Simon Stoler died at Albany (NY) Memorial Hospital on July 31, 2014 at the age of 93.  Born in White Plains, NY on December 5, 1920,  Simon moved to the Noroton Heights neighborhood of Darien, CT when his father, Louis, opened Stoler’s in 1923.  After graduating from Darien High School and serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII, Simon and his older brother Bill ran the store until it was sold in the mid-1970s.

Stoler’s was a Darien institution for decades.  Simon was touched to hear how many people remembered the store and remembered him with affection when his daughter posted last year on the “You Know You Are From Darien” Facebook Page.

Over the past thirty years, Simon and his dog Skipper moved several times in order to stay close to his children and grandchildren, residing in the Boston area; Boca Raton, FL; Milford, CT; and finally in Stephentown, NY where he lived with his daughter, Beth Everett.

Simon also spent time volunteering for organizations where his business skills and gregarious nature proved an asset.  In Boston, he was honored by the Wang Center for the Performing Arts (now known as CITI Performing Arts Center) for his work and received similar recognition for his efforts on behalf of the Boca Raton Historical Society in Florida.

Simon always maintained his sense of humor and loved talking with people (and charming them). He was a voracious reader, particularly of history, enjoyed music, the theater and spending time with his family.  A devoted baseball fan his entire life, Willie Mays always remained his favorite player.  Later in life he became a Red Sox fan to the delight of his son and chagrin of his daughter.

Simon’s siblings William Stoler, Freda Latwin and Ruth Saxon preceded him in death.  He is survived by his children, Beth Everett and her husband Brad, of Stephentown, NY;  Mark Stoler and his wife Barbara, of Orange, CT; and three grandchildren, Zoe, Genevieve and Nick.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Riverview Funeral Home, Inc. of Troy, NY

To express condolences online please visit Simon’s everlasting memorial tribute page at:

— By the Family