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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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, www.diabetes.ca or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences