July 25, 2016
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of Simon Margolis. he died today at about 12:25 am and was a friend, mentor, and tireless advocate for consumers and our profession.
We have lost one of the very best.
All of our hearts are broken.
In keeping with Jewish tradition, the funeral is tomorrow.
I spoke with Marcia, his wife, today and that's all the information I have.
Rest in peace Simon
Longtime assistive technology leader and advocate Simon Margolis died on July 25, 2016. Simon served as RESNA's president from 2002 to 2004. He was one of the founders of NCART, the National Coalition for Advanced Rehab Technology, where he served on the board of directors, and one of the founders of NRRTS, where he also served on the board of directors and as its president. He also served as NRRTS executive director for seven years until his retirement in August 2013. As NCART's executive director Don Clayback stated, "In all these positions, Simon's passion and dedication had a common goal: protecting and improving access to high-quality, individually configured equipment that people with disabilities rely on and ensuring it was provided by qualified professionals and organizations." He was a tireless advocate for consumers and for the AT profession.
Simon Margolis' immediate family includes wife Marcia, daughter Erica Margolis (Negrini), and son-in-law Tyler Negrini. In the short term you can add to the messages to the family on facebook. Graveside services will be tomorrow July 26th at 1pm at Adath Chesed Shel Emes cemetery and Shiva will follow at Ericas home at 7pm.
Marcia and Simon's address:
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation made in Simon's name to either: Bet Shalom Synagogue, 13613 Orchard Rd., Hopkins, MN 55305; to the animal humane society; or one of your choice.