James R. Simpson, 85


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In loving remembrance of James R. Simpson, born in Montclair on April 14, 1938, and who resided in Verona, New Jersey for 85 years until he took his leave from this world on February 16, 2024. James was a man of many splendid qualities, but above all, he was loyal, loving, dedicated, and courageous. He was a devoted check printer by occupation, but his heart was always invested in his community, where he served as a volunteer firefighter. His dedication to his work and community was a testament to his character. As Maya Angelou once said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”

In his free time, James brought joy and warmth to those around him with his unique hobbies. His love for collecting Matchbox cars and Hess trucks brought a splash of color to his life and those around him. His courage was reflected not only in his work as a firefighter but also in his everyday life. He was a pillar of strength for his family, who were what mattered the most to him. His love for his family was as unwavering as it was unconditional. As Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

James is survived by his son, James Simpson, his daughter-in-law, Suzanne Simpson, his grandchildren Cassidy and Callum Simpson, and his nephew, Gregory Smith. His parents James and Maryon Simpson, his sister Valerie Simpson and Judith Smith, and his beloved wife, Margaret Simpson, preceded James in death.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 3 p.m. at Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. A funeral mass will be conducted on Monday, February 19, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, 22 Lakeside Avenue, Verona. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Restland Memorial Park, 77 Deforest Avenue, East Hanover.

In recognition of the vibrant life that James led, we encourage you to share your memories and upload photos of him on his memorial page. His life was a tapestry of love, courage, and dedication, and we hope that these memories will continue to inspire us all.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Verona Fire Department or the Verona Rescue Squad.

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