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Edward Martin Simon Jr.

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Edward Martin Simon Jr. of New Holland, formerly of West Chester Edward Martin Simon, Jr., 93, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Garden Spot Village Retirement Community, New Holland, after a long and fulfilling life. Born in West Chester, he was the eldest son of the late Edward Martin Simon and Madalene Evans Simon. He was predeceased in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Virginia Cameron Simon on Oct. 17, 2009, and by his son, Thomas Cameron Simon and daughter-in-law, Cheri Cotter Simon, on Oct. 26, 2007. He is survived by a brother, Robert Evans Simon, Ellsworth, Maine; a daughter, Barbara Simon Savidge, wife of John R. Savidge, Palmyra, Pa.; grandson, Neil Cameron Simon, Delray Beach, Fla.; grandson, Jeffrey Martin Simon, Summerfield, N.C.; granddaughter, Lynn Savidge Ellenberger, Baden, Pa.; grandson, Robert Whitfield Savidge, Annapolis, Md.; great-granddaughters, Zoe Alane Simon and Jayna Risa Simon, Summerfield, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Samantha Jean Ellenberger and great-grandson, Jacob Thomas Ellenberger, Baden, Pa.; and great-grandson, Whitfield Orion Savidge, Annapolis, Md. While in high school, Ed played drums in the high school band and in Chris Sanderson's band; Chris was a well-known Chester County historian. Ed also played the piano. In high school he was talented at swinging the Indian Clubs. People looked forward to hearing stories and jokes told by Ed. He was a popular 'Master of Ceremonies', especially for his high school reunions. Ed graduated from West Chester High School in 1937 and from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1943 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was their house manager. While at Drexel he was in the Army ROTC program and upon graduation he went into active duty. He proudly served as a lieutenant with the 104th Regiment, 26th U.S. Infantry Division, part of General Patton's 3rd Army. In France on Nov. 8, 1944, his first day of action, he was wounded twice. A sniper's bullet went through his left arm and then a mortar shell went off near him sending him into the air, he landed on his head giving him a concussion, and fragments into his right heel. He received one Purple Heart. After recuperating for five months in a hospital in England, he was sent to Germany as part of the 415th Military Police Escort Guard Company. They built and operated a Prisoner of War Camp for German POW's which eventually had 104,000 prisoners. After the war, Ed worked as a research chemist at the American Viscose Company, Marcus Hook, in the Research and Development labs, in the field of synthetic fibers and research on rayon in tires obtaining several U.S. Patents. He later was employed with the Atlas Chemical Company, Wilmington, Del. and worked as a research chemist and assistant marketing manager. He transferred into the Aerospace Division as senior sales representative in New York City and later as director of sales in the Atlas Aerospace Division, King of Prussia. Upon retiring from ICI (formerly Atlas) he worked at the Chester County Bank as V.P. of development. Ed and Ginny loved to travel. They toured Paris with friends who had lived there and made several trips to England to visit friends. They also enjoyed cruising. They sailed across the Atlantic, to Scandinavia and Russia, through the Panama Canal, up to Alaska, to the Caribbean, and up the Mississippi River. In West Chester he was a member of the Exchange Club, president in 1983-84, Masonic Lodge, First Presbyterian Church, West Chester Country Club, Elks Lodge and Boy Scouts. He volunteered on various civic programs such as the YMCA, United Fund and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. His hobbies included golf, tennis, woodworking, fishing, music and reading. He was a member of the St. Stephen United Church of Christ in New Holland. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th at the Garden Spot Village Chapel, 433 S. Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA 17557, with Chaplain Chester Yoder officiating. West Chester friends are invited to this memorial service. Interment will be private in the Lafayette-Birmingham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard J. Conner Scholarship for Athletic Achievement, part of the West Chester High School Alumni Scholarship Program. Checks should be made out to the West Chester High School Alumni Association and sent to Anne DiSerafino, 1314 Bridge Road, West Chester, PA 19382, notating the Conner Scholarship. Arrangements are being handled by the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester, (610) 696-0134. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.foundsfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Daily Local on May 23, 2013
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