The Gregory J. Simpher Promise Fund
Greg was diagnosed with ALS in the spring of 2011. He carried this burden with amazing dignity. He went through the shock of diagnosis, the worsening symptoms, and final stages of the disease stronger than anyone watching him could fathom. After 18 months battling ALS, Greg left behind a wife, Debbie Simpher and two children Kate and Kev. He was the son of Rhoda and Jerry Simpher and brother to 7 siblings.
He was grateful for all he had in his life. Greg appreciated hard work; some might say he lived for hard work! He was driven, determined, intelligent and very organized in his tasks. He took pride in his job and in watching and pushing others to succeed at theirs. He was respected and loved within the work place. And will be forever missed. His long time boss and friend, stated "The St. Louis Cardinals had the Red Schoendienst era, the Whitey Herzog era and the Tony LaRussa era. Universal Printing had the Greg Simpher era."
Those who were lucky enough to spend time with him outside of the office would certainly say that while he appreciated hard work, he lived for fun with family and friends. Greg planned nearly all of the Simpher family gatherings- washers tournaments, nights of shuffleboard and darts, BBQs, anniversary parties and 'just because' parties. He is credited with annual "Real Man" trips and Poker Tournaments between him, his father, and the rest of the Simpher brothers. Greg and Deb went on countless memory-filled trips to casinos and unheard-of fishing holes. He would have each trip worked out perfectly- enough play, enough rest. Sometimes roughing it a little, and more often being spoiled by nice meals and good drinks. He was thoughtful in every plan he made.
He cherished every moment of fun he had with Deb, Kate, Kev, his family and friends. He expressed that through the countless notes and cards you would receive from him. Cards with just a short note to say thank you, I love you, happy birthday or anniversary, to say I'm sorry or great job- there was always a card. There were ball tickets given as tokens of appreciation, flowers sent, dinners planned and even trips set up for others. He was constantly giving, making others feel special.
Whether in the work or play environment, people always knew where they stood with him. While a man of few words, he often noted just how blessed and lucky he was... how lucky we all were to be here surrounded by one another.
After the initial diagnosis, Greg began to do what he does best... plan! Always thinking of others, he planned his timeline to make life easier on those around him. He spent his last few months with his wife Deb in their home where they were able to enjoy what they love- the coziness of their home and the nature surrounding it. There were frequent visits from family members which he particularly enjoyed as groups. As many times before, he always helped us keep close to one another.
Dad left this world way too soon but we try and find peace knowing he is no longer suffering. We are grateful every day for what he has taught us and how much love he left behind. In appreciation of what he has given us, we have decided to form this fund in an effort to pass along his appreciation for life, love, family and friends with hopes that some day another family may benefit from those efforts.
Love you always, Dad.
Kate and Kev