Life Story of Des Simpson

Des was born in Liverpool, England on May 1, 1937. Since his childhood, growing up during WWII and serving in the Army reserve, Des always strived for a better life – he met and married the love of his life, Maureen (Mo) Holmes on May 2, 1959 and then immigrated to Canada when he was 21 years old. Three (3) months later Mo arrived and they settled in Scarborough, ON for almost 7 years and had their 1st child, Janet. Then they moved across Canada and bought their first home in Maple Ridge, BC where they had their son, Stephen. Des was the Western Regional Parts Manager for Datsun/Nissan for many years which took us back across Canada to Nova Scotia for 3-1/2 years then returned to BC – he later operated several of his own businesses with Mo by his side, including opening the original Minit-Tune on Dewdney Trunk back in 1979. He was one of the most honest car salesmen around – he retired after 17 years where all of us knew where to find him at Kern/PORT/Mussallem/Carter Chev Olds from 1988-2005. Des was proud to be a Canadian yet never forgot where his roots were. His love and passion for sports was a huge part of his life which he enthusiastically shared with his family (especially his kids). Des even” tried out” for a professional football (soccer) league in England for which he would have been drafted but due to a serious ankle injury it ended his chance at a football career. A true Canuck Fan he was from his head to his toes! He really enjoyed music, had a great sense of humour, loved to “ham it up”… but if there is a catch phrase that Des owned it was “Just Stick With Me A Little While Longer” was always the inside joke 🙂

Des passed away peacefully at the Ridge Meadows Hospital with his family at his side on February 11, 2015. We just can’t thank all the regular staff enough from 2 West and the PATH unit – they were so caring of Des and accommodating with the whole family.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Maureen (Mo) Simpson, daughter Janet Maxwell (Douglas), son Stephen (Marcia), granddaughter Stephanie, sister Lilian Fane, niece Hilary (Mike) Winston and a great niece (Amy) plus all his many nieces and nephews in the Holmes family in England.

A small family gathering that Des wanted will be respected. In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Des Simpson to The Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation (604.463.1822) would be gratefully appreciated.

“If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again”….


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