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Harold (Bud) M. Simpson Jr. (1938-2021)

Harold (Bud) M. Simpson Jr.

KINGFIELD - Harold (Bud) M. Simpson Jr., 82, passed away on Jan. 8, 2021, at Sandy River Center in Farmington. Surrounded by love, light, peace, and family, he completed his lengthy journey.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1938 in Augusta, son of Harold, Sr. and Bernice (Smith) Simpson. In the late 1940s, the family came to Flagstaff from Augusta, then moved to Eustis in 1949. Bud was educated in the schools of Stratton and as a teenager started working on the Butts Farm. After that, he was hired at Foster Manufacturing in Stratton in the enamel shop. It was there that he learned how to mix paint which lead to his love of auto body repair later in life.

Searching for a career, he tried working in the lumbering business but was dissatisfied very early on. At 18 years old, Bud was hired by Vernon Bean at Stratton Light and Power, having a successful 38 year career as a lineman specialist, retiring in 1993. He was a charter member and director since 1979 of the Dead River Area Historical Society in Stratton, and a director of West Harbor Pond Association in Bar Harbor in 1989.

In his lifetime, Bud completely restored a 1931 Model A Ford, 1940 Ford Truck, 1951 Ford Coupe, and 1966 Ford Thunderbird. In his retirement, Bud traveled to Bermuda several times and his dream vacation was to Italy. He loved music, playing his guitar, fly fishing, hunting and motorcycles. Purchasing his first home at age 19, Bud was a family man, having great joy for his family and animals, and always quite spirited when the family came to visit.

Bud is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Wyman Simpson; two children, Letitia “Tish” Williams and Stanley “Tad” Simpson; two brothers and two sisters; seven grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Bud requested that we remember his childhood family friend, David Target of Farmington.

In memory of Bud, the family asks for prayers only. Interment will be later in the spring at the Upper Eustis Cemetery in Eustis. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. I am so saddened to hear about Harold's passing. He was a very special person. My thoughts and prayers are sent to Patti and family.


  2. This was very sad to hear! Harold was a great Friend, as well as a coworker. Harold taught me alot about Line work and how to be safe. And because of him, he made my Journey through life alot better. May he Rest in Peace. Love Thoughts and Prayer's to all Family and Friend's. He will be missed by many.

  3. Rest in the peace you deserve, Bud, you were a faithful friend and co-worker. Condolences, love and hugs to Patty and family, treasure those memories.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace...
    Prayers with the family.

  5. I met Bud through David!! My condolences to the entire Simpson family.

  6. Sincere condolences to Patty and all the family. A great neighbor who set the bar high on how to take care of your home, car or motorcycle! Always treated people with respect and kept his appearance impeccable! RIP .

  7. Much love to Harolds family during this sad time. We loved being neighbors with Pat and Harold. It was so comforting to know they were next door if we needed anything. And they shared the joy of our kids growing up, like surrogate grandparents. Prayers said for Harolds safe passage and strength for his family to get through without him.

  8. My condolences to the entire Simpson family. He was a great guy who always met me with a smile. He will be missed by many. RIP Bud

  9. We are sending our sincere condolences to Patty and the Simpson family. Bud will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Gene and Meredith Ranger

  10. Pat and family,
    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    I loved my visits with both you.
    Pat, (sending you a hug)

  11. Patti, Tish and Tad,
    Harold was the best guy. We all loved him as part of our family, especially my mother who loved him dearly. My memories of him with all of you will stay with me forever. My love and prayers to all of you in your grief.

  12. I met Bud and knew him thru my early years at cmp he was a kind person always willing to listen and had a way to make you smile and laugh my condolances to his family

  13. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Pat and the family..RIP Dear Friend..

  14. Thoughts and prayers to Pat and Buddy's family. Met Bud back in the 70's, working on power lines, for CMP.
    Will miss him.

  15. I will always remember his smile. So sorry.

  16. So sorry Pat and family thinking of you.

  17. May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and
    until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    RIP Bud

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