"I am so pleased that you are having this community vigil tonight. It is the kind of remembrance that would be most meaningful to Bob.
Bob loved Lake Anne. He loved greeting and being greeted by Restonians and visitors alike. It was a great pleasure for him to sit on our balcony and watch the happenings on the plaza....probably with a martini... and appreciate anew the many wonderful details of what he called its 'Modern Gothic Architecture'.
Bob truly believed his oft-quoted assertion that COMMUNITY is what it is all about... and what a beautiful example is this wonderful gathering tonight to remember him.
Thank you all for this and the many, many expressions of love and respect for Bob."
Robert E. Simon, Jr., the founder and soul of Reston died peacefully at home on September 21, 2015. Robert E. Simon, Jr., founded Reston, one of the first master planned communities in the U.S., renowned for its innovative architecture, open space, and racial and socioeconomic diversity. Beloved in his community, Mr. Simon is remembered for his keen intelligence, wonderful wit, and spirited involvement in all aspects of Reston’s life. We all will miss him. A candlelight vigil has been organized by Tim Ward, pastor of Restoration Reston on Friday, September 25, beginning at 6:45 p.m. An official celebration of Mr. Simon's life will be organized at a later date and will be announced on our website.