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Christopher Simpson

1955 - 2019

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Chris Simpson, 64, passed away on the afternoon of July 9, 2019. Chris worked for the Maine Public Utilities Commission since 1985, with a four-year break to pursue a lifelong passion by teaching at Stepping Stones Montessori School. 

Chris’s two great pastimes were playing volleyball and guitar (although not simultaneously!) through which he made many true and lifelong friends.  Chris hosted weekly volleyball games at his house, featuring strong competition and...

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Brett Haugland

August 17, 2019 7:56 PM

News made it to Kansas this past week that we lost Chris.   I was in junior high when Chris, who is a few years older than me, became a significant part of our family  -  He was the brother I never had.  I later lived with Chris for a year at Illinois and remember him packing up to head to Virginia as he left our rental house in Champaign-Urbana,  He meant more to me than he probably realized - We visited Chris and Laurie at his home on Head Tide Road in 2000 and planned to go back in the coming year or so just to feel his presence but we waited too long.  This is terribly upsetting to my family and I only wish I could be closer to see Laurie during these times to let her know the influence she and Chris had on all of us.

Hal and Kay Ahlers

July 26, 2019 1:25 PM

We still see Chris standing in the right hand corner of the music room practicing with the Lepard Girls. Depressed to think that will not happen any more. He brought life and fun to the band as well as his expert knowledge of guitar and music. We loved his presence and loved him! Hard to think when a new normal will come. We will miss Chris for a long time.

Gary Lawless

July 21, 2019 10:23 PM

all of the leopard girls have lost a beloved brother. we are guys in a band, and we don't tell each other that we love one another, but we do. I have played music with chris for a couple of decades, at the yurt, playing out, having fun, and sharing a love of music. it will never be the same for us. we all mourn the loss of chris, we all send our love to laurie, we all listen for chris to come in on the next solo , but the air is empty now. we will always be listening for that next note. Thank you Chris, for everything. Gary Lawless

Kathleen Poetzsch

July 18, 2019 12:47 PM

Chris - Although we were co-workers, not close friends, I always felt like you were a close friend whenever I talked to you.  The PUC will never be the same, without your smiling face, kindness and energy.  The CASD appreciated the time that you spent in our division, although I always felt you were over-qualified for that job!  You did such great work at that, and during your years with Legal.  Now you are gone too soon.  Why does such a thing happen to such a wonderful person?  I send your wife and family my deepest condolences.  I will miss you and God bless you.

Katia

July 16, 2019 10:28 PM

Mr. Chris was one of the most incredible teachers I've ever had. His dedication to supporting his students was unmatched. He was the first teacher that encouraged me to write with passion and lead with a strong voice. He was always looking out for all of us at Stepping Stones and pushing us to be our best. I remember him saying someday he would write a book about us. Whenever someone said something that caught his attention (for better or worst haha), he would step over to his computer and write it down for later use. The last time we spoke was a couple of years ago, but I certainly hope he was able to put all those quotes into something more for himself.

It was such a joy to hear Mr. Chris play to guitar, and I especially loved how he would talk about Taylor Swift with Anna not because he was a Swift fan, but because she was. Mr. Chris was like that––always aware of the people around him and deeply caring for his friends, family, and students.

I never would have become an athlete if it weren't for Mr. Chris. He introduced me to volleyball and I remember our whole class playing every recess when the weather allowed. Gabe used to purposefully hit the ball far too hard and we'd have to go retrieve it from the clenches of the chicken wire outside the barn. It always made Mr. Chris shake his head, but you could tell he was smiling. When our class went to his and Laurie's house for an end of the school year pizza and volleyball party, it was such a blast. I still remember how clear it was that that was his natural habitat. He loved volleyball and he loved music and he loved his wife and when he wasn't teaching is class, he was talking out of class about one of the three.

It was such a pleasure to have known Mr. Chris and to have had him as a teacher. I'm sure I speak for everyone in my class when I say he made a difference in our lives. I'm incredibly thankful for all he taught me. I hope wherever he is now, he's jamming out with a volleyball on hand.

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