Mr. Frank Simpson of Battleford, SK passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Battleford's Union Hospital at the age of 81 years. A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Frank Simpson will be held Saturday May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from the Third Ave United Church with Reverend Frances Patterson officiating. Interment will follow the luncheon at the Meota Cemetery, in Meota SK
After fighting the good fight for almost a year, Frank Simpson passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, March 19, 2018 four days short of his 82nd birthday.
Left to cherish his memory are his son Craig (Sue) of Calgary, grandsons Scott of Fort McMurray and Connor (Izzy) of Penticton; siblings Clarese (Jack) Pickering, Jean Button and Ron (Gloria) Simpson; In laws Rae Sheldan, Betty Brownell, Diane Lessard, and Jim (Millie) Brownell as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Joan, in 2015, brother in law Stan Button, brother in law George Lessard and niece Diane Balkwill.
Born and raised in Milestone, Sask. Frank joined CIBC after high school and worked at several locations across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario. It was during this time he met Joan and they were married in Meota in February 1963. The following year their son Craig was born. Later Frank worked at the Sask hospital where he remained until his first retirement in 1993. He then went on to work for the health district, BTEC and the Source and finally retired for good in 2010.
After Joan’s passing, Frank sold the house and was one of the first to sign on for Battleford West Place. He couldn’t wait to get in and was so proud of his new place. Dad also did some traveling, going to Scotland and Texas with Ron and Gloria.
Frank loved crossword puzzles, reading and keeping up with current events. He was a great card and game player and when he was scorekeeper, coincidentally he always won.
Frank was always very active in the community, most recently volunteering with organizations such as Sask Hospital, Sask Baseball Hall of Fame, Gateway Music Festival and the Hillcrest Singers to name a few. He also helped organize Sask Hospital Reunions, high school reunions and various legion activities.
He was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion, serving in several positions at the branch, provincial and national level, culminating in serving as Provincial President.
Thanks to the staff at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic for providing professional and compassionate care. Thanks to the Saskatoon Cancer Lodge for a warm and caring environment - you do great work and deserve more recognition. Thanks to the staff at Harwood Manor, although the stay was brief, the care was top notch and we highly recommend your facility. Thanks to the staff at BUH for making Frank’s last days comfortable. Special thanks to the gang at Battleford West Place for the fellowship and assistance over the past two years.
Finally, a huge thank you to the Strueby clan, who “adopted” Frank after Joan passed and who were there for him when we were unable. Your kindness cannot easily be repaid.
Memorial donations in memory of Mr. Frank Simpson may be directed to Saskatoon Cancer Patient Lodge by phoning 1-844-735-5590 or visiting https://donate.saskcancer.ca/sslpage.aspx?pid=298 or Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 1352 100th St, North Battleford SK S9A 0V8 Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.
An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd;
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.