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SIMPKINS, ED July 29, 1940 – June 30, 2013 A Born in Manchester, England, in the early months of the Second World War; died prematurely in Burnaby BC, just shy of his 73rd birthday. Ed was a lifelong cyclist and fitness enthusiast. He died on his beloved bike, in a losing battle with a hit-and-run driver. Ed was a gifted musician, poet, artist, craftsman, and athlete. A wordsmith, wit, and lifelong rebel. He loved to challenge the norm, rally against injustice, root for the underdog, and stand up to bullies of any kind. He was proud of his kids Chelsey, Aaron, and Kira and devoted to his grandkids Kade and Jordyn. He loved a good argument, especially with newspapers (letters to the editor) and his sister Jan. An Irish-style wake will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday July 30, 2013 at the Burnaby Rowing Club 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby. No flowers but please bring songs and stories. You are invited to leave a fond memory or message of condolence at the family's on-line guest book at www.myalternatives.ca 604-662-7700

Published in The Burnaby Now and New West Record from July 17 to July 18, 2013