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Philip J. Simon, 66

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Philip James Simon, 66, of North Adams, Mass., died Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Sweetbrook Care Center.

He was born in North Adams, Mass., on July 16, 1952, son of Marvin and Yvonne (Brooks) Simon. He attended the former St. Joseph's High School and Drury High School.

Philip was last employed by Waters Edge in Connecticut. He was a self-employed carpenter and a gifted guitarist, playing with the Monkees and several other well-known bands.

Philip enjoyed playing music, drawing and painting. He was also an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing.

Phil was predeceased by his wife, Carol Joan (McQueeney) Simon, the mother of his daughters.  The two of them built a life together in Woodford, Vt., where they raised not only their children but a niece and nephew as well. The two were together for more than two decades, and were married until her death in June of 2014.

Survivors include two daughters, Kristin Elizabeth Simon and Jillian Patricia Simon, both of Bennington, Vt.; his grandson, Evan; his sister, Mary Chalifoux of Falmouth, Mass.; his partner, Sheridan Bernasconi; his godmother, Lorraine (Brooks) Martin; and nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister, including Maureen, David and Warren.

Funeral notice: Calling hours for Philip Simon will be Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass. A private burial will be in Southview Cemetery.


Obituary Provided By: Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals

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Phil Simon. One of the premiere guitarists to ever emerge from North County. One of my guitar idols from the "old days" when we played in bands all over the place. I remember playing somewhere until 2 AM and then all of us piling into the old van and heading to NY to watch Phil do his magic with Rox, and his frequent visits to Tunnel City Guitars to jam with Earl, Doug, Poncho and me and reminisce about our past musical experiences. He was always quick to help out the up and coming guitar players too. You'll be sorely missed, Phil. Love you, man.
from: Paul Caronon: 10-10-2018

Sail on Phil, I remember your musicianship all the way back to 1969-70 or so. I don't remember if your band was Circus or Mantiev or another but I do remember your work with Peter No one/Monkees. Now find Jimi if you can.
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 10-09-2018

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