Simpson, Patrick

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Patrick Simpson, 68, of Blacksburg, Va., died at his home on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Patrick loved the natural world, the words of Henry David Thoreau and Lao Tzu, his cello, and the works of J.S. Bach. He delighted in mountain walks, his beloved home and garden, and endless cups of tea.

He is survived by his wife, Jana Ruble; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Anya Hinkle and Gen Kogure; cousins, David and Dixie Waters, and Dianne Ferey; stepniece, Tasia Green; and sisters-in-law, Susan Hord and Martha Lobdell and their families.

Grateful thanks to friends near and far, colleagues at Virginia Tech, and the cushion of concern from the general Blacksburg Community. Threads of kindness connect us all. Thanks to all the healers who guided him through this passage.

In remembrance of Patrick, contributions may be made to Carilion Clinic Hospice of the New River Valley, 540-633-9370 or to the New River Land Trust, 540-951-1704.

The family is being served by Horne Funeral and Cremation Service, Christiansburg, Va., 540-382-2612. Online condolences may be sent to