In Memory of




Obituary for Lance Matthew Simon

Lance Simon, 60, passed away peacefully at Sault Area Hospital on December 9th with family by his side. Lance will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 29 years, Velma Simon, as well as his three children Matt (Rachel), Julia (Wiley), and Katrina. He was the son of late Steven and late Marlene Simon. Son-in-law of Norman and Evelyn Farish. Cherished by his brothers Stephen (Ida), Guy (Wendy), late Brian, Mike (Laurie), and Jason. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends alike.
Lance grew up as a true outdoorsman spending as much time on Havilland Bay as possible. He had an affinity for hunting, fishing, playing sports, spending time with his animals, and using anything that had a motor. These loves and interests bonded him with his lovely wife Velma. They continued to engage in these interests and share them with their three children. Among his many passions, being with his family and spending time with them was his greatest love.
Lance enjoyed a 43-year career with Algoma Steel as a machinist, retiring January 2022. He shared his passions for the trades with anyone who would listen, sharing as many of his skills and talents as he could. Into his retirement, he continued to be passionate about watching sports, specifically curling, hockey, racing and spending time outdoors.
Lance felt the most alive when he was with his loved ones in the bush or on the lake, with nothing but nature around him. At this time, Lance shared life lessons with his family including “It’s not called catching, it’s called fishing. You need to learn to enjoy and appreciate the experience and not expect a result”. This is a beautiful metaphor for Lance’s life and a lesson that we can all benefit from carrying forward.
Anyone who knew Lance, knew that he was a man of few words. As an avid country music fan, he often communicated through country song lyrics. So here is an excerpt for you Lance:
“Just ‘cause I’m leavin
It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side
When you need me
And you can’t see me in the middle of the night
Just close your eyes and say a prayer
It’s okay, I know you’re scared when I’m not here
But I’ll always be right there
Even thought I’m leavin’, I ain’t goin’ nowhere” – Luke Combs

A special thank you to the staff at the Sault Area Hospital ICU for their wonderful and compassionate support in his last days. To reflect Lance’s spirit of giving to those in need, memorial contributions payable by cheque or online to the ARCH are appreciated.
Family and friends are invited to join us for a celebration of life at the Tarentorus Curling Club on December 17, 2022 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. This is a casual affair, so please avoid wearing black and bring a dish of food to share.