Stanley Simon

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Retired Commercial Real Estate Partner, Distinguished Athlete, The “Perfect Combination of Strength And Sensitivity”

Stanley Simon, 83,of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at his winter home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Stan was born on September 11, 1935, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Moe and Anna Simon, and was the youngest of three brothers, Sydney and Edward. He grew up living above the family toy store, helping with the business as needed.

Stan attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth. He was an excellent student and a great athlete who received varsity letters in basketball, soccer, track and golf.

In his senior year, he received the very distinguished Cornell Cup which was presented to the one student in Union County best exemplifying all-around athletic and academic excellence.

He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and continued with post-graduate courses at New York University.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan, Stan began a long and successful career in commercial real estate. After a brief time at the David Settle Companies, he joined Jacobson, Goldfarb and Tanzman (JGT) as a salesperson.

Over the next 20 years, he rose to principal and eventually managing partner and his leadership, ethics, integrity and foresight enabled JGT to be a dominant force in the commercial real estate industry for many years.

In 1958, while hitting balls at the golf range, Stan met his future wife of 59 years, Susan (Heilbrunn) Simon. Both Susan and Stan shared a lifelong love of golf and tennis.

Although he never played tennis as a youth, their combined athletic ability allowed them to win the New Jersey State Mixed Doubles Championship in the 1970s and earn a qualifying spot in the U.S. Open Mixed Doubles. Their love of tennis filtered down to all three sons, Michael, David and Jeffrey, who all played tennis for Livingston High School and their respective colleges.

Stan touched many people as a friend and mentor. Having come from humble beginnings, he was a big supporter of higher education and, over the years, anonymously monetarily supported the college education of many deserving and financially struggling youths.

His intellect, caring personality and ability to understand and guide people was truly extraordinary. He was the perfect combination of strength and sensitivity.

His dependable, good advice and encouraging personality brought out the best in his staff, partners (both in the office and on the tennis court), family and even the Livingston Little League teams he coached for almost a decade.

Stan is survived by his wife, Susan; three sons, Michael, David and Jeffrey; five grandchildren, Samantha, Allison, Emmy, Matthew and Mitchell, and one daughter-in-law, Michelle. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend anyone could ever hope to have.

A chapel service was conducted on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Menorah Chapels at Millburn, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Union, New Jersey. The interment took place at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Stan’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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