Chad Simpson, 49, of Columbus, passed away on May 2, 2022. He was born on February 2, 1973 to the late Robert Simpson and Shirley Osborne. In addition to his parents, Chad was preceded by his grandparents, Elmer and Betty Krebs; and his cats, Adah and Esther.
Chad grew up in Manson, IA. He attended Simpson College and then Bowling Green State University for his undergraduate and Master’s degree studies in German, Philosophy, and History. He studied overseas in Germany and Austria, and he was active in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity.
Chad was an active Freemason in Ohio, and worked at the Grand Lodge for nearly 18 years. Chad was a powerful influence and leader of Freemasonry, and a friend and mentor who left his imprint on thousands of lives. He was a perfectionist, and never shy with his opinion, yet his guidance was always given with love and humor.
In recent years, Chad was a part of the team at the Wesley Communities. He made a difference through his thoughtful approach to fundraising on behalf of the Communities, and changed lives by building a family amongst residents and staff alike, always willing to give a listening ear and a helping hand.
Chad recently took up hobbies including playing concertina and knitting, to the delight of family and friends. Chad was a foodie, and had a lifelong love of cooking, a skill he first learned from his grandmother. Chad had a number of interests and hobbies that he shared freely with others, one of the wonderful things that made him such a unique and delightful person. And he had a special place in his heart for his kitty cats, whom he loved dearly.
Chad will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 18 ½ years, Bridget Simpson; step-mother Jody Simpson; step-father Larry Carlson; brothers, Jerry (Katie) Grafe, Cory (Kate) Simpson, Casey Simpson, and Dan (Cindy) Simpson; nieces and nephews, Jenna and Madison Grafe, Megan (Wesley) Doyle, and Tyler, Chloe, and Addie Simpson, Josette, Joseph, Jacob, and Samantha Simpson, and Clare and Penelope Simpson; great nieces and nephews, Madeline Doyle, Grayson Sanborn, and Sophia Adame; father and mother in-law Louis and Margaret Sass; brother in-law Matthew (Samantha) Sass; and two cats, Ruthie and Lydia.
A Masonic Service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5PM and a visitation will follow and go until 8PM at the Schoedinger Worthington Funeral Home, 6699 North High Street, Worthington OH, 43085. A visitation will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 11AM until 12PM at Wesley Glen Retirement Community, 5155 North High Street, Columbus OH, 43214. A Funeral Service will follow at 12PM. (Please note that guests to the retirement community will be asked to sign in, wear a mask, and attest to vaccination status as part of standard covid protocols, be sure to allow additional time to check in upon arrival.) All are welcome at both services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chad Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund (https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=P8RBAMLVNWYP2), established in Chad’s name to support young scholars in our community - he received a Masonic scholarship as a youth, his first introduction to the kindness and brotherhood of Freemasonry; and the Wesley Glen Retirement Community Employee Emergency Fund (https://www.wesleyglen.com/giving/donate-now/), a fund Chad created at Wesley Glen that was especially important to him – to give, select the “Wesley Glen Other” designation and type “Employee Emergency Fund” in the comments.