Death Notices April 2018

Published April 4th

Barbara Eugenie (Jamieson) Luciani
Barbara Eugenie (Jamieson) Luciani — At Cedarwood Village Nursing Home, Simcoe, on March 29, 2018 with her niece Carol Mummery at her side. Left to mourn are her husband of 52 years, Angelo, of Simcoe, brother, Chuck (Gail) Jamieson, and sister Pat Luton of Port Dover, brother-in-law, Alex Bartkiw, of Niagara Falls, sister-in-law, Rita Bonaccorso, Simcoe, Wanda Luciani, brother-in-law John (Carol) Luciani, Delhi, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by her parents, Ford and Ella (Nunn) Jamieson, her twin sister Nancy Bartkiw, Angelo’s parents, Pat and Mary Luciani, and brothers-in-law Bob Luton, Tony Bonaccorso, Michael Luciani.
Barbara was a dedicated, caring Registered Nurse. After her training, she worked as a Public Health Nurse, nursed at Norfolk General Hospital, CPRI in London before she and Angelo retired in Simcoe. She was “always fine”, always “had a smile”. She liked to knit, garden, walk and help others.
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at the Port Dover Cemetery at a later date, Rev. Jeff Smith officiating. Anyone wishing to make donations in Barb’s memory is asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of their choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover. Online condolences and donations can be made

Frances Mansley
MANSLEY, Frances Maria – At her home in Simcoe on March 27, 2018, Frances Mansley in her 69th year. Beloved wife of Larry Mansley. Dear mother of Larry Mansley (Beth) and Lisa Ritchie-Carpenter (Keith). Cherished grandmother of Meagan Mansley, Taylor Mansley, Alexandra Ritchie, Julia Ritchie and Mitchell Mansley. She is survived by her brothers John Goldsmith (Kelly) and Alexander Goldsmith (Karen), her sisters Jackie Goldsmith-Johansen (Reb), Linda Weaver and Denise Butt (Eric). Predeceased by her sister Susan and brothers-in-law Ed and Glen. Frances worked for sixteen years at Gourmet Baker in Simcoe. Friends are invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home , 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by cremation and interment in Port Dover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online condolences at


Published April 11th

Bob Long
LONG, Robert John (Bob) — Passed away at Dover Cliffs Nursing Home on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in his 84th year. Born on August 5, 1934 in Port Dover. Son of the late Craig and Elsie Long. Much beloved husband of Jean (nee McGibbon). Loving father of Sheila Chevarie (Tony), Mary Jean (M.J.) Montague (Wayne) and was predeceased by his son Doug (2009). Father-in-law of Kathy Long. Also surviving are his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Peggy Trembley, Thelma Partridge, brother-in-law David McGibbon (Sue), sisters-in-law Joyce Berry, Dorothy Krentz (Jim), Margaret Weatherup; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 158. A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 158, 212 Market St. E., Port Dover. Those wishing to make a donation in Bob’s memory are asked to consider the Simcoe and District Humane Society or the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand-Norfolk. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements.

Frank Reid
REID, Franklin MacDonald — Passed away surrounded by his family at home on March 30, 2018, in his 84th year.
There once was a man named Frank
Who loved eating, dancing, and drank
Gravelly Bay was his passion,
Baggy pants were his fashion
On Sundays he was a bit of a crank.
A third generation Simcoe lawyer and proud third generation Long Point Company Secretary-Treasurer until 2017. Partner and friend to Sherry Biggar, brother of Elspeth Kerr (nephew John), father of Lynn, Rob (Bianca), Diane (Rick), Doug (Kristin), Sherry’s son Jeff (Rhiannon). Grandfather to Brooke & Erin, Nicole & Andy, Arlie & Kate, Rowan & Nora, Finn & Rachel and friend and former spouse Mary Alice. An alumnus of Western University where he swam competitively, graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (1960), Frank practiced in Simcoe for over 45 years. Frank thrived on his connections to people and maintained life-long friendships. He was a storyteller, loved limericks, sharing jokes, reciting Robert Service poetry, and live music at Grossman’s. Frank enjoyed politics and was always up for a good debate. He was known for his generosity, impressive memory, and as the host of the Gravelly Bay Cup. Frank lived his life and left on his own terms. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to his friends who drove weekly to Juravinski, he enjoyed the conversation and reminiscing during the drive. A special thanks to Lora and the home care nurses who provided excellent care and support. At Frank’s request a celebration of life will be held at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, 200 Argyle St., Simcoe on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to donate in memory of Frank, please choose a charity of your choice. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe, Ontario. Online condolences at

Belva Smith
SMITH, Belva (nee Simpson) of Port Dover passed away peacefully at the John Noble Home on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in her 84th year. Predeceased by her loving husband Kenneth, brother Bob and parents Jim and Pat Simpson. Survived by her brother Bill. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Margo and Jerry of Brantford, Mark of Nanticoke, Michael and Dee of Brantford, and K.C. (Kenneth) of Port Dover. Dear grandmother of Chantelle (John) of Waterdown, Katelyn (Doug) of Alberta, Jamie (Freesia) of Port Dover. Great-grandmother of Paige and Andrew of Simcoe, Carly and JT Burbridge of Waterdown, Arkyn Smith of Port Dover, and Greyson Bullock of Black Diamond, Alberta. Belva was proud member of the Rebekah Lodge. As per Belva’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to meet with the family for visitation on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). Donations to the Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. On-line condolences and donations can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneral

Russell Whitehead
November 29, 1948 – March 29, 2018
WHITHEAD, Russell – Passed away March 29, 2018. In loving memory from Debbie; son Wesely and family; daughters Carrie, Cindy, Sarah; sister Joanne and Edward and family; sister Dorothy and Robert and family; step-daughter Shannon and Jim and family; step-daughter Monica and Greg and family; step-daughter (deceased) Marsha. Interment at later date.

Eileen Wilson
WILSON, Leona “Eileen” — Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, while surrounded by her family, on Sunday, April 1, 2018 of Port Dover in her 76th year. Daughter of the Late Fred and Leona Vassella. Much beloved wife of the late Daniel Wilson (2011). Loving mother of Dan (Carol), Sean (Lisa), Dawn Marie Cooper and Kimberly Wilson (Jeff Clapp). Cherished grandmother of McKenzie, Logan, Griffin, Kamryn, Wilson, Brooke, Ella, Molly, Brittany (Brendan) and was predeceased by Jeremy. Also surviving are her siblings Maureen Maize, Carl Vassella (Joan), Yvonne Sinnett, Betty Lou Dalton (Mike), Linda Bowler (Art), Diane Anderson (Chuck), sister-in-law Tracy Bean (Terry), brothers-in-law Dr. Paul Wilson (Bonnie), Dean Wilson (Darlene), Dave Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews. Eileen was predeceased by her brothers-in-law Delmer and Jim. Friends were invited to meet with the family on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where a Liturgy of The Word was said on Saturday at 4 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in Eileen’s memory are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or the Juravinski Hospital. Online condolences at


Published April 18, 2018

Elsie Doughty
DOUGHTY, M. Elsie – Passed away at West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Elsie Doughty, daughter of the late Margaret and George Duncan of Port Dover and wife of the late Robert Doughty (2003) of Nanticoke, in her 95th year. Dear mother of Anne and Ian McMillan of Nanticoke. Beloved grandmother and great-grandmother of James and Reese (Duncan and Amelia); Laura; and Robert and Laura (Jacob and Hazel). Sister of Ruth and William Ramp and Wallace Jarvis. Predeceased by her sisters Helen Jarvis and Phyllis Duncan and sister-in-law Joan (Roy) Hedley. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Funeral service for Elsie will be held at Cooper Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. If desired, donations to Cheapside United Church, West Haldimand General Hospital or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at


Published April 25, 2018

Celebrating the Life of Jackie Ferris Baker, UE

On April 27 – 28, Jackie’s many friends and family are celebrating her remarkable life, committing her ashes to peace in the family cemetery plot overlooking Long Point Bay.
In March, Karen Bosworth, her life-long friend, beautifully described in Port Rowan Good News our first meeting as the life we came to share unfolded, 62 years ago. Jackie had remarkable interests, skills and talents, led by her high intelligence, yet always unpretentious demeanor.
We shared a love of music, especially church hymns, classical piano and symphonic pieces. For many seasons we were supporters of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her favorites were compositions of Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff and Saint Saens.
She had great textile and needlework skills, creating most of her clothing, baby and children’s knitwear, tapestries and exquisite needlepoint works. Her gardens, knowledge of horticulture and flower arrangements were superb.
Jackie devoured one or two novels weekly, while following current affairs at home and abroad; voting in every election. After 32 years in Europe, she commanded Dutch and French languages well. Her encyclopedic knowledge of history, from European royals and nations, USA, Canada and Norfolk County was unique. She had accurate knowledge of churches, homes, families, farms, and the people of Norfolk. This led to active roles in several County advisory committees and historic associations. She served on the historic Christ Church, Vittoria, Board.
As Therapeutic Dietitian, (a marvelous chef de cuisine), she served many prominent people in Toronto, Chicago and New York hospitals, including the Duke of Windsor, Casey Stengel, Academy Award Winning actor Montgomery Clift, and political people. Yet she wrote her happiest day in any hospital was when our first son David was born in January 1965.
Our 4 children and 7 grandkids were constantly on her mind; how to encourage them; best support each spouse and all of them. She insisted we visit all in December, despite her deteriorating health. Jackie’s unbounded love, faith, fidelity, integrity and hope kept her going, right until the last few days. Farewell to the love of my life; we’ll meet again, dear Jackie. Our fine example of a faithful Christian believer, filled with God’s Holy Spirit, the Love of God.
Ronald E. Baker (04/09/2018)

Florence Erwin
ERWIN Florence (nee Walker) passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in her 78th year. Dear Wife of Hiram, loving Mother of Bonnie Luton (Rob Jones), cherished Grandmother of Michelle Jones Luton (Mike McMorrow). Great-grandmother of Ashley (Dan) Crawley and Kylee Dewhirst. Great-great-grandmother of Michaela, Jax, Jesse Jr. and Ronan. Fondly remembered by her brother Harry and sisters Barb Powell, Pat Stephens and Sue (Albert) MacDonald. Predeceased by her parents Ken and Iva, son-in-law Ron Luton (2008), siblings Gord, Jim, and Shirley, sister-in-law Gloria and brothers-in-law Bob Powell, Mike Numeroski and Great-grandson Jesse Luton. Florence loved gardening and going for coffee and socializing at the Dairy Bar. Friends are invited to meet with family to share their memories of Florence on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Funeral Service will be held in memory of Florence on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the funeral home Chapel at 1 p.m. Rev. Jeff Smith officiating. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, CAMHS or Purrfect Companions would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Russell James Whitehead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WHITEHEAD, Russell James – Interment for the late Russell Whitehead of Port Dover, who passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 in his 70th year, will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, 35 Potts Road, Simcoe on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. Celebration of Life to follow at the Army, Navy & Airforce Club, 53 Water Street, Simcoe.


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