• Born: June 8, 1940
  • Died: January 6, 2018
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

PAUL WILLIAM SIMON, age 77. Passed away after a long, hard-fought battle with dementia. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Marek) for 54 years. Loving father of Julie Hetzel (Robert), William (Elaine), and Paul Mark (Eileen). Devoted grandfather of Ethan Hetzel, and Clayton, Leah, Audrey, Katherine, Paige, Elliot and Wesley Simon. Cherished brother of Mary Mondock (James-deceased), and Celia Lakotish (Michael-deceased). Dear brother-in-law of Carolyn and Norman Loboda, and Raymond and Carolyn Marek. Son of Cecelia and William Simon (both deceased). Loving uncle, cousin and friend of many.

A proud 1958 graduate of St. Edward High School, he attended the University of Dayton Art Institute; retired as a deputy bailiff for the Cleveland Municipal Court.

Paul had a deep love for entertaining people, either through acting in community theater productions, which he was involved with for many years, telling stories and jokes, or acting out books to his grandchildren using different voices for each character. Paul also greatly enjoyed drawing and taking art classes, especially watercolor painting. He had a passion for history, and visiting Colonial Williamsburg many times over the years, was one of his favorite activities.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185 St., Cleveland 44119; St. Edward High School, 13500 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, 44107; St. Rocco Church, 3205 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, 44109; Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, 44117.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. Rocco Church, Cleveland. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends THURSDAY 2 – 4 AND 5 – 8 P.M. at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dr. Corpus and staff extend their deepest sympathy to the family. May Paul be surrounded by God's eternal love. We will miss him very much.

Posted by Csilla Korossy - Cleveland, OH - Friend   January 11, 2018

Sorry to hear about Paul. We were friends & classmates @ ST.ED'S. He was on the ED'S track team & won a letter for the high jump. The last time I saw him was around 1970 he was attending evening classes @ Cleveland State.

Posted by Ken Moss - Brook Park, OH - Friend   January 10, 2018

Sincere condolences are sent to the family of the Paul Simon. I pray that God sustains you during your time of bereavement.

Merle Stewart
Retired Court Reporter CMC

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2018

Nancy, Julie and Simon family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Paul was one of a kind and I will always remember the joy that he brought to the Bailiff's office.

Heidi Frazier
Highland Hills, OH

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2018

I met Paul in Bob Moyer's watercolor class at the Rocky River senior center. He was a good artist and had a great sense of humor. We all missed him when he stopped coming. My sympathy to his family. Sis Connole

Posted by Florence connole - fairview park, OH - Acquaintance   January 09, 2018

So sorry for your loss.the Pope family send their condolences

Posted by Pauline Pope - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   January 09, 2018

Dear Julie and the whole Simon Family,

I have such fond memories of Paul; not only as a cousin-in-law, but from his days at Cleveland Municipal Court. He was such an upbeat personality - always warm and friendly to everyone, and just an all around "great guy."

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all, especially Nancy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ute Vilfroy, Nick Vilfroy, Caroline Lindenmaier, Evy Lindenmaier & Terri Hlad

Posted by Ute Vilfroy - Broadview Heights, OH - Family Friend   January 09, 2018

Paul was one of those guys, if he was in a room full of strangers, by the end of the night, he would have spoken to everyone. Very enjoyable person to talk to and a comic he was. I know he loved acting in the theather, one of his fav past times. Paul you were a joy & pleasure to know, you will be dearly missed. Dearest condolences to the Simon family

Posted by Corrine Savage - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   January 08, 2018

Paul, myself,and Jude Lacava, had a really great time forming a comedy skit group called "Dirt Cheap" on WSPD 1370 in Toledo, as part of the Lucky Taylor Show. I truely thought Paul to be talented.I miss him.

Posted by Tom Vacca - Medina, OH - Friend   January 08, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.I was a Bailiff and TIP Officer with Paul at the Justice Center for years. He was well loved and always making jokes.He will be missed

Posted by Jackie Graves - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   January 08, 2018


Julie, you and your family are most definitely in my prayers. This is a horrible journey for both the person involved as well as the family. I sent you an email with my journey with my Dad so please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

Posted by David Dibble - Madison, OH - coworker   January 08, 2018

I was in Paul's art class at Beck Center. He was a talented artist and a man with a great sense of humor. We all missed him when he had to leave us a few years ago.

Posted by Walter Campbell - Rocky River - Friend   January 08, 2018

With deepest condolences to the Simon Family.

Posted by David Schilling - Strongsville, OH - Acquaintance   January 08, 2018

Deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember him singing his rendition of Pencil thin Mustache around the department. RIP Mr Simon.

Posted by Michael Kozel - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   January 07, 2018