Mrs. Jean E. Simpson died on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Home in Danvers following a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She leaves a loving husband, Harold, and four sons. Her sons live across the country. Son David lives in Winter Springs, Florida. Son Mark lives with his wife, Robin, in Orlando. Son Douglas lives in Missouri City, Texas, with his wife, Cheryl Yetz. Her son Bruce lives in San Jose, California. She also leaves four grandchildren: Bradley, a senior at Florida State University, Ryan, a sophomore also at Florida State University, Megan, a senior at Masconomet Regional High School and Brooke, an eight grader at the Masconomet Regional Middle School.
Jean was born in Boston and grew up in Roslindale. She graduated from Boston Girl's High School and then attended a Secretarial School. She then worked as a Secretary for the Vice Chairman of the Woolworth's New England Branch in Boston. In April of 1955 she married Harold. In the early spring of 1956 she left Woolworth's and became a mother in early April. She continued as a homemaker until her youngest son Bruce was in Middle School. At that point she returned to work as a Secretary, eventually working for Smith & Ireland Accountants for many years. During this period she was very active in volunteering at the Hamilton Elementary Schools and also her church.
She enjoyed both bowling and water aerobics until her physical problems with her breathing forced her to stop. She and the family also enjoyed camping in their 'pop-up' trailer. The first long trip was an across the country to visit DisneyLand, many years before the theme park opened in Orlando. Most of their camping was done in National Parks and National Forests where they enjoyed evening programs put on by the Park Rangers. Long trips followed to cover New York State, Washington D.C and many historical landmarks, as well as a trip to Florida.
After the boys had grown, she and Harold enjoyed both Ocean Cruising and visiting other countries. Among her favorite places were Israel, Egypt and Italy. Other trips included the Copper Canyon in Mexico, a 'Grand Tour of Europe', and Costa Rica. Among the many cruises two stood out. One was with her boys and their wives to Alaska and the other trip was with Harold's brothers and sisters through the Caribbean.
Jean was a very warm, friendly and personable lady. She enjoyed meeting people and making new friends. She will be sorely missed by all of us.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Wenham, 1 Arbor St., Wenham, Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Jean’s memory to the Lions Club District 33N, 11 Martel Rd., So. Hamilton, MA 01982. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Boston Globe - Death Notice
1 day, Saturday, March 3, 2012
List out of the towns of Hamilton, Roslindale & Wenham
SIMPSON, Jean E. (Templeton) – of South Hamilton, March 1, 2012, beloved wife of Harold B. Simpson, mother of David of Winter Springs, FL, Mark and his wife, Robin of Orlando, FL, Douglas and his wife, Cheryl Yetz of Missouri City, TX, Bruce of San Jose, CA, grandmother of Bradley, a senior at FSU, Ryan, a sophomore also at FSU, Megan, a senior at Masconomet Regional High School and Brooke, an 8th grader at the Masconomet Regional Middle School. A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Wenham, 1 Arbor St., Wenham, Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. Relatives & friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Sunday from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Jean’s memory to the Lions Club District 33N, 11 Martel Rd., So. Hamilton, MA 01982. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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