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Roger Simon

Roger Simon

Lawyer and actor Roger Simon passed away on Jan. 10, 2022. He was 88. A service was held Jan. 13 at Fairmount Cemetery, officiated by Mr. Simon’s brother Rabbi Howard Simon, Rabbi Steven Foster and Cantor Elizabeth Sacks. Arrangements were made by Feldman Mortuary.

Mr. Simon was born on June 15, 1933 in Davenport, Ia. In his teens, his family moved to Denver, where he attended East High School. He completed his undergraduate and law degrees from CU Boulder.

It was at CU where Mr. Simon met Beverly Wilson; they married in August, 1957 and were married for 63 years before Mrs. Simon’s passing in February, 2020.

Mr. Simon’s first career endeavor was as a criminal attorney, then as a divorce lawyer, and later a real estate lawyer. Mr. Simon’s family said he did significant pro bono legal work for many people in the arts community.

“He was respectful and caring and considerate of those he provided advice to,” said his family.

Mr. Simon’s true love was acting. He had numerous local and regional theatre credits, including the rare trifecta of playing the parts of Oscar Madison, Felix Unger and “Murray” in three separate productions at the Bonfils Theatre, Aurora Fox Theatre and Colorado Music Hall.

Television credits included roles in movies “In Plain Sight,” “Father Dowling” and “I Want To Keep My Baby.”

Mr. Simon’s daughter, Chere Simon-Mequet, said of her father’s meeting with agents regarding an acting career: “They said he had the talent to make a career of acting, but in order to make a living he would have to move to California. He wasn’t comfortable uprooting us from school so he passed up the opportunity.”

Mr. Simon was predeceased by his wife Bevie and son Mark Simon. Survivors include Chere (Frank) Mequet and Michael Simon, and two grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Denver Hospice.

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