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Colin Simpson R.I.P.

It is with sad regret that I have to inform you that Colin died this morning after suffering an heart attack last Friday morning. He had been in the Intensive Care Unit at Heartlands Hospital since then. Margaret has all the family with her. Colin was a one off and we will all miss him greatly.

Colin has been the Midland Masters AC Treasurer since the Club was founded as Midland Veterans AC in 1972 and without him the club wouldn’t be what it is today. Next year will be our 40th Anniversary and I know Colin was looking forward to our celebrations. Masters athletics in the Midlands will be worse off with his absence. He wouldn’t suffer fools gladly but we on the committee loved him to bits.

He was well known in the Midlands during his competitive days cleaning up most of the prizes at the many handicap events that existed at that time. Being a member of Small Heath Harriers he turned out in numerous track and relay races and performed to a very high standard.

Colin Simpson 1929 – 2011 R.I.P.

The funeral will take place on Monday, 1st August 2011 at 2.30pm at Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley B90 3NL

There will be family flowers only please. Donations for the British Heart Foundation & the Royal National Institute for the Deaf should be sent to: –

Thomas Bragg & Sons
Funeral Directors
562 Stratford Road
B90 4AY

For tributes, please click on “Comments” below.

About Tom Morris

I am retired. I am a Life Member of Birchfield Harriers and have been Secretary & Membership Secretary of the Midland Masters AC for 9 years. I enjoy watching road & cross country races, photography and messing about on my PC.


7 thoughts on “Colin Simpson R.I.P.

  1. Just found out of the passing on of a great friend and competitor.

    Long ago he pounded the track (grass and cinders) like no other with determination and nobody else will win.
    That what it was about sport and social athletics.

    I will miss your business brain and organisation and friendship.

    Unreplaceable friend.

    Allan Meddings.

    6th Aug 2011

    Posted by Allan Meddings | August 6, 2011, 6:15 pm
  2. I first meet Colin when Small Heath Harriers amalgamated with Solihull AC
    And his age group performances have always been a great inspiration.
    He will be sadly missed by many people.

    Louis Satterthwaite

    Posted by Louis Satterthwaite | August 3, 2011, 3:47 pm
  3. Very sad to lose such a knowledgeable athlete,always prepared to show an interest and give advise.Rest in Peace in your Harriers Haven. Condolences to Margaret and Roger.

    Posted by Bernie Wareing | August 1, 2011, 1:03 pm
  4. Thanks ever so much for the kind words guys, it shows how much he meant to everybody. The funeral details have been finalised today and it will be taking place next monday – August 1st at 2:30 pm at the Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley B90 3NL. We would gladly welcome anybody who would like to pay their last respects to a great athlete and much loved family man.

    Oliver Simpson

    Posted by Oliver Simpson | July 26, 2011, 8:39 pm
    • I was shocked and saddened to read of the death of Colin Simpson. Colin was a great inspiration to me in my early athletics career with Small Heath Harriers and someone I alsways looked up to. I was proud to be a member of many Small Heath road teams which included Colin and he was always my target to beat in the early days. Colin remained a good friend and we have kept in touch over the years and shared many fond memories of Small Heath Harriers before the amalgamation with Solihull A.C.

      Posted by John Rowe | July 29, 2011, 12:02 pm
  5. Tributes have been coming in for Colin Simpson: –
    I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of Colin Simpson.

    Please pass on to his family the thoughts of all at Royal Sutton who knew him.
    We will all miss him greatly.
    Bunny Kyd – Chairman RSCAC & MMAC

    I first met Colin in the 50’s with Small heath Harriers, what a great athlete and friend.
    Dave Mace – MMAC
    Very sad news indeed. His commitment and wit will be sorely missed. He was an inspiration to me throughout my athletics career.
    Mike Wrenn – MMAC
    That’s terrible news. Colin was a great guy and I was hoping to see him again at the Inter Area.
    Arthur Kimber – BMAF Chair
    How sad indeed. He was a stalwart
    Bridget Cushen – BMAF Secretary
    Thanks for passing on this sad news. I obviously had a lot of dealings with Colin as your predecessor. He was always very apologetic about the fact that he was a bit behind the times technologically and I received everything in long hand. In fact he couldn’t have been more helpful and was the easiest of people to deal with.
    Chris Jager – BMAF Register & Webmaster
    Extremely sad news.
    I used to train on the canal banks with Colin in the early 1970’s. A great athletics enthusiast.
    Hopefully Colin will now be updating Paschal Morris, Ken Dare, Mike Rawson, Bob Reid, Brian Clifton, Dave Skelcher, Graham Lovell and other Midland stalwarts about recent developments in athletics.
    Tom McCook – Birchfield Harriers President
    What a great man. Colin was a really nice chap, I only met him on a few occasions but you always felt comfy with his stories and where he’d been. Very sadly will be missed by many I’m sure. My sympathy to Margret and all of Colin’s family.
    Paul Tasker – MMAC
    That’s really sad news. Colin reminded me of those tough old school guys but with a kind heart. From that generation of Pirie, Kuts and Zatopek. Colin new his running. Sadly missed.
    Jonathan Jennings – Knowle & Dorridge RC from Facebook
    Great guy and irreplaceable, not sure the MMAC will be the same without him.
    Phil Owen – MMAC
    We were shocked and saddened by your news that Colin Simpson has passed
    away.He has been a good friend for many years and (as we in Midland Masters
    know) he, together with his dear wife, Margaret, have worked tirelessly to
    ensure the success and high standards of MMAC.

    He will be sadly missed.

    John and Mollie Mills – MMAC

    Posted by Tom Morris | July 25, 2011, 5:04 pm

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