Preston Simpson, 59, of East Falmouth, died February 7, 2021 after courageously battling cancer for 8 years. He was the loving husband of Andrea L. (Kooharian) Simpson to whom he was married to for over fifteen years and who he said was the ¨reason I smile.¨ In addition to his wife, he is survived by brothers and sisters, John Simpson, Melissa Beil, and Michelle Murray all from Pittsburgh, PA, Doug Simpson of Utah, Brian Simpson of California; and brother-in-law, David Kooharian of Falmouth, MA. A favorite uncle, Preston is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and his cats Flapjack and Zoey. He was a devoted husband, son, brother, nephew, and grandson, always making time for family even during all his travels. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he has lived in California, Nevada, Germany and New York City.
Preston earned a BFA in dance from Point Park University, after spending two years at NYU for acting. Preston was a lifelong performer, comedian, dancer, and actor. His production company, Flapjack Comedy, brings fun and laughter to his community through live comedy.
Moving to Falmouth in 2013, Preston embraced Cape Cod as if he had been born and raised here. He quickly established many friendships and joined a local Frisbee Golf League. He loved fishing, hiking, camping and laughing with friends and family outdoors. He found peace and comfort hiking the many trails in the area. Preston’s unabashed joy for life and laughter is his greatest legacy.
Visiting hours will be from 4-8 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave (off Route 151) Mashpee. Due to the capacity restrictions caused by the pandemic, the funeral and burial on Saturday, February 13th are both private, however if you would like to join us at 10:00 am virtually via livestream please visit https://streampros.net/ccgMashpee.
In lieu of flowers, donations to McCarthy Care Center, in Preston’s name, may be mailed and payable to: Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601 (note in memo: VNA-MCC).
Preston and Andrea's Story
As a child, Preston was active, athletic and involved in school plays and musicals, beginning with a starring role in the Pirates of Penzance in middle school. He brought the house down in his performance as Alfred Dolittle in his high school production of My Fair Lady. Other performances during high school also included key and supporting roles, in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Oklahoma! and Oliver Twist among others.
Preston Simpson lived a full life every day of his 59 years. He was a fearless adventurer, camper, hiker, and avid fisherman. A talented comedian, dancer and actor. He studied dance and theater at New York University where he met the future love of his life and soul mate, Andrea Kooharian. As partners in a dance marathon at NYU, Preston and Andrea won a trip to Portugal. Preston extended his two week trip to four months to trek around Europe with his backpack, staying in hostels, stomping grapes in a French vineyard along with many other odd jobs and adventures. He and Andrea remained good friends while at NYU but went theirseparate ways for the next few years.
Preston finished his BA in Fine Arts at Point Park University where his capstone performance was an original choreographed piece called Street Man. After graduation in the early eighties, Preston embarked on a series of adventures pursuing his passion for the entertainment industry. He performed in traveling companies for Sesame Street Live and Starlight Express, eventually serving as Resident Artistic Director of Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany. He also performed in Shakespeare and Rock n Roll while living abroad.
Thirteen years went by with little contact, punctuated by a brief reunion in 1990 at the wedding of best friends Jonathan and Beth Weinstein where Preston and Andrea danced together more than with their respective dates. Life, however, took them in different directions again until 2002 when a chance encounter on the streets of NY between Jonathan and Andrea led to Preston calling Andrea upon learning of her mother’s passing. What followed was a two hour phone conversation in which Preston said, “Let’s just get married and move to Montana.” To which Andrea, replied, “Ok.” By January of 2003, the romance was a fait accompli. Over the next months, the rekindled relationship deepened rapidly.
After getting married on their beloved Cape Cod at the Bourne Farm in 2005, they lived and worked in New York City. They embraced the city life, and Preston pursued acting roles in TV, commercials and stand up comedy. While they loved the bustle of city life, the seeds were already planted to make a life on the Cape. On March 1st, 2013, they made the move and started the next phase of their beautiful life together. Spiritual and optimistic to his core, Preston visualized an idyllic location on the water, surrounded by trees and in Andrea’s beloved childhood home of Cape Cod. Finding the log home on Red Brook Road was a dream come true. From the first days of moving in, Preston’s excitement about this location was palpable.They fished, kayaked, planted hydrangeas, and raised monarch butterflies on their little slice of paradise.
Moving from NYC to the Cape was a lifestyle change bringing him to the outdoor life he always craved. He tended bar at the Quarterdeck, built decks and did odd jobs, all the while making time to engage in his favorite pastimes fishing and playing frisbee golf. Never a shy wallflower, Preston quickly established friendships and set down roots. He and Andrea felt like they had finally “come home.” Preston identified a need for live comedy in his community, thus his production company Flapjack Comedy was born. Named for his favorite furry companion, his cat Flapjack, Preston brought in headliners from NYC and Boston, occasionally performing his own stand up routine. Always one to give back to his community, Preston produced a number of shows to benefit local causes.
Preston’s legacy will live on in Flapjack Comedy and through the family and friends who love him so dearly. Even during his most difficult challenges, Preston always made time to say “Thank you,” and ask “How can I help you?” He always brought smiles to others even when fighting the battle of his life.
Whether Preston knew you for a day or a lifetime, he would want to help you in any way he could. His exuberance for life was contagious, and his spirit of love and joy is his greatest legacy.