The obituary of Colin P. Simonelli

Colin P. Simonelli, 24, of Princeton died Saturday, Aug.  20. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident, except for three years that he lived in Pittsburgh. Colin was a student at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Colin was a lovable and loving son, grandson, brother, cousin, and friend, whose heart, laughter, compassion, and courage will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Grandson of the late James R. Beale, he is survived by his parents Tony and Susan (Beale) Simonelli, two brothers Mario Simonelli and Xavier Simonelli, maternal grandmother Ellen Beale, paternal grandparents Chris and Linda Simonelli, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will be private.

Friends may call on Tuesday Evening, Aug. 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Mercer County Community College Foundation to help establish a memorial scholarship in Colin’s memory. Please make your donation online at (please be sure to indicate in comments: In memory of Colin Simonelli or mailed to MCCC Foundation, PO Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690.

At UMASS Boston, gifts in memory of Colin can be made in the following ways:

By check:

Checks should be made out to “UMass Boston” and write “In memory of Colin Simonelli” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to: University Advancement, Attention: Anne Kelly-Contini, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125

Online: Gifts can be made online at by clicking on the “Give” button. Fill in the form as instructed, including the section that says “My Gift is in Honor or Memory.”

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Erica Chayes Wida is a writer, mom, and complete zealot when it comes to poetry, paella and globe collections. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from UCLA, Erica moved to Italy where the seasons and old architecture inspired her journey back to the East Coast. Since then, she and her husband have created a nest egg locally and, over time, developed a rather grand love affair with the town of Princeton. Erica is senior editor at The Princeton Sun and enjoys fulfilling her Princeton affections on a daily basis. | View all posts by Erica Chayes Wida