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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Passing of Nick Simon

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our dear friend Nick Simon. Mr. Simon and his family's company, Publishers Printing, have been great friends and benefactors of St. Francis Xavier for many years. We thank Mr. Simon and Publishers Printing for their great generosity over the years. Our parish and all of Bullitt County is poorer because of Nick's passing.

Please pray for Nick's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for his family.

Link to Pioneer News article

Nicholas Xavier Simon(1958 - 2016)



passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Born September 24, 1958, he attended Holy Spirit grade school, was a graduate of St. Xavier High School in 1977 and a graduate of Northwestern University with a BA Degree in History in 1981. He succeeded his father in 1990 as president of Publishers Printing Company with his brother Michael as executive vice president. Publishers has been the largest employer in Bullitt County for many years. Nick's business, charitable and civic organizations include being a board member of Stock Yards Bank and Trust Company, Assumption High School, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Governor's Scholars Program, Kentucky Historical Society Foundation and Louisville Library Foundation. His awards include being inducted into the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame, DeSales High School Hall of Honors and Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of The Bethlehem High School Star Award and the St. Xavier Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was also inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and received the Heart of the Community Award from Women4Women. He received the Corporate Leadership Award from Nativity Academy, the Spirit of Day Spring Award and was presented with the Lighthouse Keeper Award from Harbor House of Louisville, 4-H Partners in Progress Award and inducted into the St. Xavier Alumni Hall of Honors. Ursuline Campus Schools presented him with the Laurel Award. He was awarded the First Annual Distinguished Citizen Award from Bullitt County Education Association and the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce. He received the Leader of the Year Award from Caritas Foundation and the prestigious Veritas Award from St. Catharine College and an honorary degree from Spalding University. Nick was presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Bullitt County Scottish Rite Club and the Father Maloney Community Service Award from Boys' Haven. He was a recipient of the Salute to Catholic School Alumni Award and was honored by the Volunteers of America with the Philanthropist of the Year Award. He was honored by the American Heart Association as Volunteer of the Year and received Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. The Bullitt County Red Cross honored him as Volunteer of the Year. Nick built the Bullitt County YMCA and was honored by them as the Greater Louisville Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. The Louisville Litho Club honored Nick as Member of the Year and he was inducted into the Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS) as Man of the Year. He was inducted into the prestigious Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame.

Nick had a loving heart, a gentle spirit, a constant smile, unfailing optimism and always looked for the best in everyone. Nick was such a community-oriented person, always willing to help and would be embarrassed when organizations tried to praise him. Bullitt County Pioneer News might have stated it best: "The man was known more for his generosity than any wealth he may have earned. Simon truly had a philanthropic spirit and enjoyed giving to any group or individual who sought assistance."

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing his trips with friends and family to Mexico, Canada and Argentina. He was also a racquetball enthusiast.

He will be greatly missed by employees, whom he cherished as family at Publishers Printing Co., his many vendors, clients and the entire Bullitt County community. He was a member of Ascension and St. Martin of Tours

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Anna Simon, Nicholas Simon and Alexander Simon; his siblings Elizabeth Montgomery (Guy), Franny Aprile and Michael Simon (Debbie); his stepfather Joe Thomas and his dear girlfriend Rhonda Karageorge. Others include Nanette Simon, the mother of his children, numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank E. Simon and Elizabeth Kennedy Simon.

The family wishes to thank Jerry Burton, Nick's dear friend for his support and friendship.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday June 15, 2016 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church 639 S. Shelby Street with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery.Visitation will be held from 1-8 pm Monday, June 13, 2016 and Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to St. Vincent DePaul, The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Bullitt County Seven Counties Services Behavioral Health, Bullitt County Library or one of the organizations listed above.

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