Remembering Graham

“Without the dedication and the ground-breaking creativity of Graham McGregor and the CAD team he works with, we wouldn’t be able to continue achieving award winning POS campaigns.”

Mel McNally, Client Services Manager, Simpson Group

Having played an essential part of Simpson Group’s team since 1982, Graham’s loss and void in the company is still felt 5 years on. He was a dedicated and creative individual who has left a legacy of ideas that live on in both current and future CAD designs. The objects you see around you see within our Mall are the type of products Graham would have designed.

Loved ones were shocked and distraught when 56-year-old Graham McGregor was knocked off his bike and died following a road accident.  The designer, from Chester-le-Street, tragically died in the incident on the A68.  Five years after his death, his colleagues at Simpson Group based in Washington, a company specialising in retail signs, have continued to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance in his memory.  Thanks to the Air Angels, who were first on the scene after the fatal collision, Graham’s devastated family had the chance to say a final goodbye before his death – including his sister who flew to his bedside from Australia.  The paramedics ensured that Graham was stable before taking him to hospital where he was kept alive on a life support machine for the family’s last moments together.

On leaving Comprehensive in 1974 to study at Consett Technical College, Graham achieved A Levels in Screen printing and Photography and a Certificate in Art & Design. He then began his career in the print industry as an art worker at a Publishing House and within a couple of years he moved on to an Installations company where he designed, produced and installed window displays. Graham then joined Simpson Group in 1982 as a Production Planner and has worked his way up through the MAC Department to become our senior 3D CAD Designer.

Graham had a wealth of experience in designing outstanding POS and POP displays. With a natural creative passion, he excelled in making our clients’ POP dreams become a reality. He was the problem-solver extraordinaire who provides clients with cost effective retail display solutions.

Graham’s life is a life to celebrate fully because it has been lived with commitment, with great skill and creativity, with integrity and with consistency. He has pursued his passions. He enthused and he lived life to the full, and we must celebrate that fullness. Graham’s much-too-early death leaves us all with great sorrow and with a feeling of loss of his presence and companionship. But we must rejoice in the intensity and honesty with which Graham lived, because he achieved more than many much longer normal lives ever do. Just as Graham exposed himself fully to the open world, we should keep our memory of him as a memory of lightness and honesty and openness.

To this date (06/04/2018) Simpson Group have raised £6,748 for the GNNA in Graham McGregor’s memory.