Death Notices – April 2019



Published April 3, 2019

Jean Wood
WOOD, Jean – It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Jean Wood in her 88th year on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Predeceased by her beloved husband Bryan and her daughter Susan. Jean will be sadly missed by her son Stephen (Debbie) of Beamsville, brother Ken (Jane) Ellison of Oakville and brother-in-law Frank Wood. Cherished grandmother of Pamela (Clayton) Bowen, Mark Wood and nephew Wayne Ellison (Antoinette). Great-grandmother of Rhyder and Payten. Jean enjoyed quilting and Bible study and was a proud Port Dover resident for over 30 years. As per Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Jean are asked to consider the Canadian Diabetes association. Online condolences may be made at (519-583-1530).


Published April 10, 2019

Sue O’Dwyer
O’DWYER, Susan Alice. Peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Monday, April 1, 2019. Sue O’Dwyer of Renton, in her 68th year. Beloved wife of Joe Gallea. Daughter of Dan O’Dwyer and the late Doreen O’Dwyer (2015). Sue is survived by her siblings Mary and Harold Reichheld, Rita and Vince Gallea, Anne and Dave Matthews, Mike and Debbie O’Dwyer, Irene and Ed Steinhoff and Paul and Maureen O’Dwyer. Loving nana to Christine, Anthony and Jack. Step-mom of Jennifer (Jeff), Eric and Kathryn Gallea. Beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Favoured aunt, special friend and mentor to Meika Matthews. Sue served and was actively involved in the community with the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Norfolk Association for Community Living, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services and the United Way. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot St. W., Jarvis on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 – 11 a.m. Service for Sue will be held at Cooper Funeral Home on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A family Committal Service will be held at St. Ann’s Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the Phoenix Rising Centre, The Salvation Army, The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Fund would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to sign the Book of Memories


Published April 17, 2019

Gordon Ellis
ELLIS, Gordon Edward “Puddin” – Passed away peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at age 83. Dearly loved husband of Vera and loved father of grateful son Edmond. He is survived by his brother Hughie (Bette). Gord treasured his special Brantford neighbours (John Laing) and Port Dover buddies (Jimmy and Dave). A heartfelt thanks to Gordie’s long time cherished friend Don Hagey, who was always there for him for anything and everything over countless years. He will be forever remembered by all of his friends and extended family members for whom he touched. Gordon was extremely passionate when it came to his career in Manufacturing, Production & Inventory Control with WABCO in Paris, ON and APICS. Gord was a leading visionary in this profession working tirelessly with peers to develop innovative Educational Manufacturing Systems to benefit workers and management all over the world on their daily operations. More importantly, his greatest passion was people and the common working men and women that were the foundation of these companies. Gord understood more than anyone that every worker deserves a voice and is of equal importance. It was important that upper management humbled themselves and embraced this equality to ensure long term success and healthy growth. He enjoyed competitive curling at The Brant Curling Club during the 1960s and 70s, as well as time at the cottage in Port Dover cooking and barbequing with family and friends. Gordon also loved watching old classic movies and cheering on the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays during his retirement. Gordie valued the camaraderie with Terry Ireland and the early morning guys at the gym and Port Dover Tim’s as well as vacations in Cuba. He will be remembered for his selflessness and willingness to lend a helping hand to all in need and was a loving, kind and gentle soul. Vera and Edmond invite friends and family to a “Gordie Style” casual barbeque to celebrate his life – time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gord are gratefully appreciated for the Brentwood Recovery Home, 2335 Dougall Ave., Windsor, ON N8X 1S9 (519-253-2441) Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at the “Gordie Style” barbeque. Arrangements entrusted to McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road N., Brantford N3R 7K8 (519-758-1553).

Ruth Ann Dietrich
DIETRICH, Ruth Ann (nee Ponting) passed away at Juravinski Hospital surrounded by the love of her family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in her 68th year. Cherished wife of Bruce; devoted mother and mother-in-law of Kerry and Nick Colantonio of Toronto and Rachel and Egon van Romondt of Milton. Loving and proud grandmother of Olivia, Alessandra, Zachary and Ryan. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Gladys and Jim Drever of Mississauga, Lynda and Jerry Pankratz of Tillsonburg, Patricia and John Sutherland of Hamilton, Mike Roche of Oshawa, Yvonne Dietrich of Waterloo, Peggy Dietrich of Waterloo, Rose and Art Missere of Kitchener and Roy and Rose Dietrich of Kitchener. Ruth Ann will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews and her many friends. Predeceased by her parents Stan and Olive Ponting, sister Eleanor Roche and brothers-in-law Allan and Doug Dietrich. Ruth Ann was an avid reader and loved to spend time gardening. She was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, and the Port Dover Lioness. Prior to her retirement she worked as an Education Assistant for the Catholic School Board for 25 years. A Memorial Mass will be held to honour Ruth Ann’s life on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (17 Lynn Park Road) Port Dover. Father Lucio Couto celebrant. Inurnment will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to Juravinski Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

John Kilpatrick
KILPATRICK, John Charles – Passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs with his family by his side, on Thursday, April 11, 2019. In his 82nd year, he departed to join his honey, Ruth, who predeceased him in 2011. Loving, kind, caring father to Lynda Kilpatrick (Will) and Michael Kilpatrick (Christine). Grandpa will be sadly missed by his two sweeties, Camryn and Addison. Also predeceased by his parents, Charles and Katherine Kilpatrick, as well as his brother David Kilpatrick (Aunt Barb, Rob and Patrice). John worked at Port Dover Ivey’s for most of his working life, but it was how he spent life outside of work hours that made him the man we aspire to be most like. He literally built life around him. He built our homes, much of the furniture in our homes, the boats on which we enjoyed summer days, and most of all he, together with Ruth, built one incredible family life. His fun loving, kind hearted nature touched many lives and he built solid friendships all around him. Oh, the stories! We invite you to join us in celebrating Dad’s life at Knox Presbyterian Church in Port Dover on Friday, April 19th, at 1:00 p.m. for Funeral Service, followed by interment at Port Dover Cemetery and reception. Pastor Pamela Hogewoning officiating. If desired, donations to the Port Dover Foundation would be greatly appreciated. We would like to express our many thanks to the loving staff at Dover Cliffs and other caregivers who touched Dad’s life in his final days. Your kindness and compassion is unsurpassed and will never be forgotten. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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