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Joseph "Roy" Simpson

February 11, 1940February 8, 2020
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Joseph “Roy” Simpson (Affectionately known by his childhood friends as Sam) Peacefully at home, with loving family at his side, on Saturday February 8th, 2020, in his 80th year. Beloved husband to Shirley for 18 years. Loving father to Dawn (Rob), Joe (Angie) and step-father to Brent and Craig (Michelle). Cherished Poppa to Taylor and James, Kyle and Brooke (Brock), Chloe and Rory & Jaime, Dustin and Ashley. Predeceased by his first wife Sandra and his brother Douglas. Roy will be missed and lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Wendy, his niece Tracy and his nephew Mark as well his brothers-in-law Ed (Kay) and Perly (Pat), sisters-in-law Helen and Merina and his many friends. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street, West, on Friday February 14th, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital or Toronto General Hospital will be appreciated by our family. Condolences – www.oshawafuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 14, 2020


Joseph "Roy" Simpson

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greg Meyer

February 12, 2020

Greg Meyer, Bill Meyer's son.

Ballpark 1975, 'Uncle Sam' presumably cleaned out his garage and dropped off 500+ car magazines in our garage with a note to me (feeding my interest in cars at the time.) Hot Rod, Car Craft, Motor Trend, dragster magazines, etc.

I read every one of them, some many times over. While I never owned a 'muscle car,' I can to this day distinguish between a '62 Impala and a '63 Impala, recite factory engine options for the '69 Chevelle & ask educated questions about how 'original' a given '64.5 - '70 Mustang is. That knowledge hasn't gotten me anywhere, but fun none the less.

I'm appreciative of the good fortune of having known Roy as a kid & as an adult. Always admired his reasonableness and ability to be ticked off and/or making a point, without raising his voice. A great man down but his balanced approach to life as I understood it, will live on with me.

Greg Meyer

Mike Lee

February 11, 2020

Our Good Friend 'Sam', Roy
I am fortunate like Bill Meyer, to have known Sam since grade 10 high school. As Sam had a car I was the recipient of a ride to school most mornings, cutting things damn close, time and gas. Some mornings we would have to put in 50 cents worth just to make it.
In later years he always seemed to be around, working on cars or joining in on the parties.
He was always ready for fun, always upbeat.
There were several Kilbear Park, camping trips which included his boat ( always dragging someone) and of course the beach punch.
I was lucky enough to enjoy sharing one of his favorite pastimes ,Golf, he loved the game and we managed 4 to 6 games a year (thanks Buddy for messing up our 4some)
Shirley there are not enough words to describe your selfless care for our Buddy .
You deserve a medal or at the minimum a 'Certified Nursing Degree'
We will miss you Buddy, If there is such a place. "Hit them Long and Straight."
Mike & Pat

Juanita and Ken Kersey

February 11, 2020

Auntie Shirl....what a beautiful video / tribute to Roys life. A lifetime of memories there. Im so pleased that Roy found you in life and you found Roy. Roy was a true gentleman and will never be forgotten. Hold your memories close..love you Auntie Shirl

Ron Howell

February 11, 2020

Ron Howell

February 11, 2020

Dawn Morrison

February 11, 2020

Happy Birthday Dad - leave it to you to sidestep 80!
Hope you're enjoying super sweet cake with tons of icing
Miss you fiercely and love you always,
Kid xoxo

david brillinger

February 11, 2020

Roy was my cousin. We were the oldest two of Gwendolyn Simpson's grandchildren. We shared many Christmas's, birthdays, holidays, picnics, laughs, aunts, uncles, sports, ...

One laugh that I can remember is that at a holiday dinner on Hocken Avenue. When Roy passed me the butter plate holding what looked like a full pound fell off it the onto the table. I remember that when we looked around the table to see what was going to happen (to us) every one was laughing.

As the years passed we shared lots of other funny moments.

Bill Meyer

February 10, 2020

I was privileged to know Roy (Sam) for more than 60 years. When did I first connect with Roy? I don't know. 60 years seems a long time, but what I do recall are some of the experiences we shared together that built the solid friendship.

For example, we decided one summer that we needed a job and discovered that tobacco priming was well paid. We drove to the Delhi area, lived in our car until both found jobs on separate farms. Worked 10 hrs per day, 6 days a week.

Or maybe it was when both of us who had drafting backgrounds, worked at the same company designing heating systems for high rise apartments.

Possibly it was when Roy would pick me up for work during the winter in an old beater. No heater, no way of defrosting the windshield, but being Roy he had the answer. He would arrive with a dozen lit birthday candles placed strategically on the dashboard clearing the windshield.

We shared so many typical experiences over the years and they all added to building our solid friendship.

I'm going to miss the guy and trust that he is in a happy place. You deserve it Sam.

Your friend
Bill Meyer

Berri-Lynn Simpson

February 10, 2020

Shirley, Joe, Dawn, and Family.
Please accept my sincerest condolences in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I last saw Roy about 2 months ago and he was his usual upbeat self, even though he was unwell.
I am saddened to hear of his death. May your memories bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.
Myself and my children are thinking of you all at this time and wishing you love. We have fond memories of Roy.
Berri-Lynn, Kenton, and Koreena



To Joseph "Roy" Simpson, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Joseph, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Joseph really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Joseph was born on February 11, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario. His parents were Emma and Bud Simpson. Even as a child, Joseph had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Joseph was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Joseph managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Joseph was raised with one brother, Doug.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Joseph was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Joseph simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Joseph, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Joseph's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Joseph graduated from high school in 1957. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favourite classes and teachers. His favourite class in high school was Auto Shop and Drafting.

      Joseph never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Joseph to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Joseph delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Joseph was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Joseph utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bill Moyer, Chuck and Mike Lee which he stayed friends with throughout his life. Joseph loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Joseph very easy to approach. On July 8, 2001 Joseph exchanged wedding vows with Shirley Crawford in Scarborough, Ontario. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Joseph related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Joseph was blessed two children, Dawn Morrison and Joe Simpson and two step-children, Brent and Craig Sophie. He was also blessed with six grandchildren, Taylor Alexander, James Alexander, Kyle Sophie, Chloe Typert-Morrison and Rory Typert-Morrison. Joseph had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Joseph's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Joseph had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      Joseph enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favourite pursuits were golf, concerts and cars.

      Joseph felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Joseph loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Joseph relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Joseph never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included softball, golf and horseshoes. Joseph was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favourite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, hockey and baseball.

      Joseph had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Joseph's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. Throughout his later years, Joseph was an active member of the Rotary club in Richmondhill, and the Men's golf league.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Joseph just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favourite vacations included Hawaii and trips to the cottage.

      Joseph was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Joseph's favourites was Sammy, a Boarder Collie. They were best friends for 14 years.

      Joseph believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2005, Joseph took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Lagoon City. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Joseph remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing golf with friends. Even in retirement, Joseph continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Joseph passed away on February 8, 2020 at home in Orillia, Ontario. He fought a long, brave battle against many forms of cancer. He is survived by his wife Shirley, children Dawn and Joe; Craig and Brent, his grand children Taylor and James, Kyle and Brooke, Chloe and Rory. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home.

      Joseph brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Joseph "Roy" Simpson lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

Hello, for those of you who may not know me, my name is Taylor and Roy was my Poppa. I am going to make this short and sweet because I’m not sure how I am even standing up here right now.

“All good things must come to an end”. My Poppa said this to me not too long ago. As difficult as it was for me to hear, I really think it needed to be said. He said it almost in a joking way and I got the idea that it was his way of saying that he was ready to go.

I know my Poppa wouldn’t want us to be sad. He would want us to remember him and keep him in our hearts while continuing with our lives and making the best out of every opportunity that comes our way.

To me he was the most encouraging person in the world and the glass was always half full.

As many of you already know, I work here. I remember when I first told my Poppa about my new career path, he was definitely shocked, as many people were. Once the idea settled in he told me how happy and proud he was of me for finding something that I am so passionate about. He was always asking me questions and he seemed genuinely interested in everything I had to say. That was my Poppa- my number one supporter. I definitely don’t think I would be the person I am today if it wasn’t for him.

One of the first memories I have of my Poppa was when I was a baby. I don’t remember this first hand obviously. I remember it because it has been talked about so much over the years and there are many pictures. When I was born, my mom was given 3 weeks off and then told she had to come back to work. My Poppa didn’t mess around and believed in hard work. So from the time I was 3 weeks old until I was 3 years old I was working with Mom and Poppa. We went to Harvey’s every morning for breakfast and then I had my own set up in the office at Leisure Stop. About a year and a half later my brother came along and the same thing happened for a little while until we finally went to daycare. To get to the point of this story, my Poppa helped raise us right from when we were babies. That is something that a lot of people wouldn’t do. Once we were a little older, Poppa and Gramma would take care of myself, James, Brooke and Kyle- taking us on adventures and vacations. So many of my early childhood memories are with Poppa and Gramma taking care of the 4 grandkids- I’m sure it wasn’t always easy, knowing the 4 of us but they always stuck it out with a smile and I am beyond grateful for that.

My Poppa was one of the strongest people I knew. No matter what was thrown his way- he handled it. A lot of credit needs to go to my Gramma as well because she was right there with him every step of the way.

This is by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through but I know I will be ok because he taught me how to be strong and how to persevere.
In school there were assignments and class discussions about who you believed was your role model. I never had to think twice. It always was and always will be my Poppa, sorry mom, no offence. I will always find strength in knowing everything that he went through and how he always had a brave face on with a smile. I think the world needs more of that and I will carry it on as best I can.

Life isn’t going to be the same without you here Poppa but I am going to do my best to continue to make you proud every single day. You were and will continue to be my hero forever.