After a difficult few years of declining health, Douglas Reagh Simpson passed away peacefully on the evening of Friday, February 13, 2015. He was 81 years old.
Reagh leaves behind his beloved wife Lorraine, two sons Todd and Dean, grandchildren Adam, Cameron and MacKenzie, his sister Anita (John Hagen), his brother Donald (Elva), a niece and nephews.
Born and educated in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Reagh lived and worked for a time in the eastern Arctic working on the DEW Line. Following that he lived and worked in the Montreal area for many years before retiring in Iroquois, Ontario.
Reagh’s life is characterized by four great loves–his love of flying and every aspect of aeronautical affairs; his abiding connection with special places, Cape Breton, the summer cottage in PEI, small airports where he and his friends were involved in grass roots flying; and above all his love, loyalty and generosity for his family and friends guided every action.
He was a leading expert in corporate aeronautics, flying and maintaining his own airplanes and customizing corporate aircraft from assembly line to customer delivery.
Reagh enjoyed the respect, confidence and affection of colleagues from every walk of life.
His open ways, his storytelling, his warm hospitality and his sense of humour will be missed.
A celebration of Reagh’s life will be announced at a later date. Donations to a charity of choice may be made in Reagh’s memory.
Reagh’s family will be forever grateful to his caregivers for their dedicated service during his last months at home.