Andrew Simon Obituary, Burial, Funeral Plan
ANDREW SIMON was Born in Budapest on January 16, 1938. Died at home in Montreal on April 28, 2022, with his wife of 50 years, Monika, and children, Julia, Mark, and Cathy, by his side. He will be missed by his grandchildren Felix, Erik, and Ella, his first wife Bella, family, and many friends around the world. His curiosity, charm, and sense of humour often led him into conversations with strangers who became lifelong friends.
A survivor of the Holocaust, he immigrated to Canada after a daring escape from Hungary with his parents in 1950. He embraced life in Canada, “the best country in the world,” and took great pride in his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Starting as a tour guide, he went on to report, produce and manage; created Canada’s first open-line radio program Cross-Country Check-Up; led CBC TV Calgary to number one in the market; was head of Radio Canada International.
His family knew to be quiet during newscasts and the National Research Time Signal. Andrew had a deep passion for language, geography, and current affairs, and urged his children to pursue careers with an “international dimension”. It worked. He had many expressions that will live on with those who knew him, such as “Travel broadens”, “Get your hands together!”, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”
The man was debonair: introduced himself as “good looking, red hair”; was an early adopter of the man purse; proudly wore knee socks with his Bermuda shorts; was most comfortable in a shirt and tie, sometimes even under his dressing gown. He will be remembered for his hospitality, Simon brunches, and love of Hungarian food. His impact has been enormous. Andrew was a progressive, creative thinker.
He was someone who approached life with boldness and gusto, who was principled, who got things done, who genuinely cared about the lives of those around him, who knew how to tell a story, and has left us with plenty of memorable ones. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these charities: