Richard Simpson

We sadly announce the passing of Richard (Dick) Simpson at the age of 88 years.

Dick will be missed and lovingly remembered by Barbara, his partner of 39 years. He will be further missed by his daughter, Carol Haughton, his son Jim Simpson, and Julie, the mother of his children. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kerry, Jeff, Randy, Jason (Alina), James and Josh and great grandson, Jackson. He is survived by his brother George and sister Jean (Bizz) and brother-in-law Dr. Howard McEwen. He was predeceased by his sisters, Muriel and Grace and his brother Jack. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Dick’s knowledge of and experience on the lakes and rivers of B.C., Alberta, Yukon and Alaska was widely known. It came as no surprise when he and his son, Jim, received medals of bravery for the rescue of a family during a storm on Okanagan Lake. His life experiences were vast – starting with water well drilling at age sixteen in his birthplace of Netherhill, Saskatchewan. He then proceeded to a career in oilfield drilling, which spanned 20 years. Dick, his brothers and father owned and operated Tri-City Drilling and Hub City Drilling. During that time he was a member of the Calgary Petroleum Club. His next venture was ownership of Central Tractor and a Ski-Doo dealership in Kelowna. It followed naturally that he became a director of the Ski-Doo Club. At the same time he operated a pole treating business. He then took a few years to go prospecting. After returning to the Okanagan, he started his company, Central Barge & Pile Driving, working there until his retirement in November 1998. His full life was challenged only by his fantastic ability to relay his experiences to us. We will miss the master storyteller.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at Parker-Bonneau Memorial Centre in Parker Cove on Westside Road, Vernon, B.C. at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 28th, 2009.