Mr. Ronald Harold Simpson, age 63, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Nancy R. Simpson, Buford, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Diane Simpson, Dacula, GA; parents, Harold and Carlotta Simpson, Buford, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Judy Simpson, Los Angeles, CA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra and Chuck Bennett, Baldwin, GA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Marnie Ridlehoover, Laurens, SC; and several nephews and cousins. Mr. Simpson was born January 1, 1949 in Cartersville, GA. He was a 1967 graduate of Forest Park High School and a 1977 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his Electrical Engineering Degree. Ronald was a Senior Power Systems Engineer for 33 years, 29 of those years with GE. He made the GE Field Service Engineers “Hall of Fame” in 2005. Among numerous professional awards and accomplishments, he served as the Chair of IEEE/IAS Pulp & Paper Committee in 2003-2004 and was nominated for IEEE Fellow in 2010. Ronald had a great love of music throughout his life. In particular, he had great knowledge of and affection for classic rock. He wrote songs and played and performed in recent years with the band Under Construction, which he formed with friends. He was a member of Hamilton Mill Presbyterian Church in Hoschton, GA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Mill Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tom Bagley and Rev. Stephen Walters officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shepherd Center Foundation, 2020 Peachtree Road, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309 or to Hamilton Mill Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 5152 Braselton Highway, Hoschton, GA 30548 in memory of Ronald Harold Simpson. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.