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Angelo Roland Simpson

June 28, 1943 - June 07, 2022

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Angelo Roland Simpson

June 28, 1943 - June 07, 2022

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Obituary For Angelo Roland Simpson

Angelo Simpson was born in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda on June 28, 1943 and grew up on Factory Rd. This is an important detail because this is where folks lived who were associated with the sugar factory. His father, Rowland Simpson worked there after arriving from what was then known as British Guiana in the 1930s. He was hired by an uncle, Denzel Cort, who was in charge of the coveted sugar boiler positions at the factory. Rowland also brought his mother, Nora Simpson (neé Cort), to Antigua. Angelo was raised by his mother, Albertine Simpson (neé Sainte Claire), who was born in Guadeloupe, and who was supported by many hands including Jane Gould.

So from the start Angelo’s family was spread out with aunts and uncles, cousins and siblings on different islands and in Guyana. Angelo added to the mix when he moved to New York in the late 1960s. New York is where he married Sheila Simpson (neé Brown), and where he became an Engineer as a proud CUNY graduate.

He and Sheila then complicated the map even more by moving to Toronto in the 1970s. This is where his daughters Sheryl-Ann Simpson and Monique Simpson Oliver were born. Sheila’s mother Ernestine/Nellie Brown (neé Abbott), Mrs B. as he always called her, also moved to Toronto along with many of Sheila’s siblings. So with all of them, their spouses and children who moved and where born there, Angelo found himself surrounded by family in Toronto as well.

In Toronto, Angelo worked, usually behind the scenes, to support community organizing ranging from his church to non-profit organizations. He continued his career, earning an MBA from Western University. Angelo and Sheila also took advantage of everything Toronto had to offer to give their daughters a truly rich childhood. Angelo also used them as an excuse for more travel, this time exploring sites across his new home in Canada.

In a final move to Raleigh, North Carolina, Angelo continued his work to leave things better than he found them. For example, by creating space and opportunities for young Black engineers where those opportunities weren’t being created by the company.

Raleigh is also where he became a father-in-law when Monique married Jerry Oliver, and where he took on his most prized role as grandfather to Frazier (The Young Man) and Weston (The Dribbler). There’s no real way to explain the joy they brought into his life.

Throughout all of this moving he also managed to stay connected to a group of friends who go back to his time at Antigua Grammar School and working at PanAm Airlines, along with his brothers. They talked books and politics, the old days, the future, and of course cricket. They checked in on, and supported each other throughout the years.

Angelo’s death on June 7, 2022 was sudden, which means the spot missing him now is harder to understand. But what is clear is that he lived a good life filled with curiosity, travel and love, and he will be missed deeply.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the following organizations. Please click on the links below for more information:

The Grove School of Engineering, CCNY

Young People’s Theatre

North Haven Church - Community Outreach

Precious Lambs Early Learning Center

Services

14 Jun

Visitation

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
14 Jun

Funeral Service

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
14 Jun

Interment

02:45 PM

Pine Forest Memorial Gardens 770 Stadium Drive Wake Forest, NC 27587 Get Directions »
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  • 07/01/2022

    Dear Sheryl-Ann, We send you our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May the support of your family and friends and the special memories of your father help you during this difficult time. Love, Mary and Ian Forbes

  • 06/22/2022

    Deepest condolences to Sheila and family from my husband Hillary and I. We greatly admired Angelo, and each time we open our wedding album, we have to tell who the tall handsome man is. Be comforted by the memory of his quiet confidence and goodness. Heartfelt live and prayers!

  • 06/22/2022

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  • 06/14/2022

    I will always remember the very first time I met Angelo Simpson at a family get together at their Etobicoke home in Canada in 1991. I was introduced to both Sheila and Angelo by my forever love and partner Edison Browne. Angelo and Sheila greeted me with a friendly smile and hearty welcome. What struck me most about Angelo was his height and slim body and how handy he was around the kitchen helping his wife Sheila prepared and served dinner and clean up and still find time to joke and play with Sheryl-Ann and Monique. Angelo was indeed a loving and caring husband to Sheila and dad to Sheryl-Ann and Monique and Grand pa to Frazer, and Weston. My deepest condolences to Sheila and the girls, all the Simpson families, son-in-law Jerry, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, cousins, sister-in-laws, and brother-in-laws and friends near and far. Angelo you are gone but not forgotten. You were a man of peace and quiet. Rest In Peace. For those who die in Christ shall rise again this is the hope your family and all your love ones have. You will be missed but the memories remain forever. Condolences are sent to the Simpson family from Blondel, Ashakie, Yanita and baby Carmelo.

  • 06/14/2022

    Our deepest condolences to Auntie Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and Family. We were very sad to hear of Uncles passing. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May he rest in Heavenly Peace. -Dawson and Sharon

  • 06/14/2022

    Our deepest condolences to Auntie Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and Family. We send our prayers and love during this difficult time. May he rest in Heavenly Peace. - Sharon and Dawson

  • 06/14/2022

    I didn't include that my classmate was so proud to have Mr Angelo Simpson as a role model and mentor.

  • 06/14/2022

    Condolence to Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and her family also the Simpson family. Angelo was like a father to me. Assisted with homework. I got my first job in Canada due to Angelo. Best Mentor. My classmate was so excited to be a successful applicant to Angelo's Engineering Mentors Program and surprised when I told him Angelo is my brother in law.

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    Deepest condolences to Angelo's family from Sharon Cort-Thibou my immediate family and the rest of the Cort family in Antigua. May Angelo's soul RIP 🙏🏽

  • 06/14/2022

    Uncle Angelo, you will truly be missed. Aunt Sheila and cousins, we will keep you in our prayers!!!

  • 06/14/2022

    My dear Sheila and the Simpson family. We are saddened to hear that Angelo's work here on earth is done and that he has flown away home. Our hearts maybe broken and our spirits weighted down with grief but we'll rejoice and be greatfull for the time we had him. Weeping may endure for night, but joy cometh in the morning. So go ahead, grieve, shed some tears knowing that some day we will all be together again. The Workman family.

  • 06/13/2022

    Uncle Angelo, when I was growing up, I always look forward to your visits. You were what I called a gentle giant, towering over us. You were always speaking words of wisdom which I will keep close to my heart for the rest of my life. To my Aunt Sheila, cousins, Sheryl-Ann and Monique, I will be praying hard and will be here for you. Love, Cousin Eugene

  • 06/13/2022

    My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Sheila and the other family members. The news of Angelo's death brought back some very painful memories of 19 years ago when I had to deal with Victor's illness and subsequent death. During that time both Sheila and Angelo were always there with words of encouragement, comfort and advice. Although words cannot adequately express how I feel I would like you to be comforted with words from Matthew 5:4 - "blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". Please also know that my loving thoughts embrace you and your family at this difficult time. May the soul of Angelo rest in peace and rise in glory. The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

  • 06/13/2022

  • 06/13/2022

    Uncle Angelo,you will be missed by all of us. I have many good memories with you,I always remembered my first summer visit to New York back in 1972. Faye and I stayed with you and aunt Sheila we had a great time. Uncle you was a great mentor to all of us,especially when we needed a little advice you were there. Our prayers go out to you may your soul rest In Peace. Aunt Shelia, Sherlyann, Monique and family. Our deepest condolences love prayers are with you. Uncle Angelo you will always be remembered in our 💜. One love. Alex Simpson.💜

  • 06/13/2022

    To my Sisterinlaw Sheila and my nieces Sheryl-Ann and Monique, our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Our prayers is that God will grant you His peace strength & comfort as you cherish the memories of your husband, Father & Grandfather Angelo. Gene (aka) Mikie & Pauline💜

  • 06/13/2022

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Shelia, Monique, Sherylann and all family members. We are truly shocked by the passing of Angelo, a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friends, our prayers are given in thoughts and compassion to all needless to say, it may be comforting yet not a solace for bereavement in time like these. Sheila (Sis) we grieve with you, please accept our deepest condolences. Jean & Pat

  • 06/13/2022

    During my childhood Mr. Simpson was always so kind and warm to me, and I will always remember and be grateful for that. My condolences to Monique, Sheryl-Ann, Mrs. Simpson, and the many family members/friends who loved and knew him.

  • 06/13/2022

    Condolences to Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and family on the death of your loved one Angelo Simpson. I want you all to know that there are better times to come. Trust in God and know that in this time of bereavement He still love and care for you all because you are all His children. Be strong and hold on to your Faith knowing that He is your guide and Shepherd and He will supply your needs and because to His mercies, He will fulfill His promises to strengthen you all when you need Him to. May Angelo's soul rest in peace. From Edison Browne.

  • 06/13/2022

    Dear Cousin Sheila and the rest of the family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear husband, father and grandfather Angelo. In the earlier years I would have met you both on your visits to Trinidad in the earlier years. Angelo and I would sit and talk. As recent as last week, I quoted an anecdote, which he shared with me years ago. We pray that God will give you all, His comfort, grace, strength and peace as you reflect on Angelo's legacy. Yours sincerely, Earl, Cheryl-Ann, Kwesi, Kareem, Malika and Walker.

  • 06/13/2022

    Dearest Shiela, Sheryl-Ann, and Monique, There's not a lot I can say about the late Angelo Simpson. I did not know him well enough to speak about who he was and all he did. So my words today are for you. It is my hope that as Angelo closed his eyes in this life that he awoke to see 'heaven's morning break and earth's vain shadows flee'. Those last words are not mine originally but they capture exactly what I hope happened. And if I can continue borrowing from the hymn Abide with Me, I hope that the tears you shed will lack bitterness and that, despite Angelo's death, you, who still live, will triumph still. My deepest condolences to all of you and know that you are in my thoughts. Donellis

  • 06/12/2022

    A giant of a man Never failing to soothe Giving advice worth hearing Excellent orator Loyal family man Offering love and respect to everyone. Angelo Simpson, you were a giant of a man, a family man in every way. Time can never erase your character. Your good will live on and not interred with your bones. Your quiet strength, your dauntless quest for justice is just part of your legacy. Wisdom knocked at your door and you responded to her joyfully. However, you did not embrace her for yourself, but shared with those you met along the way. Your kindness and generosity of spirit will walk the halls of time with those you have left behind And those unborn. Family, friends and well wishers, weep not for him, But find him everywhere. In music and its rhythm In quiet solitude. In long walks in the snow or bright summer days. In the slamming of the door And stirring leaves outside. He is not gone, he merely sleeps Although his voice is still If you listen carefully, He whispers peace and love Your guardian angel watches on Each day until we meet him again. R.I.P Angelo June 12,2022 Valerie and Family. Let us not

  • 06/12/2022

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to Sheila, SherylAnn, Monique and the extended family. I am saddened to hear of Angelo's passing. The memories I have of Angelo are my visits to his home. He was so welcoming. The care he gave to his family was that of a loving husband and a caring, protective dad. My prayers are with you at this time. May Angelo Rest in Peace and rise in glory.

  • 06/12/2022

    Dear Sheila, Sheryl-Ann and Monique, I hurt for you and with you at the passing of Angelo. His piecing eyes, deep voice and gentle spirit is indelibly etched in my memory. As you face the loss of your husband/father remember the words of the scriptures; But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The world has lost a great man. But our lives are in God's hands. We do not always understand His ways, but we are certain that He makes no mistakes. It is natural to weep and to ask why. The patriarch Job when he had lost everything, to include his ten children exclaimed, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." So, keep trusting, keep believing, God is your refuge and strength.

  • 06/12/2022

    Condolences to the Simpson's family from Joyce and her family. Our love and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. May Mr Simpson rest in peace and rise in glory.

  • 06/12/2022

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you who loved Angelo. May the love you had for each other hold you together now in this very difficult time and may that same love bring you peace in the days to come. God bless.

  • 06/12/2022

    Rosemary Valerie Brown-Browne To the Family of Angelo Simpson: Angelo was very jovial person who always saw the optimistic side; very quiet, very well informed. I always thought I KNEW until I sat down to have a conversation with him. He always saw the humour and we laughed a lot. He would tease me about my choice of coffee. Oh Angelo, I can still hear that deep quiet voice admonishing about my choices. He was not afraid of challenges or to share his great knowledge. If I can describe Angelo in two words they are QUIET GIANT as he was not only tall but giantic in spirit, mind and soul. Rest in peace my beloved brother in-law, mentor, friend. The love and respect I have for you will never fade. You were the proudest Father to Monique and Sherylann. You were an even prouder grandfather. To Shiela, Sherylann, Monique, Jerry and the Boys you have lost an invaluable treasure but have gained a Guardian Angel 😇.May light perpetual shine upon him. Rest in peace and rise in Glory.

  • 06/12/2022

    To my sister Sheila and my nieces, Sheryl-Ann and Monique (husband, Jerry), Frazier and Weston, I am thinking of you. My deepest sympathies to you and Angelo's extended family. Angelo was someone I greatly admired. He was there for us, Sheila's younger siblings, especially after the death of our father. Words cannot express my gratitude for his kindness. "Angelo, you will be missed."

  • 06/12/2022

  • 06/12/2022

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Angelo. My family & I offer our deepest condolences to Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and Angelo's extened family. I know it is not an easy thing to lose a love one. My prayers are with you at this time. Continue to hold on to God and i know he will give you all the strenght and comfort needed to cope in this difficult time. Stay strong. Roselin Brown

  • 06/12/2022

    To: Sheila, SA and Monique, Words cannot express the full extent of your loss, but I do hope your collective memories of your husband and father will sustain you at this time and into the future. Angelo stood tall as an outstanding role model for all that is good and grest in Black men. He was not only successful professionally, but impacted ours through his service to other, especially his family. It is often the ordinary moments of someone's life you notice, such as Angleo doing the dishes while listening to his beloved Blue Hays on the radio. There are countless moments and memories that together we all collectively share of Angelo. And, so at this difficult time, we can also take solace in those memories. I hope and pray as you remember your father and life partner, you protect and cherish all the everyday moments of Angleo's life, so he may continue to live on in your memories.

  • 06/11/2022

    Thanks to the family for sharing this space where I can tell you how sorry I am for your loss of someone I dubbed a true family man. We could not have a better example of a Black family than the one that Angelo shared with his wife and children. I know when man has done his best angels can't do better. May God continues to bless this family

  • 06/11/2022

    I am saddened by the news of the transition of the dear husband of my cousin Sheila. On behalf of my family and I, I extend deepest condolences and prayers to the entire family as they face this difficult period. Be assured that God who is your refuge and strength will continue to strengthen and uphold you. He is with those whose heart are broken. May each of you experience His near presence and comforting peace. May his soul RIP -Faustina Jarvis

  • 06/11/2022

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique and family during this difficult time. Angelo was a good and kind person that always helped others, especially my younger brothers and sisters. He was like a Father to them after our Father passed away. You will always be remembered.

  • 06/11/2022

    I'm so saddened by the Loss of Angelo Simpson. I would like to convey my deepest condolences to His wife, My Dear Cousin Sheila, and Their Daughters Sherylann, and Monique, and her Son -inLaw Jerry, And the Grandkids. This is indeed a great Loss. Cousin Sheila , please know that God will give you, and the family, the strength you need at this time , and the Love of your family, and Close Friends will be your comfort. Please Accept my Heartfelt Condolences. You are Loved.

  • 06/11/2022

    It is with a very sad heart I am extending condolences to Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique, her husband and sons. Please accept my sympathy for the passing of your husband, father, father inlaw and Grand dad. Angelo is one of the best man I had ever met. I don't think I could find one person who had the chance of meeting him, could say one negative thing about him. Just after I got the sad news, I thought about his 2 grandsons and said that I am sure they were very fond of their grand dad. Matthew 5: 4 says... Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. So, mourn for as long as it will take you to do so. May his soul rest in eternal peace. From Lenroy (Smiley) Browne.

  • 06/11/2022

    Uncle Angelo, My tallest, kindest uncle. You are gone too soon. I will always be grateful for how much you loved us. I really enjoyed seeing you during brief visits to Charlotte and wish we had more time together. I'm so glad that Evan had an opportunity to spend time with you. We will miss you! Aunt Sheila, Sheryl-Ann, Monique-my deepest condolences. I am praying for Gods comfort today and in the days ahead. Please let me know if there's anything you need. ❤️

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  • 06/11/2022

    We are saddened to hear of Angelo passing. Our deepest sympathy to Sheila, Sherlyann and Monique and family. Our love and prayers are for the entire Simpson family during this most difficult time. May God grant you His peace and comfort as you cherish the memories of a kind and loving husband, father, brother in law and uncle.

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