SIMPSON, Marilyn Elizabeth
(Retired Registered Nurse and military wife of BGen (retd) George Simpson)
July 9, 1931 – July 30, 2015
With little warning of leukaemia, at the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital on Thursday, at age 84. Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Constant companion, best friend and lover of husband George for over sixty years; together they travelled the world, first as a military family while raising three wonderful children, and later as international emissaries to China and beyond. Loving mother of daughters Kathryn, Leslie (Michael) and son Geoffrey (Fran). Proud grandma of Kathleen, Scott, Kelly, Melanie, Patrick, Christopher, Chad, Stephanie, and great-granddaughter Gylan. A special thank you to the staff at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, floor 5B for their care and compassion to Marilyn and her family. A memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, August 6, at the Pinecrest Reception Centre (2500 Baseline Rd., Ottawa) from 12 – 2 p.m. with words being said at 1 p.m. In memory of Marilyn, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Message from C&E Branch Leader and Colonel Commandant
With sincere regret and great sadness that we announce the passing of Marilyn Simpson, the wife of BGen (retd) George Simpson. Marilyn was a stalwart matriarch within our C&E community. She supported our extended military family throughout General George’s command tours in post-war West Germany, Valcartier, Kingston, Chilliwack, and his time as Commander CFCC. Many years before the institution of the military family resource centre, Marilyn Simpson ensured that there was a support network for young military families whose loved ones deployed on international operations. This was particularly important when General George deployed on short notice to the Middle East with his regiment, 1 Canadian Signal Regiment, on a major peacekeeping mission at the end of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973.
Gregory D. Loos William S. Richard
Major General Brigadier General (retd)
Branch Leader Colonel Commandant