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Robert Simpson

November 25, 1920 — February 8, 2022

Simpson – Robert Arthur (Bob)

November 25, 1920 - February 8, 2022

It is with appreciation for a long and happy life that the family of Bob Simpson announce that our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather died February 8, 2022 at his second home, Carleton Lodge. His first home was in Manotick for over seventy years and Bob had many wonderful friends and neighbours there. He was often referred to as the mayor of Riverside Drive. Many happy years were also spent at Manotick United Church in a variety of volunteer positions. He was a bread maker extraordinaire, and his loaves sold for amazing amounts at church fundraisers. Bob and Obelle were happy together in their home: Bob often said he was a lucky man to have family and friends who brought them both such joy. He never forgot his time serving with his Air Force crew of Squadron 423; they remained friends long after and they are likely celebrating as they are all together once again. Bob and Obelle married shortly after the war and Bob graduated from Queen’s University with a handful of other vets in Engineering. He then began his career with the federal government, found his home in Manotick, and cherished his life and family.

Bob was married to the love of his life, Isabella (Obelle), for over 67 years prior to Obelle’s death in April 2012. Much loved father to John (Rebeca) Simpson and Judith (Allen d. 2014) Holtz.  Caring and supportive grandfather of Stephen (Dorota) Simpson; David (Kristina) Simpson; Marchael Holtz (Ryan Warnock); and Alex Holtz who spent many hours visiting and sharing with his grandfather. Predeceased by grandsons Johnathon and Samuel Holtz. His great-grandchildren Lukas and Reed Simpson, Brayden and Nathan Simpson, and Malcolm and Serena Holtz Warnock, were very fortunate to share in many happy times, visits, and family dinners in Manotick and at Carleton Lodge.

Our most sincere thanks to Dr. Ann Fillingham for her years of caring so compassionately for Bob, to his neighbours who assisted Bob to live in his own home until the age of 98, and to each and every staff member at Carleton Lodge. Bob was treated with kindness, with respect and dignity, especially as the staff dealt with COVID restrictions and lockdowns. It is a gift that was given to the whole family and we will be forever grateful.

Dad, Grandpa/Grampa, and Great-Grandpa/Great-Grampa, friend and neighbour, you made a difference in our lives and you were loved.

Memorial service will be held at Manotick United Church on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m.  It will be a pleasure to be together and share memories of our cherished Bob at that time. In memoriam donations to Manotick United Church (https://www.manotickunited.com/donate) most gratefully appreciated.

To attend the service proof of double vaccination and pre-registration is mandatory. To view the double vaccination protocols and register, please scroll below.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Manotick United Church (Manotick)

5567 Manotick Main St, Ottawa, ON K4M 1E2

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