Honoring members who have passed away.
Joseph Lewis Simon
(August 8, 1927 – February 23, 2017)
Joe Simon, a beloved regular member of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society for many years, has passed away on February 23rd. He was 89 years old.
Joe participated in many projects and events while researching his family ancestry which includes family surnames; Baginski, Lewandowski, Simon, Zaczek Tohaszkiewicz, Golaszewski, and Schwarzkopf. He was introduced to the BCGS’s Eastern European Interest Group just after its founding in 1997 and contributed in its projects. His pride and joy was taking on the herculean task of digitizing the entire available interment records of the Holy Rosary Cemetery from 1889 to 1948 which included over 20,000 entries. The records were photocopied by volunteers with the permission of the Holy Rosary Church pastor and given to Joe for computer entry. The handwritten data on the copies had to be interpreted, formatted and indexed for a spreadsheet presentation. The entries were then verified by the EEIG personnel. Joe’s project lasted eight years and produced a CD for ancestry research by those interested. This afforded researchers a tool for easy access and screening capabilities.
Joseph L. Simon was born and raised in the Govans and Hamilton areas of Baltimore. After Poly High School, Joe served in WWII as a radarman on a Navy rocket ship. He married Marie Hild and raised their family, a daughter and four sons. Joe retired as a US Government broadcast engineer and pursued his interest in civic, religious and community activities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and taught classes for the American Red Cross and the Lady Maryland Living Classrooms. Other then the BCGS, Joe, an eagle scout, devoted much of his time to the Boys Scouts of America as the Regional Chair for the NCCS. His scouting honors and positions are numerous. These include the Silver Beaver Award, District Award of Merit, Order of the Arrow, Archdiocesan Chair, District Commissioner, Council Member At Large and Ad Altare Dei, St. George*, Archdiocesan and OYM Metals of Honor.
* Joe Simon received the Silver St. George award in April 2012 for his lifelong work in scouting from The National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is believed that this award is only the second ever given to a resident of the Baltimore Archdiocese at that time. The other was given to Cardinal Keeler.
12 March 2017