Much-loved DJ Simmy’s final wish

Steven and Jacqui Simpson on their wedding day last August. Photo by Mike Jackson.

Steven and Jacqui Simpson on their wedding day last August. Photo by Mike Jackson.

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Ska, scooters and Smokeys were three of the big passions in Steven ‘Simmy’ Simpson’s life.

Steven, who has died aged 55, was a much-loved figure at Smokey O’Connors pub in Morecambe.

He DJd there regularly, playing his favourite ska tunes, and helped out collecting glasses.

After ‘Simmy’ was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he also organised fundraising at the Morecambe Street pub.

One of his last wishes was for a charity night to be held there in aid of St John’s Hospice. This will take place, in memory of Steven, on June 18.

His wife Jacqui said: “He was just fantastic, a bundle of fun.

“He loved everybody and would do anything for anybody.

“Smokeys was his second home and he loved it. He DJd as a hobby, on Sundays and sometimes on Fridays, and he really enjoyed it.”

Simmy and Jacqui started going into the pub around six years ago.

They became firm friends with landlord Sean O’Connor, who Jacqui said has been “fantastic” during Steven’s illness.

In his final months, Simmy realised some of his dreams. He married Jacqui and the couple enjoyed cruises around the Carribean and the Canaries.

After the wedding in August 2016, guests posed for photos at the Eric Morecambe Statue with Simmy’s beloved scooter, which he bought with friend Roy Currah.

Guests wore the famous black and white colours synonymous with ska music, which Simmy loved since his youth.

Originally from Bolton, Steven came to live in Morecambe about 10 years ago. He was a painter and decorator by trade.

He is survived by Jacqui, his son Curtis, daughters Victoria and Sarah, stepson Craig, stepdaughter Linzi, dad George, brothers Stuart and Mark, and sister Jean.

Steven’s funeral will be held at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Thursday, April 20 at 2.45pm.

Afterwards guests are welcome at Smokeys. Donations to St John’s Hospice.