Jerome Simpson, 80: Always put family first
SCARBOROUGH — Jerome Cedric Simpson, 80, of Scarborough, died July 31 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his loving family by his side.
He was born June 14, 1933, in Lewiston, a son of Cedric and Florence Simpson. He graduated from Deering High School in 1951 and was well-known locally for his athletic career. He attended the University of New Hampshire, and later served in the U.S. Air Force in Tripoli, Libya.
Simpson married Joan Hope Atwood in 1956 and began raising a family. A dedicated husband and father, he lived by example and with the belief of "family first." He was a longtime member of the South Portland Lions Club, served on the South Portland City Council, and volunteered as a Little League and football coach in South Portland. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and attending his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
Simpson was a salesman for Consolidated Freightways and retired after 30 years in the industry.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Scarborough; daughter Lisa D. Effler, of South Portland; two sons, Robert M. Simpson and his wife Anne, of Auburn, and Stephen C. Simpson and his wife Lisa, of South Portland; two sisters, Diane Perry, of Florida, and Marilyn Hight and her husband Bob, of Portland; two brothers, Robert Simpson and his wife Marilyn, of Florida, and Michael and his wife Cathy, of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Matthew Simpson, Lauren Simpson, Stephen Simpson, Cassandra Rich and Mason Rich; and one great-grandson, Mason Simpson.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, followed by interment at Brooklawn Memorial Park, in Portland.