Jim Simpson (SRFC 71-74) has died
Sadly we report that Jim Simpson died on the 24th February 2018 of prostrate cancer. His funeral was held on the 2nd March in Otaki.
Jim studied law in Dunedin when he played senior rugby for Southern between 1971-74.
He was a very rugged and hard nosed forward, who played in all position in the forward pack except hooker. He mainly played at prop and loose forward for Southern. He was very good in the lineout at no 2 with his superior jumping athleticism, and was one of the best in NZ. He was known as an uncompromising forward who had a good punch – part of the game in the 70s if players overstepped the mark.
He played quite a few games for Otago mostly as a prop. Upon moving to Wellington for work he played at Petone and represented Wellington B, then moved 60km up to Otaki where he continued his rep rugby captaining Horowhenua.
He was a great team man, very popular with his team mates, and admired by opposing team members. He was also a very good basketball player and represented Hutt Valley. He maintained his fitness throughout his life and competed in the Coast to Coast, and also enjoyed skiing.
He practiced law over three decades on the Kapiti Coast. He will be greatly missed by those that knew him.
Jim is survived by his wife Carma, son James, and daughters Madeline and Sky.