Nicholas Simon Jr., 80

McCormick executive

January 26, 2007

Nicholas J. Simon Jr., a retired McCormick & Co. executive who later sold residential real estate, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 18 at Stella Maris Hospice. The Parkton resident was 80.

Born and raised in St. Louis, he was a left-handed first baseman in the St. Louis Browns farm system as a young man and remained a fan of the team after it became the Baltimore Orioles.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and earned a bachelor's degree in business at St. Louis University. He moved to Baltimore in the early 1960s after working for the spice company in Jackson, Miss., and in other locations.

He worked in sales and marketing before retiring in 1989 as director of human resources after 40 years with McCormick. He retired about five years ago from his second career, selling homes in Baltimore County as a Realtor at O'Connor, Piper and Flynn.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Parkton, where Mr. Simon was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Mary A. Gerker; two sons, Nick Simon of San Mateo, Calif., and John C. Simon of Naperville, Ill.; five daughters, Ann Simon Spotts of Mill Valley, Calif., Alice Fair of Wilton, Conn., Peggy DeCrispino and Mary Frances Palmer, both of Parkton, and Therese Simon of Washington; two brothers, Thomas Simon of Dallas and Donald Simon of St. Louis; and 14 grandchildren.

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