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Rev. Robert Evans Simon was born on November 21, 1923 to Edward Martin Simon and Madalene Evans Simon in West Chester, PA. He graduated from West Chester High School and from Drexel University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. He then went on to serve with the 11th Armored Division in Europe during WW II. While serving, he realized his life’s purpose to serve God and others.
Upon his return, Bob attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine where he became an ordained Congregational minister in 1958. He was commissioned to serve as a missionary to the Micronesian Pacific island of Pohnpei for 9 years before returning to Eastport where he married Harriet Varney in 1968. He spent the next 40 years pastoring churches and serving communities in Grand Lake Stream, Eastport, Perry, Meddybemps, Greenville, Rockwood, Chesuncook, and Milbridge. He always was active in many local clubs and activities. He especially loved being involved with anything centered around music as he enjoyed directing, singing, and playing multiple instruments. He retired to Ellsworth where he was a member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. God called his most faithful, loving servant home on February 15th, 2017 at 6:55 pm.
In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by a brother, Edward Simon Jr. of New Holland, PA. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include their son Brooks (Tim) Simon of Ellsworth, their daughter Patricia Chubbuck and her husband Kenneth of Windsor, ME., granddaughters Deanna Hoskins and her husband Christopher of Raleigh, N.C. and Ashley Chubbuck of Raleigh, N.C.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to First Congregational Church of Ellsworth where a memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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