Simon had a keen sense of safety and self-awareness and was level headed in situations that would have baffled most people – making it all the more difficult to understand the accident that killed him. On January 23, 2002, the front wheels of the truck he was working on in his high school auto shop rolled off the hoist, crushing his head.
Simon’s nature was one of intensity, passion and determination. Even as a little boy, he was always driven to excel, to create and to revel in the joy of being alive. As Simon grew, so did his ambition, his imagination and the scope of his talents. He developed a great skill with mechanical things, as well as a keen talent in mathematics and music and a natural inclination towards athletics. He learned and mastered new activities with amazing speed and was soon overtaking those with years of experience.
Children loved him and he was as comfortable with them as they were with him. Simon was exciting to be around, brightening our spirits with his great sense of humour and his animated way of storytelling. Simon was a class act and conducted himself with dignity and grace. He had high standards, especially when it came to himself. He was a great judge of character and the people he surrounded himself with are of the highest caliber.
In Simon, mankind has lost a young man of extraordinary kindness, intelligence, humour, creativity and passion. “Simon was a supernova and a moonbeam, a tidal wave and a cold clear stream. He was the single brilliant blue jay in a flock of ravens.”
- Travis Terry, Simon’s brother