Jimmy Simpson – The Funeral arrangements are Boat of Garten Parish Church on Wed Dec 31 at 1200 and then at the cemetery. Only family flowers please all donations to the Highland Hospice.
I have added most of the comments of tribute to the late Jimmy Simpson who passed away recently. A great man.
SARDA Scotland “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the recent death of former S.A.R.D.A Scotland dog handler Jimmy Simpson. Jimmy was a much valued member of S.A.R.D.A for many years. His dog training skills helped to advance the association, and some of his techniques are still used to train dogs today. Jimmy will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, and his tenacious spirit whilst out on searches. Our thoughts are with Jimmy’s family at this sad time.”
Moria SARDA – Sad news. Jimmy worked very hard as training officer and I was grateful for the work he put in helping me to get my first Dog Crioch qualified. Jimmy sent me out on a very wild winter night to Summit Gully in Stob Coire Nam Beith, Glencoe – my first ever call out as a dog handler. A great dog trainer with a big personality.
John SARDA – Thoughts are with his family. Will miss that cheeky smile Really sad news , many a search I done with Jimmy, taught me all the tricks. many a night we had at his house after a long day in the gorms .
It is SARDA 50th next year and was looking forward to have some fun at Jimmy’s expense, whence my AKA dog Lippy,I went on a shout with him once and he turned up in the tweeds with his “piece” in one pocket and a hip flask in the other. Oh times, before health and safety!
Audrey – local lass Newtonmore – Very sad to hear that he was the local bobby in Newtonmore when I was growing up xxx
Lyndon – I’m sorry for the delay in posting my comment with regard to the sad passing of Jimmy Simpson, the first time I met Jimmy was at the clachaig inn glencoe when I was 15 I had been invited to attend the SARDA Scotland Assessment. Quite an experience for a young Lad.
Following that I met him most years in either Glencoe or the Cairngorms up to 2000 when my poor health following a stroke stopped my yearly week in Scotland.
He was a man of few words when none were need but had a great sense of humour that got me into a few scraps in the pubs of Aviemore and Kingussie.
Stuart – He was a special man who taught me a lot on the few callout I went while up in the Highlands, memories ill have for everVery sad to receive this news this morning a good friend and a guiding hand back in 1986 training my young dog Skipper. Jimmy’s sense of fun and his humour will not be forgotten also his great dog Rocky a pair one can never forget thoughts today of Ann and the family Stewart
Jayne local lass – Such a sad loss to the people of the strath and his lovely family, a true gent. X
Davy Glencoe – I was with Jimmy on a lot of avalanche searches in Glencoe. A good man.
Phil – RAF MRT / Ireland Police – I first met Jimmy in 79′ just after I joined the police and as a dog handler I would often see him at the Police Dog Trials in Scotland. He was a fine character and colleague
Bill Ex RAF Team leader – Ah, very sad news. A great man with a great character. So many callouts, so many good memories.
Bob – Ex Boss Glenmore Lodge – Rest in Peace Jimmy. Sorry to hear about this, he was a great character and one of the pioneers with rescue dogs . I remember Rocky the German Shepherd… When we practiced being buried we had to have a sausage to give him so he did not bite us!
Donald Lochaber MRT Team leader – So sad Jimmy was a true character, have many great memories of him and his craic, don, t make bobbies like him anymore.
Jim Kintail MRT – Jimmy always told it like it was and stood up for those less able or being trodden on. A compassionate and very skilled professional who I was privileged to have known at work and personally as a true friend. I have yet to meet anyone who can fill his boots! He was a legend and I will miss him terribly.
Roger – Mountain Guide and Cairngorm MRT – Very sorry to hear this. Jimmy was one of life’s characters, many memories of him in MR and the Police. Jimmy had a wicked sense of humour but also stood no nonsense when necessary.
Cameron – TV Celebrity and author I remember when I was warden of Aviemore Youth hostel I was having some trouble with drunk hostellers who were being pretty threatening. Jimmy arrived with two massive hairy alsations. No more trouble! He was a terrific character and died far too young.
Bill : Lovely comments Heavy. I was involved with Jimmy from the time he started in the Police Dog Branch and Mountain Rescue. I wonder just how many of us realise how much he contributed to both. He had a rare ability not just with dogs but that human element that goes with dog handling to get the best, not just out of the dogs, but the handlers as well. I wrote to him earlier in the year expressing these very sentiments. The very foundation of The Search Dogs was based on men like Jimmy. He was the master of his own ability and had the rarest of combinations of people skills and dog understanding, professional positive confidence in what he was doing and the ability to be constructive without criticising to reach an objective, and these indeed, are rare combinations in life and he had all of these. Those that go forward now be very thankfull for the fact that Jimmy probably trained your trainers and they now are following in his very large footsteps.
John D Sad news Jimmy will be missed both side of the Cairngorms. They no longer make legends like him. All the best John D BMRT.
Thanks to all for the kind words. My condolences to Jimmy’s family and friends.