It is with great sadness that the family of Lucy Belle Simon announce her passing on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at the age of 91 years.
She leaves to mourn with many loving memories: sons: Prime (Christine), Adolph (Rose), Nazaire, Alphonsus (Alison), Herman, Tony (Tracey), and Rocky; daughters: Cecilia (Philip), Ruth (Danny), Verna, and Ann Marie; sisters: Monica and Imelda; 16 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren; as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
Lucy was predeceased by: husband Edward; parents: Adolph and Cecilia Simon; daughter-in-law Carolyn; son-in-law Oliver; granddaughter Chantel; and siblings: Neil, Ernest, May, Bertina, Ben, Agnes, and Florence.
Following her wishes cremation has taken place and due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
It pains for me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day, but it was just something I didn’t want to hear. I didn’t get things my way, and that’s been a common occurrence and the Story of my life.
And while I’m on that subject (the story of my life)… On April 10th, 1930, my parents and older siblings celebrated my birth and I was introduced to the world as Lucy Belle Simon, the daughter of Adolf and Cecilia from Cape St. George. The world was then forever changed.
My life wasn’t always easy, being a French Newfie. We didn’t have much growing up. For example, we only had two pairs of shoes for the whole household. A pair that belonged to my father and another that belonged to my big bother Neil. What did that mean for me? It meant that I couldn’t go outside in the winter months. I know what you guys are thinking “what a sin”. Then again it got me out of doing outdoor chores. I left school of hard knocks in grade 4, don’t worry I legit had the whole reading and writing thing already figured out by then. I could read the Newfoundland Herald in record time. Now I should explain, leaving school at such a young age was not by choice. Our family home burnt to the ground. We got displaced, and I was shipped off to Port Aux Port where I worked as a servant.
On May 10th, 1948 I married my husband Edward and it was then I became Grand Diva of all things domestic. Our plan was to have a couple of kids, so we started in 1949, but evidently, I enjoyed raising babies. We finally gave it a rest in 1974. I raised a full fleet of kids. Eleven of them. I could have had my own football team. I would have named them the “Free Range Chickens”. And speaking of chickens I had a bunch of those too, along cows, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, and my favorite Ralph the Crow.
So, what are some things I’m world-renowned for? My knitting, my lack of patience, not holding back my opinion, and my knack for telling people the way it is. I always told the truth even if it wasn’t what people wanted to hear. I was genuine, I didn’t sugar coat anything. If someone died it was “goodbye Charlie Brown”. I was black or white, I either liked you or I didn’t. I had an extensive vocabulary it was a perk of being bilingual. I’m a self-proclaimed “Busy Nose”, super bread baker and knitter extraordinaire. My knitting and baking were perks if I liked you. You come for tea then you left with a door prize. Sweetheart, I a real charmer I was. I loved to share my knitting skills, I must have given away thousands of slippers, with no expectations to receive anything in return. My door was always open, everyone was welcomed, even strangers. Some stayed longer than others, but I loved the company. I was kinda a big deal. A lot of people from around the world visit the Cape, and a lot of them passed through my house. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor. But I did have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family members. How much more blessed can a person be.
I leave behind my all my children. Here they are in order from the eldest to the youngest. I’m not going to bother with their spouses/significant others because I’m paying by the letter. Cecelia, Prime, Adolf, Nazaire, Ruth, Verna, Alphonse, Herman, Marie, Tony and Rocky. I should also mention have grandchildren, great-grandchildren. I have a couple of sisters still floating around as well; Monica and Imelda.
I’ll leave you with this, don’t cry because I was gone; instead be happy that I was here. (Ok you will cry a little bit, after all I have passed away.)
Today I am happy, I’m rocking in my chair knitting and watching “The Young and the Restless”, with hopes to meet the real Kathrine Chancellor.
April 10 1930 June 03 2021
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Lucy Belle Simon April 10 1930 June 03 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Stephenville, Province: T-N