Howard Simpson

Howard D. Simpson

Thursday, February 9th, 1939 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
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Surrounded by love, Howard D. Simpson, 80, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at his home in Annapolis, MD.

He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Kropp Simpson; son, Howard B. Simpson (Susan Haller) of Long Beach CA; daughters, Kathleen (Joseph) Couillard of Goose Creek SC and Alexandra E. Simpson of Arlington VA; and granddaughter, Samantha Hakim. He is also survived by his brother, John E. Simpson, of La Puente, California and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Howard was born February 9, 1939 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Arthur and Cora Simpson and migrated with his family to California in 1942. He spent his formative years in Bakersfield, CA and attended La Sierra College in Loma Linda. After college he served as a US Army medic in the Vietnam War, stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Following his service, Howard moved to the Washington DC area, where he was a long-time resident of McLean and Great Falls, Virginia.

Howard possessed a unique business acumen that he applied to several entrepreneurial ventures over his career. He was founder and president of Georgetown Discoveries, LLC, an IT consulting firm, for over 20 years until his retirement.

Throughout his life, Howard was an avid tennis player and golfer. He also held a private pilot’s license for several years. He was frequently seen driving his antique vehicles and motorcycle around town. Since moving to Annapolis in 2016, Howard’s primary pastime turned to boating. He was an active member of the Severn River Yacht Club, the Chesapeake Chapter of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club. Howard had no shortage of friends. His presence was felt in every room he entered, and his humor, distinctive self-enforced dress code, and love for those closest to him were evident until the moment he took his leave.

Friends are invited to celebrate Howard's life at the Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater, MD on Monday, July 8, 2019 from 10 am until his service begins at 12 pm. Interment will follow at Maryland's Veteran Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.

Contributions, in memory of Howard Simpson, may be made to Wellness House of Annapolis, 2625 Mas Que Farm Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 or

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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, July 8th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, July 8th, 2019 12:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Crownsville
    1122 Sunrise Beach Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Vincent Guerrieri

Posted at 10:37am
Howard, Liz and Georgetown Discoveries were a very important part of my life in the 1990's. My association with Howard and Liz was far more important than they ever knew. You made a difference in my life and I am eternally grateful. Howard was straightforward, easy going, even tempered and he treated me with great respect. He went out of his way to cultivate an enduring mutually respectful relationship with me; he entertained us at his home; he took us to a Redskins game and more. He was a genuine all around good guy. He seemed to be as disappointed as I when our business association had to come to it's conclusion. I offer my most sincere sympathies to Liz and "Sweetie" and I hope both are doing well.

Vince Guerrieri

The Bartnick family

Posted at 07:09pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Mike Morrissey

Posted at 01:58pm
For many years - long after his kids were too old to participate - when the bigger neighborhood kids would trick or treat by horseback, Howard would use his truck to pull a wagon/hayride for the little kids (including ours) and their parents here in Southdown - I have very fond memories of those Halloweens, and I'm grateful that he did that, and that I had the chance to get to know him while we overlapped with him and Liz here in Southdown.

I also enjoyed his wry sense of humor and how he would say something that was a little out there and you could just barely tell by his hint of a smile and the twinkle in his eye that he was joking.

Rick Beizer

Posted at 12:27pm
Howard served for several years on our neighborhood committee which was charged with the duty soliciting funds and using those received to pay for improvements to our roads. He was a fountain of ideas and had a humorous take on things.. He also got things done, something I greatly admired when serving with him on this volunteer organization. I missed him when he and Liz moved out of our Great Falls neighborhood. I know that now Liz and the rest of Howard's family will dearly miss him. Rick Beizer

Kip Conner

Posted at 07:36am
Whenever I think of Annapolis, I will think of Howie, our “back yard” neighbor at Mears marina. Many fun memories of wine on their boat, dinners, conversation, cigars and fun by the pool. Thanks so much for befriending us. To the day we meet again on the other side of the sandbar.

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