Douglas D. Simon, 61, of the Greenwood section of Moosic, died Tuesday evening at his home following an illness. His loving wife of 19 years is Therese Banko Simon.
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Born in Trenton, N.J., son of Lila Drake Oakes, Fairhope, Pa., and the late Julius Simon, he received his education at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. Before his illness, Doug was employed as a salesman for several companies. He and his wife resided in Portland, Ore., and Alameda, Calif., before settling in Moosic 15 years ago. He was of the Episcopal faith.
A man who adored his family and friends, he was a true and honest person who enjoyed life one day at a time. His hobbies were plentiful and involved cooking, travelling, gardening, listening to music, caring for animals and supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers. His greatest pastime, by far, was deep-sea fishing, which he tremendously enjoyed for many years. Doug possessed a great sense of humor and was the life of any party. He found it so very easy to make friends. He died surrounded by his caring family.
Also surviving are a son, Douglas Simon Jr., New Jersey; a daughter, Rachel Lake and husband, Bob, Eastampton, N.J.; two sisters, Robin Donnelly, Old Forge; and Kimberly Raley, Little River, S.C.; a stepfather, Raymond Oakes, Fairhope; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Steven Simon; and two brothers, Jeffrey Simon and Robert Donnelly.
A memorial service will be held Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Elizabeth Haynes.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations to his spouse or a donation to a
are preferred. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge. To leave an online condolence, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 20, 2012