Edward T. “Ed” Simpson, 79, of Brilliant, OH, passed away peacefully Monday April 12, 2021 at home.
He was born May 1, 1941 in Waynesburg, OH, a son of the late Bernard and Dorothy (Owens) Simpson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas S. Simpson; and a brother, Franklin Simpson.
Ed is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vivian (Burge) Simpson, whom he married on November 28, 1964; and a son, Ryan Simpson of Mingo Junction, OH.
Ed retired in 2001 out of Ironworkers Local #549 in Wheeling, WV. He was a SCR project coordinator for two years at the Brilliant Cardinal Plant.
Ed was meticulous about all things in his life; his home, his vehicles and his work. He worked with diligence and produced perfection on all things from the smallest household chores to the tallest Power Plant smoke stacks that rose 1000 feet in the air above AEP Power Plants.
Ed was a member of Prime Time. He enjoyed swimming with many special friends at the pool in Mingo. He and Vivian enjoyed traveling many winters to Florida, the Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach and to Geneva-on-the-Lake each year for Vivian’s birthday.
He took pride in his large garden, trying different crops from year to year. He shared his bounty with friends and family. He spent much time preserving his vegetables for the family’s winter meals. Ed liked to cook and did grilling. He served his special Swedish Meatballs, and also Spaghetti to the family.
Ed was the proud father of his two fine sons. His first son, Doug was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 5. Ed made many things to make life easier for Doug. Son Ryan was his father’s pride and joy. Ryan followed his father and grandfather into the Ironworker trade. Ed was a role model for Ryan who displays many of Ed’s finest qualities. Ed and Vivian were excellent parents, giving their boys many happy and interesting experiences in travel and at home.
Ed Simpson bravely faced his final challenge. At first trying all procedures suggested by his doctors. After a 3 year battle with Mesothelioma, he ended his fight with dignity and grace.
He passed away in his beloved home with the love of his life, his devoted wife Vivian, and his buddy, Jakie his cat, by his side.
The family wishes to give thanks to the medical people who cared for Ed. His dear family physician Dr. Figel and his staff. Also special thanks to the Teramana Cancer Center, Dr. Rahman and his staff for the sincere thoughtful care given to Ed. And special thanks to the Southern Care Hospice for the time, attention and loving reassurance they gave the whole family. To Dr. Tranto, Nurse Angela, Chaplain Leo and our special Angel Susan, without whom we could not have fulfilled Ed’s final wish to spend his last days in his beloved home.
Friends will be received at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 712 Third St., Brilliant, on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of his funeral service at 6:00 p.m. with Chaplain Leo Gonot, officiating. Masks are absolutely required at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed in Ed’s name to either the TEAR Fund at Trinity Health System’s Tony Teramana Cancer Center, 3204 Johnson Rd, Steubenville, OH 43952 or Southern Care Hospice, 100 Welday St. Ste G, Wintersville, OH 43953.
“One more day, one more time
One more sunset maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again, I know what it would do
Leaving me wishing still for one more day with you”
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