Obituary: Dr. William Simon, 63

Beloved doctor was a Springfield resident and practiced in West Chester.

Dr. William “Bill” H. Simon, D.O., 63, was called home to be with the Lord on December 14, 2012.

Dr. Simon was born in Philadelphia, PA and was a resident of Springfield, Delaware County.  He graduated from Springfield High School in 1967.  He received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in 1972.  He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980.  He earned his D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 1996.  He thencompleted his residency in Internal Medicine in 1999 through the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As a physician, he formed intimate bonds with his patients without ever paying mind to the clock on the wall.  He was recognized as a “Top Doc” in Main Line Magazine in 2009.  His medical practice was inWest Chester, PA at Clinical Care Associates ofthe University of Pennsylvania Health System.

His faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ served as his sincerest guiding light.  He served Him as a member of Calvary Chapel.

When not practicing medicine, Bill was either petting and pampering Brody and Owen, the “sweetest boys in the whole wide world;" riding his Harley; feeding his fix for history, or catching tonight’s baseball game, be it on TV, the radio, in print or in the stands.  Most especially, he could be found with his soulmate, united in the heart since 1966.

He is survived by his wife, Penni (nee Pritzert) Simon.  He is also survived by his children, Aaron Merkatz Simon, Laika (George) Garner, Jaime (Jamie) Barnes, Annie Simon, and Wm. Brennan Simon as well as his grandchildren, Cassidy, Dillon, Amanda, Anabelle, Shelby, Griffin, Abigail, Reese, William, Madison, and great-grandson Cole.

 Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 6:00 PM and his funeral service at 7:30 PM at the Calvary Chapel of Delaware County, 500 Brandywine Drive, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.  Those that wish may join the family for the interment at 12:00 PM Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Edgewood Memorial Gardens, 325 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society (www.hsus.org), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (www.jdrf.org), or the Leukemia &Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org/donate).


Carol S. January 29, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Dr. Carol S I was "accidentally" assigned to Bill Simon as he joined the practice eight years ago and it was one of the most fortunate events in my life. As a colleague and his patient I was continually impressed by his skills and compassion. He was the most "fully present" physician I have ever known and he was truly an healer of body and soul. I have known for several years of his illness but I still felt stunned by the letter and can not conceive of him being gone. I saw Dr. Simon often due to my own chronic illness and came to love and respect him greatly. He is an angel gone too soon but I feel blessed to have known him. I hope his family is comforted in some small way by the fact that most people exprssed their appreciation to him and told him often how wonderful he was. I did. I will miss him terribly.
Denise Cicchino January 29, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Denise I was both shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Simon's passing. He was always so caring and comforting. My first official visit for an annual physical lasted a full hour. Who does that any more? My only question every visit was "When are you retiring?' He always responded that he had no immediate plans to retire because he so much loved his work.. I moved from West Chester to Chesterbrook 3 years ago but continued to go to him. He was the best! Based on all these postings, every one felt the same way. My sincere sadness to his family and colleagues. Denise Cicchino
Beth January 30, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I'm shocked to hear about the passing of Dr. Simon. I found out today at an appointment at Main Line Spine. I last saw him in the fall and we talked about my back pain and what I should start for treatment hence today's visit and the sad news. He was so personal and easy to speak to. Through a conversation about my pet rabbits he shared pictures of his dogs with me. I soon realized we both were kindred spirits for animals. I had planned to bring him a book that I had just finished reading -A World Full of Animals by John Hunt 1969. My first thought was someone else has to read this! And I thought of Dr. Simon. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends he will be deeply missed. Beth Watson
Donna Steinfeldt February 17, 2013 at 02:12 AM
My husband and I were both patients of Dr. Simon and we wanted to send our thoughts and prayers to his family. We are so saddened by his passing. The time and care he took with us and the help he provided were immensely appreciated and made such a difference in our lives. It was an honor to have been able to have met such a wonderful and caring man and doctor. He will be missed. Donna and Scott Steinfeldt
Laura Patchell Jimenez February 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this. I've been away but just came back to the area and was looking to reconnect with my favorite doctor. I had last seen him when he said he was on his way to Europe. He really helped me through some very hard time physically and emotionally. I am glad to know that he is with our Lord and Savior. They don't make doctors/people like Dr. Simon anymore. May your family be blessed. Please know that he made such a difference in many lives. God Bless you all.


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