Mark C. Simcox 1946-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs



MAINEVILLE – Mark Criswell Simcox passed away on Monday July 19, 2021 at Abode Advantage in Maineville, Ohio, at the age of 74.

Mark was born in Columbus on October 31, 1946 and raised in Worthington. He graduated from Worthington High School in 1964.

He is survived by his brother, Daniel (Kristy) Simcox; sister, Anne (Larry) Carter; nephew, Jason Simcox; niece, Sara (Paul) O’Connor; niece, Joanna (Kyle) Sears; niece, Danielle (George) Skestos; nephew, Chad (Angie) Carter; and 11 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mark was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Evelyn Simcox.

Mark and his family attended Glen Echo Presbyterian Church and Mark often sang in a quartet and played the cello. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1968. For 40 years, Mark played in the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra. He was principal cellist of the Boston Classical Orchestra and of a new music ensemble called Alea III. He has performed with the Boston Pops, the Boston Ballet Orchestra and nationally tours with the New York City Opera. Mark loved the year he spent in Hawaii as Principal Assistant Cellist for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he performed orchestral concerts on the Boston Esplanade, at Hatch Shell and at Fenway Park.

In 2013, Mark retired to Key West, Florida, where he was a member of the Southernmost Chamber Music Society. He enjoyed growing beautiful tropical flowers, paddling, kayaking and biking.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday August 6, 2021, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Leetonia, with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating.

Friends and family will be received one hour before the service.

Interment will take place in the Columbiana cemetery.

The services will be broadcast live and available on the church’s Facebook page (St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA) to her many friends in Key West, Boston and across the country and around the world.

In Mark’s honor, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are in the care of Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home.

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