Samuel Simon, longtime scrap industry veteran, died June 30 at the age of 93. He served as president of Williamsport, Pennsylvania-based Simon Resources for many years and as a partner at Simon-Eastern Corp., Temple, Pennsylvania, until 1983.
Samuel Simon joined the family business in 1949 and became active in scrap metal recycling, industrial demolition and railroad construction. In 1973, he made the decision to install and operate an auto shredder in Williamsport, becoming one of the first such operations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Samuel Simon also was a longtime consultant to the Williamsport companies of Penn Recycling Inc., Chromagraphic Processing Co. and Coastal Aluminum Rolling Mills Inc.
“He was a visionary who possessed tremendous integrity, charisma, an iron will and dogged determination, a great sense of humor and typically said quite a lot with just a few well-placed words,” his eldest son, David Simon, recalls. “In addition, his humility, sense of fairness and regard for everyone as an equal, no matter what their personal circumstances, set a wonderful example for our family.”
In addition to David Simon, Samuel Simon’s other sons, Larry, Ken and Joseph Simon, are in the scrap business, owning and operating Coatesville Scrap Iron and Metal Co., Coatesville, Pennsylvania, as well as a number of other scrap companies with yards in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
“My brothers and I attribute all we have done businesswise to his leadership and inspiration and will carry on in the spirit of his memory, which continues to guide us,” David Simon says.
Samuel Simon is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia; his daughter, Patricia; his four sons; six grandchildren, one of whom, Louis, is also in the family business; and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Williamsport Federation of Jewish Charities, P.O. Box 1973, Williamsport, PA 17703, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.