James V. Simonette dies at 87

Baltimore County educator who was assistant principal at Pikesville High

May 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

James Vincent Simonette, a retired Baltimore County public school educator and World War II veteran, died Friday of an aneurysm at his Timonium home. He was 87.

Mr. Simonette, the son of Italian immigrant parents, was born and raised in Clarksburg, W.Va. During the 1930s, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a pharmacist's mate.

After the end of the war, Mr. Simonette enrolled on the GI Bill of Rights at what is now Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where he earned a bachelor's degree.

He also earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1956 and a second master's in the discipline in 1976 from Towson University.

In 1947, he married Lila Williams, and in 1953, the couple moved to Baltimore when Mr. Simonette began teaching English and social studies at Gen. Henry Lee Junior High School in South Baltimore.

Mr. Simonette joined the faculty of Pikesville High School in 1964 and spent the last 13 years of his career as assistant principal, retiring in 1985.

Proud of his Italian heritage, Mr. Simonette enjoyed studying Italian in his retirement, as well as Italian history, culture and contemporary events.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Simonette is survived by twin sons, Terry Simonette of Woodstock and Gary Simonette of Finksburg; a daughter, Daphne Davidson of New Freedom, Pa.; two brothers, Nick Simonette of Clarksburg and Joe Simonette of Monroe, Wis.; a sister, Teresa Simonette of Clarksburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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