January 1, 1970 - July 12, 2012

Posted by:
Dave Day

Posted on:
May 28, 2013

I was Janet's tenant in NH--the 'guy next door' for a couple of years. It was Frank who gave me the 'thumbs-up' approval to be there--and that's how I met him. For me, what was special and enduring was Frank's pride in his military service and in his purple heart (which he showed me once) and yet in a generous and modest sense of his own sacrifices and his place in the world. As a very young man, fighting half a world away on a lonely atoll the Pacific, Frank had stayed at his machine-gun post repelling an intractable enemy. He paid for that valor with the loss of his fingers; he had mostly stubs left. (They tried to cut off his hands; he wouldn't let them!) Even with this crippling loss, Frank managed to survive and thrive through a long life--not bitter or defeated, but feisty. I'll always remember his kindness to me and his self-effacing and quiet courage to face the challenges of life. Dave Day

Posted by:
Karen January

Posted on:
July 23, 2012

We had my Dad's memorial service today, on his 88th birthday. It was a day when we all remembered him with tears and laughter, and honored his life that so touched all of us. I put together a video depicting his life, and as I went through the pictures for it, each memory came alive to me as if it were yesterday. At Easter, Christmas, or just hanging out in the house...at the beach, the park, or a restaurant...it's as if he were right here again with us. Photos of him as a baby, a child, a proud Marine, a loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I feel his presence so strongly still. Love truly does transcend death. Talking to family and friends today, I realized how special he was to each one. He was the most giving, loving and funny Dad, and he was truly my best friend. I miss you Dad, and you will be in my heart and thoughts every day of my life. Happy Birthday! Love you so so much, Karen

Posted by:
Maureen McNamara

Posted on:
July 22, 2012

Although i knew you for only a short time.Frank, I am compelled to tell you and the world what an impact you had on my life. Two years ago you and Janet came into the sales office looking for some information on the condominium that you both would ultimately call home From the start I could feel your warmth and compassion for all with whom you came in contact After you moved in I so looked forward to our visits and conversations. Seeing you come across the parking lot with your beloved Tobey on leash brought a ray of sunshine to my day. I always knew it would be a good one... I even made you black coffee! I thank God for having met you and getting to know you before He called you home. You, Frank Simone were... and in Spirit.. are a very nice, honorable man.

Posted by:
Janet

Posted on:
July 22, 2012

I'm sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I worked with your Dad for many years and enjoyed the laughter he brought to the office every day. I know he'll be missed but his time on this earth brought joy to many.

Posted by:
Jim McLaughin

Posted on:
July 21, 2012

I’m glad to have met Frank and honored to call him a friend. He was the kindest, most considerate person I know. If that wasn’t enough he was the funniest, most entertaining person to be around. No one could stay unhappy in his presence. He’ll be missed deeply.

Posted by:
Janet Leonard

Posted on:
July 19, 2012

People say you never know someone until you live with them. I guess we knew each other well because we spent the last 7+ years living together. I never knew it at the time that those daily events would become some of my fondest memories. I remember a few years back you would cut up a dish of either watermelon or cantaloup each morning so it would be waiting for me when I got up. Little loving gestures that that are what my memories are filled with. You loved to go out to eat, especially breakfast at Steve's Diner and when your memory got so bad that you couldn't remember what to order you would just point to me and say "Ask my lawyer". What I would give to place that order one more time. Western omelet, cheddar cheese, home fries, pumpernickel toast and black coffee. You would always take 1/2 of it home to share with your best friend Toby at night. You and Toby were the best of friends. You would sit together every night watching TV and eating pepperoni and cheese together until I saw it and reprimanded you both for eating that junk. You were always ready to listen, talk endlessly, and try to help anyone you could. You would always tell me that we were okay because we had each other to help, encourage, and depend on. Dad, losing you has shaken us all to the core. you are still able to influence us, even in death. That is how special, how rare and the incredible kind of person that you are. Your words, lessons, sayings, and loving and caring ways are as close as the thoughts of you we carry with us every day. I speak for the whole family when I say no one has influenced our lives more than you, because you taught by example. Our faith tells us you are in heaven with Mom and the rest of your departed family. Oh, what a wonderful time it must be for you!!! I trust that Heaven wouldn't be Heaven without black coffee. So you think of me and I will think of you every time we have a cup. I love you sweet man, more than words could ever convey. Give mom a big kiss for me and tell her you guys can get that place of your own together now!! Love you always and forever!!

Posted by:
Linda Kelley

Posted on:
July 18, 2012

Frank....you were a kind, sweet gentle man who could make anyone smile. I am so glad I was privileged to know you and spend time with you. You will always have a very special place in my heart. My sincere condolences to Janet, Karen and families. Love you bunches, Linda

Posted by:
Michelle lefever

Posted on:
July 18, 2012

Grandpa, it seems like just yesterday that we were visiting you on father's day. You had said that the card I gave you meant a lot and that you would be re-reading it that night, so I thought I would post what it said on here, since I think it says what we all think: "The best gift a man can give to the world is to be a good father. It seems you've spent a lifetime looking out for your family, working hard, being responsible, and always trying to do the right thing. And just in case you've ever wondered if it was appreciated-it always has been and it always will be-more than words could ever say." I'll never forget yard sales on early saturday mornings, and coming back for a breakfast made by the "bagel king" I only hope that one day I'll learn as much as you did in "the Orient" Your Garage always seemed like a magical place that held anything we ever needed...or 20 of it for that matter (although maybe slightly less magical to Grandma) You were the epitome of unconditional love and what it meant to be a real man; an example of what every man should be like and what every woman should hold out for. I may have to make the biggest sacrifice in your memory and start drinking my coffee black. I love you so much and will miss you everyday; I can truly say that knowing you has helped make me the person I am today. I love you grandpa

Posted by:
Kelly Murphy

Posted on:
July 17, 2012

Janet, Karen, and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I prayer for all of you in this very difficult time.

Posted by:
Michael Vitale

Posted on:
July 17, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the Simone, Leonard and Lefever families in the passing of Uncle Frank. He was a great man--loving and selfless--a rare find in this world and the kind of person everyone wants to be. So many of my childhood memories having Uncle Frank in them, having fun and making jokes. I hope he is finding the beginning of his time in heaven as peaceful, restful and full of love with Auntie Dot Love, Michael "If heaven was a town it would be my town On a summer day in 1985 And everything i wanted was out there waitin And everyone i loved was still alive"--Andy Griggs

Posted by:
Brenda bachesta

Posted on:
July 17, 2012

Janet ,Steven ,christin and little Ainsley,I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss,I remember your dad ,grandpa and great grandpa as a fun and happy man, hold on to all your happy memories of him and know that he will always be watching over you as your guardian angel. He will be able to rest easy with Dorothy knowing you all have each other to love and find comfort in. I'm sure he left this world a proud man of the family he had to leave behind. Love and comfort to you all at this difficult time,love Brenda bachesta

Posted by:
Linda Vitale

Posted on:
July 17, 2012

As I sit here starring at this computer screen holding the fondest of memories of Uncle Frank close to my heart, trying to find the right words to describe what he means to me, I can say lucky. Lucky for me that I was truly honored to be your godchild. Lucky for me that on every single birthday, for 55 years I was the receipent of such a thoughtful, hysterical card. Lucky for me to have known such a caring, selfless, compassonite human being. Lucky for me to have witnessed such a never ending devotation he had for his wife and children. Lucky for me to be sitting next to the Frank show at the family poker games. Lucky for me to get to hear the finger jokes, somehow they never got old. For all of us who have had the divine pleasure to have known and loved dear Uncle Frank....we are truly lucky. Rest in Peace knowing you will forever be missed and loved. Karen, Janet, Steven,Kristen, Michelle, my deepest sympathy and love always.

Posted by:
Robert Cunio

Posted on:
July 17, 2012

Rest in peace dear Uncle Frank. American hero, loving husband, devoted family man, thoughtful and kind hearted friend. Karen, Janet and Family: Thinking of you and praying for God's perfect peace as you celebrate his life and all he has meant to you and so many others. He will be greatly missed. Love, cousin Robert

Posted by:
Karen January

Posted on:
July 16, 2012

You were the absolute best dad anyone could ever ask for. There are no words to describe how much I love and miss you. My heart is broken but I know you are with Mom... your bride Dorothy who you loved always and missed so much. Love you, Daddy... Karen

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