Ethan J. Simpson

Date of Passing:

August 14, 2017

Simpson, Ethan J., 21, of Forbes Street, Riverside, died unexpectedly on August 14, 2017.

Born in Providence, a beloved son of Eric L. and Laurie J. (DuBois) Simpson of Riverside, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Ethan was a clerk at the Riverside CVS for the past two years. He was a graduate of East Providence High School Class of 2013. He then received an Associate’s Degree in Engineering at CCRI and was currently a Junior at Rhode Island College where he was on the Dean’s List majoring in Mathematics.

Ethan enjoyed cycling, playing the guitar and keyboard, building computers and was an avid reader. A health enthusiast, he also enjoyed daily workouts.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Danielle J. Booth and her husband John R. Caldarone of Barrington and Lila A. Simpson of Swansea, MA; a brother, Matthew R. Booth and his fiancé Jennifer of Aylett, VA; maternal grandmother, Jean DuBois of Rehoboth, MA; four nieces, Alivia, Ava, Isabelle and Sophie and a nephew, Lucas. He was the grandson of the late Ernest and Norma Simpson and Richard DuBois and uncle of the late Mahlon Skyler Booth.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours on Sunday August 20, 2017 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 2-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside on Monday August 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Ethan’s memory to the K-Rob Foundation, P.O. Box 415, Barrington, RI, 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. sorry eathan you were awesome i saw you at cvs

  2. It’s been over a year , I think about you constantly Ethan . It KILLS me your not here . I love you

  3. Eric, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ethan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Eric- I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Ethan well but you were my neighbors since I was little. I cannot imagine what you’re going through.

    Please let me know if you need anything.

  6. My son, Alex, and I were in CVS checking on his prescription in June. As we were leaving, my usually quiet son exclaimed in an enthusiastic voice I have seldom heard, ” Hey! What are you doing here?” Of course he was talking to Ethan, and they had a short, “catching up” conversation. The following month I went in to figure out why my app was not sending my Disney photos to the store, and Ethan tried to help me figure out what was wrong. The following month when Alex came downstairs and told me he had seen on Facebook that Ethan had passed, I felt very sad, but when I saw Alex’s post on Facebook, I was heartbroken. Alex went all through school with Ethan and said that Ethan was the one he could always depend on to listen to him and hang out with him in school. Through Alex’s post I came to see what an incredible young man Ethan was. Alex attended social skills classes through his public school years and usually was the quiet one in the background. Ethan showed kindness, understanding, and friendship far beyond his years. I want you to know that he touched Alex’s life in a very special way and in doing so, he touched my life as well.Please know that my heartfelt thoughts and prayers, and those of my son’s are with you at this sad time, and, “Thank you, Ethan.”

  7. Danielle and family, I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy. Love Gemma

  8. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Ethan’s family. For right now, there’s no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However, 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry, or that we forget. It means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28 which says, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection. That is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us and keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now, during this time of sorrow. For the Bible’s answers to life’s big questions please visit

  9. Laurie and Eric, and family, our hearts go out to all. So sad. Know we are thinking of you all. Hugs

  10. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, I am deeply sorry for your loss of this lovely young man. It was also a great loss to the community. I met your son at CVS and had many sweet conversations with him. He knew how to make a few moments at the checkout a positive experience. I hope it’s some comfort to know that people in the community who knew Ethan share your grief. Ethan’s quiet radiance cast a beautiful light.

  11. So sorry for your loss Eric and Laurie. We are all thinking of you. Much love.

  12. Mr. and Mrs Simpson, you don ‘t know me , but I live across the street from CVS and many times over the last year or so I would go over to the store at 8 or 9 o’clock to grab a candy bar or something for my sweet tooth.I was usually the only one in there at that time and your son and I would strike up a conversation.His demeanor and humor would help to top off my evening.We talked enough where he actually could plug my phone number into the register from memory. He was soft spoken and very polite. This young man made an impression on me that compelled me to write this to you. He reminded me of my own son Nathan , whom I lost in 2007 to a freak hockey accident. Believe me when I say that I do know how you must be feeling at this time Remember all the good things and it will help and lean on your friends too. They will be there for you. I would like to add one more thing. If you ever need someone to talk to who has been through the same pain please feel free to call. My number is 433-0962 and I will be there to listen Sincerely, David Crowell

  13. My sister, Stacey and Ethan were very close. My sister would do anything for him. Whenever I remember her talking about him, she would have the hugest smile. words can’t describe the pain that she feels with his absence. He was truly a unique person. Sending love and prayers to his family.

  14. I met Ethan a few times, he was friends with my son Andrew. I’m so sorry for your loss…may he Rest In Peace.

  15. I did not know your son….. I was deeply troubled after hearing about the accident. Then my Son Tyler told me he works with Ethan’s dad….it made me all the more saddened. I cannot express my DEEP Sorrow… I cannot even begin to imagine your loss. Two of my Daughter’s attend RIC also. I am SO SORRY…..and please know that people care….and you are in my prayers.

    Pamela Whittier


  17. I frequented CVS quite often. It just so happened that Ethan was the cashier most of the time. Ethan always had a smile on his face, and treated each individual customer with the utmost respect and courtesy. When I checked out, Ethan and I had an understanding that if there were no extra bucks on the receipt he would say “not a good one” and would discard it. Friendly and an amazing young man that I will miss seeing. You will be missed. I am very sorry to the family for your loss.

  18. Eric, I am so sorry for your loss.

  19. My husband and I met Ethan at CVS. He always greeted us with a smile and was always so helpful and polite. We had many nice conversations with him and always looked forward to seeing him. My son also worked out with him at the Rec. We are so sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. I met Ethan At CVS… I would go on Sunday to get my paper… Most polite, personable person… always very helpful and nice.. My heart goes out to the family… Its a terrible loss.. My thoughts and prayers are with family>>>

  21. Laurie, Eric, Danielle,matt, and Lila our hearts break for all of you. He was an amazing young man and we cant express how sorry we our for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Love mary and john

  22. Laurie, Eric, Danielle, Matt and Lila,
    I can’t even begin to express my sincere condolences for your loss of Ethan. My heart is broken for all of you.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time. Sending LOVE AND HUGS!

  23. Laurie & Eric, I can’t even begin to express my sorrow for your loss of Ethan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love.

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