SIMPSON, Arlene (Shipley) nee Watson….

It is with sadness and peace that we announce the passing of Arlene on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Victoria Hospital, London in her 94th year. Arlene was the loving wife of the late Lawrence Shipley (1951) and the late Donald Simpson (2007). She was the family matriarch to her siblings; brothers Carl Watson (late wife Audrey), Reginald Watson and his wife Lynda, Wayne Watson and his wife Jill and sister Meryl Cox and her husband Philip. Arlene was the proud Aunt to ten nieces and nephews, Great Aunt to 18 and Great-great Aunt to five. Her family members were very precious to her. Arlene worked at the London Life, starting as a clerk and left in 1969 holding a supervisory position. She and her husband Donald bought a shoe store business (Don Simpson Shoes) in Strathroy in 1969, from which they retired in 1986. Arlene and Donald travelled extensively and together they enjoyed golfing and visiting with friends and family. She was an avid photographer. Arlene returned to London in 2007 and spent her later years at Grand Wood Retirement Residence. Arlene will be fondly remembered by her family and her many friends. The family sincerely thanks the caring staff at Grand Wood. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 6-9 pm at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1 pm at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 397 Springbank Drive, London, ON N6J 1G7 with Reverend Canon K. Sam Thomas officiating. Interment in St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jesse’s Journey, PO Box 51, Station B London, ON N6A 4V3 or the St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church – Memorial Fund. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at

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