Robert Herbert Melvin “Bob” Simon, 96, of Longmeadow, died at his home on July 3. He was the widower of Sheila (Levy) Simon. Born in New York City, he was the son of Joseph and Elsie Simon. He grew up in Brooklyn and at age 18, he joined the Army Air Corps and served in Europe as a navigator in the 401st Bomb Group during World War II. In 1948, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. A few years later, he entered the graduate program at Yale University, earning a doctorate in chemical engineering. In 1958, he and his family relocated to Longmeadow. He was a scientist with multiple patents, as well as an accomplished pianist, oboist and composer, who had considered becoming a professional musician. He was an oboist and writer of program notes for the Holyoke Civic Symphony for more than 40 years. He is survived by four children and their spouses, Burt Simon (Minh), Stewart Simon (Leslie), Diana Simon Benoit (Philippe), and Alice Simon Ericson (Tracy); 13 grandchildren, Chau (Kevin), Tran (John), Tien, Rachel, Laura, Claire, Natalie, Valerie, Rebecca, AJ, Julie, Kevin and Olivia; two great-grandchildren, Adrien and Vivienne; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by a brother Henry and his wife, Selma Simon; and a brother-in-law, David Levy and his wife, Marilyn Levy; and a nephew, Steven Simon. Memorial donations may be made to Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108 or any charity of choice. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME


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