BANGOR - Cecil B. Simon, 83, died peacefully with his family and friends by his side, Aug. 15, 2013. He was born April 9, 1930, in Old Town, the son of Frank Xavier Simon Sr. and Bernice (Bradeen) Simon.
Cecil graduated from Old Town schools, where he was in the Naval Reserves, and started his working career at the former Penobscot Chemical Fiber Co., before joining the Naval Reserves. He spent three years with the reserves before joining the U.S. Army
and proudly serving his country in the Korean War
, where he was fighting on the frontlines in Korea for 15 months. He was honorably discharged from the Army, reaching the rank of Sergeant at Arms. Cecil had many careers in his lifetime, spending over ten years as an Old Town Reserve Police Officer
and working in the James River Paper Co., until his retirement in 1992. During his military career, Cecil met and married the love of his life, Janice Oliver, with whom he spent 58 wonderful years.
Cecil was a long-standing member of the Star In the East Lodge No. 60 A.F. & A.M. of Old Town and a member of the Anah Shriners. Cecil served as the secretary for 15 years for the Old Town and Orono Shrine Club. He was also a life member of the VFW
Post 3381 in Old Town, and the American Legion Post No. 12, and the Old Town Riverside Grange.
Cecil was a man of many talents. He was an accomplished musician, playing both the accordion and the harmonica. Cecil played for a number of years with Stacey's Country Jamboree, appearing numerous times on the late-night television program. He loved to dance, spending many nights dancing the night away with a number of favorite dance partners. Cecil could draw and paint, a trait he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Cecil enjoyed work, he made chores into a game, and taught his grandchildren how to make work fun. He loved to mow the lawn and took pride in keeping his house looking its best. Cecil was a wonderful storyteller, delighting many with his highly descriptive tales. He loved to hunt rabbits with his trained beagles, and fish at his father's camp on Pushaw Lake. Cecil was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He never had a harsh word to say about anyone, using love and humor in place of anger. His love of family was passed to his grandchildren, and when Cecil was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, his grandchildren continued his tradition of putting family first. Dylan and Trisha took wonderful care of their grandfather during his illness, and Dylan made it a point to see his grandfather everyday during that difficult year. He will be terribly missed by his entire family and many dear friends.
In addition to his parents, Cecil was predeceased by his brother, Frank Simon Jr.; his sister, Gladys Cyr; his brother-in-law, Lloyd Oliver Jr.; his sister-in-law, Lorraine Simon; his nephew, Michael Cyr; and his niece, Terri Russell. Cecil is survived by his loving wife, Janice (Oliver) Simon; his son, Jeffrey C. Simon and his girlfriend, Elisa Coble, of Milford; his daughter, Jolene Cormier and her husband, Vinny, of Glenburn; his grandchildren, Jessica Simon and her fiancé, Damien Grant, of Bangor, Trisha Davis and her husband, Bruce, of Milford, Paul Coble of Milford, Dylan Cormier and his fiancée, Misty Fraser of Bangor, Nicholas and Nathan Simon of Old Town, and Ashley Simon of Dover-Foxcroft; his great-grandchildren, Hailey Simon, Michael Grant, and Zoey and Katy Weymouth; his brothers, Charlie Simon of Danforth and James Simon of Old Town; his brother-in-law, Jim Cyr of Old Town; his sisters-in-law, Helen Oliver of Milford and Madeline Smith of Old Town; several nieces and nephews; his close friends and dance partners, Kathy, Clara, Coleen, Sherri and Ashley; and his special neighbors, who always mowed his lawn first, Tim and Pam Ryan.
The family also wishes to thank the wonderful, loving care the Hospice team of Community Health and Counseling Services gave to Cecil in his final weeks, especially to Alicia Mooney, the head of hospice and very close friend, Mary Katsiaficas Libby, Diane Aucoin, Amber Murphy, Erin Flanenry, Vicki Mayhall, Rachel Niles, Cathy Dill, Kayla Rodgers, Bette Brehm and Priscilla Jewell.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. by the officers and members of the Star In the East Lodge No. 60. A memorial service celebrating Cecil's life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Relatives and friends are welcome to share in conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, following the service. Interment will be at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town, following the reception. Those who would like to remember Cecil in a special way may make gifts in his memory to CancerCare of Maine, Lafayette Family Cancer Center, care of Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, care of Anah Shrine Center, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com