James L. Simpson
1927 - 2021
Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes - Peters Township - McMurray
2828 Washington Road
McMurray, PA

James L. Simpson, 94, of North Strabane, second son of the late Samuel Patton Stouppe Simpson and Olive Irene Horne Simpson, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born May 24, 1927, in Pittsburgh.

Jim retired in 1985 after 16 years as the first principal of the Peters Township Middle School. Prior to that, he was principal of the Elm Grove and Venetia elementary schools and taught at the Beechwood school in Beechview.

A 1945 graduate of Crafton High School, Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Jim worked a number of jobs, including being a lab technician at Universal Cyclops Steel before returning to the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed undergraduate, graduate and post masters studies in education.

Jim loved to golf and spent a few winters in North Fort Meyers, Fla., enjoying his favorite pastime. He enjoyed making new friends wherever he went.

In retirement, he and his wife, Ardeth loved to travel, including driving all over the continental United States, navigating a boat from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., through the intracoastal waterway, and taking an extended vacation in Hawaii. Jim loved spending time at the family vacation home in Bobcaygeon, Canada.

A current member of the Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, he helped to prepare meals for Meals on Wheels and Food and Friends. He served Washington Presbytery as a member of the Ministry Committee, and pulpit supply as a substitute lay minister. As a long time member of Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church USA, he served as an elder several times, adult Sunday school teacher, and in many other volunteer capacities.

He volunteered with other religious and civic organizations including scouting, the Gideons, and the Peters Township Parks and Recreation Board.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ardeth Degenhardt Simpson; sons James A. (Amy) Simpson and Donald W. (Barb Wiseley) Simpson; grandchildren Tyler, Timothy, Heather and Stephen, Barb Wiseley's children Andrew and Justin; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel Horne (Margaret) Simpson, John Rush (Betty) Simpson, Richard Frank Simpson.

All services are private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church, 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

Arrangements by Beinhauers, McMurray, PA 15317.

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Published by Observer-Reporter from Jul. 24 to Jul. 25, 2021.
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I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Simpsons passing. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Simpson and the rest of the family. So many fond memories of him from all the way back to when I was in kindergarten. He always had a huge smile on his face and was so full of life and love. You are all in my thoughts and prayers Penny
Penny Palumbo
July 28, 2021
May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 28, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Simpson. Mrs. Simpson my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons. I have very fond memories of Mr. Simpson. I remember whenever he would see me he would say Judie, Judie, Judie. I always loved visiting you both at your house, it was always full of love and laughter. It has been many years since I have seen you both, I believe it has been about 20 years because Gillian will soon be 20 and we visited at your house when she was a baby. I have thought of you both over the years and have so many wonderful memories. May God give you peace and comfort at this time. Love, Judie
Judie Palumbo Lattimer
July 25, 2021
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