John Andrew Simon

John Simon was my father, and he was a very brave man. He served our country through WWII and the Korean conflict. As a Navy radar man, his ship was torpedoed and he suffered a non-life threatening injury. Many of his crew mates were not so lucky. He realized years later, that the time spent on the ships, not wearing a shirt, were most likely the source of his first encounter with Melanoma. Surgery, a deep, wide excision “cured” him. Unfortunately, as I had him in my home for his last couple of years of his life, we were to learn that the source of his shortness of breath was a result of a chest full of Malignant Melanoma. He was glad to know what was “going to take” him to his next heavenly home, and his brave battle and peaceful passing are forever etched in my mind. Sheri Simon Gentry


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