Simon Lipton
Simon Lipton, 86, of Somers, died Friday, (December 30, 2005). Born on October 2, 1919, in Somers, he was the son of the late Louis and Beatrice Lipschitz. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor (Epstein) Lipton. Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, William Lipton and his wife, Jeanne of Somers, Donald Lipton of Somers, Beth Lipton of Ellington, Judith (Lipton) Goldberg and her husband, Edward of Waterford, Jeffrey Lipton and his wife, Joanne of Somers; a sister, Anita Kaplowitz of West Hartford; and 11 grandchildren, Louis, Alicia, Joseph, Jacob, Daniel, Amy, Sarah, David, Mark, Matthew, and Marissa. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and his dear friends, Elwood Clifford and Bruce Margeson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred Kohn; his brother, Herman Lipton and his sister, Frieda Cochran. Simon attended local schools and graduated from Rockville HIgh School in 1937. As young men in the late 1940's Simon and his brother Herman incorporated their dairy farm as The Pleasant View Farms. Simon is perhaps best know for his annual deliveries of sweet corn to all his friends and business acquaintances. During his lifetime, Simon devoted countless hours to advancing agricultural interests not only in Somers but also throughout the state. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as State Chairman of The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services and appointed by Governor Ella Grasso to the State Board of Agriculture and as a consultant to the Rockville Vocational Agriculture School. Simon also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Connecticut Cooperative and Yankee Milk Cooperative. President of the Tolland County Farm Bureau, President of the Connecticut Association of Farmer Elected Committeemen and was a member of the Connecticut Farm Bureau. Simon received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including an award for his services for the Connecticut State Board of Agriculture. In 1998, Simon received the Tolland County Conservationist of the Year Award for his 26 years of service to that commission. Simon also found time to be very involved in local government. He served on the Board of Finance for over 30 years, the Water Pollution Control Authority Committee for more than 25 years, and the Conservation Commission for more than ten years including a term as chairperson. He was a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Democratic Town Committee for more than 40 years. The Somers Lions Club recognized Simon in 1987 as its Distinguished Citizen of the Year and in 2004 he was awarded the Robert B. Percoski Award for service to his community. Simon was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel, 54 Talcott Avenue, Rockville, where services will be held Monday, January 2 at 11 a.m. with Rabbi Marshal Press officiating. Burial will be immediately following in Somers Center Cemetery, Battle Street, Somers. Weinstein Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. A period of mourning will be observed at the home of Eleanor Lipton, 435 South Road following the funeral through Wednesday evening and at the home of Judith and Edward Goldberg, 91 Braman Road, Waterford on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Simon Lipton Vocational Agriculture Scholarship, c/o Rockville High School, 70 Loveland Hill Road, Vernon, CT 06066. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Mr. Lipton with his family, please visit online at

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