Gail Simon Tozour of Hilton Head Island, formerly of West Chester PA, died peacefully in her sleep at home after a long illness on April 18, 2021. Gail was born on January 3,1940 to Regina and Norman Simon in Boston Massachusetts. Gail spent her childhood in Mullica Hill New Jersey where she picked thousands of peaches, became a connoisseur of the perfect Jersey tomato, and fine-tuned her expert cooking skills that she wowed her family with for decades. In high school, Gail was on the color guard and was the Treasurer of the National Honor Society. Gail stayed in contact with her high school friends throughout her adult life.
At a party in 1962 after a long day working for the telephone company, Gail met the love of her life, Douglas Tozour. A handsome Naval Academy Junior from Pitman, New Jersey, he won her over instantly. As a Marine wife and for 57 years after, Gail and Doug traveled to dozens of countries, gathering artifacts and memories that they loved to share with others and displayed lovingly in their home. Gail and Doug’s partnership in life led to running a successful business for over 50 years. Gail was responsible for hiring many people and knew every employee and their families. Everyone knew who the real “boss” was. Gail could often be found with her nose in a book and was active in many book clubs where she made lifelong friends. Gail was also an incredible bridge player who with her silent nature and sharp intellect made a name for herself weekly for many years. She came home with a lot of dimes. Throughout her life, Gail was known for her bright smile and kind and welcoming demeanor. She could always be counted on to take the time to listen to and bring comfort to anyone who needed it. Gail was a devout Catholic and believed in a life of service to others. Gail’s calendar was filled with activities that involved helping others like cooking multiple turkeys at Thanksgiving for church, to serving dinner at homeless shelters. In more recent years, Gail was a member of Wexford Cares, a group in her community dedicated to neighbors helping neighbors. Family was everything to Gail.
She is survived by her husband Douglas and children Paul Tozour and Karla Toensing (Brady) and her grandchildren Zachary, Adelaide, and Lily. Gail is also survived by her brother Norman Simon and his wife Kathleen and their family. She was preceded in death by her brother Patrick Simon. Gail lived a life of amazing grace and great dignity.
Relatives and Friends may visit from 10:30 am to 11 am on Saturday, May 8th at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit at Holy Name of Jesus Church Parish Hall, 17 Earlington Avenue, Mullica Hill, NJ, A Mass of Christian burial for close friends and family will be held at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery in Mullica Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, if you feel inclined, The National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and The Wexford Foundation on Hilton Head were dear to Gail’s heart.
The National Liberty Museum of Philadelphia
The Wexford Foundation
P.O. Box 4100, Hilton Head Island SC 29938