W. Robert Simon(1938 - 2012)

W. Robert Simon
1/8/1938 - 11/6/2012

W. Robert Simon, DC of Auburn died November 6, 2012 after suffering a stroke several days earlier.
Robert was born January 8, 1938 in San Francisco and was raised in Redwood City. He graduated from Sequoia High School where he was an award winning tennis player. Shortly after graduation Bob served three years with the U.S. Army at the guided missile base in Maryland. From there he returned to California to learn the electronics trade at the College of San Mateo. He spent the next 20+ years as a master of the trade. Always curious and eager to venture into new challenges, Bob graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo. The new vocation came from an expressed desire to help people. For the next 20 years, Dr. Bob, as many patients and friends called him, had offices in San Jose, Gilroy and Dublin.
Helping people seemed to be a way of life for Bob. One of the residents in his Auburn neighborhood said that until he met Bob, "I didn't know what a good neighbor was." In his retirement, Bob poured this neighborly love into the Auburn Inter-Faith Food Closet. It was truly a labor of love.
Early in life, Bob played the piano and was encouraged by his parents to become a concert pianist. Though he didn't pursue that ambition, he never abandoned his love of music. He was particularly fond of jazz and "big band" music. Along with Robbie, he enjoyed participating in "Buttons N Bows," the local square dancing group. He also regularly attended tai chi classes at the DeWitt center. He was proud to be a licensed pilot and loved to fly.
Bob was a voracious reader, with a special interest in health, investments, current events, religion, gardening and nature. He exercised a true intellectual curiosity, researching and reading books, the Internet and a large volume of journal and magazine subscriptions. He was an avid gardener with a true love for animals and nature. He was known for his quiet and gentle manner and his dry sense of humor.
Bob met Robbie in 1973 while living in Cupertino. Their strong friendship developed into romance and the two fell in love and were marred in 1975. For the past thirteen years they made Auburn their home. Since retiring in 2000, Bob and Robbie treasured the trips and travels they shared together. Bob loved to travel and see the world...especially our US of A.
Robbie and Robert became members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Auburn in 2000, where the Celebration of Bob's Life service will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Auburn Inter-Faith Food Closet, Auburn Salvation Army or the .
Bob is survived by his wife, Robbie, his brother George and sister-in-law Lyn, two nieces, two nephews and their respective spouses and children.

Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Nov. 21, 2012