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David Paul Simon 1942 - 2012 NORTH ADAMS David Paul Simon passed away May 20, 2012, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Canter after a valiant fight against a grave illness. David was born in North Adams, on Dec. 29, 1942, to Marvin and Yvonne Simon. His childhood years were spent between North Adams and Woodford Lake Estates, where as a boy he remembered cutting the main roads with his father. He had many fond memories of Woodford Lake and his companions there. David graduated from St. Joseph's High School in North Adams. He attended Marlboro College before transferring to the former North Adams State College where he earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Here he discovered his love for teaching and the performing arts. He taught English at North Adams High School and then English and history at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt. In 1972, David left the formal teaching profession to start his own touring theater company, the Guild Players, with its emphasis on teaching young people through the dramatic arts. Eventually, he bought and renovated an old church in Lunenburg, converting it into a theater called the 50 Main Street Playhouse. He ran the theater there for 10 years, earning many accolades for his directing, performing, set designs and lighting. During that period he won the 1982 Vermont State Playwright's award for his play, The Sandwalk, about Charles and Emma Darwin. David also won The Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award in 1998 for his play The Printer's Devil about young Ben Franklin. The Guild Players then became exclusively a touring company, performing throughout New England for many years. David was a gifted creative artist. In addition to his plays he was an accomplished pen and ink illustrator, musician, and poet. He was a fan of the Phillies and Notre Dame and loved delta blues music. He was a devoted husband and father. David is survived by his wife, Judith; his sons, Matthew and Jonathan; stepson, Joseph Ewing, and stepdaughter, Erin Pynes; sister Maureen Higgins and husband, Ron; sister Mary Chalifoux and family; brother Philip and wife Carol; nieces Kristin and Jillian Simon and Jennifer Sandquist; nephews Timothy Higgins and Patrick McQueeney; grandniece Tia Briere, and grandchildren Aidan, Jonathan, Yvonne, Gavin and Matthew. He also leaves extensive extended family on both the Simon and Brooks sides in North Adams. David was predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Yvonne Simon, and brother, Warren McClendon. There will be a private farewell with a memorial at a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Bennington Banner on May 29, 2012
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