Thomas (Tommy) Simpson

SIMPSON, Thomas (Tommy) Joseph
Nov 06 1921 – Jan 28 2017

Peacefully in his 96th year after a short illness, surrounded by family. Tommy was predeceased by his wife of close to 60 years, Florence Lemieux. They are dancing the jitterbug together now. Tommy is survived by his children Judy, Wayne (Patti), Janet and Tommie. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and twelve great- grandchildren. Tommy was a Naval War Veteran and one of only 116 to receive the Distinguished Service Medal, he spoke often about his times in the war and made sure the history was passed down for the generations. Tom served for many years as the Navy Club President on University and Bruce in Windsor. Tommy’s career outside of the service took many turns beginning with his first career as a TV technician which lasted for over thirty years. Just a few short years later he began working as a Border Control guard for Customs and Immigration, doing both jobs at the same time in order to provide for his family. While at Customs and Immigration he worked as the Union President at one point in his long 23 year career at the border. He retired in 1987 and spent the next years dancing, playing baseball, cards and golf with his many friends and family. Tommy will likely be best remembered as one of the founding members of the Windsor Essex County Seniors Softball league, which he played well into his eighties before finally hanging up his glove. The league is still in place today. The family would like to express gratitude to the Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus Emergency and 5th floor nursing staff for your care and compassion in our father’s final hours. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to VETS Canada or the PTSD Association of Canada to assist Veterans who are returning from war with PTSD, which was a cause near to our father’s heart.