At the beautiful age of 91, John G Simon Jr. peacefully passed away on Friday December 31, at home while surrounded by his loving family.
John was born August 14, 1930, in Akron to John and Ida Mae Simon. He graduated from Kenmore High School as a Hall of Fame and All-City athlete. He was recruited to play football at Baldwin Wallace and then was drafted in the US Army where he served honorably.
After his military service he obtained his degree from the University of Akron then started his first career as a long serving teacher in Cuyahoga Falls. Many former students have thanked him not only for his teaching, but also for serving as a role model who molded their lives.
As the son and grandson of two Akron St. George Orthodox Church founders, John was an active leader in the church for 65 years, serving on the Parish Council and heading up major building and fund-raising drives. He was one of a few to be named Council Member Emeritus.
John began his second career in real estate while teaching, then after retirement he worked 60+ years as a real estate agent, then a broker, and finally a co-founder (Elias Karam) of Karam & Simon Realty (now Simon & Salhany Realty). He also held numerus leadership roles in Akron Executives Association and Chambers of Commerce and was honored by the University of Akron for his community service and business leadership.
John always said that regardless of what he accomplished in life, his greatest success were the close and joyous relationships he had with family as well as his friends. Whether it was the Lebanese golf outing, basketball tournaments, family vacations or just a simple Sunday dinner, the bigger the group the better. He loved being the life of the party but always made time for everyone. He made sure that all he touched knew that he loved them with a big heart and always with a funny joke.
John was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother Ron Simon. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, who has been the love of his life for 68 years. He is also survived by this his sister Marlene Ellzeer (George), his sister-in-law Mary Lou Simon; his five children Diane Brunke (Scott), Jackie Stanley (Richard), Leslee Salhany (Gary), John Simon III (Mary) and Paul Simon. His memory will also be cherished as grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 12. He was also loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins (real or honorary).
Hennessey Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 7th, from 4-6 pm, St. George Church, 3204 Ridgewood Rd. Because of the Covid pandemic, social distancing and masks will be required. Celebration of his life (Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”) will be scheduled in the summer. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. George Church in memory of John G Simon Jr.
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