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Robert (Bob) Simpson

Radio Inspector with the Department of Communications (DOC)

Spectrum Management Officer with Industry Canada (IC)

 

 

Passed Away in 2002 - Scroll Down for Obituary  

Décès en 2002 - Avis de décès au bas de la page  

 

 

From Atlantic Intercomm  -  June 1990


Intercomm Atlantique  -  Juin 1990

 

Obituary  -  Avis de décès

Robert (Bob) Simpson

1965-2002

 

PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY IN MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK ON 2 DECEMBER 2002 AT THE AGE OF 37

HE WAS THE REGIONAL EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (RETO) FOR ATLANTIC CANADA AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH

 

 

 


Robert J. Simpson Robert (Bob) J. Simpson, 37, husband of Paulette (Melanson) Simpson, of Moncton, passed away suddenly on Monday December 2, 2002.

 

Born in Montreal, son of Ernie and Jeannette (Chiasson) Simpson of Moncton. Bob was employed with Industry Canada, attended St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, enjoyed 4 wheeling, seadooing, rafting and was an Assistant Coach with Moncton Minor Hockey.

 

Besides his wife and parents, Bob will be sadly missed by his sons, Kyle and Matthew; brother, Danny (Nicole), Moncton; special aunt, Hazel Kenneson, Halifax; several nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995), Wednesday 2-4, 7-9. Parish Prayers Wednesday 8:30pm. Funeral Mass at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Thursday December 5, 2002 10:30am.

 

Reception following the Mass. Interment, Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. In Bob's memory, donations to N.B. Heart & Stroke Foundation or memorial of choice would be appreciated.

 

 

I never had the pleasure of working with Bob Simpson. I was working in Toronto when he passed away suddenly in 2002. His position as Regional Emergency Telecommunications Officer (RETO) was not filled permanently until 2004 and I was the one who was chosen to replace him. After moving from Toronto to Moncton in August 2004, I reported to the office and was given access to all emails pertaining to Emergency Telecommunications. These emails gave me a clear picture of what happened on Monday 2 December 2002.

 

As per his email traffic, Bob reported for work that morning and was active for a while in sending various emails regarding emergency telecom issues. At some point during the day, he started to feel unwell and sent an email saying that he was going home for the rest of the day. He passed away later on that day. I believe his death was due to heart failure but I cannot confirm it. Bob was only 37 years old and was athletic. His sudden death was quite a shock and deeply affected his work colleagues in Moncton and throughout the four Atlantic provinces.

 

I never knew Bob personnally but everything I heard about him from his colleagues and from his clients was good. His sudden departure was a big loss for Industry Canada and for other federal departments in the Atlantic provinces. His loss was also felt by the provincial Emergency Measures Organizations (EMO) he regularly dealt with, in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Donald Courcy

9 November 2014

 

Links  -  Liens

2001 - IC's Emergency Response Teams Spring into Action

2001 - Les équipes d'intervention d'urgence d'IC au cœur de l'action

 

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