Harold Brown Simpson, Jr., a recent new resident of The Inn in New Canaan, and a long-time resident of Darien, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Stamford Hospital. Born on February 23, 1927 in Boston, MA and grew up in Scarsdale, NY, he was the son of the late Harold B. and A. Jeanne Simpson. He was 89.
Harold joined the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1944 following his high school graduation, and served in the Pacific Theater on Guam as a Radioman Third Class. Following his discharge in June of 1946, he entered Mohawk College in Utica, NY in August, 1946. He transferred to Colgate University in the spring of 1947 and graduated in June, 1949.
He joined William Esty & Company, an advertising firm, in June of 1949. He worked in a variety of capacities for 41 years before retiring as Senior Vice President-Human Resources in October, 1990.
Harold moved to Darien in 1955 with his wife, Nancy B. Ferns who he married in October of 1949. He was a coach for Darien Little League, an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 53 and a charter Board member of Post 53. He also served as a Deacon at Noroton Presbyterian Church.
During his retirement, he volunteered as a “van man” at Person-to-Person helping to deliver used furniture to underprivileged families in Stamford. He was a member of the Silvermine Golf Club and was active in the Darien Men’s Association.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Deborah Folsom of Bronxville, NY; four sons, William and his wife, Joan, of Darien; David of Norwalk; Jeffrey of Tampa, FL; and Douglas and his wife, Debbie, of New Canaan. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; a sister, Natalie MacDonald of New Canaan, as well as a niece and a nephew. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Nancy, in 2011, and by a grand-daughter, Catherine McKenzie Folsom in 2014.
A memorial service will be held at Noroton Presbyterian Chapel, 2011 Post Road, Darien on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM. A private family interment will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Bennett Cancer Center, c/o Stamford Hospital Foundation, 1351 Washington Blvd., Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com