February 26, 1930 – July 1, 2009

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Winston Simpson on July 1, 2009 at the age of 79 years, in the Health Science Center, Winnipeg, from injuries sustained in an accidental  9’ fall.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; children, Colleen, Becky, Robin, Marilyn; grandchildren, Kellie, Keriann, Arlene, Darren, Wyatt, Joey, Christina;  and brother, Lorne (Elsie) Wpg.

He is predeased by his Mother Georigna, Father George, brother Boyd (Miami) and sister Gilda (Don MacEwen) Altamont.

Winston was born in Miami, MB and raised on the family farm in Deerwood, MB.  After marriage in 1954 he took over the family farm and farmed until its sale in 1997 (43 years).  In 1981 he moved to the town of Carman, MB.

Winston was an active supporter of community events and development.  In his youth, he played on the Altamont Hockey and Miami Junior Baseball teams; and later coached the Altamont 14& under hockey teams (1956-59, 1970-75).  Winston was a member of the Miami Hall board and a main force in the layout, building and funding (from Fiddle Festivals) of the new Miami Hall in the mid 1970’s.     

 Winston had a passion for Old Time Fiddle music (Don Messer/Andy Dejarlis) and began playing the fiddle at the age of 9.   Winston participated in, judged, and won many trophies at fiddle contests.  He played with the Stu Clayton band from 1969-1976.  In 1974, he started the Miami fiddle contest which later expanded to 3 days to become the Miami Fun & Fiddle Festival (1st of its kind).  He created and hosted a weekly old time fiddle radio program on CFAM Altona for 11 years beginning in the late 70’s using his own records and receiving only mileage allowance for his efforts.  Winston wrote a number of fiddle tunes and released two recordings – Old Time Dance Favourites and Fiddle Festival Favourites.  During his lifetime Winston played at many community fairs, festivals, senior homes, and Old Time dances including pattern dances, many times free of charge for the promotion of Old Time Fiddle music and dancing.  In 1986 Winston started the Carman Fiddle Festival and retired as festival organizer in 2008.  In 1997 he started his own band, Musical Mates. 

Winston was a founding member of the Manitoba Fiddler’s Association and a promoter of the Fiddlers Hall of Fame currently located in the Carman Hall.  In 2006, Winston was the second inductee in to the Manitoba Fiddle Association Wall of Fame – Builder/Promoter category.  Winston was an active member of the Carman Hall board and his Carman fiddle festival and jamborees has funded upwards of a quarter million dollars in improvements to the Hall including the expansion and building of the hydraulic stage.  Winston will be sadly missed for the support and funding he generously and tirelessly offered many communities.

A celebration of Winston’s life will be held Monday, July 6, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carman Community Hall.  Private Interment will take place at the Greenwood Cemetery, Carman.  Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200-310 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg, MB .  

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