Sam Francis Simone
May 13, 1935 – February 18, 2021
Sam Simone, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb 18 due to complications from T-cell lymphoma. Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, he graduated from historic Lincoln High School in 1953 and shortly after, proudly enlisted and served in the United States Air Force. It was at the tail end of his stint that he met and married the best thing that ever happened to him - his most prized possession, Josephine (Rotondo). They had 4 wonderful children and were blessed with 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
In 1965, he graduated from Seattle University and although his employment career was varied, he spent his most productive years as a government employee. In 1994 at 59 years of age, Sam was offered early retirement and never looked back.
A proudly nostalgic man, Sam was a passionate collector of ephemera and memorabilia. His love for collecting started as a youth, tagging along with his mother as she shopped thrift stores for bargains. Running the spectrum from old-time radio premiums and political buttons, to vintage watches and military paraphernalia, there wasn’t a garage, estate, or rummage sale that escaped his eye. Unfortunately, he leaves a real fine mess for his children to sort out!
A long time member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Sam was also a dedicated and active member in several local and national organizations, including NARFE (The National Active and Retired Federal Employees), APIC (American Political Items Collectors), REPS (Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound), Rainer Valley Historical Society, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, and the Rainier Beach Community Club. He took his local responsibilities seriously and would always push for the proactive bettering of his community.
Described by anyone who knew him as funny, kind, and generous, Sam could reliably be counted on to lend a hand to friend and neighbor. He held himself up to the true ideals of selflessness and did so without obligation.
He also took great pride in his home - particularly his lawn and garden. And as his illness gradually prevented him from maintaining its upkeep, he would supervise the family from the back deck.
Sam was a true gentleman who “checked all the boxes” and he will forever be held in our hearts as a wonderfully caring husband, father, and grandfather. As the end drew near, Sam wanted us all to know that he was just “off on a new adventure.”
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, their 4 children and spouses (Judy, Stephen/Susie, Jim, and Jennifer/Ron Fugleberg), the 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, all of whom were special to him in their own unique way. One of 5 children, Sam is predeceased by his brother Vince and sister Antonette, and is survived by sisters Barbara and Connie.
In honor of Sam’s memory, please feel free to donate to the charity of your choice. A private family service will be held at a future date.
Please share a memory of Sam for the Simone Family at: www.butterworthfuneralhome.com
A gathering will be planned when it is safe to gather again. Please check back for details.
Sam Francis Simone
February 25, 2021
I couldn't agree more with the description of Sam as " funny, kind, and generous." I would add ethical as well. I first met Sam in the McGovern campaign, and I remember his concern about not violating the Hatch Act - the first time I'd heard of it. This was certainly no concern to our former president or his family! Sam's passing is a tremendous loss to his loved ones and community. He was a great guy.
February 24, 2021
Although the loss of our father is monumental, we are honored by the outpouring of affection and love we are receiving for this great man who clearly had an impact on so many lives. He taught us all so much about what it means to be a good person and to treat others with respect, dignity, and, of course, humor. Dad fought valiantly through his illness - not just for himself, but for his entire family. Sammy - you may have lost the battle but you clearly won the war. We will miss you.
Heather Wilson Merry
February 22, 2021
Dear Simone Family,
I am very sad to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of coming by your home at the holidays and Sam being the most welcoming host! He was making peach schnapps drinks and they were delicious! When I think of him it just makes me smile. I can only imagine all of the wonderful memories you have of such a lovely man. Sending you my heartfelt condolences, prayers and love.
Heather Wilson Merry
February 20, 2021
Josie and Family
Please accept my sincere condolences upon the death of your beloved Sam
May the Lord give you peace!