Jerome B. Simandle

Jerome B. Simandle

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FJA Mourns the Passing of Honorable Jerome B. Simandle

It is with heartfelt sadness that we write to inform our membership that Senior Judge (and former Chief Judge) Jerome B. Simandle DNJ passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was an extremely active and beloved member of the Federal Judges Association having served for many years as an Officer, Executive Board and Board member. Most recently, Jerry was elected to be our Treasurer but reluctantly requested to step down because of the gravity of his illness and the serious physical impact of his treatments.

Jerry was never shy in professing his respect and affection for the FJA, its members and our mission. He was always available with cogent words of wisdom, a calm voice in any storm and an unending willingness to help at every turn. We are told that he passed away peacefully with his family at his side. We will always be grateful for his support, leadership and friendship to us all.

The Memorial Service for Judge Jerry Simandle was held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3pm at the Chapel at Princeton University. The Simandle Family hosted a reception immediately thereafter on the premises.

Jerry was our friend and colleague, and as President I prepared the following remarks on behalf of the Federal Judges Association, which District of New Jersey Chief Judge Freda Wolfson graciously offered to deliver along with the memorial for the Court. 

With fondest memories of Jerry Simandle’s friendship, collegiality and contributions to the FJA and to federal judges everywhere, we continue to mourn his loss. A page on the FJA website is dedicated to Jerry’s memory, and ready for memorials to be posted.

MEMORIAL REMARKS FOR JERRY SIMANDLE

Jerry Simandle was an extremely active and beloved member of the Federal Judges Association, having served for many years on its Board of Directors and as an officer and Executive Committee member. More recently, last spring, Jerry was once again elected to be FJA Treasurer but reluctantly requested to step down because of the gravity of his illness and the serious physical impact of his treatments. We knew his condition must be grave for Jerry to resign from any position, especially from his beloved FJA, an organization of Article III judges that he guided through decades of service, never shy in professing his respect and affection for the organization and its purposes, and for his colleagues who grew to love him as a friend. 

He was always available with cogent words of wisdom, a calm voice in any storm, and an unending willingness to help at every turn. Few words can capture his dignity, grace and accomplishments, and his long term FJA Colleagues have expressed their thoughts as well, and have shared their devastation at his passing:

 “... it’s a loss, in fact, for the entire federal judiciary, which he loved and served so well...we assumed that Jerry would last forever, partly because we needed him to but mostly because we so wanted him to. He was everything and more in terms of all the praiseworthy things people are saying about him- keenly intelligent, genuinely good hearted, thoroughly sweet and unfailingly kind, charming, funny, productive, loyal to a flaw.. He was also a trooper! He took on every assignment he was given in the FJA and made it look easy and honorable. He loved his life as a judge, he loved his role as husband and father and friend, he loved the people he was privileged to serve and had the pleasure of working with, and he loved the federal judiciary and his country. The legacy he has left us will ensure that his memory shall sustain us throughout our lives.  We loved him like a brother...” (Sarah Evans Barker)

 “Jerry’s tremendous gifts and generosity of heart are now lost to us....He loved his family first and foremost but his love of the judiciary placed a close second. If only we could still have his wisdom and kindness among us. Lacking that, his memory should inspire us to emulate his excellence. That would be a fitting memorial to a judge’s judge.” ( Irene Keeley)

To Jerry’s family, friends and colleagues, we mourn your his loss and he will be missed. He has left us with a life legacy that is exceptional.

Respectfully submitted by Cynthia M. Rufe, President on behalf of the Federal Judges Association.

 

SHARED MEMORIES AND CONDOLENCES

Jerry was a class act, indeed. It was my pleasure to serve with Jerry on the FJA Board, and he was all that you have described. All federal judges are in his debt for his dedicated service to The Third Branch. He will surely be missed

With sadness, 

William Stafford

Senior Judge

United States District Court

Northern District of Florida

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Jerry Simandle was a judge’s judge. Kind, steady, wise and thoughtful. And he was a hard-working officer of the FJA.

He was respected by all.

We shall miss him greatly.

Sincerely, 

Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III 

United States District Court

Western District of Kentucky

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