Norma B. Simon

December 24, 1927November 2, 2018

Norma Simon passed away early on November 2, 2018 comforted by her family. Norma was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, the child of immigrant parents. She was a graduate of Brooklyn College and Bank Street School of Education, which greatly shaped her approach to early childhood education. She was a prolific children’s book author, pioneering the introduction of books which helped children give voice to their feelings, experiences and to celebrate the things that made them and their families different. Norma lived very happily in Wellfleet for 50 years and loved and was loved by so many good friends and neighbors over those years. She worked in the Wellfleet Elementary school for many years, helping children write the stories they wanted to share. Over the years she got great pleasure in talking to her former students when she would see them in town. She was very devoted to making and keeping Wellfleet a wonderful place. She loved nature, fishing and gathering food from the woods and shore and cooking it all for friends and family. She was an exceptionally loving grandmother, mother and wife and leaves her granddaughter Jessica, son Jonathan, and his wife Deborah, and joins her husband Edward, and daughters Wendy and Stephanie. She will be missed by all. A memorial gathering is being planned for the spring (details will be announced) Donations may be made to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust or Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. For online condolences and notifications please visit


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Denny O'Connell

November 18, 2018

My sympathy to the Simon family. What a wonderful person Norma was. I will always have good memories of a kind and caring person. My association was formed through the Wellfleet Conservation Trust where Ed was a Trustee when I joined the Trust about 20 years ago. Since Ed's death, Norma was always such a delight to encounter and she was so encouraging for those of us involved with the Trust. She cared about Wellfleet and stayed engaged until the end - and always with a smile.

Denny O'Connell

Joan Douglas

November 14, 2018

I was sad to hear of Norma's passing. I always enjoyed talking with her when she came to pick up her mail at the South Wellfleet Post Office. She and Ed were wonderful people and I feel lucky to have known them. When my first grandchild was born she gave me a few books she had written . I saw her at the grocery store after Labor Day and we were saying how nice it was to have less traffic and fewer people. Hope all your memories help you through this sad time. Joan

Margaret Clover Tilton

November 13, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Norma's passing. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor to 3 generations of my family and we will all miss her. What I found most inspiring was Norma's optimism and outward focus, her engagement with life all around her, which never wavered. We shared our thoughts about the upcoming midterm election just a few days before her death. Norma had such compassion and personal integrity. She expressed anxiety about much of what was going on in our country, not with passive discouragement, but rather from the determined perspective of an activist. I will always be able to picture Norma's bright smile, remember her articulate expression, and be inspired by her kindness.
Deepest sympathy to her family.