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152 Worcester Street
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North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-4491
Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson

Monday, March 21st, 1932 Sunday, March 24th, 2019

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Obituary for Claire B. Simpson

GRAFTON: Claire B. (Bourque) Simpson, 87, passed away peacefully at home March 24, 2019 surrounded by her family. She leaves her husband of 58 years, John Simpson, Sr., her son John Simpson, Jr. and his girlfriend Wendy Rogers of New Braintree, her daughter Michelle Nurse of Longmeadow, her sister Marguerite Bourque of Manchester, CT, brother and sister-in laws and many nieces and nephews both here and in Canada.
Claire was born in Stratford, Quebec, Canada on March 21, 1932 daughter of the late Josephine (Gauthier) and Felix Bourque. She was one of 10 siblings and was predeceased by 8 of them. Claire grew up on the family farm and early in her life attended a one room school house. When she was older, she moved to Sherbrooke where she worked for the Canada Revenue Agency and also served in the Canadian Army Auxiliary. She moved to the US after marrying John at St. Michael’s Basilica- Cathedral in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1960.
Claire was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed many trips to her native Canada and to the seashore of Hampton Beach, NH. After her retirement she and John traveled throughout Asia with her daughter and son-in-law.
Please honor Claire in lieu of traditional remembrances with a donation to The Grafton Food Bank, PO Box 324 Grafton, MA 01519. All are welcome to gather with Claire’s family Saturday March 30th from 9-10:30am at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536 followed by the celebration of her Funeral Mass at 11am at St. Mary’s Church 17 Waterville St. N. Grafton, MA 01536. She will then be laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery in Grafton. A Book of Memories to share a memory of favorite story is available online at:

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Roney Funeral Home
    152 Worcester St.
    N. Grafton, MA
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    Saturday, March 30th, 2019
    9:00am - 10:30am
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    17 Waterville Street
    North Grafton, MA
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    Saturday, March 30th, 2019
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Pine Grove Cemetery
    29 Waterville St.
    North Grafton, MA
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    Saturday, March 30th, 2019

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Glenna Fasold

Dear John, Michelle, and Johnny
The many years we worked together and oh so many laughs.
Seeing Claire on the tractor brought back memories as MR.JOHN would take my grandson Charles to the garden and pick vegetables. Claire and I would talk over a cup of TEA.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Glenna
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denis bourque

Dear uncle John, cousin Michelle and John Jr. and families , I want to express my heartfelt condolences at this difficult moment of the loss of a loved one. May his soul rest in peace.
Denis Bourque
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We wish to express our most sincere condolences to John, John Jr., Michelle and Claire's remaining family here and in Canada. Claire, together with John, have been our great neighbors since 2002. Of course, Claire and John have always been there if we needed anything, but what we will remember - and miss - most is Claire's friendship and utter kindness. We always loved hearing about her family, the trips to the northeast coast, traveling to meet her daughter, and to visit family in Canada. Claire was always willing to open her home, even if for just a quick visit. Claire, thank you for giving to us so many warm memories.

With our thoughts and prayers, Todd, Amy, Noah, Lizzie, Daniel
Comment | Posted at 02:36pm via Condolence

Sincere condolence to Claire's family. Will miss sharing some "French" stories @ the 9 am St Phillips Masses. Rest in peace Claire
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Lise Bourque

To the Simpson family.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss. Aunt Claire will be missed greatly. I will always remember the fun and loving spirit she had, her story telling, and that she had met the love of her live.
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Nicole Bourque

Yes, we will deeplay missing her. She was enjoying life. All our thoughts to the family Nicole & Alain
Posted at 10:18am

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