George Barnes Simpson

February 13, 1930 - May 18, 2024


Obituary For George Barnes Simpson

George Barnes Simpson passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the age of 94 years. He was a lifelong resident of Grande Prairie, AB.

George was born in Grande Prairie on February 13, 1930. He was the first child of Georgina and Wes Simpson. A sister, Jean, arrived a few years later, completing the family. George attended school in Grande Prairie until leaving home to attend university. This was cut short when his father passed away and he came home to help with the family business. After returning to Grande Prairie, he met a young teacher from Manitoba whom he married in 1956. In 1961 George and Margaret welcomed a son, Mark, into their lives, followed by a daughter, Sheila, in 1963. After closing the family store a few years later, George sold real estate, cars, and RVs. He also worked as a project/building manager for the provincial government and the brand-new 214 Place in Grande Prairie, amid his varied sales endeavours. In his later years he even had a stint as a hot-shot driver. After Margaret passed away, George met Millie, with whom he spent several happy years, staying close to home and enjoying time with family and friends.

The family enjoyed camping, primarily at Sturgeon Lake. They did some travelling including trips to visit family in Manitoba and Ontario as well as adventures to Alaska, California, and Arizona. In their retirement, George and Margaret continued travelling, spending several winter seasons comfortably in Arizona.

Above all else, George was a devoted family man, caring and supportive and involved – attending concerts, recitals, and sporting events and providing chauffeur services to various lessons and practices. George was a long-time amateur radio operator, spending many hours over the years making contacts around the world, while also being very involved with the local club and their various activities. George was also an avid aircraft enthusiast. He held a pilots’ license for some time, and making a trip to the airport after church on Sunday was a regular occurrence – just to see what was new and occasionally go up for a spin.

George will be missed dearly by his children: Mark (Wendy), and Sheila (Chris); grandsons: Andrew, Jeffrey, and Douglas; his step-granddaughters: Carly, Sarah, and Andrea; sister-in-law Jean (Peter); brother-in-law Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.

George was predeceased by his wife Margaret, sister Jean, brother-in-law Wendlin, sister-in-law Marion, and nephew Paul.

At George’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.

A Celebration of Life luncheon for fellowship and remembrance will take place on Saturday, June 08, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 – 107 Ave). George’s ashes will be interred at the Grande Prairie Cemetery in a private family ceremony.


8 Jun

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM

Oliver's Funeral Home & Crematorium 10005 107 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB T8V1L8 Get Directions »
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  • June 09, 2024

    Dear Mark, Sheila and family. It is hard to say goodbye to ones Father. I am so sorry for your loss . I have good memories of your Dad. He will be missed by many. Maxine

  • June 06, 2024

    Mark, Wendy, Sheila, Chris and Grandchildren. I am so deeply sorry. I send my deepest sympathy. George's life was always an adventure and I loved his stories. I was so Blessed to share part of his adventure with him. I'll forever be grateful for those years with him. I'll always be here for you. Love and Prayers. Millie❤️🙏🏻

  • June 06, 2024

    Thank you my George for the beautiful memories. I will cherish them forever. You will forever be held close in my heart. I will always love you. ❤️🙏🏻⭐️

  • June 06, 2024

    Mark, Sheila and your families. My sincere condolences are sent with love. My goodness, I think of both your parents so often and now George will be reunited with Margeret for eternity! Had many good times with both of them.

  • June 06, 2024

    My Boppa was the man who instilled a passion for fishing in me. My earliest memories of fishing are from when he used to take me and my brother Andrew to a lake, or pond to teach us how to cast so that we could try our hand at reeling in a fish. I also remember him engineering a device that utilized a fishing rod to help me fly my first kite because I wasn't having any luck on my own, and had become quite distraught. My Boppa was a kind, compassionate man and I will miss him dearly. He lite up a room whenever he was present, and I'll strive to adopt his lighthearted cheerfulness into my own life. Love you Boppa. Jeffrey

  • June 05, 2024

    Dear Sheila and Mark, sending our heartfelt condolences on your father's passing. I will always remember his big smile and fun personality. Love Sue and Bruce

  • June 05, 2024

    Dear Sheila, Mark and Families Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Father. We are with you in spirit. Theresa and Larry


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    Sue Symons planted 4 trees in memory of George Barnes Simpson . - June 07, 2024

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    2 Trees were planted in memory of George Barnes Simpson - June 07, 2024

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    Nancy Conard planted 5 trees in memory of George Barnes Simpson . - June 07, 2024


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