Date: 4/1/18 11:13 am From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Passing of Bob Simpson
Sadly, the great NC outdoors writer (weekly column in the Raleigh News & Observer for several dozen years), originator of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and owner and operator of a charter fishing boat, passed away at age 92 on March 28. He was probably the most famous outdoorsman along the central NC coast, and he also received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, the highest civilian honor the State of NC can bestow.
I met Bob a few times on Morehead City bird counts, though I certainly didn't know him well in person. But, my reading of the Sunday paper wasn't complete without learning about what Bob and friends had been up to in Carteret and nearby counties in terms of nature watching. He often referred to friends Gene Huntsman and John Fussell, with whom he spent much time in the field.
Here is his obituary. Note that memorial donations may be made to the Carteret County Wildlife Club -- certainly a very worthy cause for outdoors interests.