It is with sadness I bring news of the death of FM Ron Simpson. This notice appeared on the North Carolina website a few hours ago:
Fellow Chess Players:
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that I just received a call from Beverly Simpson, wife of our wonderful chess friend, Ron Simpson, notifying me of his passing. Most of you may not have been aware that Ron was gravely ill with cancer and that it took an extreme turn for the worse in July. That is why he was not at the US Masters/NCO Open tournament, which he dearly would have loved to play had he been able. At a later date I will try to write something more about Ron, but I am too upset at this moment to put my thoughts together.
There will be a viewing on Sunday, Sept. 22nd at the Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC)
from 2 – 4 p.m. His body will be taken to New York where his mother lives for a formal funeral service and burial later next week. I hope as many of you as possible will take the time to give Sunday afternoon to Ron as he always had time for each of us.
Others have posted tributes on the NCCA forum, and there will undoubtedly be more. They can be found here: (http://www.ncchess.org/Discussion/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=730&sid=3721db96485c6424a1c7007eb76587e5)
According to the USCF webpage Ron was the second highest rated player in North Carolina, and tied for 314 in the US. He was also a gentleman and will be missed.
An autobiography can be found here: http://www.ncchess.org/gambit/Gambit209/RonSimpsonBio.htm