In Memoriam: Lily Simpson
Beloved Year 3 Fashion Design student Lily Simpson passed away peacefully after a short illness on 19 June 2016. She was 30 years old.
Students, staff and faculty at Whitecliffe are grateful to have had Lily as part of their lives. On Friday, July 22 we celebrated Lily’s life with a luncheon and the sharing of special memories of her time with us.
The Fashion Design Faculty had this to say about their talented and spirited student, “Lily will always be remembered for her vivaciousness, beautiful smile, strong spirit and distinctive head wear. She was kind and helpful to her fellow students, inspirational to many, and always happy to share her knowledge. Lily was a deep thinker, with a passionate interest in sustainable practices and very sensitive to her own heritage. She was a courageous to the end."
Year 3 Fashion Design student Sheena Taivairanga sent this beautiful message describing her friendship with Lily to her celebratory service in Christchurch. An excerpt, “Lily was an amazing person, feisty, cool, loyal and very creative. She had an infectious smile and her presence was always known when entering a room. If you didn't know her, well trust me, when I say you would have by the end of the semester, lecture, class and workshop week. To some of us at Whitecliffe, she was our friend. The girl with the beanie or contrasting coloured outfits who walked around campus, proud, loud and always stopping to say hi to people she knew. Without a doubt, our fashion studio will never be the same again. Our lectures and theory classes will never be the same again. You will be tremendously missed but never, never forgotten. Thank you for sharing all of your real self with us. Rest in love, Aroa Atupaka."
Certificate Coordinator, Lynnemaree Patterson, had the privilege, on behalf of Whitecliffe, to attend the celebration of Lily’s life in her home town of Christchurch. Lynnemaree says “Lily has a very large and wonderful family and she was surrounded by their love”. The day was a tribute to the full and colourful life Lily led. There was much singing, some breaking (dance), tears and laughter.
Lily will always be fondly remembered for her strong sense of environmental awareness and social justice, her respect for family and culture, her humour, her enquiring mind and generous spirit, and of course the woman with the beautiful smile.