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SIMPSON, George Delbert Lea

November 13, 1931 – December 19, 2012

George’s children, Wade (Jan), Cam (Melanie) and Christina (Wayne) are saddened to announce his passing, but take solace in knowing he is at peace and with Mum.

George was born in Calgary and raised in Winnipeg and Claresholm. It was while in high school in Claresholm that he met the love of his life, Joan Amundsen. George and Joan married in 1953 and settled in Calgary to raise a family. George had a long, fulfilling career as first an elementary school teacher and then a principal. In 1973 he had the opportunity to teach at a Canadian Department of National Defense school and the entire family moved to Germany for three years. It was the adventure of a lifetime. His kids remember the delight their father took in showing them the sights and giving them a history lesson at the same time. After retirement, George was able to continue to use his teaching skills, traveling to a number of countries in Africa with the Canadian International Development Agency. For his commitment to education, he was awarded a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. George treasured his family and his friends. He loved soccer, wood working, and camping with Joan and assorted puppies, music and a good single malt with a fine cigar. He was known for his loyalty, sense of humour and bigger than life personality. Big Guy was a great father, a loving husband, and a good friend. He will be missed by his kids, granddaughters Kirsten, Amy and Joely, and step-grandkids Eric and Miranda. George was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan, and his brother, Lyn.

Always loved. Never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, residents, and staff at Extendicare Cedars Villa.

In living memory of George Simpson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Lloyd Waldner (Winnipeg,Mb) :

    A great man always made me feel welcome in his home a true gentleman always making jokes and having fun.
    A gentle giant and gentle soul.
    His loving Joan passed away in October 2012, Joan will welcome you with open arms George.
    Together again George for all eternity.
    Rest in the Lord’s eternal presence forever George.

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  2. Mr & mrs Herman Waldner :

    Rest in peace dear George.

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  3. Linda and Ted Pepperdine :

    We are saddened to hear of Uncle George’s passing. It must be a very difficult time for you, Christina, Wade and Cam. We are thinking of you.
    Linda and Ted Pepperdine

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  4. Garfield Anderson :

    Dear Christina, Cameron, and Wade

    Please accept my sincere oondolences. As you know George and I were friends for many decades and I’m deeply saddened by his passing but I’m also grateful that he has been released from the torture of life that he has endured since the passing of his beloved Joan. George was a person you could trust and his loyalty was unwavering. I, personally, shall miss him as will you. However, George was the kind of person who left us all with happy memories and the meaning of true friendship. May he rest in peace and may you cherish his memory forever.


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  5. It is with deep sadness that we have learned of George’s death. It was because of George that I had the opportunity to teach at Baden Intermediate from 1975-78. George, Joan and family took us under their wing and we spent numerous occasions at their home in Hugelsheim. Christina, Cameron and Wade, please accept our deepest and sincerest condolences at the loss of both your mother and father in such a short time. We remember you fondly as a family.


    Fern Bourassa

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  6. Gail Amundsen :

    Christina, Wade and Cam,
    I am so sorry to learn about your Dad’s death , so soon after your Mom’s. He was a great guy and I will always remember how he greeted me so warmly. Both your Mom and Dad were so good to us in Germany. I will remember him forever taking us out for Oktoberfest. We are praying and thinking of you.
    Gail, Murray and family

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