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).


Ruth Perry December 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
My heart too is heavy to hear of the loss such a wonderful doctor and man. As our doctor he ALWAYS knew what to do when my husband or I would see him at the office. I never doubted his medical judgement. He took the time to talk and get to know his patients. He showed respect towards everyone around him. My heart goes out to his family and friends who knew and loved him the most. Ruth, RN
Leah Mazyck December 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM
So very saddened to hear of the loss. He will truly be missed. Thank God for blessing us with an outstanding man in the medical profession. My thoughts and prayers to his wife, children and great grand children. Rest In Peace Dr William Simon.
jan December 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
One of the most loving men I have ever met. I have just found out that Dr. Simon has passed away. I am so very sad. He was my doctor since he came to West Chester but he was also my friend. He had the utmost concern for me and never looked at the clock. He was the quintessential family doctor that you saw in old time tv shows and movies. His caring extended to my daughter and my parents as they later became his patients. My elderly mom and dad truly loved him and considered him their rock before they died. When they died he cried along with me. I will miss him so much and I pray for his wonderful wife Penni and his beloved children all of whom he spoke about frequently with such love. I know he is in heaven with Our Lord and the first thing I though was that my Dad will be so glad to see him! We all must try to follow his example and get there ourselves. My condolences extend to his nurse Linda as well. Sincerely, Janice Buck West Chester, Pa. 19382
Christian Bader December 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
My condolences to his family and co-workers. William Simon was an absolutely outstanding, caring doctor and an even better man. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives were touched by him. May he rest in peace.
Jodi December 19, 2012 at 09:50 PM
This is such a shock. I cannot express how much Dr. Simon touched my life. He helped me deal with my depression diagnosis and I would not have made it through it without him. What a great loss this is. He was truly a great man and I will miss him dearly! Jodi O.
Rebecca Ponessa December 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
How blessed was I that I had been a patient of Dr. Simon's since he came to West Chester. What a rare man! He truly listened, which was the most effective medicine. My arms are around his family and friends, and to his wonderful nurse, Linda! I miss miss him so much! Rebecca P.
Michael Richman December 20, 2012 at 02:27 AM
My wife and I are very sad by this news. He was not only a great doctor, but he was a great person. He was so down to earth and just so easy to talk to. We wish him to rest in peace and know that we will miss him. Sincerely, Michael and Sheri Richman
Elaine Townsend December 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I am truly devasted and in shock. Dr. Simon literally saved my life. He spent time with me everyday in the hospital and never cared what time it was. He was my hero in so many ways. May God bless him and his family. My sorrow is so deep that I cannot explain the pain and hurt I feel because of his loss. My sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace Dr. Simon Elaine Townsend
Stephanie December 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I feel honored to have been a patient of such a warm soul. Through tears, I smile as I'm reminded of his sense of humor. Last year, he insisted I got sick so I could hear stories from his life-changing trip with his family. My sincerest condolences to family and friends. My thoughts and prayers to all who knew him. What an angel we've gained. Stephanie Smith
Kathryn Chu December 21, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I can only express what so many others have.....Dr. Simon was truly special.....the most caring, compassionate, reassuring, wonderful doctor in the whole world. Losing him is such a heartache for all who knew him, but what a life he had! To have meant so much to so many people, and to have had such a positive effect on so many lives.....this is the epitome of a life well lived. I loved reading about Dr. Simon's interests and passions, and especially his faith. I'm sure it brought him joy and comfort and strength throughout his life and no doubt helped him to help others. He was a beacon of light here in this life, and his reward in heaven is immeasurable. My prayers for God's blessings and peace to his family. Kathy Chu
katherine m. December 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I am shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. Dr. Simon was the best doctor I have ever known. He was the most wonderful listener and diagnostician. My deepest concolences to his family. What a loss for the West Chester community.
Sheri Richman December 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Sheri Richman I've been carrying a heavy aching heart this past week, since learning about our loss of a great man, who devoted his life to the care of others ... care that is sincerely expressed here and in the community by so many patients touched by Dr. Simon's gifted and profound ways of healing, comforting, and imparting hope. Dr. Simon practiced medicine according to his own ethics and clearly valued the time he spent developing relationships with his patients. We'd talk about his decision to pursue medicine relatively late in life and his frustration with the worrisome changes he was seeing in healthcare. He was intrigued, and often enjoyed my stories from a retail pharmacist's point of view. I treasure the memory of our last appointment, when something I said gave him a belly-laugh that echoed into my room as he walked down the hallway... It's difficult to come to the realization that I have to choose another physician, when I hoped we'd grow older together- if only seeing him a few times per year. I planned to transition my 18 year old to the practice under Dr. Simon...
Sheri Richman December 23, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Sheri Richman To Dr. Simon's family of three generations, and his wife who he often mentioned in our conversations, I send my sincerest condolences and appreciation for sharing such a wonderful man. He spend many hours tending to his patients, I'm sure. I found a quote I'd like to share, from the well-respected Canadian Dr. William Osler, that summarizes to me why Dr. Simon was so endeared: "The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head... Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish." I'll honor my friend and remain mindful of all he meant to me by adding his name to my beloved Yahrzheit list.
Damian Cusumano December 24, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I'm so very very sad about Dr Simons passing. He was a great Dr and an even greater person. I'm not a "go to the Dr." Kind of guy, but once I met Dr Simon I felt I had not only met a Dr I trusted but a friend as well. He always joked with me about getting a tattoo with his son (I'm a tattooer) . I wish that could of happened. It would have been an honor. Rest in peace Doc. You will be missed greatly
John Gagliardi December 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
My wife and I were heartbroken when we heard the news of Dr. Simon's passing. We felt like we had lost a close family friend. Dr. Simon treated our whole family for many years and we counted our blessings to have such a caring person as our physician. Thank you, Dr. Simon, for being there whenever we needed your caring touch. May your family find solace in the knowledge that you touched so many lives with your unwavering commitment to your patients and practice, and you will always hold a place in our hearts. Thank you and God bless, you will be sorely missed. The Gagliardi family.
Carla sanders December 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Dr. Simon, It's me Carla.... I still CNT believe you're gone. I actually wouldn't believe it. I took it as Mis-guided information. I've been terrified to call the office! I just thought if I didn't believe it. It would go away! Today I finally had enough heart to get on google. Long and behold I seen the horrible word obituary! I told you before you are the best doctor I ever had! I will miss you dearly. You and Linda! I'm sorry but I cannot step foot in that office again. If it weren't for you I wouldn't b who I am! After my failed suicide attempt you came to me in the hospital and said I will never forget! My God bless ur family! With a heavy heart I say this! I love and will miss you dearly! Love always, Carla Sanders
PJ Viloski January 02, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I just called the office to make an appointment and got the shocking news about Dr. Simon. I can't believe he is gone...He was such a kind man and a master of his trade. All this time I thought I was special because he spent so much time with me when I went in to see him, and here he was like that with everybody:) I would go in there with an ache, pain, cold, whatever, and we would always ask me how my marriage was doing, or how I was adjusting to fatherhood, or how work was going, etc. and he asked because he was genuinely interested in hearing what I had to say. He could just tell when something was bothering me, and we would talk and talk and talk until I felt better about whatever it was that was bothering me. He was a great man and a great doctor. They just don't make 'em like that anymore! And to the family he left behind, he spoke of you fondly and often. I feel like I know some of you from our conversations (especially his sons.) My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Pat Overdeer January 05, 2013 at 02:47 AM
My heart goes out to the whole Simon family. Dr. Simon was an exceptional person. He had a way of making you feel good about yourself and that in its own way was "healing". I wish I could tell him "Thank You" for being such a sensitive, compassionate doctor and a truly good friend. I will miss him. Pat Overdeer
Mary L. January 07, 2013 at 06:19 AM
I am so sad to have recently learned of the death of Dr. Simon. I had an appointment a little while ago with Dr. Simon but the office called to cancel and said he was sick. I told them to pass on that we were thinking about him. I called back to reschedule but learned he was still out. No one was giving much information. I and my whole family, my daughters, son in laws and husband all loved and felt comforted by him his abilities. My youngest daughter was his first hospital patient when he joined the practice. She was very sick and he always talked years later about how freaked out he was by her symptoms. He was such a wise men and after running a several tests in the hospital and watching her rapidly deteriorate he was humble enough to admit he had no idea what was going on with her. He quickly helped to make arrangements to send her to Johns Hopkins by ambulance. We were worried beyond belief. She has made an excellent recovery but in the many years that we have known him he has never falied to speak about how worried she had him. His kindness, compassion and genuine care for his patients will be his legacy and he will be remembered by all whose lives he touched.
Angela W January 08, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Angela W I am shocked and devastated to find out about Dr. Simon. I called the office today because last I heard..." he would be back after the new year." I read the comments of others and find that so many share the same feelings that I do. I saw Dr. Simon through two major medical issues, one being depression that was severe, long term and caused me many admissions. During the depression, I often felt like no one cared about me. Dr Simon told me on numeruos occasions how he cared, and also talked of God's love for me. He truely cared and I know I am alive today because of it. Like other have said he was more than a doctor but a friend. During one visit he had a few extra minutes and we went in his office and he showed me pictures and told me all about his vacation to Jerusalem,...(That will be a fond memory I will hold onto). I leave my condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing him with us. He truely showed compassion for others and was there for me whenever I needed him. He will be missed by many but his legacy will live strong.
Ryan Beckett January 22, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I'm sad to hear about Dr. Simon. He was my doctor at Penn Primary Care. He has been helping me through a stent of depression thats been very hard on my family and I. I don't know where I'd be without him. He really cared about his patients and would do anything to help them. I looked forward to every visit with him. He was such a kind and caring person. He always took the time to ask how everything in my life was going. My condolences go out to his family. He will truly be missed, but never forgotten.
K R January 25, 2013 at 09:36 PM
There has never been or will here ever be another Doctor like Dr. William Simon. I received a letter today from his practice informing me that he had passed away. I can not tell you the extreme sadness I feel at not being able to see him next week, and tell him how well I am doing. I know he would be so happy for me, and my family. Dr. Simon treated me for seven years. He saw me through the loss of my pregnancy, depression, job loss, and many other obstacles. He was also there to celebrate the good things. As so many others said, he never looked at the clock. He was patient, and kind. He treated every part of me, and always asked about my daughter and husband. I feel as thought I have lost a dear friend. Good bye Dr. Simon. Thank you for helping me and always encouraging me even during my darkest days. You were a special gift from God put upon this earth to make it a better place for all that had the honor of knowing you. My deepest condolences to your dear family who you always spoke so lovingly.
Marc Teti January 26, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I too received the letter today informing me of Dr. Simon's passing. The world has lost a great man. I often remarked to family and friends about the calm demeanor, patience, intelligence, and practical approach used by my doctor. Dr. Simon was always willing to listen, ask thoughtful questions, discuss, and debate a course of treatment. But beyond that you could talk to Dr. Simon as a friend about the events of the day, politics, economics, perspectives on life, and family. Condolences to Dr. Simon's family, friends, and nurse Linda. I'm sorry for your loss. Marc Teti, West Chester
Mary Backus January 27, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I was devastated to hear the news of Dr. Simon's passing. Words cannot adequately explain what a remarkable doctor and human being he was, and how great a loss this will be to his family,friends and patients. Dr. Simon was kind, compassionate, intelligent, ethical, and funny and as many have noted, took time with you and really listened with a sensitive, loving and open heart. He was a truly good and caring doctor and he treated not only your body, but your heart and soul as well - I always left his office a better and healthier person. I trusted and respected him completely and always felt safe knowing that he was my doctor and my friend. He was one of those rare people who have a profound and positive effect on all who know him and his loss will impact many for years to come. Clearly from many who have posted here, he had the remarkable ability to make each of his patients feel that they were special and his most important patient. The world has lost a truly good and decent human being. Goodbye Dr. Simon - I will miss you always. Love, Mary Backus
Matt January 28, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I am sitting in Dr Simon's waiting room reading the kind words posted and chuckling at the idea that I may not have been Dr Simon's favorite patient -- he may have just made me feel that way. His compassion and caring made him uniquely qualified for his role. I am almost ashamed that he treated my trivial ailments with such priority and importance while he was likely feeling his own anguish. We talked about riding our Harleys, about fatherhood, about Jesus. On my last visit we talked of these things and I could feel his emotion but I never sensed his condition. He wouldn't allow it. After all, I was the patient. I am thankful that God put Dr Simon in my life. Simply reflecting on Dr. Simon makes me a better man. May God have his soul and may he feel our gratitude and love. Matt
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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