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


Published April 24 2019

Betty Howden
HOWDEN, Betty (Margaret Elizabeth). Peacefully and fittingly on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, in her 92nd year, Betty passed away, always surrounded and supported by family. Predeceased by her husband Donald /Don (2008), her parents Thomas/Tom and Blanche (Biggar) Reynolds. Mother of James /Jim (Bonnie), Dennis/Tink (Dianne), Diane Zakamarko (Morris/Zak). Proud grandmother of Tim (Natalie), Alison/Ali (Ian), Chelsea Boyd (Steven) Taylor, Shannon Smith (Brett), great-grandmother to Makinsy Smith and Lola Boyd. Betty was a fixture of Jarvis, a selfless volunteer of church and community when called upon. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot St. W., Jarvis on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service for Betty will be held at Wesley United Church, Jarvis on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Cremation has taken place and a family interment will take place at Wesley United Church Cemetery. Donations to West Haldimand General Hospital, Wesley United Church, Jarvis Lions Club or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to sign the Book of Memories at

Ron Kiehl
KIEHL, Ron. Feb. 6, 1938 – Feb. 11, 2019. Celebration of Life. Ron’s family invites friends to join them at the Port Dover Community Centre, St. George Street on Sunday, April 28 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Russell Sebring
SEBRING, Russell Nelson – Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital while surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 of Simcoe in his 87th year. Much beloved husband of the late Ruby (née Cope) (2017). Loving father of Mary-Anne Gayed (Emile), Fred Sebring (Deb), Terry Sebring (Keith Winkworth) and Nancy Sebring. Cherished grandfather of Ashley (Scot), Ryan, Stephanie, Spencer and Nick (Tiffany). Russell has put down his tools after a lifetime of being a craftsman, mentor and a good neighbour. He was a member of the Historical Automobile Society of Canada (Long Point). Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Life Service for both Russell and Ruby on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe. A private interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Russell’s memory are asked to consider the Norfolk and District Humane Society or Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences at

Dave Smith
SMITH, Dave – Captain of the fishing trawler Ciscoette for 35 years passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 83rd year. Dear father of David (Jane) of Port Dover and Yvonne (Jeff ) of Toronto. Proud grandfather of Olivia and Gabriel. Sadly missed by his brothers Harry and Len. Predeceased by his wife Velma, parents Leonard and Florence, and his siblings Howie, Bern, Ken and Muriel. He will be fondly remembered for his love of antiquing and classic cars. Burial has taken place. Friends are invited to share their memories of Dave on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Port Dover Legion, 212 Market Street, Port Dover. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

To be published May 1, 2019

Mary (McCutcheon) Cook
Cook, Mary Edith (McCutcheon) was called Home on Monday, April 22, 2019 surrounded in love by her family. Born on May 21, 1930, Mary was the beloved mother of Dan and Dennis (Maxine) McCutcheon. Predeceased by her children Cheryl (1965), and Brian (1973), as well as her husbands George McCutcheon (1981) and Earl Cook (1998). Dear companion of the late Henry Visser (2004). Mary is survived by her sisters Carol and Margaret. Predeceased by her sister Ruth. Beloved grandmother of Melanie (Miguel Correia) and Jeff (Erin) McCutcheon. Great-grandmother of Victoria, Sophia, Donald and Landon. Special “Mom” to Shelley Wenige. Mom was a life-long avid fan of the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Toronto Blue Jays, curling and sports in general. In earlier years, she enjoyed the time she devoted to her church groups as well as Boy Scouts and various other community organizations. Travel was always a passion for Mom in particular Northern Ontario that always held a special spot in her heart. Her love for baking was shared by many and you may have sampled one of her pies. In following with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life is planned. Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of our mother is asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Norfolk General Nursing Home.

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