SIMPSON, Ralph James 1935-2020

January 16, 1935 – October 3, 2020

With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of Ralph Simpson on October 3, 2020, surrounded by his family in the Hudson Palliative Care Residence, Hudson, Quebec, after a year long battle with cancer.

Ralph was born and raised “Up Cote”. In 1953, at the age of 18, he left Quebec and joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he proudly served his country for 25 years, while raising his family in the home he built in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. Upon retirement in 1978 he returned to his family farm on Cote St. Charles Road, Saint Lazare where he continued to live and work until he retired “for good” at 82 years young.

Ralph was an active member of the Cote St. Charles United/Wyman Memorial Church. He was also a member of the Hudson Historical Society where he proudly shared facts and stories of the history of Cote St. Charles, with his family being one of the original settlers of the area.

Ralph was part of the greatest generation, enjoying the simple pleasures in life like finding satisfaction in hard work, contributing to his church, his community, and spending time with family and friends across Canada.

Ralph was an avid fan of hockey and baseball. In his spare time he loved old movies, collecting vintage tractors, traveling with Barb, and photography….. Ralph was never without his camera, and his home movies from 1953 to present day will forever be cherished. Most of all, Ralph loved making memories with his beloved grandsons, Mackenzie and Parker.

Ralph leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Barbara Morrison, his daughter Karen (“Karney”) and her husband Dave Patterson; his son Terry; his son Todd and his wife Debbie Richardson with their sons Mackenzie and Parker.

We will forever be grateful to Nova Hudson and to Hudson Palliative Care (The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence) for their exceptional care, kindness and compassion given to Ralph.

Should family or friends desire, contributions may be sent to Nova Hudson in Hudson, Quebec or The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson, Quebec.

Due to current restrictions, a private family service has been planned.

May the songs of the angels welcome him home.


  • Natalie Simpson Posted 08/10/2020 6:30 pm

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Ralph was always a great raconteur and what a fantastic keeper of the Cote history. He will be missed.

  • Joan MacDonald Posted 08/10/2020 9:24 pm

    Andy and I are saddened to learn of the death of Ralph. We remember Ralph with fondness, his
    warm smile and his devotion to Wyman Church. Always in our hearts,
    Andy and Joan MacDonald.

  • Phyllis Butt Posted 09/10/2020 12:45 am

    My sincere condolences to Barbara & family

  • Lesley S. Hutchins Posted 10/10/2020 9:44 am

    Our condolences to Barbie and family. Ralph, I will miss crossing paths with you out in the fields, listening to your stories. You were always so kind. RIP Ralph.

  • Lynn Sauer Posted 10/10/2020 11:00 am

    What a life your father has lived. You must be very proud to have been his daughter. You have memories to last a lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Karney Patterson Posted 15/10/2020 5:16 pm

      Thank you Lynn… said it best, I truly was so proud and so blessed to be his daughter.

  • Fanny Law Posted 12/10/2020 1:22 pm

    What a colorful life your father have lived and built a lovely family and legacy. The memories will live on. You take care. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    • KARNEY PATTERSON Posted 17/10/2020 9:29 am

      Yes a wonderful life indeed. And how grateful we are to forever have years of memories live on through Dads home movies. Thank you Fanny.

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