Abraham Pynumootil Simon
April 2, 1933 – February 9, 2013
Abraham Pynumootil (A.P.) Simon died peacefully in his sleep, in the early morning hours on February 9, 2013. He was battling the progressive degeneration of Parkinson’s Plus, for the past five years. At 23 years old A.P. came to the U.S. in 1956 after finishing two years of college in India. He worked hard as a student to support himself thru college, by selling Watkins Products. With the entrepreneurial acumen that he came by naturally, he started selling the expensive Kirby Vacuum Cleaners. He became the Top Man on the Totem Pole Nationally for Kirby. He owned his own dealership for 30 years, while he was investing in Real Estate. He started with homes, apartments, developed Strip Malls, Overlake Square Mall. He was an avid athlete, so his interest naturally turned into developing Sport Centers, Driving Ranges, etc. The goal setter that he was, in the business world, he wanted to be a founding member of a Charter Bank, he achieved that too. He is an example of when hard work and opportunity meet, with honesty and integrity you can achieve much. A.P. is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Glennie, a daughter, Lorilee and son-in-law Ed Kiehl. He is survived by two sisters, Alice Nobel of Kochin, India, and Leela Thomas of Lacey, WA. He has several nieces and nephews. In each of his family’s life he played a big part, with much Love and Devotion. Viewing will be Friday, Feb 15th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills F.H. 409 Filbert Rd, Lynnwood, WA with Funeral Services on Saturday, Feb 16th at 2:00 PM in their Chapel.
- Funeral Saturday, February 16, 2013
Abraham Pynumootil Simon
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March 30, 2013
"Simon" as I remember him was my dad's best friend. Remember them playing tennis when I was a kid. I played him as an adult, and 62 year old "Simon" nearly beat me! Extremely nice man, and I will always have very fond memories of him.
February 19, 2013
Errol and I just learned last night of A P's passing. We have been thinking of all the times we shared with the two of you. It was because of A P that we moved to Mill Creek and he was the one who got Errol interested in golf and the club. He was a great inspiration to us. We wish you the best.
Nancy and Errol Smith
February 16, 2013
AP Simon has been my landlord for the past 15 years. A more honorable man I have not met. The combination of his kindness, honesty, integrity, wisdom and faith were a rare find in one individual. His business successes and accomplishments were unparalleled, yet he showed a humility and graciousness that would escape most people in his position. I am honored that he took some of his time to be a mentor, and will miss him profoundly. God bless all of his family and friends this time of loss... especially you Glennie. He was a rare generational figure, and I know how much he loved and cherished you.
February 16, 2013
Mr. Simon and I became acquainted when I was requested to assist him in dealing with a problematic tenant. I always addressed him formally as a sign of respect, as Mr. Simon was such a man of dignity and integrity, and grounded in the fundamental understanding of the human condition.
He once told me a story of when he was waiting for a scheduled appointment in the Madison Valley area of Seattle. He was having either coffee or tea in a cafe/bar in the morning hours dressed in a suit (as he always presented), when an African American gentleman approached him. This gentleman was obviously drunk and down on his luck. The man was angry with his lot in life and said to him something to the effect that Mr. Simon had a darker skin color than him but was accepted when he was not.
Mr. Simon told him to stop feeling sorry for himself and start by cleaning himself up. His point was simple, in order to receive respect, you must earn it. The man became emotional and thanked him.
This story embodied the essence of this great man. He was compassionate and empathetic, fully understanding of the tragedies humans face, however unfair they may be, yet at the same time facing all setbacks with a steadfast determination, intent on accomplishing whatever goal he set.
I will miss him greatly and my sympathy goes out to Glennie and his family. Sincerely, David Tall
February 14, 2013
Growing up, I looked upto Babuettan - that's what I called him, means big brother. I emulated him in many ways. When he left India, little did I know that I would be following in his footsteps, land in Seattle and there he would be big brother again! What a life he lived, filled with love and fun, 'felonious' though, to his soulmate Glennie! Mohini and I will miss him dearly.