Simon was well-known in Wivenhoe, and his wife, Dosh, too. He was not just well-liked but well-respected too. He died in 1918, aged just 62, after a long fight against cancer. He had been landlord of the Horse & Groom PH for almost 30 years, taking on the licence in 1991. Previously, he and Dosh had run the The Station pub for 6 years.