Sylvan and Bernice Simon knew the Tree of Life synagogue well.
The Pittsburgh house of worship — where the elderly couple was among the 11 people killed when an assault rifle-toting gunman opened fire in an anti-Semitic attack Saturday — was where the pair wed in 1956, according to a report.
“They held hands, and they always smiled, and he would open the door for her,” grieving neighbor Heather Graham told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They were really generous and nice to everybody. It’s just horrific.”
Sylvan, 86, and Bernice, 84, married nearly 62 years ago in a candlelight vigil at the temple in the Steel City’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
They’d been together ever since, with the couple honeymooning in New York.
“A loving couple, and they’ve been together forever,” said Michael Stepaniak, another neighbor on a Wilkinsburg street that Sunday saw the couple’s home adorned with bouquets of flowers and cards of mourning.
“I hope they didn’t suffer much, and I miss them terribly,” Stepaniak told the paper.
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