Remembering (William) Earle Simpson of Ramsay

Remembering (William) Earle Simpson of Ramsay
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 Oct 1940, Fri  •  Page 18

1940 tractor– STOCK PHOTO

Name:William Earle Simpson
Gender:M (Male)
Birth Date:6 Feb 1908
Birth Place:Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Death Date:18 Oct 1940
Death Place:Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery:Auld Kirk Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

William Earle Simpson

BIRTH6 Feb 1908Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH18 Oct 1940 (aged 32)Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALAuld Kirk CemeteryMississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
MEMORIAL ID211229589 · View Source

1940, Thursday October 24, The Almonte Gazette front page
Tragic Death Of Ramsay Farmer
Young Man Falls Under Tractor While Operating It Near Home

Friends of Almonte and district were shocked, Thursday evening, Oct 17th, to learn of the tragic death by accident of Mr William Earle Simpson, well known young farmer who resided on the Ninth Line of Ramsay. Mr Simpson had been plowing in a field not far from his house and when time came for the evening meal, about five o’clock, Mrs Simpson thought it strange he did not shut off the tractor and come home. She went to investigate and was horrified to find her husband’s body under one wheel of the machine. She closed off the engine and sent for neighbours who came to her assistance. No Inquest Necessary The coroner, Dr A.A. Metcalfe, was summoned and he found the victim of the accident had sustained a broken neck. No inquest was considered necessary.

It is thought Mr Simpson must have slipped off the platform of the tractor while standing up or leaning forward. In this way he would fall in front of one of the drive wheels. It was a new machine having been purchased about a month ago. A son of the late William McKenzie Simpson and his wife, the late Emma Munro, the young man was born on Feb 6th, 1908 on the homestead where he met his death. He attended Greig’s School and the Almonte High School. His mother died in April and his father in July, 1938. He continued to operate the farm very successfully being a good worker and having a thorough understanding of the business. On Oct 18th, 1938, he married the former Jean Aird, a daughter of Rev Wm and Mrs Aird of Almonte. She survives him with one daughter, Kathryn fourteen months old. There is also a sister, Mrs J. Dequettville of Almonte. Funeral Saturday.

The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon from the family residence ninth line of Ramsay, to the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Rev Wm Aird of Almonte Baptist Church; Rev J.F. Dingman of Carleton Place Baptist Church and Rev A.J. Fowlie of Almonte Presbyterian Church, took part in the service at the house, while Rev G.C.R. McQuade of Trinity United Church, Almonte; Rev W.J. Scott of Bethany United Church and Rev Wm Aird officiated at the graveside. The pallbearers were Messrs A.W. Matthews, Wilfred Metcalfe, Roy Rodgers and Melvin Rae. Included in the floral tributes were offerings from the Baptist Church Board of Almonte and from the neighbours. Among those attending the funeral from a distance were the Misses Florence and Jennie Scott of Sault Ste Marie; Mr and Mrs Duncan McIntyre of White Lake; Mr and Mrs Robertson of Waba; Mrs and Mrs A. Scott and Wm Scott of Peterborough and Miss Helen Aird, Reg N. of Boston. The late Mr Simpson was the treasurer, a trustee and deacon of the Almonte Baptist Church. The sympathy of a shocked community goes out to the widow in her hour of great sorrow.

His wife

Name:Jean Bonnsley Aird
Birth Year:abt 1912
Birth Place:Chatham, Ontario
Marriage Date:18 Oct 1938
Marriage Place:Canada, Almonte, Lanark, Ontario
Father:William Aird
Mother:Alice Aird
Spouse:Willaimm Earl Simpson
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 May 1984, Fri  •  Page 26

Daughter- Kathryn Simpson McGregor


McGREGOR, James Duncan Peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital on Thursday, October 20, 2005, in his 75th year. James will be missed by his loving wife Kathryn (nee Simpson). Cherished father of David of Stittsville, Alice (Terry) McGuire of Seaforth, and Kevin (Carole) of Perth. Grandfather of Michael McGuire. Survived by his sisters Jean Mahon of Brockville, and Phyllis Frizell of Smiths Falls. Predeceased by his three brothers George, Harold, and Lester.

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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