April 22, 2020

Obituaries 4/22/20

Simon Tams

Simon Tams died on March 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, after a gallant battle with an aggressive lung cancer, his wife by his side.

Simon’s father, Ted Tams, delivered him on March 1,1952 on their kitchen floor during a snowstorm in Princeton, NJ.

After attending The Hun School in Princeton and Bentley College in Waltham, MA, Simon found his niche in theatre, working at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. That experience led to Broadway bus and truck tours. Eventually, Simon landed in Los Angeles working as a Construction Coordinator on national commercials and installations at Disneyland and Disneyworld. He later toured the world with the Transformer’s Bumblebee.

Simon produced several independent projects including Batman Deadend, the internet’s first most downloaded Short Film featured at San Diego’s Comic Con in 2003. He followed that with several indie films with Director Alex Cox. Simon’s passion project, A Thousand Junkies, directed by Tommy Swerdlow, was released in 2017.

Most recently, Simon had co-designed a state-of-the-art 3D camera rig to be used on camera cranes and drones. He traveled to Panama to film the opening of the new Panama Canal, to New Hampshire to film black bears for Pandas, a Warner Bros IMAX 3D film about China’s efforts to release pandas back in to the wild, and he made several extended trips to China to track the panda bear Chin Chin.

Simon was a consummate craftsman and problem solver. His curiosity, passion, and dedication to both the technical and artistic sides of the creative process were boundless. If Simon was in your corner, you had the strongest of allies. He was the person you’d want with you in a fox hole.

Simon was predeceased by his parents, The Honorable Theodore T. Tams Jr. and Lorraine P. Tams, and sister, Ruth. Simon is survived by his wife, Daren Hicks; siblings, Colin, Brian, Georgia, and Daphne; sisters-in-law, Deb and Laurie; brother-in-law, Kent; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Simon’s life will be celebrated when the current physical distance ban no longer keeps us apart.

Donations in Simon’s honor may be made to One Voice (onevoice-la.org) or Claire’s Place Foundation (clairesplacefoundation.org).


Edward Roger Budny

Edward Roger Budny, age 75, of Stuart, FL, died April 7, 2020 at Treasure Coast Hospice.

He was born 1945 in Trenton, NJ, son of Edward and Joan. He received a BS from George Washington University. He was a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). He was employed in commercial real estate appraisal. He lived in Miami, Coral Gables, and Stuart, FL, as well as Washington Crossing, PA, and Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Stuart, FL.  His son, Michael Owen, is divorced from Susan Panozzo. His other son, Trevor A. Budny, is married to Laura Dewey Budny. He had two grandchildren, Brianne and Jacob Owen.

He was predeceased by his brother Carl (1964) and his sister Joan (2010).

The time and date of service is to be determined. He will be interred at St. Paul’s in Princeton, NJ. Martin Funeral Home and Crematorium in Stuart, FL, is in charge of arrangements.


Ann Gunning Magee

Ann Gunning Magee, 91, wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery’s Skilled Nursing facility on April 12. She had lived in Princeton for the past 58 years.

Ann was born in Rome, NY, on August 28, 1928. Her family later moved to New York City, and briefly to Ireland during the Depression, before returning to New York.

Ann graduated from Hunter College High School in New York. She graduated from Barnard College where she majored in Economics. After graduating, she attended Teachers’ College at Columbia University and taught at The Brearley School in New York. She returned to Columbia where she earned a Masters in History, as well as met her future husband, Richard J. Magee.

Ann and her young family moved to Princeton in 1961. After raising her three children, Ann returned to school, earning both a Masters in Education in Special Education degree as well as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Trenton State College. Ann applied these degrees to her work as a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant through much of the 1980s. Ann was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education, and was a member of numerous professional education associations.

Ann was an avid traveler, having toured extensively through much of Europe. She was a member of a number of local organizations including Friends of the Princeton University Library, Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Present Day Club.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Ann Magee Peretzman of Princeton, and by her sons, Richard J. Magee Jr. of St. Louis, MO, and Steven G. Magee of Short Hills, NJ. Ann is also survived by six grandchildren. Ann’s husband, Richard J. Magee Sr., passed away in 1981.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann Magee can be made to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638.


Adam Steven Henschel

Adam Steven Henschel, 66, of Princeton, passed away April 17, 2020.

Son of the late Leonard and Judith Henschel, he is survived by his sister, Laurel Eve Henschel.

Adam was a learned, kind, and gentle soul. He was a proud American. A proud Jew.

Private funeral services and burial were Wednesday, April 22 at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House (www.greenwoodhouse.org) or to Chabad of Mercer County – Princeton (www.princetonchabad.org).

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.