"Simon" as I remember him was my dad's best friend. Remember them playing tennis when I was a kid. I played him as an adult, and 62 year old "Simon" nearly beat me! Extremely nice man, and I will always have very fond memories of him.
Errol and I just learned last night of A P's passing. We have been thinking of all the times we shared with the two of you. It was because of A P that we moved to Mill Creek and he was the one who got Errol interested in golf and the club. He was a great inspiration to us. We wish you the best.
Nancy and Errol Smith
AP Simon has been my landlord for the past 15 years. A more honorable man I have not met. The combination of his kindness, honesty, integrity, wisdom and faith were a rare find in one individual. His business successes and accomplishments were unparalleled, yet he showed a humility and graciousness that would escape most people in his position. I am honored that he took some of his time to be a mentor, and will miss him profoundly. God bless all of his family and friends this time of loss... especially you Glennie. He was a rare generational figure, and I know how much he loved and cherished you.
Mr. Simon and I became acquainted when I was requested to assist him in dealing with a problematic tenant. I always addressed him formally as a sign of respect, as Mr. Simon was such a man of dignity and integrity, and grounded in the fundamental understanding of the human condition.
He once told me a story of when he was waiting for a scheduled appointment in the Madison Valley area of Seattle. He was having either coffee or tea in a cafe/bar in the morning hours dressed in a suit (as he always presented), when an African American gentleman approached him. This gentleman was obviously drunk and down on his luck. The man was angry with his lot in life and said to him something to the effect that Mr. Simon had a darker skin color than him but was accepted when he was not.
Mr. Simon told him to stop feeling sorry for himself and start by cleaning himself up. His point was simple, in order to receive respect, you must earn it. The man became emotional and thanked him.
This story embodied the essence of this great man. He was compassionate and empathetic, fully understanding of the tragedies humans face, however unfair they may be, yet at the same time facing all setbacks with a steadfast determination, intent on accomplishing whatever goal he set.
I will miss him greatly and my sympathy goes out to Glennie and his family. Sincerely, David Tall
Growing up, I looked upto Babuettan - that's what I called him, means big brother. I emulated him in many ways. When he left India, little did I know that I would be following in his footsteps, land in Seattle and there he would be big brother again! What a life he lived, filled with love and fun, 'felonious' though, to his soulmate Glennie! Mohini and I will miss him dearly.