Simpson, Beverly Ann died peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Carlingview Manor, Ottawa. She had just begun her 8th decade.
Born January 1936 in North Bay, Beverly later moved to Ottawa and attended Fisher Park High School. Summers included visits to Kars on the Rideau and to cousins in Maine. In her teens, Bev was a cadet with the volunteer St. John Ambulance Corps and it was there that she found her life’s passion: Nursing. She graduated from the Ottawa Civic Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1958 and the “Civic” became her lifelong employer. Beverly was known as a capable, versatile and adaptable nurse, particularly valued by the hospital’s administrative staff. While working full time, she continued with the St. John Ambulance Corps, rising to the rank of Nursing Officer for the Province.
Beverly was a self-contained, intelligent, engaging woman with an appreciation for the finer things in life. She loved to laugh, shop, watch baseball and hockey, talk and reminisce. She faced challenges in her life with courage. She was kind to those who needed care. She had a profound affection for her friends.
Beverly was predeceased by her mother, Olive Dorothy (nee Hinkson), father, Ernest Albert and her husband Paul Raymond. She is survived by her brothers, George of Regina and Ernest of Ottawa; cousins Florence Rost of Farmingdale Maine, Sylvia and Sandra; as well as Goddaughter, Kim Bartlett (Montreal). Other caring family, neighbours and friends mourn her loss as well. Beverly was buried privately at Pinecrest cemetery in late February through Cole Funeral Services.
Memorial gifts may be sent, to the charity of your choice, or to:
St. John Ambulance National Office
1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1J 1A3