Burton Simpson

Obituary of Burton Simpson

Burton was born April 21, 1946, in Smiths Creek, NB.  He was a son to Edgar and Bertha (Wheaton) Simpson and the loving husband of Vera Coates for 48 years.


He started out driving truck for Cecil Fanjoy and Doug Norrad and over the years he also drove taxi and worked in the woods.  He could often be found in his wood yard in Smiths Creek, one of his favorite places. He would pass the time splitting kindling wood that folks would come from all over to buy. 

Burt was a “happy go lucky” fellow with a great sense of humour.  Some would even say that “he was a character” and his children would tell you that they have many special memories of growing up happy and loved.

Burt especially enjoyed spending time with his precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were so important to “grampy or ampy”and he was so proud of each one.  Barbecue’s in the backyard were amazing adventures and any time spent with Vera’s family was a treasure to Burt.  He loved his family very very much.

Although Burt struggled with serious health issues for many years, he never let it break him.  He never gave up and he was so very brave and strong until the end. He will be greatly missed.  On Friday, October 27, 2017, Mr. Burton Edgar Simpson of Sussex, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Sussex Health Centre at the age of 71.

Burt will be forever in the hearts of his beloved wife Vera; children Cathy Kilpatrick of Sussex and Stephen Coates and Vanessa Buchanan of Newtown; brothers: Lloyd and Cheryl of Sussex, Bryant and Cheryl of Newtown, Wayne of Sussex and Lawrence and Lisa Vautour of Hampton; sister Faye and Larry Voutour of Sussex; his grandchildren: Jonathon (Jessica) Coates, Christopher Coates, Cynthia Coates (Matt Devolder), Jennifer Melvin (Mark Dibblee) Stephanie Coates and Kassidy and Evan Buchanan; great grandchildren: Tyson, Owen, Jacqueline, Carter, Kaitlin, Ian, Kyara and Natalya; his neighbors and very dear friends Roy and Dale Patterson and their son Ian and several other extended family members and friends.

Along with his parents, Burt was predeceased by his stepson Kevin Coates; grandson Nevin Coates; brothers: Charlie, Donnie, Gordon and Stanley in infancy and his sister Rose Robinson.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, (506-433-1176) with visitation on Monday from 1-3 and 6-8 pm.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 for Burt in the Gosline Cemetery at 2 pm

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