Let the memory of Filip and his smile be with us forever.
  • 39 years old
  • Born on June 12, 1975 .
  • Passed away on April 14, 2015 .

Dear Family and Friends,

it is with heavy hearts and extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Filip on the morning of Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Filip was a devoted father, loving son, brother, nephew, loyal friend, and a fun-loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.  He lost his life tragically in a motorcycle accident early Tuesday morning.

Please take a moment to leave a photo, video, or a memory. His sons will treasure these memories in years to come.

We have planned 3 gatherings to allow all those who cared for and loved Filip to be able to join us in remembering and honoring him.

- A memorial service on Saturday, April 18th in NJ. We wholeheartedly thank all those who joined us to share their grief, memories and laughter in Filip's honor.

- An informal, "in the spirit of Filip" memorial gathering in Nazareth, PA on Saturday, May 30th. We had a beautiful, heartwarming and healing get together with forty-six people who we deeply thank for coming to honor and remember Filip.

- A final gathering was held where Filip was born, in the Czech Republic, on June 12th in Orlik n. Vltavou. June 12th would have been Filip's 40th birthday. We celebrated his life with friends and family and kindly thank all those who joined us.

Please remember Filip in any way that would make him smile. Let's continue to celebrate him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Luke and Simon's education fund through YouCaring.com 


The Simon Family


Posted by Ron And Helen Kozikowski on 15th April 2019
Four years, fourteen years, doesn't really matter how long it is, it will always be difficult. There will always be an emptiness that cannot be filled. There will always be a dull ache that does not leave. Yes we will have good times, we will laugh, and even forget for a while. But it will come back. Why? Because that is the price we pay for loving. Thank you for the memories, thank you for helping me play canasta, sharing your beautiful sons with us. Pray for us down here, because we who believe know you are fine and that you have more power than you could have ever had while you were among us. Please watch out for us, for we are really the ones who need help. Love you and was really happy to experience Scranton with and for you. Any place else you want to see you know I will gladly share it with you. Kiss my little brother for me babe and my parents. Thank you and love you.
Posted by Nate Simon on 15th April 2019
Dear Uncle Filip, I think about you every day. Yesterday we had our annual cigar-and-pilsner afternoon overlooking the beautiful Lake Lagunita on campus to remember you. It brings together a few friends to share memories and think about our loved ones. You would have loved it! Thank you for introducing me to Sting - I enjoy his songs more and more as time goes on! I probably listen to 'The Last Ship' soundtrack several times a night while studying for finals. Babi said you went and saw the musical live in 2014. Last year I visited Bristol in the UK, and saw a museum where Isambard Brunel constructed his massive ships. Missing you. Love, Nate
Posted by Brian Konowal on 14th April 2019
Flip! Missing you more than you know! Love to all the Simon Family! Thank you for being so wonderful! Filip and I and our friends shared so much in so little time! Many adventures! Learned so much. Wishing you all the best! Love, Konowal
Posted by Bradley Rettew on 14th April 2019
Feels funny writing on this "wall" for I speak to you every day in my heart and sometimes out loud to you when I'm driving. I know your sitting in the passenger seat with me with that laugh. 4 years have passed but the pain of not having you physically here to speak to, kick an idea off or just vent kinda sucks. However, I'll never stop talking to you because I know you're listening. I still watch Columbo on Thursdays like we used to but of course they're not the same. We went to the tree this morning, a time I look forward to because it is to solely celebrate your life and the joy that you brought so many people. It really is amazing how many lives you've effected. I'll try to add some stories to this wall because there are so many but now I'm just missing your spirit. We miss you brotha!
Posted by Phelps Lambert on 14th April 2019
Hey Filip, We miss you. I miss you. There's nothing much that comes to mind, just to emotion. Wish we could give you a huge hug right now. By the way, Simone asks; "Should I do a Babe the next time I go to a lake to remember Filip?" ;-) Hugs, Phelps
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th April 2019
Time is passing by too quickly without you, yet also seems to be still. We continue to think of you always and miss you beyond words! Today we visited the tree that stole you away 4 years ago, as we try to do each year on this day. It's the last place you lived in mind, body and soul and we light some candles and lay our flowers for you. Oddly, this huge dead tree has finally fallen itself, but the space remains a sacred place. Why did this tree not fall sooner? Gathering there with some of your close friends is always a highlight who share their stories and make us laugh! We always remember your strongest quality, which was to help anyone and everyone around you without a hesitation! You were a strong, kind man and your legacy lives on in those you have touched. May your soul be in a peaceful place. We love you forever! Veru
Posted by Jakub Simon on 13th April 2019
Cau Filipe. I can’t believe it has been four years since you took that fateful motorcycle ride! We miss you terribly. Since last April we did what the boys call “Cinco de Mayo which entailed a lot of video games at little gram and pops’ house. We also did a hike/swim at Ralph Stover, Brigantine, sleepover in Doylestown, saw their football games with mama and tata, hit the Franklin institute for the Viking exhibit , did three ski trips to Shawnee once and Blue twice, and since Cinco de mayo does not look like it will work out this year we did Seis de Abril with a few games. On that last trip I also got to see Luke fence again and when I saw Mac, he said that he thinks of you every day because you installed his thermostat (pointing to the wall where it is ;-). I told him that you also helped me install a thermostat, so it was a cool memory. Good job helping people with their thermostats…what goes around comes around! The boys are doing really well. We declared the ski learning endeavor a success with both of them being able to get down on skis as well as board (Luke prefers board and Simon skis ;-). They are very kind – especially to their little cousin Simi. On the last trip Luke took her scooter and Simon took her on his electric scooter when she was getting tired. The whole family continues to join in most events and the boys love the adventures and the family connections. I talk to them (mainly Simon) every Sunday and we continue to do something on average once a month as planned. Luke does not like to talk on the phone as much but occasionally gets on saying that he knows that he should talk to me, his uncle. Tina continues to do a great job with them and they love the new house. Keep looking over them. Love you!!! Jakub
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 12th June 2018
Today is your 43rd Birthday. We continue to miss you and think of you all the time. We celebrated your birthday and your adventurous spirit tubing on the Delaware River again this year. Thanks so much for the amazing day - somehow you always manage to gift us with beautiful weather (even when thundershowers were predicted)! The day after the tubing trip, Simone and I flew to the Czech Republic where we are today, on your birthday. We visited your gravestone at the Orlik Cemetery with mama & tata and lit a candle for you. Wish you were here in person for all our family activities!!! Miss you!
Posted by Nate Simon on 16th April 2018
Dear Uncle Filip, I enjoyed a cigar yesterday afternoon in your memory, thinking of you as my friend and I sat by the lakeside in nature. It was the best cigar yet: Romeo y Julieta! I think about you often and still cherish so many memories together. Watching 'The Godfather' in the Prilepov barn, driving stickshift in the Czech countryside, the Land O Lakes butter shenanigans. It was beautiful seeing the whole family together on Saturday. Really missing your laugh. Love, Nate
Posted by Daniela Simon on 15th April 2018
Thank you all who were thinking of our dear Filip and specially these days. He is with me and us all the time. Filipe, Simon and Lukie are doing great, we are all very proud of them. Love you, miss you, kiss you. Your mamiroomi
Posted by Bob Price on 14th April 2018
When I got this Email today Fillip I instantly teared up. All of us still miss you. I've loved you as one of my sons. I am finding it difficult to write. Love you, Bob Price, Rob, Mike & Kevin.
Posted by Jakub Simon on 14th April 2018
Cau Filipe. After my last entry a year ago I had some more whiskey and ended up in the recently installed bathtub thinking of you and crying. That was at two years. Now it is three years. We still think of you all the time (although I personally have been saving the entries for annual updates). One story that I do not think is on the site is when I crushed up the front of the Civic. I got an estimate to repair it and it was $1800 which for that car meant “totaled”. You looked at it and said it is not a problem. You got me a matching hood from a junkyard and scheduled an appointment with Petr Hartman. Petr suggested we pull out the front end the “Czech Way” by chaining it to a tree and backing up. He pointed out that it has to be a stout tree so that it does not get pulled down on top of the car (the way it happened to his friend)…and he would do it for a case of Pilsner. We thought it was a great idea and on the way there we were listening to Car Talk and thought it would be funny to call the Click and Clack brothers who host it to ask them if they agreed with our plan. You knew that the shows were taped and that we couldn’t do it in real time. Petr fixed the car (used some pneumatic tools rather than the tree), caulked in the lights, we had a beer and were off. Another perfect brother story. I share stories like this with the boys who assigned Nate and me military titles and reserved one for you. Since last April we did Carodejnice, did another raid on Brigantine (no meetings with police this time), went biking, boating, hiking at Hawk mountain, hit the Franklin institute for Terracotta warriors, did three ski trips including Gore, and had some fires. The whole family joins in on most events. I talk to them every Sunday and we do something on average once a month as planned with Tina the day of your funeral. They are continuing to do really well – mainly to the credit of Tina, her family, and the values you instilled. Love you!!! Jakub
Posted by Ron And Helen Kozikowski on 14th April 2018
Hi Filip hope you enjoyed the trip to Scranton a while back. Your boys are growing beautifully as I am sure you know. Miss your smile and seeing you at family gatherings. Love you and pray for us here.
Posted by Muriel Lambert on 14th April 2018
Filip, As spring approaches and flowers start to bloom, I think about you similing in our back yard as you play croquet with Simon, Luke and Simone. You are truly missed and in our thoughts. Muriel
Posted by Phelps Lambert on 12th June 2017
Happy Birthday Filip!!! Relaxing at home with Veru and Simone thinking of you, as we often do. Thank you for our perfect weather yesterday during our tubing down the Delaware in your honor. You are with us in spirit, as always. Love you buddy, Phelps
Posted by Min Piede on 21st April 2017
It has been two years since you were gone. Your student, my child, is now in middle school. She remembers you and we remember you. How many times I called you from work after school classed and asked you to take my frightened child from the empty classroom in the front of the school building, walk her through the dim hallways to the Aftercare room in the back of the school building? You were always the first one arrive in the morning and last one to leave in the evening. You were alway sitting behind your desk in the room with kids. Oh, what a fun place! Kids loved your Before & Aftercare. They loved you! You were their favorite teacher and will always be.
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th April 2017
Hey Filip, Had a few rounds of Island Joe's coffee with you this morning, hope you enjoyed the cigar we left you! We went dolphin watching and snorkeling this morning and thought of you with us, witty anecdotes and all ;-). Thinking of you with us as always. With Love, Phelps
Posted by Daniela Simon on 14th April 2017
Roommii, Vltava was cold today, but I was in Nakle with you today. The small white flowers starting to bloom as 42 years ago we were there together, you in my belly. I pick up some for your resting place in Orlik.
Posted by Jakub Simon on 14th April 2017
Cau Filipe. I can’t believe it has been two years since you left us! Last night I had a cigar and a whiskey the way we used to. The cigar was Cuban, of course, and brought back memories. Like the time we were skiing at Mammoth and on the way back you asked to borrow the truck to swing by to visit some friends in Vegas. Two days later your flight was leaving LAX and you were nowhere to be found. We expected you at home, then at the airport, and nothing. The next day you came waltzing in as if nothing happened thinking that was the day the flight departed. Lo and behold that was the day the airline you were flying with went out of business!? You were so mad and didn’t want to spend the money for another flight so you decided to head back on a bus. I drove you to the bus station and it turned out to be the wrong one, so we had to catch up with the bus heading back East, skis and all. We caught him just outside of LA and off you were on a three day bus ride… I wish you were still here for more brotherly adventures like that. You’re not, so we’re doing the best we can without you. This year we did mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, outdoor rock climbing, bowling, and three ski trips. We visited Sandy Hook, Ocean City, and Brigantine. In Brigantine we raided the apartment in search of expired food and had to explain to about 15 New Jersey cops that we’re just target shooting at cans with a BB gun (talking to these guys would be right up your alley ;-). They boys are doing very well. You would be so proud of them! They are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent – and they’re not even in scouts. Tina is doing a great job with them and it is a pleasure to talk to them weekly and see them monthly. We all love you…miss you…kiss you ;-) Jakub
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th April 2017
Woke up early this morning and made a BIG cup of coffee in your honor. Usually we drive to NJ at 4am on this day, to light a candle for your soul by the tree that took you away. It's been 2 years since that day. Today we are elsewhere and have something else planned. Hope you join us on our Atlantic adventure in spirit and in mind today. Although time passes, our hearts are still sad. Thinking of you always. ~Veru
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 17th March 2017
This is what one of your good friends wrote to me yesterday, "He was a really good friend and about as kind as they come. If only the world had more Filips." It is so, so true! We miss you!!!
Posted by Ondrej Simon on 14th March 2017
Bob, thank you. On Sunday we stopped with Jakub at the tree. I'll post a picture. It is sad how Dutchman's Hill ended. Thinking of those years often.
Posted by Daniela Simon on 14th March 2017
My dear son Filip! We just celebrated Birthdays of Luke this weekend and Simon few weeks earlier. They both wanted to celebrate while skying, one of your favorite activity. They are doing great and I am sure, they will be as great skiers as you were. I saw you, few times going down the hill! Jakub is doing great job for your boys, teaching them the right boy stuff. You boys are doing great, do not worry. You are with me evey day. Your mamiroomi.
Posted by Bob Price on 13th March 2017
Pulled up your site again today and instantly broke down. It's a sad place without you Filipe. My boys speak about you often. They are sad as well.
Posted by Jenny Colon on 13th June 2016
Happy Birthday Filip I hope your celebrating with the Angels!!! ❤️ We miss you dearly at Forest Avenue AfterCare.
Posted by Jakub Simon on 12th June 2016
Cau Filipe: There were three expeditions in your honor today - one to Turkey Swamp, one on the Huron River, and one on the Delaware River. We took out the kayaks, rafts, and tubes and remembered you doing what you loved to do - hanging out with family, friends, and loved ones in the great outdoors. We remembered adventures with you such as canoeing down the Lehigh, jet-skiing in the Florida Keys, and jet-skiing with the Wileys (not many knew about that one ;-). We miss you!!! Jakub
Posted by Phelps Lambert on 12th June 2016
Hey Filip, We had a great day out on the river and then for a cookout with Simone, Veru and Jakub in your honor. You were with us in spirit, I'm sure, and were probably responsible for the perfect day- thank you! I very much imagined you with us today, sitting back and enjoying your pipe or playing with Simone. Miss you, Phelps
Posted by Donna Star on 12th June 2016
May you rest in sweet slumbers and may your family be eternally blessed to help heal. Your flame burned out much too soon; you were called for a cause greater than our hearts will ever will know...
Posted by Min Piede on 12th June 2016
Mr. Simon, you have lived and will live through all life that you touched, such as our child and her parents, with your endless love. We remember and will always remeber you, many many things you did for your students and their parents. You are among the stars in the nightly sky, forever in our life and brighten our way.
Posted by Phelps Lambert on 14th April 2016
Hi Filip, It was great spending time with you again this morning with candlelight and family curled up in warm blankets, Dunkin' coffee, cigars and all. I miss coming home to randomly see you stopping over for a little much needed R and R. Miss you buddy!!! Phelps
Posted by Jakub Simon on 14th April 2016
Filipe. I can’t believe it has been a year since you left us! Veru, Sophia, Simi, Phelps, and I were at the tree at 4:30 this morning, thinking of you. We miss you terribly. On a positive note, the boys are doing very well. They are growing like wildfire…and are such boys! For Christmas they wanted “big strong ropes” and when they visited, Luke brought a briefcase containing a toy gun, a real knife, and the long strong rope (which they promptly fixed to the highest point in the house to practice fixed rope ascents ;-). They talk about you a lot e.g. Luke said that you were the one who introduced him to fencing and Simon said that he is aiming to be an engineer rather than a baseball player based on your advice. They are doing well at school, with manners, and with sports. They did a great job skiing and boarding this season and, like you, love it. Quite simply, Tina is doing a great job with them and they are a pleasure to be with. You should be proud. Love you. Miss you. Kiss you ;-) Jakub
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th October 2015
Filipe, time is going by quickly and it's hard to believe that today marks 6 months since you've gone away. There really isn't a day that you don't visit me in my thoughts. We've been camping this week, enjoying a campfire each night, something I know you would love!! We miss you very much!
Posted by Jakub Simon on 23rd July 2015
Thanks, Bob. We also think about Filip all the time. Just yesterday I stopped in Vevey, a beautiful little Swiss town on lake Geneva where Filip, Tina, and the boys lived for a year. We never got a chance to visit them when they lived there, so I had a coffee and hung out with him for a bit now. He was a good guy and will remain in our hearts forever.
Posted by Bob Price on 19th July 2015
Dear Daniela, Ondrei, Veronika and Jakub, I still can't believe he's gone. He was one of the finest human beings I've ever known. I look at this site every few days or so and tear up each and every time. I am so very sorry for your loss. The world is a much sadder place without Filip.
Posted by Ondrej Simon on 16th July 2015
Thank you, Veru, for writing previous tribute to Filip. I added a picture.
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th July 2015
Today will be 3 months since you've gone and we think of you, as we do each day. We're in Prague, where we will lay some of your ashes with babicka & deda Simon, on their grave in Olsansky hrbitov with some flowers and candles. They loved you so very much and you them and I hope you are together somewhere. We miss you very much and still cannot grasp the reality of your departure. Peace and love to you always!
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 12th June 2015
We miss you deeply, Filipe, especially on this day when we celebrated your birthday every year. Your friends and family will gather today in your honor, in Orlik, our family's home of over 150years, a place where you spent your childhood. We will celebrate you, your life's accomplishments of which we are so proud and your smile and laugh that brought joy to so many. Your humor and comical approach to life is something I miss the most. It's a rare quality that lets us forget about the burdens of life and challenges we face. It is this quality that I will try to incorporate into my own life on your behalf. You left us unexpectedly and much too early. I love you, miss you and think of you each day. Your memory will remain with me, as will your presence within my heart.
Posted by Jakub Simon on 12th June 2015
Filipe, Happy 40th! This isn’t how we planned to celebrate it. We were planning a surprise party at Veru’s last weekend. The boys are doing well. Tina and her family are taking great care of them. Last weekend I got the chance to see Luke fence and Simon play baseball. You would be very proud of them. We love you, miss you, and are thinking about you (the boys say kiss you but at 40 you’re too old for that ;-). Liba Jakub
Posted by Phelps Lambert on 12th June 2015
Happy Birthday Filip! We miss you buddy.
Posted by Tim Hetzel on 23rd May 2015
Filip, so soon you have left us behind. I was away at your passing and I am so saddened by your tragic departure from this life. You were such a great neighbor and friend. The memorials I have read only reinforce my own memories of your laughs, smiles and wonderful nature. Watching you with your boys always brought a smile to my face. Lord knows you adored Luke and Simon. They have lost a wonderful father and fantastic life force. Look down on those boys and guide them from afar as they grow. I am happy that we finally shared that "drink" on my porch, it certainly took a while to make it happen, but it was a great time to really get to know you better. Seeing your car sitting idly in your driveway is a hard reminder that you are no longer with us. You will be sorely missed my friend. Peace be with you and those you have left behind. We are all better individuals for having known you. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Posted by Veronika Lambert on 14th May 2015
Today marks a month since you've left us and there hasn't been a day since that I haven't thought of you over a dozen times. I miss you, your charm, your spontaneous visits, your silliness, your corky ways, your messages, thoughtfulness, smile and your laugh. It's not the same without you and I miss my little brother. I've been lighting a candle for you everyday, to help you find your way on this new journey and hope that you have settled somewhere, in a place that offers peace. Today we will visit the tree that stole you away. The last place where you had lay. Come meet us, if you can and remember to watch over us and keep us strong and please make sure your boys remain a part of our lives, as you would have wanted.
Posted by Charles Schermer on 26th April 2015
Filipe was a diamond in the crown of the Simon family. With his smile and the twinkle in his eye he made us laugh. He was selfless and would sacrifice his own needs for the needs of family and friends. He helped me immensely when I needed strength and wisdom. I will honor his memory for the rest of my days and I look forward to the possibility of meeting up with him again if that is how it ultimately works out. I love you Filipe.
Posted by Donna Star on 26th April 2015
I am so sorry for such a tragic loss and my tears are oceans, as I stopped by for my own love. The loss of a child is the deepest loss, I pray for all of the loved ones who are in so much pain. May you be eternally blessed to heal and celebrate the short time he had to give you. donna Star
Posted by Dana Okrinova on 23rd April 2015
Thinking of your dear son Filip, you, Daniela and Ondrej and your whole loving family. Wishing you to find peace and comfort.
Posted by Eva Kral on 23rd April 2015
Mila Danielo and Ondreji,uprimnou soustrast Vam a cele rodine. Neuveritelna strata,my thoughts and prayers coming your way. Remembering cute little boy Filipek which became fine young man. Prayers for his family.
Posted by Mike Hanna on 23rd April 2015
As many may, I find it hard to express such a deepened sadness and unbelievable loss of such an amazing person. As I read all the stories everyone has shared and reflect on my own, it’s hard to understand why God has chosen this path for someone that has touched so many people. I’ll always remember Filip’s coy humor, glowing smile, and alluring personality. My love and prayers goes to all that have had the pleasure to know Filip, especially to the Simon family. He will be forever missed and loved by all.
Posted by Brook Stites on 22nd April 2015
Filip welcomed our 3 year-old into the before and after care program when I decided to return to work----I was a little nervous but he put my mind at ease knowing that our son would be well-cared for. On one of my days off, we went to the Turtleback Zoo and I remember seeing Filip coming over a hill and smiling with a group of children happily running beside him--one of the many fun vacation play days the program offered. And each day signing out in AfterCare I would peek around the corner to see if Filip was at his desk to talk or to wave good-bye with gratitude. I still find myself looking around the corner as I pick up my now 10 year-old...thank you Filip-- we will miss you!
Posted by Radka Pínová on 19th April 2015
"Dano a Ondřeji, přijměte projev mé hluboké soustrasti nad odchodem Vašeho drahého syna. Filipa jsem osobně neznala a jsem štastná že jsem se mohla prostřednictvím fotodokumentace a hudby přiblížit jeho jedinečné osonosti. Jsem hluboce s Vámi.
Posted by Daniela Simon on 19th April 2015
Thank you all to be in a life of my dear Son Filip and thank you to keep him there. I believe that we all have to be strong and giving at this time of unbelievable loss. We all wish for Filip to be back, but I believe that he is happy where he is and he wants us to be happy where we are. We had him here among us on Mother Earth for 40 years and we will keep him in our life for ever because of that. Me, mother, I am grateful to have him as a son. Filip was giving happiness to many. We have to try to be happy for him, that he is from now on in peace. He does not want me and all of us to cry, please let us all smile for him and from now on in his memory express love and our feelings for each other more. Filipku I am still here for you and your boys.
Posted by John Cook on 19th April 2015
My condolences to the Simon family. Great guy, huge loss.

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