Simpson McLeod

26 November , 193628 November , 2018

Simpson passed away November 28, 2018 at the Halifax Infirmary with Sue by his side. He was born in East Lothian outside of Edinburgh, Scotland on November 26, 1936. He is survived by his wife Sue, daughters Kate, Esther, Sarah and Alice and his brother Graham who all reside in Scotland, his step children Chris (Kate) Palmer, Halifax and Alison (Matt) Dunn, Mill Valley, California, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Simpson attended The Macintosh School of Architecture and Strathclyde University both in Glasgow where he studied planning and architecture. He worked for the city of Halifax in Planning and Development before retiring in 2004. Simpson was a passionate storyteller and movie enthusiast. A lifelong learner, he was rarely seen without a book in hand. He loved hiking and working on house projects. We will gather at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Lacewood Drive, Halifax on Saturday December 8th from 1:00-3:00 to remember Simpson, with remarks at 2:00pm. No flowers by request. Donations in his name may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of N.S.


  • Celebration of Life Gathering Saturday, 8 December , 2018

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Yvonne Macor

26 December 2018

My sincere condolences to Sue, family and friends of Simpson McLeod: I just heard of Simpson’s death from Sue inresonse to an email Christmas card. I am sad I was not able to attend a service in his honour. I knew him as my supervisor and mentor at the City of Halifax Planning Dept. 1981-1989. He was a major factor in making it a great start to my career in planning and the best job I ever had. He treated me and others with friendly respect, supportive of new ideas and sharing his own enthusiastically. He also took a fatherly interest in my personal well-being and spiritual interests, and we had some wonderful conversations. He’ll always have a place of honour in my heart.

Lorraine Folkes

10 December 2018

Dear Sue,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband. I did not know Simpson; but I know you and knowing you as I do, I am certain he was a wonderful man.

Sending love and prayers.


Nicole Harvey

10 December 2018

Sending love, prayers and deep condolences Mrs. McLeod, on the passing of Mr. McLeod - My warmest hugs and wishes for you and your family.
Sincerest Regards, Nicole Harvey

Sharal Riggs

10 December 2018

Dear Sue,

I'm so very sorry I was unable to attend the celebration of life for Simpson on Saturday. Please know that you've been in my thoughts and prayers. The funny thing is that at connect group Simpson has always been referred to as your husband, or Sue's husband and I don't recall him be referred to by name. When I read the obituary I was surprised to realize I knew him as worked with Simpson back in the the City of Halifax days in Scotia Square. I certainly respected him, always considered him to be kind and compassionate and he had a great sense of humor.

Dear Sue, God promises to be with you and get you through this time of intense disappointment and loneliness. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Lean on God and allow Him to continue the process of healing your broken heart. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

Please reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help or support you. I would consider it an honor.

Love and blessings,


Linda Wilson

8 December 2018

Hello Sue and Family,
I was saddened to hear of Simpson's passing. He was a true mentor to me as I began my professional journey from 1981-1986 at the City of Halifax. I remember him as a teacher, guide, kind, wise and fun person to work with. We bumped into each other from time to after that, and I was always so happy to see his smiling face because it reminded me that there are people, who want others to succeed. I will always remember and be thankful for Simpson's patient influence as I was learning a professional way of being.

Wishing you all proud thoughts at this difficult time.

Gail Salsbury

8 December 2018

Heartfelt condolences to Kate, Esther, Sarah and Alice on the loss of your Dad, and to Sue on the loss of your husband. Gail Salsbury

Jennifer Phillips

7 December 2018

To Sue
I am sorry to learn of Simpson's illness and his passing. Simpson was one of my professors and my thesis supervisor when I was in Planning at Queen's University but he was much more than that. He was a friend - a very close friend for 20 years. I haven't seen him in many years but, through interconnections, he was a big part of my life from about 1971 when I started my Master's up until 1991. We were good friends in Kingston and then in Halifax and remained friends in the first years after I moved to Ottawa. We also worked together at the Halifax Planning Department. I have many happy memories. He was fun and always young at heart and very intelligent, creative, hard working and helpful.

Kristen Matthews

5 December 2018

I am so very sorry to hear this news. It was a privilege to become reacquainted with Simpson as a young adult, when Chris and I were friends – but I remember Simpson with tremendous fondness from my earliest days, long prior. As a colleague and friend of my father’s, he was a regular addition to our dinner table at home. He always attended the dinner parties my parents hosted, and brought a whole separate level of laughter and levity whenever he came. He was famous for cleaning everyone else’s plates, no matter how well he knew them. He was just such a joyful, lovely person. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Sending so much love.

Ruth LeBlanc

5 December 2018

My sincere condolences to you Suzanne. Simpson was funny and caring. It was always a pleasure to visit. He has left a legacy of his generosity of spirit. My love, Ruth

Bill Wilson

5 December 2018

Sue, so sorry to hear of Simpson’s passing. I remember him as warm, generous, caring and always the gentleman . It was always a pleasure to share time with you both.
Wish I could make it easier for you at this difficult time, however, all I have are words, but know that I am thinking of you.
Maybe we will meet again soon.
As always. Bill