April 13th, 1924 – February 5th, 2003
Soldier, Husband, Brother, Father, Crane Operator, Skydiver, Grampy
Thomas passed away in Terrace, B.C. at the age of 78 years after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed and is survived by his loving wife Gayle of 39 years, Brother: Robert Simpson (Betty) of Abbotsford, Sister: Pauline Murray of Quesnel, Children: Sherry-Lynn Lawson (Doug), Joyce Jackson (Charlie), Gail McAllister (Bob), Thomas Simpson (Marina), Marlane Clifford, Melody Hamm, Roger Simpson (Elan), Bonnie Wilson (Randy), Cindy Hedstrom (Richard), Rebecca Simpson, Wanda Simpson (Vern)
24 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grandchildren
Predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Alice Simpson, brothers Percy Simpson and Albert Simpson and Granddaughter Temple Simpson.
Tom was born and raised in Winfield, B.C., the second son of Harvey and Alice Simpson. He served overseas with the 28th Armoured Regiment in Northwest Europe during World War II as a Sherman tank gunner. He was a well known crane operator in the Terrace/Kitimat area. Tom was young at heart, loved life and lived it to the fullest. One of his favorite pastimes was Skydiving. He started jumping in 1910 and made his 524th jump at the age of 76 years. He was an intregal part of keeping the skydiving club together over the years and spent many a weekend out at Woodcock with the jumpers, sitting around the campfire in the evenings, occassionally sharing a Yucca Flutz. He loved animals, especially his Scottish Terriers, which he could often be seen walking in the golf course.
Tom will be forever missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service was held in Terrace on February 8th, 2003. As per his wishes Tom’s ashes will be scattered over the Seven Sisters Mountain Range by the Skydivers later this year.