely will be missed by all
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Cherylyn Daves R.I.P
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Mona Everett This is so sad. I always looked forward to his show. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.
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Mariah Shabral R.I.P
Mariah Shabral's photo.
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Brendi Archuleta Love him.
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Pamela Lane-Myles Love watching Dr Scott and how he took care of all animals.
RIP DR . SCOTT
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Glenda Cain I wish I could attend the memorial. Please let me know what items you have up for the silent auction.
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Jeannie Patchett-Downs Prayers very sad loved the show
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Rose Rogan He will be missed
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Donna M Schreiner RIP.
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Diane Cunningham said...

Great stories about this most wonderful man. Our island will not be the same without him, but his legacy will live on.

Glenn Mickens said...

Too bad we had to lose a person of his caliber way too soon. The world needs more Scott Sims to make it a better place for all of us. And Kimo, what happened to the lipstick on the pig??????
Mahalo,
Glenn

Ron Carvalho said...

Somehow I believe that this is the way he wants us to remember him by....Him smilingly looking satisfied. That his," Aloha Vet," Hana,on earth,is complete....Rest in Peace.

Marcia Grossman said...

Beautifully worded. Amazing tributes for an amazing man.

Scott's fan page said...

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Shiloh Jones Rest in peace 🌼
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Mary Ledward
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Scott's fan page said...

Such a beautiful tribute that you wrote on your blog about Dr. Scott Sims. Thank you Kimo!
~Samantha
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James Kimo Rosen Enough cannot be said about this man... It was an honor to have known him!
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Anna Crabb Manley I was truly shocked to hear of Dr. Sims passing. HE WAS KIND,COMPASSIONATE, AND AN ANGEL TO ANIMALS!
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Mary Peters What a GREAT loss! Taken from this world way too soon............ RIP Dr. Sims frown emoticon
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Bill Monroe Thank you Samantha...we were just talking about things and sure hope there is something physical we can come view on our next trip...We'll contribute to Pegasus, of course, but felt at least a minimal connection by simply driving to his clinic in April. Wonderful memory of a man and the essence of what we love about the island.
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Patty Flaherty Please post it. Thanks.
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Su Haynes Yup, great job Kimo...heart and soul!!!
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Conchita Harris Love the pig. I have set my DVR for the re-runs of the show.
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Zack Odowd great man he is missed but not forgoten
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Janet Palmer God bless this generous,helpful,loving and compassionate man. I enjoyed Scott so very much.I bet he's getting more animal kisses than one fantastic man can stand. Will miss you so. Bless You
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Vickie Sywyk RIP Dr Sims
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Shiloh Jones Rest in peace
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Carole Anne Buren He had a beautiful personality-and now he is in Heaven--I know he will be missed by so many people-I was shocked to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.
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Kamalu said...

Ceil Sinnex in Virginia: Dr. Scott Sims crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge on July 25, the birthday of our beloved Akita dog, Rokita. I pray that Rokita was among the throng at the Bridge to greet Dr. Scott. Rokita was a Neighbor Island girl, born in Kealakekua on the Big Island. Like Dr. Scott, she went barefoot; lots in common! Scott, she's the Akita with the pinto coat. A HUI HOU !

Rachel Pualani said...

What a great loss, not only for my animals and myself, but all animals and people who met him, knew him, watched him

Anonymous said...

Amazing man and veterinarian. I feel honored to have met him and have had him care for my horse. What a loss for everyone, animals and people. He walked this earth caring for others constantly, with a smile and personality that will always be remembered and respected.

Monica Makowski said...

I sure wish i would have met him. he was a wonderful vet and a man who had so much compassion & love for people and animals. We know he was in this business for the animals and people not for the money like some vets i know. i sure miss watching his show every Saturday .

Scott's fan page said...

Shiloh Jones Rest in peace 🌼
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Mary Ledward
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James Kimo Rosen Enough cannot be said about this man... It was an honor to have known him!
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Loreen Chapman Banks Peace and blessings to the family and friends of Dr. Sims. RIP barefoot vet!
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Mary Peters What a GREAT loss! Taken from this world way too soon............ RIP Dr. Sims frown emoticon
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Anna Crabb Manley I was truly shocked to hear of Dr. Sims passing. HE WAS KIND,COMPASSIONATE, AND AN ANGEL TO ANIMALS!
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Kitty Hiruma So sad! My son watched his show and loved it! He wants to be a vet when he grows up and Mom was dreaming he would have a practiice like Dr. Sims. We will miss you Dr Sims. Many a family dinner was spent in this household watching Dr. Sims do surgery. (My stomach has gotten a lot stronger over the season...lol)
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Bill Monroe Thank you Samantha...we were just talking about things and sure hope there is something physical we can come view on our next trip...We'll contribute to Pegasus, of course, but felt at least a minimal connection by simply driving to his clinic in April. Wonderful memory of a man and the essence of what we love about the island.
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Patty Flaherty Please post it. Thanks.
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Su Haynes Yup, great job Kimo...heart and soul!!!
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Tracy Rupp Can you repost it for us?
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Julie Farrell Kelly Gone too soon ...rip
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Conchita Harris Love the pig. I have set my DVR for the re-runs of the show.
Like · Reply · 2 · 3 August at 08:16

Zack Odowd great man he is missed but not forgoten
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Margarita Fischer So sad t hear of his passing, such a kind and remarkable man.
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Jackie Hritz God bless U!
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Janet Palmer God bless this generous,helpful,loving and compassionate man. I enjoyed Scott so very much.I bet he's getting more animal kisses than one fantastic man can stand. Will miss you so. Bless You
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Vickie Sywyk RIP Dr Sims
Like · Reply · 3 August at 09:08

Ceil Sinnex Samantha, I have been trying to return your phone message ... you mentioned my comment on one of these posts (see below) and asked if I could help you. But I do not have your phone number or a working email! And I've had problems with Pegasus Foundation website....
Like · Reply · 3 August at 19:22

Shiloh Jones Rest in peace
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Carole Anne Buren He had a beautiful personality-and now he is in Heaven--I know he will be missed by so many people-I was shocked to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.
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Carrie said...

super article Yah!

denise walker said...

I'm am deeply sadden to have only memories of his great non jugdemental believes of low and high of his knowledge to help the needs of his clients and owners. And perfectionist on his manners of surreal outlook of the well being of their questions on cause and effects. Tht dnt beat around the bush. On his diagnostic's. Livelaughlove every peace mind over matter in our heart. Soul. Mind

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute. Watching the show Aloha Vet combined my love of animals and Hawaii. RIP Scott, you were a caring and compassionate vet and person. I know you were treated by so many at the Rainbow Bridge. Thoughts and prayers to his family, Dia and Zelda. You must have wonderful memories that will help you through this sad time.

Su Haynes said...

'via The garden Island news article (an edited version of this blog'

I knew my friend Scott Sims for 11+ years...I miss him every day and even though I am a writer and orator there is no way to sum up all it is that I miss. I'm glad folks like Mr Rosen are putting words out there that put a face to the best Vet, the best Buddy, the thoughtful kind incredibly smart guy with the wry wit and great sense of humor we lost two weeks ago, gone way too soon. I encourage his many friends and clients to make time for.his memorial on August 23, 4-7, at the Princeville Airport. We all need a good dose of closure. . . our Island, and the State of Hawaii, and their animals, has lost a helluva guy.

http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/remembering-our-aloha-vet/article_5804e49d-5bd8-56a1-aa7e-0dc2f4b0f37d.html

Bettejo Dux said...

Bettejo in reply to Su Haynes
"Hope to meet you at Scott's memorial."

Su Haynes said...

There is nothing quite like pink nails!

KimoRosen said...

Piggy actually started liking getting her nails painted... wink emoticon