It is with deep sadness that we the family announce the passing of our husband, father, brother and grandfather William “Bill” Simpson on July 7, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Toronto, he was the only son of the late William and Mable (Eccles) Simpson.
Bill retired as captain after 30 years of dedicated service to the North York Fire Department. He was V.P of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association which he took very personally, taking care of his 3000 brothers and sisters and their families. Retiring in 2001 to his second home, Cape Breton Island he immediately joined the N.V.V.F.D. He also was active as the Training Officer for level one. Always concerned with the safety of others he became a crossing guard for the C.B.R.M. and to no surprise he became involved in their union as president and later as V.P.
He is survived by his wife Donna, children Ron & Dawn, the joy of his life grandson Joshua, loving sister Sandra (Donald) Allan, Ont., sister & brother in-law Linda (Frank) Helle, special friend Marina Clark. He is also survived by his nieces Cathy Norris, Michelle Helle, Tanya (John) Martell, nephew David (Betty) Allan, Ont., and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his son Michael.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in the funeral home. A chapel service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m in the McLellan Brothers Chapel with Rev. Vernon Reid officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s cemetery, New Victoria and a reception will be held at the parish hall, Convent Street. All are welcome. Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mclellanfuneralhome.com.