Born July 23, 1941 in San Rafael, California, Bill passed away on June 14, 2009 in his sleep at the lake house he loved so dearly. That day he had spent doing what he loved most: morning coffee on the deck, hosing his dock, and puttering on his boat with his good buddy Bud. He used to say that it didn't get much better than this! Bill is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nancy Simpson; children Barbie Young, Jennifer Ortiz, and the late Bill Simpson; grandkids Franklin Young, Nancy Young, Troy Hansen, Mitchell Ortiz and Ryan Ortiz; son of Marion Simpson and the late William Simpson; brother of Bernie Simpson, his wife Lynn and three children Kirk, Kari and Klint; Barbara Merk and husband John and Shirley Schaufel and husband Roger; brother-in-law of Frank Noonan, his wife Julie and children Jocelyn, Paul and Bradley, he is also survived by his brother-in-law Jim Noonan; son-in-law of Jelsie Noonan and the late Frank Noonan. He worked in the HVAC business all of his life. In 1980, in a small metal building, he opened Simpson Sheet Metal with his wife Nancy answering the phone. With a lot of hard work, and the help of the employees he loved, the business flourished. He was proud of the business he built, but always said it was the people who worked for him that made him successful. Working alongside of Bill was his wife Nancy, daughter Barbie and brother Bernie. Boat racing was a big part of Bill's life. He loved getting ready, the engine tuning, boat polishing and "race" talk. He loved the getting there, driving 10 to 15 hours and stopping only to gas up and grab a gas station burrito. He would often leave after work on Friday and drive all night to make it there in time to start the race. Of course, he really loved winning races, and set a few records that have never been broken. But most of all, he loved the people that became lifelong friends. In his younger years, he coached Little League. He loved the kids and to this day still talked about them. Golf became a passion, after years of making fun of all those guys chasing that little white ball around the course. He finally got hooked with the help of his friend Fred, who left a set of clubs in his office one day. After looking at them for several months, he started playing and fell in love with the game. More than the game, it was getting together with his friends to play. Bill never met a stranger, and most of the time they became his friends. His last few weeks were spent doing all the things that were most important to him. Two weeks before he left us, he and Nancy took a trip to Montana to visit their grandson Franklin who goes to school there. He got to spend three days hanging out with Franklin. That was truly a special time for him. This past week, he babysat his granddaughter Nancy, golfed with his daughter Barbie, drove to Los Angeles with friends Bud and Ron to pick up Bud's new boat, and left for the lake Friday morning with Nancy to spend time with friends. Family and friends were the foundation of his life. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Bill's life on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa. Private interment, Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, 3320 Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or the Council on Aging, 30 Kawana Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES (707) 525-3730
Published by Press Democrat from Jun. 16 to Jun. 19, 2009.