He stayed four years at the Midlands daily before taking up a press officer role with NHS Coventry, later becoming head of communications, engagement and equalities and overseeing a £1.2m budget.
More recently Simon joined marketing and communications specialist ICE as director of lifestyle services.
In this role, he was responsible for working with NHS trusts on public health campaigns around issues such as alcohol consumption, smoking and healthy weight.
The company has placed his picture on the homepage of its website by way of tribute.
Simon’s former editor at Hinckley, Paul Webb, also paid tribute to his former colleague.
He said: “Simon was a reporter at the Hinckley Times when I became editor there in 2002. It was clear from the start that he was not only a likeable young man but an accomplished reporter who was going places.
“And he did. It was not long before Alan Kirby, who was then editor of the Coventry Telegraph, offered him a job. It was a natural progression and I wished him well.
“His death at such a young age is a terrible blow for his wife and young children and all who knew him.”