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William J. Simpson

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William J. Simpson, 84, of Franklin, died Saturday April 10, 2010, at home following a long illness. He was the husband of the late Sofie M. (Ley) Simpson who died Jan. 24, 2010. Born in Franklin September 12, 1925 a son of the late Leon E. and Mary E. (Gillespie) Simpson, he had been a lifelong resident of Franklin. Educated in Franklin schools, he worked as a carpenter and later as a supervisor at Minuteman Engineering until his retirement. Mr. Simpson Served in the United States Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal & the Army of Occupation Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1955. He was a Life Member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post #225 Wrentham, MA and enjoyed reading and spending time with his family. He is survived by two sons; Karl W. Simpson and his wife Maureen, of Franklin and Mark J. Simpson and his wife Wendy, of Cambridge, a sister Margaret M. "Peg" Simpson of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Eric Simpson. Relatives and friends were invited to attend calling hours Tuesday, April 13, 2010, from 6-8 p.m., at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., Franklin, www.oterifuneralhome.com. Funeral services and interment were held privately. If desired in lieu of flowers donations in his memory sent to Care Alternatives Hospice, 181 Cedar Hill Road, Marlborough, MA 01752 or St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Mary's Church, 1 Church Sq., Franklin, MA 02038 would be appreciated.

Published in The Country Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 19, 2010
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