Mr. Claude Michael Simpson

  • Born: February 2, 1953
  • Died: July 29, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Claude graduated from Antonian High School (1971). He then attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism (1975).

Afterwards, he taught briefly at Holy Spirit Parochial School. Then, until his retirement in December, 2001, Claude worked at both the San Antonio Light and later at the San Antonio Express-News. While at the San Antonio Express-News Claude was an Executive News Editor and was known for his integrity and mentoring of new reporters.

Claude had various interests and hobbies. In past years he would travel into the interior of Mexico to pursue his collecting of folk art. Claude was also an avid guitar player and guitar collector of sorts. He had a love of motorcycles and enjoyed collecting old record albums. To keep busy he would do occasional editing work for various publications and relatives. Claude's normal attire was a UT sweatshirt. He had various ones which accented his burnt orange blood and gave you a hint as to his deep devotion to his Alma Mater. Calling Claude a sports nut would be an understatement. He could converse with you for hours on any major collegiate or professional sports and many of the teams.

Claude is a beloved son of Frank and Elizabeth Simpson and after his retirement from the newspaper he cared for his father and mother through his father's death and later mother's death in October, 2009.
Claude is survived by his siblings: Steve Simpson, Diane Simpson, and Jeannine Simpson McReynolds.

Claude had a great fondness for his nieces, grand nieces, nephews and grand nephews:
Rachel Simpson, Stephen Simpson, Audrey Simpson, Caroline Simpson, Joshua Simpson,
and Maya Simpson Lynnsey McReynolds, Michael McReynolds, Abigal McReynolds, and Julianne McReynolds Elisabeth McReyolds Soria, Jayden Soria, ElisaAnne Soria, and EverLeigh Soria.

We love Claude and miss him greatly. He is not only a brother but also a friend.

Claude's celebration of his past and new life will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 600 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas.



Entombment will follow at 1:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, 17501 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, Texas. The virtual stream of the celebratory Mass will be at:

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the American Heart Association would be great.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I have just learned of Claude's passing and want to say how much I respected his work while we labored together at the SA Express-News. I always breathed a sigh of relief when I handed my column to him on my way home from work, knowing it was in competent hands. ... He was also one of the finest human beings I have known. Roddy Stinson

Posted by Roddy Stinson - San Antonio, TX   October 04, 2020

On behalf of the Brigidine Sisters, and especially on behalf of Sr. Veronica and Sr. Anne (formerly Sr. Gonzaga who is now in Ireland), I send our very sincere sympathy to all the Simpson family on the death of Claude. May he be at peace in God's loving embrace. Know that we will remember him very especially, and all of you, on Wednesday when we gather for Mass here in our chapel at Loma Linda. Sr. Mary Teresa Cullen for Brigidine Sisters

Posted by Mary Teresa Cullen - San Antonio, TX - Teacher   August 15, 2020

Some of my best memories of my time at The University are of playing poker with Claude and a group of '71 and '72 graduates of Antonian and other San Antonio high schools. The card playing and the conversation sometimes lasted until morning the next day. Upon graduation, I did not return to San Antonio and did not maintain relationships built in those college years. But I never forgot those I spent so much time with having fun and just talking about stuff. I remember his smile, his humor, and his really long hair. Rest in peace, buddy.

Posted by Arnold Grothues Grothues - Arlington, TX - Friend   August 15, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Claude's passing. We shared a birthday - born on the same day at the same hospital in San Antonio. As an Ursuline girl, we met through the drama club and were fast friends. He and I went to Mexico on a first folk art buying trip for us both. Claude was a brilliant person and a joy to be around. He will be missed.

Posted by Cindy Jennings - Houston, TX - Friend   August 14, 2020

Rest in eternal peace, Claude. You lived a very interesting life, and made impressions that many will remember you for always. Until we meet again............. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

Posted by Linda ROGERS - FT.WORTH, TX - Classmate   August 14, 2020

My condolences to Claude's family, loved ones, and friends.

Posted by Darrell Havel, Antonian Class of '71 - San Antonio, TX - Classmate   August 14, 2020

Thinking of you at this time. Attended live-streamed service.

Posted by Gladys LaMere - Hallettsville, TX - Friend   August 14, 2020

Claude, Thank you for the conversations we had in the 70s and for the ideas you shared about living. I know we were scheduled for a conversation about reincarnation sometime this year and I'm sorry that was interrupted by the pandemic. I will continue to cherish what we shared in this life and expect to compare notes in the next. David

Posted by David Saliba - Yuba County, CA - Friend   August 14, 2020

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