Monday, 17 January 2022

Jeremy Simon, businessman, councillor and conservator

Jeremy Simon, businessman, councillor and conservator

A PRIVATE funeral was held recently for Jeremy Clive Simon, who passed away peacefully at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading following a brave battle with lymphoma.

The news of Jeremy’s death has come as a shock to family and friends as he had maintained a full and active life until two weeks prior.

Jeremy was well known locally, having lived in Nettlebed for 48 years.

He was born in Reading in 1939 and grew up in Northend Common before moving to Nettlebed.

As many will know, he was managing director of Elliotts Builders Merchants from 1963 to 2002.

He was passionate about his business and developed it from a small shop in Queen Street, Henley, into a successful and thriving business which he sold in 2002 when he retired.

Jeremy was always keen to employ local school leavers, giving them the opportunity to start a career in the building industry, which is how he started, having been an apprentice at Joynes Builders & Ironmongers in Reading after he left school.

He was an integral part of village life, having served on Nettlebed Parish Council for 35 years and the Nettlebed Commons Conservators Committee from 2005. He chaired both for 10 years.

Jeremy was passionate about the commons, the countryside and nature and enjoyed his work with the conservators immensely.

The committee said: “We all owe so much to Jeremy. He was the epitome of a public-spirited person, who gave so much to the local community and to the Nettlebed and District Commons, which he loved so much.

“An extremely kind and approachable man, he was always ready to help, advise and guide on any issues.

“We enjoyed working with him and we frequently consulted each other on many matters. His wisdom, energy and support were invaluable.”

Jeremy had many other interests.

He loved cars and engines and spent many hours tinkering with a spanner in hand, particularly as a lad. He had a three-wheeled Morgan, which he loved, for many years and over the years his collection included a vintage tractor, various motorbikes and cars of different types and ages.

After retiring, he also enjoyed sailing and spent a particularly happy summer this year fulfilling his ambition to sail to the Scilly Isles with the Christ’s Hospital Sailing Group.

He really enjoyed sailing with friends old and new.

Jeremy leaves two daughters and five grandchildren and will be deeply missed by his family, sister, partner and friends.

A memorial in celebration of his life will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Nettlebed on December 1 at 2.30pm. All will be welcome.

Any donations will go to St Bartholomew’s Church and should be made via funeral directors Tomalin & Son, Anderson House, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG.

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