Ronald Gary Simon, 73, passed away Sept. 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla.

Born July 8, 1946, in Cleveland, Ron graduated from Shaker Heights High School and later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, marketing and finance. Ron also served in the military as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ron worked well with his hands as a second-generation developer. Because of that, he had a robust career – lending his skills to seven different companies during his lifetime.

Starting with H.L. Vokes Co., a family-owned construction company, Ron was vice president, project manager and tenant manager from 1973 to 1985. He worked on many projects, including the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Center One Hotel and Conference Center. After that, Ron moved onto Associated Estate Corp. from 1985 to 1994, where he was director of tenant development and senior project manager for commercial projects. Some of his projects there included Crown Center, Triangle Projects, Parkway Business Plaza, Miles Pointe and Eton Collection. From 1993 to 1994, Ron was director of construction for Prestige Management. His last position in the Cleveland area was at Metropolitan Bank from 1994 to 2001, as the senior vice president of facilities and real estate, as well as president of Kimberly Construction, a subsidiary of the bank.

After moving to the Tampa Area in 2001, Ron was COO at Taub Ventures until 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was the president and owner of Signature Builders of Tampa, where he supervised condo conversions and home renovations.

In his final years, from 2015 to 2019, Ron was a consultant for RGS Development, lending his knowledge to area developers.

Known as a loving father and sports lover, Ron will be remembered for his oversized heart, zest for life and feverish love for his favorite sports teams.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Karleen (nee Heyman); two sons, Adam (Talia) and Shane (Natalie); three grandchildren, Dylan, Cameron and Cole; and two siblings, Jeffrey (Lisa) and Debbie (Brian) Taub.

Services were held Sept. 12 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Interment was at Mayfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ron’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Network ( to find a cure for this terminal illness.