Gordon McClean Simpson, aged 91, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2019, due to complications of diabetes, in Kelowna, BC.
Gordon will be remembered forever by his wife Ida; son Matthew (Colleen); daughter Dana (Tom); grandchildren, Sydney (Chad), Madeleine, Scott, Ryan, Thomas; and great- grandchild Ben.
Gordon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 10, 1928 to Clark and Olive. He grew up in Fort Rouge. Attended Kelvin High School as a gifted all around athlete in football, hockey and baseball. His career began as a defensemen in the MJHL with the Winnipeg Monarchs, then joined the Toronto Marlboros. After a brief season, he returned home to play with the Winnipeg Maroons for the next 14 years. In 1964 as head coach, the Maroons won the Allan cup. He retired after coaching Team Canada in 1965. Gordon was inducted to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. Gordon went to become a credit manager of Supercrete.
Gordon was a generous, loving and caring man with a dry sense of humour who was loved by so many. A beloved husband who always put his family first and adored his grandchildren. Ida and Gord had been married for 71 years.
I will love you forever.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2019