Bernard Simon Obituary

Bernard  Simon
Bernard Simon

November 6, 1929 - March 13, 2014
Born in Bristol, Connecticut
Resided in Quaker Hill, CT


Bernard Simon

Quaker Hill- 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 November 6, 1929 in Bristol, CT., the son of the late Joseph and Fanny (Eichner) Simon.

On January 22, 1955, he married the love of his life, Marlene J. Miller in New London, CT and together they shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. She survives him.

Bernard served honorably in the United States 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 United States 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, CT and her husband Walter, four grandchildren, Joshua Kraft of Jacksonville, FL, Rachel Levine and Joseph Levine of S. Daytona, FL, and Sarah Smith of Niantic, CT, one great grandchild, Scarlett Kraft of Jacksonville, FL, several nieces and nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Phyllis (Simon) Levine of S. Daytona, FL; two brothers and three sisters.

Bernard is also survived by three very special friends, Libby Gallagher of Port Orange, FL, Leon Gay of N. Stonington, CT, and Emma Martel of Groton, CT. 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, MA.

The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic, CT. 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 L+M Hospital in New London, VA Hospital in West Haven, and Bride Brook Rehabilitation Center in Niantic for the wonderful care they provided Bernard.

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Wounded Warrior Project
Po Box 758517
Topeka, KS 758517
Military Order of Purple Heart Service
7008 Little River TPKE PO Box 49
Annandale, VA 22003
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. 7008 Little River Turnpike, PO Box 49 Annandale, VA 22003.
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