Monday, July 18, 2016

Announcing the date for Amanda's memorial service



This Sunday, July 24, 2016, at the Civic Gardens complex in London, Ontario, we'll all get to say goodbye to Amanda. If you can't make be here in person, I will attempt to set up an Internet feed so those from away can join in.

Her obituary, which ran this past weekend in London and Halifax, and will run in Kirkland Lake as well:
Amanda Simpson (nee Yateman) died at home in London, Ontario on July 12, 2016 at the age of 37, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Amanda is survived by husband Scott and their son Gordon. Daughter of Barbara Derbyshire, step daughter of Wendall Clifford, sister to Amy and Ruth. She is preceded in death by father Gary Yateman.
Amanda was born on October 3, 1978 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. She graduated from University of Toronto in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science, then from McMaster University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Social Work. She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she worked for the provincial government as a child protection social worker. Amanda married Scott Simpson in 2009 and gave birth to Gordon William Simpson in 2013. The family moved to London in 2014 to be near loved ones as Amanda fought cancer.
Amanda requested cremation, which is being handled by Woodland Cemetery & Crematorium in London. Details on a celebration of her life will be announced soon. Donations to Ovarian Cancer Canada at http://www.ovariancanada.org/ would be appreciated.

For the dozens and dozens of people who've reached out online and in person to extend their condolences -- thank you. For those who wonder if there's something you can do to help -- there is, and I'll share it here and on Facebook soon. Amanda's sudden (though expected) exit from our lives left some unfinished projects, and I have an idea for something that will help Gordon and I through the years. I think you can be part of it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Amanda has died. Her body is gone, but her legacy remains

I'm sad to report the death of Amanda Simpson. She was 37.

We thought she had more time -- not much more, but more.

Amanda died at home Tuesday evening, just hours after a good meeting with her doctor and nurse to plan out the weeks to come.

She spent much of the day with an old friend. She has been visited by many friends and relatives in the past few weeks.

Thanks to their work, Amanda came close to one of her life's goals: seeing her garden finished. She had two grand legacy projects. Her garden, and her Gordon. I will take good care of both, as per her wishes.

Amanda's body is now with Woodland Cemetery with cremation scheduled for tomorrow. Details on a service have yet to be determined. I will update here and at thesimpsonblog.com.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so supportive over the past 3+ years, from the day Gordon was born and the ovarian cancer was first discovered, through long months of treatment, relapses, setbacks and reprieves.

Difficult times are still ahead. I feel the warmth of so many people, and I am grateful to be near so much love from family in London and Stratford. I know people around the country and beyond have been following our story. The story's not over. This chapter is.

Amanda's legacy lives on in Gordon, in the garden, in me, in her family, and more that will unfold in the future.

(I apologize to anyone who feels blindsided by this news -- we've tried to contact as much family as possible before sharing on Facebook. Real human contact is always better than digital, but this medium carries the message in today's world.)