Waterford - Bernard Simon, 84, formerly of 25 Sunshine Road, Quaker Hill, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center in Niantic.
Bernard was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Bristol, the son of the late Joseph and Fanny (Eichner) Simon. On Jan. 22, 1955, he married the love of his life, Marlene J. Miller in New London, and together they shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. She survives him.
Bernard served honorably in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War; he was wounded in action and earned the Purple Heart
. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received many other decorations and awards. Bernard was a life member of the American Legion, Combat Infantrymen's Assn., Inc., Disabled American Veterans, First Cavalry Division Assn., Korean War
Veterans Assn., Inc., Military Order of The Purple Heart and the Veterans of Foreign War.
He was very patriotic and loved to share his story with family and friends of his experience in battle, when missing in action during the Korean War, and how he was rescued by the allies. He always loved the cold weather, as it was the extreme cold that kept him alive after being shot in Korea.
In 1985, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 34 years of service at the New London Post Office. He loved his job and all the people he worked with. Bernard was proud to receive the Superior Accomplishment Award from the U.S. Post Office. After retirement, he and his wife devoted their time helping others with transportation to doctor's appointments, shopping and with other chores. Bernard's kindness and generosity touched many peoples' lives. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to be around.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Smith of Niantic, and her husband, Walter; four grandchildren, Joshua Kraft of Jacksonville, Fla., Rachel Levine and Joseph Levine of S. Daytona, Fla., and Sarah Smith of Niantic; one great-grandchild, Scarlett Kraft of Jacksonville, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Phyllis (Simon) Levine of S. Daytona, Fla.; two brothers and three sisters.
Bernard is also survived by three very special friends, Libby Gallagher of Port Orange, Fla., Leon Gay of N. Stonington, and Emma Martel of Groton. He was also an animal lover, and spent many cherished hours with his loving Chihuahua, Bella. They all held a very special place in Bernard's heart.
The funeral and burial with military honors will be private at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.
The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in his memory be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. 7008 Little River Turnpike, PO Box 49 Annandale, VA 22003.
The family would like to thank Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, VA Hospital in West Haven and Bride Brook Rehabilitation Center in Niantic, for the wonderful care they provided Bernard.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com