Joe “Papa Joe” Simone

Born: 05/17/1943 Passed:

Joe “Papa Joe” Simone

After a sudden, brief illness, we are saddened by the loss of a brother, husband, father and grandfather. He died at his home, April 17, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.  He was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Elizabeth Simone. Joe leaves behind his wife Jill of 27 years, his sisters Jackie (Reg) Grosklos and Johanne Simone, his daughters Michelle (Jeff) Grametbauer and Andrea Bogovich (future son-in law Rick Siegal), his step-sons Shawn (Melanie) and Scott (Marcy) Davis and his ten grandchildren (Taylor, Morgan, and Lucas Bogovich, Carson and Caden Davis, Morgan, Madeline, and Bo Davis, and Josef and Milena Grametbauer).

Joe was born in Canton, May 17, 1943. Joe was a graduate of McKinley High School class of ’61 and obtained his Bachelors in Education from Kent State University.  Joe was a band director at Jackson Middle School for two years, a State Farm Agent for 32 years, and an Aultman Hospital employee in environmental services for 14 years. Joe was a member of Paradise UCC of Louisville. Joe was a patriot with a good sense of humor. He was a hard worker and enjoyed taking on many projects around the house and working with his hands. His hobbies included cooking, fishing, singing in the Hall of Fame barbershop chorus, and of course spending time with his beloved grandchildren.  Joe embraced new technology and enjoyed sharing it with his grandkids. He also enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s events, games and performances.

Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Aultman Woodlawn Hospice 2821 Woodlawn Ave. N.W. Canton, Ohio 44708 or Paradise UCC, Louisville 619 E. Main St. Louisville, Ohio 44641. Joe was very much loved and will be missed by all. Condolences and special memories may be shared online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com.

Heritage Cremation Society

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8 Tributes to Joe “Papa Joe” Simone

  1. Connie Kemp says:

    Dear Michelle, Jeff and family, so sorry to hear of your father, grandfathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in all of your fond memories. Connie and Frank

    • Michelle says:

      Thank you so very much. We really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. They have helped immensely. Love to you both.

  2. Marie (Henson) Parks says:

    Johanne, Jackie and Family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I will always remember Joe and his smile and how kind he always was. May God be with each of you during this very difficult time and may you feel his presence in the days and weeks ahead. Please know each of you are in my prayers.

    • Johanne says:

      Dear Helen & Bill,
      Thank you so much for thinking about me at this difficult time.
      It’s been tough getting thru this because Joe had not been ill.
      It was all so sudden. I think of you both often and will call or
      get together sometime. GOD BLESS

  3. Helen Thornberry (Brankel) and Bill Hensel says:

    Johanne,
    Thinking of you with sadness in our hearts. Joe was such a good guy
    we feel sure he will be at peace.

  4. Helen Thornberry (Brankel) and Bill Hensel says:

    Johanne,
    Thinking of you with sadness in our hearts. Joe was such a good guy
    he is sure to rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.

    • Johanne says:

      Dear Helen & Bill.
      Thank you so much for thinking about me at this difficult time.
      It’s been tough getting thru this because my brother had not
      been ill. It was so sudden. I’ll call you sometime or maybe
      you could come to our “monthly breakfasts” GOD BLESS

      • Dick Dudash says:

        Jill:
        I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Joe was a special guy and a great baritone. I wish we had had more years of his being with us in the Hall of Fame Chorus, but events do happen. Please accept my belated, but no less sincere sympathy.
        Dick Dudash

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