Winthrop - Philip Alden Simpson, 92, died July 24, 2014, at his home on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan Jewett Simpson.
Phil was born in Scituate, Mass., on Sept. 6, 1921, the son of Eugene Philip and Nellie (Pennel) Simpson. He grew up in Winchester, Mass. He graduated from Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., in 1939 and regularly attended class reunions. He went to Brown University for two years before joining the Coast Guard in 1941, where he served during World War II and later, in the Korean War.
Phil loved life. He was a great storyteller and jokester. He enjoyed music, often playing piano at local restaurants and entertaining family and friends. He especially loved swing, big band, jazz and Hawaiian music. He frequently took in shows at the Carousel Theater in Boothbay Harbor and spent Sunday afternoons with the Bellamy Jazz. He spent much of his time outdoors, enjoying tennis, golf, swimming and boating.
Phil owned and operated Sunset Pass campgrounds on Maranacook Lake for about 20 years until the mid-1970s. For many years, he and his wife lived during the winter months on the boat "Flame" in Ft. Myers, Fla. In later years, he enjoyed the party barge on Maranacook Lake. He also enjoyed Sugarloaf, especially the apres-ski activities.
Phil was a member of the Temple Lodge No. 25 AF & AM and the Alfred W. Maxwell Jr. American Legion Post 40 in Winthrop. In addition to his wife Susan, Philip will be greatly missed by his stepson Lloyd (Jay) Jewett Jr., of Winthrop; his stepdaughter Joanne Jewett Bronson, of Durham, Conn.; and their families, including grandchildren Benjamin, Spencer, William, and Katharine; his special nieces Penny Curtis and Priscilla (Pay) Linden-Demers; and his nephews Alan, Paul, Jon, and Eugene.
He is predeceased by his first wife Margaret (Peggy) McCullough Simpson, his son Jon Alden Simpson, his daughter Bonnie Joan Simpson, and his sisters Anne Curtis and Priscilla Yeatton.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to his caregivers and the MaineGeneral Hospice team for the comfort and care that they provided Philip at his home over the past months.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, Maine.
Donations in Phil's memory may be made to: PALS Animal Shelter, 188 Case Road, East Winthrop, ME 04343.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.