A life that touches others goes on forever
  • 75 years old
  • Born on July 8, 1938 in Mannsburg, Moldova, Republic of.
  • Passed away on February 12, 2014 in Encinitas, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Harold Simon, 75, born on July 8, 1938 and passed away at 6:15 p.m. on February 12, 2014.

Harold passed very peacefully while surrounded by his family. He lived courageously with Lou Gehrig's disease for 10 years and inspired everyone who knew him. 

A memorial service was held on Sunday March 9th.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  We are very grateful for your friendship and support.  We have uploaded some photos taken by Analyn Dolopo-Simon at the memorial and the reception that followed.  We have also included the transcript of Harry's remembrance speech in the "stories" section.    

In March of last year, Harold recorded a short (6 min) video message for his friends to be shared after his death.  It has been uploaded to the video gallery.      

Please feel welcome to upload photos as our digital collection is limited.  

For those who wish to dedicate remembrances to the ALS Association in Harold's memory, you can do so online (alsa.org--click on the donate tab), by phone (888-949-2577) or by mail  (The ALS Association Development Department 1275 K Street, NW Suite 250 Washington, DC 20005).

Harold's physical presence will be forever missed, but his love and spirit are eternal.     

Posted by Joanne Roemhild on 8th July 2018
Happy 80th angel birthday Harold.....May the angels be singing you Happy Birthday xoxo We love you and miss you body and soul.
Posted by Joanne Roemhild on 12th February 2016
Happy memories of being with Harold and Marlene for so many family occasions. Missing you Harold......Until we meet again xx Giant hugs to Marlene, Harry, and Claudia xxx
Posted by Linda Huston on 8th July 2015
Love and goodwill to all! A loving family is a living tribute to a good man. PEACE and happy memories!
Posted by Angela Flores on 12th February 2015
Ava, Tyler, Brett, and I will be thinking of you today our beloved Grandpa Harold. We miss you dearly.
Posted by Claudia Simon on 12th February 2015
Dear Dad, It’s been a year since your death and I still miss you as much as ever. The past year was definitely challenging. Occasions that used to be so happy and joyful became days to just get through: Father’s Day, your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and many others. I particularly missed you during the ALS walk, the trip to Denmark for Sabine’s wedding, and the Christmas Eve candlelight service which reminded me so much of you. I wonder if the sadness will subside or if it just becomes something I get used to, a new “set point.” I know you would not want me to be sad but to make you proud of how I live the rest of my life, and I’m determined to do that. But life will never be the same without you, and with each passing month I realize just how much of a positive impact you had on me. You were truly an inspiration. With love, Your daughter Claudia
Posted by Anna LAc on 8th July 2014
Thank you for blessing our family with your warmth, kindness and grace, Mr. Simon.
Posted by Clark Acuna on 25th March 2014
Deepest sympathies to the Simon family: Mr. Simon was an extremely gentle spirit that provided a kind and patient ear to me many years ago, and his example still resonates strong and true as how to treat others with generosity and care.
Posted by Matthias Unger on 24th March 2014
"Unser Glaube ist der Sieg, der die Welt überwunden hat." Joh. 5,4 "Liebe Tante Marlene, lieber Harry, liebe Claudia, wir trauern mit euch um Harald. Ich finde, der o.g. Spruch aus dem Johannes-Evangelium passt sehr gut zu Harald, denn er hatte einen festen und unerschütterlichen Glauben, der ihm auch während der schweren Krankheit über vieles hinweggeholfen hat. Ich denke im Moment sehr oft an die zwei Wochen, die ich über Weihnachten/Neujahr 2000/2001 bei euch verbringen durfte. Bei dieser Gelegenheit habe ich natürlich auch Harald etwas besser kennen gelernt. Er war ganz sicher einer der authentischsten Menschen, die ich je kennenlernen durfte und sowohl sein spezieller Sinn für Humor und sein scharfer Verstand haben mich sehr beeindruckt. Es war egal, ob man mit ihm in den Baumarkt ging oder mit ihm Küchenschränke montiert hat, es machte Spaß und man konnte dabei etwas lernen. Ich erinnere mich sehr gern an Harald und dies wird auch immer so bleiben. Matthias, Karin, Daniel und Moritz Unger
Posted by Hugo Hahn on 9th March 2014
There was a time quite a while back when I asked Harald if he wants to join me on a flight cruising the area in a little sports plane. His response was a very enthusiastic "yes" .He brought his movie camera and up we went. He enjoyed himself so much and that brought joy to me for giving him that chance. We had many occasions to meet him and enjoy his and Marlenes company. I will always remember Harald, he mend a lot to me.
Posted by Thomas Unger on 23rd February 2014
Liebe Marlene, lieber Harry, liebe Claudia, "Wer im Gedächtnis seiner Lieben lebt, ist nicht tot - er ist nur fern. Tot ist nur, wer vergessen wird." Wir trauern mit Euch um Harald. Bei unserem letzten Besuch im Jahr 2007 konnten wir einige Zeit mit Euch verbringen. Harald war immer ein interessanter Gesprächspartner und fand auch einen guten Draht zu unseren Mädchen Katharina und Hannah. Bei seinen telefonischen Kontakten konnte auch Berthold miterleben, wie gelassen und dankbar für die Unterstützung durch seine Familie Harald die schwere Krankheit angenommen und damit gelebt hat. Wir werden ihn stets in guter Erinnerung behalten. Berthold Unger Thomas, Claudia, Katharina und Hannah Unger
Posted by Brigitte Stoll on 19th February 2014
Liebe Marlene, lieber Harry, liebe Claudia, in tiefer Trauer denken wir an Harold. Wir haben immer sehr bewundert, wie tapfer und mit wie viel Kraft er diese Krankheit ertragen hat. Gerne erinnern wir uns an unsere Reise in die USA 2007, während der wir richtig viel Zeit miteinander verbringen durften. Unvergessen sind die gemeinsamen Fahrten im Wohnmobil quer durch Kalifornien. Wir werden ihn stets in unseren Herzen tragen. Agathe und Auwi
Posted by Irene Lehrbach on 17th February 2014
"Manche Menschen sind wie Sterne. Sie können leuchten und strahlen noch Jahre nach ihrem Verlöschen." Liebe Tante Marlene, lieber Harry, liebe Claudia, in diesem Sinne teilen wir Eure Trauer und sind in Gedanken bei Euch. Ich werde mich immer gern an Onkel Harald als aufmerksamen Gesprächspartner erinnern, mit dem man gute und intensive Gespräche führen konnte. Meine ganze Bewunderung für den Umgang mit seiner Krankheit. Irene + Axel
Posted by Ingeborg Franzen on 16th February 2014
Ich bin nicht tot - Ich tausche nur die Räume. Ich leb' in euch - und geh' durch eure Träume. Michelangelo Buonarroti In dieser Weise hatte Harald Leben und Tod bewundernswert miteinander versöhnt. In Liebe und Trauer sind wir bei Euch liebe Marlene, Claudia und Harry. Inge & Helmut
Posted by Renate Engert on 15th February 2014
what a nice memorial you created for you dad. With our Deepest Sympathy to the Simon Family. We admired Harold for his cheerfulness and good spirit he had all through his illness.He touched our lives in many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. in love and friendship Renate and Edgar
Posted by Julia Raab on 15th February 2014
der Tod - ein Licht, wenn der Weg zu mühsam geworden ist In größter Hochachtung vor Harald, der seinen Weg mit so viel Gelassenheit und Lebensmut gegangen ist und in Gedanken bei Euch, liebe Marlene, Claudia und lieber Harry, um die Trauer um Harald mit Euch zu teilen. Julia Raab mit Familie
Posted by Joerg Raab on 14th February 2014
Dear Marlene, dear Harry and Claudia, We are very saddened by the news that Harold passed away. We are with you in our thoughts and prayers. We are thankful that we could come and see Harold three years ago and he was able to still meet our girls. The Lindsay-Raabs, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Posted by Brigitte Stoll on 14th February 2014
Liebe Tante Marlene, lieber Harry, liebe Claudia, ich denke an Euch und teile Eure Trauer um Onkel Harald. Er ist ein großes Vorbild für mich und ich werde ihn immer in meinen Gedanken halten.
Posted by Lisa White on 13th February 2014
Having only met Harold and Marlene once, it seems surprising that they have affected my life in such a big way. I could see supreme spirituality from Harold's eyes and he and Marlene were very calm and contented. They have inspired me to know that no matter what happens in our lives, we are spiritual beings and our bodies are only vessels for us for a time. I have prayed for them for a long time, asking God for an easy passing for him and peace and comfort for Marlene. I feel those prayers have been answered. (From Lisa's sister Becky)
Posted by Joanne Roemhild on 13th February 2014
Deepest sympathy to Marlene, Harry and Claudia from Familie Roemhild. We will treasure our memories of Onkel Harold and all those fun Weihnachts celebrations with you. The proverbial "Simon Special"-we can taste it now......Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. How blessed we were to have Harold touch our lives.....

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