Nick Simon, president of Publishers Printing and fifth-generation head of the 150-year-old company, passed away last Friday, according to a statement from the company.
Simon started working at Publishers after his graduation from Northwestern in 1981 and inherited the role of president upon the passing of his father, Frank E. Simon, in 1990.
Together with his brother, Michael, who served as executive vice president, the pair navigated the company for the next 26 years through arguably some of the most difficult times in the history of the printing industry and generated unprecedented growth. The company employs nearly 1,400 workers at plants in Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, according to Printing Impressions.
Over the course of his life, Nick Simon received as many—if not more—awards for civic service as he did for outstanding business leadership, the list of which is far too long to include here. In 2003, the Greater Louisville chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named him Philanthropist of the Year.
"Publishers Press will carry on business as he would want," read the company statement from the company. "To that end, the succession plan is not yet finalized. The Board of Directors, in consultation with the leadership team, is working to ensure a smooth transition after Nick’s sudden and unexpected passing."
The company's plants shut down on Tuesday before reopening yesterday evening.
"The man known more for his generosity than any wealth he may have earned passed away on Friday morning," wrote The Pioneer News last week, in a tribute that details some of Simon's many contributions to Kentucky's Bullitt County over the years.
Simon is survived by his three children, Anna, Nicholas, and Alexander, and their mother, Nanette Simon; his brother, Michael, and sisters, Elizabeth Montgomery and Franny Aprile; his stepfather, Joe Thomas; and his girlfriend, Rhonda Karageorge.
His funeral mass was held Wednesday morning at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, followed by a burial at Cave Hill National Cemetary. According to an obituary, expressions of sympathy can be sent to The Society of St. Vincent DePaul, The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Bullitt County Seven Counties Services Behavioral Health, or the Bullitt County Library.