Obituary of Albert William Simon
Unexpectedly at Ascension St. John Hospital, Detroit on Friday, June 3rd, 2022, Albert William Simon of Clinton Township, MI and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation at the age of 80.
Albert W. Simon was born April 26, 1942, the son of Sylvester Winamac Simon and Vera Simon (Riley), of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. Loving husband of 40 years to Shirley Fox-Simon. Beloved father of Sean, Dawn, Brooke (Austin) Simon, and Brenda Young. Proud grandpa of Cassandra, Jamie, Jordan, Thomas, Joe, Amanda, Cash, Calee, and great grandpa of Sydney, Sayda, Nariah, Chelci, Sofia, Kylie, Ashton, and Makai. Survived by his brother Hubert, brother-in-law Gilbert Riley, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Vera Simon (1983) & Sylvester Simon (1997), and predeceased by siblings Alberta, Edna, Leslie, Sandra, Robert, Garnet, and Janice.
Al, also known to many as Abe, grew up in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. At age 18, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, under the branch of Engineers, where he traveled to various places including Germany and Vietnam. Al has traveled all over and lived in London, Windsor, and Michigan. In Michigan he worked for Chrysler as a millwright, where he transferred and retired from General Dynamics, as a tank engineer. Al will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him, he was a kind-hearted man who was proud to be Anishinaabe, he was certain he could fix anything, as long as it was the “right” season for the job, he enjoyed playing pool, gardening, and going to estate sales with his beloved wife, where he enjoyed finding a damn good deal and bringing home “good junk” to make something from at an undetermined future time, and he enjoyed cooking his famous Indian corn soup or the best ever hangover soup, both of which were always enough to feed an army. He also loved his “damn good puppies” too many to name all, but he will be missed by his dogs Glory and Honey who followed by his side until his very last day.
Pallbearers will be Sean Simon, Cassandra Simon, Jamie Simon, Jordan Simon, Thomas Dobbs Jr., Joe Dobbs, and honorary pallbearers will be Hubert Simon, Gilbert Riley, and Tom Dobbs Sr.
Family will receive friends at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Community Centre, on Wednesday, June 8th from 6 to 10pm, will be the wake, and a Traditional Anishinaabe Funeral Service will be held Thursday commencing at 11am. Keller Waawaakeyaash Paap officiating a Traditional Anishinaabe Funeral. Interment Bear Creek Cemetery. Elliott-Madill Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. www.elliottmadill.com