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|Michael John Simon
Date of Birth: July 27, 1961
Position: Energy Broker
Michael John Simon, born July 27 1961 to the late Charles and PeggyAnn Simon of Rye, NY has tragically passed to his eternal rest on September 11, 2001. His wife, Eileen (neé Isacsen), their children, Brittany Radcliffe, Michael John Jr., and Tyler Ingram have been robbed of a devoted husband and loving father. Family and friends will grievously mourn this supportive, moral man of great character.
Growing up in Rye, NY, Michael graduated in 1979 from Rye Country Day School. He then attained a degree from Hobart College in Economics and Religion. He was an outstanding athlete in ice hockey, lacrosse, tennis and golf. Michael also completed a cross-country cycling trip from Seattle, WA to Geneva, NY. Michael continued his love of athletics through coaching his children’s teams in soccer, softball and baseball in Harrington Park, NJ. He never missed a game or a school function.
Michael also leaves behind: a brother, Scott (Margaret) Simon; sisters Christine Coats, Kathleen and Patricia Simon and Brother in-law E. Craig Coats; his in-laws, Barbara and James Romaine, Cathleen and Robert Isacsen, as well as, Kristen and Christopher Klass, Elise and Spiros Polikaterous, Bridget and Robert DiMartini, Kathryn Isasen, James and Fiona Romaine and Lenore and Mark Goley. His parents, as well as his brother in-law Scott Romaine have predeceased him. Michael leaves behind twenty-two adoring and devastated nieces and nephews and grieving aunts and uncles, Mary Ellen and Martin White, Madeleine and Bill Becker and George Aufderheid.
The whole community of Harrington Park, his Wall Street business associates and clients will surely miss Michael.
The premature loss of such a wonderful individual so loved and respected by all that knew him is society’s loss.
In lieu of flowers a special fund in remembrance to Michael has been established for his three children. Please send donations to:
COLLEGE BOUND FUND, Care of Scott Simon 95 Ferris Hill Road New Caanan, CT 06840.
This Mass is being held in celebration of Michael’s life- and there is so much to celebrate! Others will speak of his warmth, caring, sincerity, honesty; his sense of duty, obligation, commitment, fair play; his sense of humor and his ever present smile. Let me speak of my time spent with him. Michael could be counted on. Michael could be leaned on. Michael was my pillar.
Because of his great love for his family, Michael had his priorities straight. As a parent he had tremendous patience. He involved himself in every aspect of his children’s lives– always, but always being there. He took them to Church; coached their teams; he helped them with homework; he took them to the pool! Michael made Sunday morning pancakes and ordered from Rudi’s Friday nights. He handled all of our finances. I bet your wondering what I did. So am I.
Michael especially loved coaching. He actually started coaching children while he was in High School and picked it up again when he had his own children. He recognized the special ability each child offered and played them to bring out the best in his teams. I remember working my way over to Michael, rather inconspicuously I thought and saying, “Why are you putting that relatively inexperienced player in that position?” Michael turned to me, and in a loud exaggerated manner said, “You don’t like me putting who – where?” That was the beginning and end of my helping Michael coach. Because of Michael’s great love for me Brittany, MJ and Tyler, he could do the impossible. Not once, not twice but three times he was able to pick himself up, start all over again and work with such diligence until he was once again at the top professionally. Michael sensed he was to die soon. He settled his household. He said farewell to so many of us without our realizing it. He gave us so much of his strength that he knows we will be able to carry on.
Thank you God, and Jimmy John for leading Michael to me. Thank you for our three wonderful children, Brittany, MJ and Tyler, the light of your life, the joy of your being, through whom you will live on. Thank you God for our incredible family, friends and community, it was due to their outpouring of love and support that enabled us to survive this time.
Michael left this world at the top of his profession in the full bloom of manhood- handsome and strong, not only in body, but in mind and spirit as well. Michael, you know you will always be in our hearts and you will be a presence to forever share our lives. You were the love of my life.
Thank you, Michael—– for being Michael.