Bill Simpson
Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
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.
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To the Simpson Family,
Sooooo sad....Sooooo young....Why? What a great man Bill was..always in race mode w/positive energy & a laugh!
We'll cherish the 80's Clear Lake skiracing memories...
Big Hugs to you, Nancy, & your Family
Billy & Lori Dunsmore
June 27, 2009
Dear Nancy&Family
We were saddened to here of your loss,
Please know how very sorry we are.
It's hard to understand why people are
taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life.
May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
Chuck & Pat Marino
June 24, 2009
Nancy, Barbie, Bernie, and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, I liked Bill a lot, and I had had a lot of respect for him. May he rest in peace with God’s blessings.
Mark Carpenter
June 23, 2009
Nancy,wish I did'nt have to write this but here goes.Bill was a great asset to ski racing,full of energy and fun.I will never forget when mike and I forgot Ryan at the ramp and you and bill had him at your room,WOW was i in trouble!! When Bill decided to go boat racing he brought us all with him.What great times we had on the road.Not many men could make a 10 year old kid fit in with 12 guys !! You and Bill helped me through some rough time in those years.Thank you for eveything.Hope Bill and Dad are talking race talk.
Bob Funderburg
June 23, 2009
Dear Nancy and Family -- I was so sad to hear about Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. He is a person who will stay in our hearts forever.
Gina Dolce Ledesma
June 22, 2009
To the entire Simpson Family:
My heart just aches for you. In the blink of an eye, your lives have all changed. I never heard that man say a bad word about anyone. Through our sport he was always generous, gracious, a good sport and never, ever got so caught up in all the hooplah that he lost sense of what was really important.
I pray for your strength through this difficult time and that God keep you always in his loving hands.
Denise Wynne (Avila)
June 22, 2009
Dear Nancy &Family---We were so saddened to hear of Bills passing. He meant so much to so many. We have many great memories of Bill and are so glad we got to spend time and visit with you and him recently.Our thoughts are with you and the family.
Roy & Diana Parmentier
June 20, 2009
Nancy,Barbie,The Simpson Family...
We have lost a good man/a legend if you will.
He touched so many people in such a possitive way!!
I'm am so thankful to be one of them.
Our thought's and prayer's our with you in these sad time's

Randy & Judy Rutledge
Randy Rutledge
June 20, 2009
Rest in Peace Bill. It's been a long time but i have fond memories of our days at the ski races.

I offer my condolences to the family. The world is truly a better place because Bill was here.
Andy Wolf
June 19, 2009
Dear Nancy an all The family, my Heart and Love goes to each an every person that was ever lucky enough to share time with Bill. Even though these last years have past; an I wasn't able keep in touch as I would have loved to, I have never forgot some of the best times of my childhood. Bill an all the Simpson crowd always made me feel @ home an part of the family. Ski racing for me would not of been without him believing an taking the time to pull me. I will always be his Rosie..I love you all Nancy an my thoughts & heart are with now an always. Thank you for sharing Bill with all of us....
Rose Johnson-Kinslow
June 19, 2009
Dear Nancy and family
Its with great sadness to hear of your loss. Bill was one of the good guys. I will never forget him. He drove for me in the tub of fools in the 86 Catalina ski race.I only meet him for that weekend but have never forgot what a top man he was.
God bless.
Gary Brooks and Family
Gary Brooks
June 19, 2009
June 18, 2009
Dear Nancy and Family, We were grateful in knowing Bill for all these years. He was a remarkable man that we will not forget. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family and May God Bless.
Charlie and Lois Moore
Charlie Moore
June 18, 2009
Bernie and Lynn,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My condolences to your family as well as my thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl Tinney from RH Tinney
June 18, 2009
Dear Nancy,

It was an honor knowing Bill and spending time with you guys at the lake. Memories I will never forget. Thank you so much for sharing Bill with all of us. He will be truly missed. May God bless your family.
Paul Messerschmitt
June 18, 2009
To Bill's family and friends. Bill and I met when he joined the North Coast Hobos in 1993. He seemed to enjoy the "Encampments" and dinners. He was a fund person to be around. He will be missed. Thought and prayers go to the family. Joe H. Henderson
June 17, 2009
To Nancy and Barbie,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Bill was a special person, truly, a "One of a Kind". I am grateful to have known him. He always had a smile on his face and a booming laugh which no one could resist. He will be genuinely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With my deepest sympathies,
June Angiolini
June 17, 2009
Nancy, What a sad day for all of us when the Lord decided he needed Bill with him, We remember all the great times at the lake, all the boat races and parties "WOW" what a ride, will never for get how he was always " MADE IN AMERICA" gave us a bad time when Paul bought a Toyota, was so proud of his boat trophys and winnings. I know how hard this is but you have a lot of wonderful family and friends that will be there for you. We will never forget Bill and will always be greatful that you both were a part of our lives. Our love and prayers are sent from all our family, and the boys at Paul Pfaff Ent,Inc.

May God Bless You,

The Pfaff's Paul,Jo Ann,Gordy,Katy, Vikki and Mike.
Paul & Jo Ann Pfaff
June 16, 2009
Nancy...we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Bill was not only a boss to Dave, but also a respected role model and businessman. Dave always felt proud that he was able to work for Bill and learn from him. Bill always kept Dave on his toes and was always there to give him a jab when needed! I know it was these times that truly meant the most to Dave. It was through the many years of their working relationship that Dave was truly able to sit back and realize how much of an impact Bill made on his life. Dave will always be grateful for the opportunity Bill gave him when he was young and just starting out in the HVAC trade...with not a lot of experience under his belt he was given the chance. Dave made it a priority to do his best and not let Bill down. It was always with high hopes that Bill would see how hard he worked and was proud. Dave has lost not only a boss in Bill, but a mentor and friend. He will be truly missed by all. Our love and support go out to you and your entire family during this extremely difficult time.

With love and sympathy,
The Ehrmantraut's...Dave, Tiffany, Connor and Belle
Tiffany Ehrmantraut
June 16, 2009
To Nancy and all of the Simpson family, I am so sad for all of you and for the world.Bill was a wonderful man and I am so thankful to have had him as a friend.I was just thinking of how lucky I was to have him and so many of our friends together for my 50th, it was a special time that I will never forget.I believe we should all remember him and show him our love for him by living his words " no matter what keep smiling and have fun " I will never forget him and the way he would never say good bye, he would just say see ya later and keep smiling....This world will be left with a huge hole in it and our hearts left with the wonderful thoughts of a great man........
Mike Avila
June 16, 2009
To Bill,
You will be missed by so many of us. You always had a smile on your face and were such a great example of how life should be lived. I thank you for always being such a special person to my family. I know you and Dad will do some more racing now that you are together again.
To the Simpson family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry about your loss.
Phyllis (Funderburg) Burgoyne
June 16, 2009
Bill Simpson...My friend...Our lives have crossed many times over the Sheet metal apprentices at College of Marin, (1959-1963), as my employer,(early 80's), in that old metal building on Coffee Ln, (where you never knew what vehicle was going to take you to the job so you better take your tools home each night). And more recently...With My Son Randy given an opportunity to work for and grow with Simpson Sheet our lifes crossed again.

My Friend you will be in my thoughts until we meet again.

With sincere condolences to the Simpson Family and friends
Charles Rutledge
June 16, 2009
Thank you for inviting us to your home for the past two Thanksgivings. Vicki and myself will miss Bill. He made us feel like part of the familiy. Our condolences, Bill will be missed.
Roman & Vicki
Roman Paulus
June 16, 2009
My sincere condolences to the Simpson Family and freinds.I hardly knew Bill but that didn't matter,when he found out that we were going racing he wanted to help and did. Bill insisted on fabricating the cowling for our car.He will be remembered at every race we attend. I feel very lucky to have met him.
Dennis Grossmann
June 16, 2009
Nancy.....I am so so sorry for your loss. Bill was one of the most generous human beings on this earth. And no Bill never met a stranger, only friends. He had such a kind and warm heart. I know there are not enough kind words to describe this warm hearted gentle giant and no words that will fix your broken heart. With my deepest sympathies.....
Carlene Murray
June 16, 2009
My sincere condolences to Nancy and the family. Quite literally I have never met anyone more positive towards others. The minute you met Bill you became his friend. His gregarious style and supportive word will be missed by many.
Bill C.
June 16, 2009
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