Jack MacNutt Simpson

Jack MacNutt Simpson, P.Eng., on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005. in Vernon, B.C. at age 68, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He will be forever missed by his loving wife Carol Shroeder; children Barbara (Jeff), Patricia (Brian), Wendy (Tatjana), Brian (Anne); step-daughter Katy; grandchildren Thomas, Kathryn, William and Megan; brothers Charles and Jerry; and former wife Sheilagh Simpson. He will also be sadly missed by the Simpson, Watt, and Harris extended families.

Jack was the son of the late Dr. J. Claude and Irene Simpson of Summerside, PEI.

Jack grew up in PEI and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in engineering. He worked in PEI and Nova Scotia before moving to Vernon Engineering Services Ltd. Jack added real estate to his business, and continued to work at both real estate and engineering until a few months before his death.

Jack did significant volunteer work for the professional engineering association and served as president of the PEI Association.

Jack continued to feel strong ties to the Maritimes, to lobster and to jigs, but he truly enjoyed living in Vernon. He settled into being a British Columbian within months of being in the Okanagan. The size and the closeness of the town was a continuation of the Maritime life-style.

Jack loved the political arena. He served in various capacities for the Liberal Party of PEI and for the Social credit Party of BC, both locally and provincially. He was a many talented ground level campaigner and organizer, executive assistant to an MLA, and Regional Director.

Jack was a creative problem solver in his personal and business life, loved a challenge, and enjoyed the people with whom he came in contact: friends, clients, staff, business partners, and those in government and politics.

Jack took great pleasure in photography, drawing and gardening, and Jack and Carol spent many happy hours creating and enjoying their beautiful garden.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital who cared for him. We send a special thanks to the staff at Hospice House for making Jack’s last week and our time with him a peaceful and graceful ending.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 27, at 2:00 p.m., in Trinity United Church, with a reception to follow at the church hall. Cremation and a private burial will have preceded the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Hospice House, 3506-27 Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 1S4, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Vernon Funeral Home at 542-0155.

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