October 13, 1934 – August 18, 2020
John Craig Simpson died in his sleep on August 18th, 2020. He was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and passed away just a few weeks later. Family and Friends, Doctors, Community Nurses and Home Care Workers, helped to make sure that he was pain free for most of his illness.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Simpson and his children Andrew Simpson (Kathy), Janine Simpson, Geoffrey Simpson (Lisa), Laura lee Innes (Glenn), Elizabeth Brown (Glenn), Nathan Brown, and Robert Brown (Chelsea).
His Grandchildren Brianne Simpson (Cody), Matthew Simpson (Dee), Emmett Simpson, Talon Brown, Duncan Innes, Emaline Innes, Theo Brown, and Ella Brown.
Craig was preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Simpson, Son John Simpson, Daughter Krista Simpson, And his Parents Jean Simpson and Jack Simpson.
Craig was born on October 13th, 1934 in Vancouver B.C. He went to school in Vancouver and traveled With his parents through out British Columbia and spent much of his childhood up the coast at The Butedale Fish Cannery where his Dad was the Carpenter.
Craig had many jobs through out his life some of which were as a Laborer in an Iron Works Factory, Bridge builder, Weather man, Pilot, and Social Worker in Vancouver. He was a Construction Worker in Kitimat, building the Hospital and Post Office. He started working at Alcan in 1965 and retired in 1995.
He was well loved for his sense of humour and strong caring heart. He always enjoyed a glass of wine with his friends and family. He was curious about the history of Terrace, Kitimat and all other frontier places in B.C. He was and avid reader and loved spending his retirement years in Terrace working at Misty River Books for 10 years.
Throughout his years in the Northwest he volunteered on the Kitimat Library Board and the Museum Board he also spent many years volunteering for the Crisis line in Kitimat. He was an accomplished piano player.
Craig began sketching, painting and working on art projects with his mother when he was just a kid. As an Alcan Worker he was on the Alcan Ingot Magazine submitting cartoons that related to the employees and staff of Alcan.
His last few years at Alcan were spent on Computers after he graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Computer Science so had a special interest in all things to do with computers. On Facebook, Craig was known as a punster and enjoyed his many friends on Facebook, from all over the world.
For the last 20 years he has been painting seriously and had a routine of painting every weekday afternoon. Art being one of his diverse interests. Tentatively there will be a” Memorial Art Show” for the Communities of Kitimat and Terrace to come and remember him and appreciate Craig’s artwork at the Terrace Art Gallery in the Spring of 2021.In many ways he was a Gentleman Adventurer, always happy to travel and learn more about his interests.
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