Dr. Roy W. Simpson, 89, of Jessup, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Gino Merli Veterans Center, surrounded by his family. His wife is Geraldine (Montemarano) Kranick Simpson. The couple would have celebrated 25 years of marriage in August.
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Born July 26, 1924, in Peckville, the son of the late Dr. Eugene and Mary Ward Simpson. He was educated in the Blakely School System, and was an outstanding football player under coach Papa Bear Henzes. In addition, he was a member of the 1941 Dream Game County Team.
In 1942 he enrolled at Lafayette College, where he lettered in football his freshman year. In 1943 he entered the Navy and was sent to Ursinus College, where he also lettered in both football and track. In 1944, he transferred to Notre Dame, where he obtained his Naval commission as an Ensign. During WWII he served in the North Atlantic aboard a Mine Sweeper and then attended PT Torpedo Boat Training and was assigned first as an Executive Officer and later as Captain of PT Boat 326 based in the southern Philippines, where he and his crew engaged in conflict numerous times. He also served in Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii before returning home at the conclusion of the war.
After serving his country with honor, he returned to Lafayette College, graduating with honors. Following that he was accepted to Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, where he earned his medical degree. His internship was served at Williamsport Hospital. Then he returned to his hometown and entered into private practice alongside his father, Dr. Eugene Simpson. Together they served their community with expert and compassionate care for a combined 100 years in the greater Scranton area. The "Doc" as everyone knew him, retired in 1998 after more than 50 years in practice. During his long career he served on the medical staffs of the Mid-Valley, Moses Taylor, Mercy, Carbondale General, West Scranton and Scranton State hospitals. At Mid-Valley Hospital he also served a term as Chairman of the Board. In addition, he served on the regional boards at First National Bank of Peckville, Northeastern Bank, PNC Bank and the Mid-Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was also a 50-plus year member at Elkview Country Club and enjoyed fly fishing and hunting.
"Doc" was proud of his service to his country and to his community. He will certainly be remembered by all his friends as a true gentleman and by all his patients for his kind demeanor and genuine concern for their wellness.
He is survived by his widow, Gerri; his son, Stuart R. Simpson, Clarks Summit; his stepdaughter, Barbara and husband, James Giombetti, Cooperstown, New York; his stepson, John Kranick and wife, Tracey, Jessup; five stepgrandchildren, Ana Giombetti, Philadelphia; Gina Giombetti, Cooperstown, N.Y.; Johnny Kranick, Connor Kranick and Max Kranick, Jessup; brother-in-law, Phil Montemarano, Jessup; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Kurt W. Simpson and Gregory W. Simpson; infant brother, Richard Simpson; and brothers, Geno and wife, Lil; Lee Simpson and wife, Anne; and stepgrandson, A.J. Giombetti.
His family would like to thank the entire staffs on 2nd Floor North of the Gino Merli Veterans Center and the Laurels-Mid-Valley Care Center for the care and compassion they extended to "Doc." Memorial contributions can be made in Doc's honor to the Gino Merli Veterans Center or the Laurels-Mid Valley Care Center.
The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church Street, Jessup, with services by the Rev. Michael Shambora, pastor of Peckville United Methodist Church. Interment with military honors in Abington Hills Cemetery, Clarks Summit.
Relatives & friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. until service time.
Albini Funeral Home
1003 Church St
Jessup, PA 18434
Published in Scranton Times on May 28, 2014