Ian passed away at the age of 62 at Yorkton Hospital on Good Friday, April 15, 2022.
He was the only son of Robert (Bob) and Shirley Simpson born in Virden, Manitoba on August 4, 1959.
The family lived in Virden until Bob’s job had them moving to Dubuc, Saskatchewan when Ian was 2. From there they went to Bangor, Saskatchewan and then in 1967 to Bredenbury where Ian remained for the rest of his life.
Ian’s only child, Brandon Robert Simpson was born in September 1991.
Ian attended high school at Yorkton Regional High. He did odd jobs around town when he was a teenager and then was hired by International Mining Corporation when he was 18. He continued to work there until he had to take medical leave a few years ago due to his health.
In his younger days Ian enjoyed a game of baseball in the summer and hockey in the winter. He was known to partake in a good game of cards on occasion as well. His other interests over the years included woodworking, camping, gardening, cooking and sharing a cold Pil with buddies.
With the significant help of Bob and Shirley, Ian was involved in raising Brandon as the non-custodial parent. He was very proud of the man that Brandon grew up to be. He was heard to give total credit to Bob and Shirley and Sherry and Chris for Brandon’s great upbringing.
He was honoured to welcome Allie as a daughter-in-law at their wedding in Saskatoon on December 31, 2017. He came to know the true feeling of grandparental devotion when Alexi Leanne was born in July 2017. He was always asking Brandon and Allie to buy Lexi something from Grandpa. When they visited him in the hospital he requested that they make sure and get her an Easter gift from him, and they did.
Ian’s health dictated what he was able to do in the last few years of his life. His mobility was limited but he could be seen manoeuvring around town on his scooter and spent many hours touring the countryside in his Arctic Cat. He had a route planned out that went on for miles and had stops at friend’s homes along the way. His only regret was he didn’t buy one that kept him warmer in the winter. One of the last things he said in the hospital was that his gator was waiting at home for him.
Ian was predeceased by his parents; grandparents, several aunts and uncles and his faithful and protective dog Lucy. He leaves behind to celebrate his life his son Brandon, daughter-in-law Allie, and granddaughter Alexi of Martensville, SK; sister Shannon (Ray) Falkenberg, nieces Amanda(David) Teixeira and Pamela Falkenberg(Brad Halstead); great nieces and nephews Naomi, Lincoln, Delilah and Elijah Teixeira; Sawyer, Hudson and Nash Halstead all of Winnipeg, MB. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Ian’s life will be held on May 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at Bredenbury Town Hall. The service will be live-streamed being at 12:50 please visit the link provided you do not need to have a Facebook account to view http://www.facebook.com/christiesfuneralhome Internment to follow in the Bredenbury Town Cemetery with lunch to follow.
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