Death Notices – April 2020


Published April 29, 2020

Jeffrey Scott Thompson
January 22, 1963 – April 20, 2020
At the age of 57, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at his home in Port Dover. Greatly missed and loved by his mother Sheila Greene. Predeceased by his father Robert Thompson. Step-son of Joe Greene and Margaret Thompson. Brother of Greg and Amelia, Tagan and Jim, Raeanne, Kelly and Robert and Crystal and Jim. Special uncle of Alyce (Leecy Bear) who loved him dearly. Former partner of Terrilynne Thompson and their children Kristie, Levi, Louden, Haiden and Tanner. Previous partner of Mandy Johnson and their children Chuckie and Beth. Grampa to Sebastan, Lexi, Allan, Stewie, Daymon, Conner and Hannah, predeceased by grandsons Alex and Xander. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Jeff was always a hardworking man, who kept mainly to himself, but would give anyone the shirt off his back. His presence will be greatly missed, more than he would have ever thought. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519) 583-1530. For those wishing donations to the Foundation For Sarcoidosis Research would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Floyd Clifford Weaver
WEAVER: Floyd Clifford – Peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, April 20, 2020 in his 76th year. Loving son of the late Russell and Mary Weaver. Beloved husband of Mary Catherine (Gauvreau) Weaver. Dear father to Cliff (Katharine), Warren (Jenny), Darryl (Ashley) and stepfather to Mikell and Sean. Loving grandfather to Paige, Chance, Harrison, Grace, Melody, Evan and his step-grandchildren Justin, Sierra, Autumn and Rachel. Remembered by his brother Larry (Barb), his sister Judy (Larry) Head and his brothers and sisters-in-law Paul St. Amand, Laura St. Amand, Rose Mary DiClimente (Pat), Anna St. Amand (Susan) and Chris St. Amand. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews. Predeceased by his first wife Cheryl Weaver (1998). Floyd was a proud member of the Local 67 Hamilton Pipe Fitters Union. He enjoyed his time with family and friends, playing music, or even watching and sometimes even playing a good game of baseball or broomball. Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services, 391 Main Street, Port Dover in care of arrangements (226) 290-9093. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Floyd’s memory they are asked to consider the Port Dover Legion, 212 Market St E, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be left at

Randy Thomas Whitehouse
WHITEHOUSE, Randy Thomas – With broken hearts we announce the passing of Randy “BOOTS” Whitehouse at “911” on April 25, 2020 at the age of 67, at home surrounded by the love of his family. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Diane (Jones), “HIS BRIDE” of 46 years on April 20th. Wonderful, loving Dad to our Son Corey and “HIS BRIDE” Tracy and their daughter, Madelyn (her Papa’s pride and joy). Predeceased by his Parents Doris (1978) and Roy (2016), Stepmother Eleanor (2011) and his In-laws Betty (2018) and Ron (1995) Jones. Dear Brother-in-law of Linda (Paul) Nameth and Step-brother of Dan (Leila) Thompson. Survived by many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Randy was a proud retiree of H.W.R.P. serving 30 years, retiring in 2000 and a 10 year seasonal employee of Breyers, Simcoe. Randy loved playing and watching sports. As a youngster he played hockey, baseball, 5-pin bowling and football. People would ask “How did you and Diane meet?”, Randy would answer “Oh I met her in an alley”. After the shocked “OH MY” subsided from the inquirer we would laugh and say that’s “in a bowling alley” as teenagers and we have never been “split” since. Randy developed a love of golf when his future Father-In-Law Ron taught him the game. Many times Randy and Dad would play 18 holes, come home for lunch and then back out for another 18 holes later in the afternoon. After Dad passed, Randy would go up to Southampton to do chores for Mum Betty but they always made time to get a couple of rounds of golf in. He had fun times teaching Corey and myself how to golf (always with patience) Ha! Then teaching Granddaughter Madelyn the game… what special memories he has left with us. A forever Toronto Maple Leaf Fan and Green Bay Packers Fan! There were many beer bets on who was going to win the battle between Dad’s Green Bay Packers and Corey’s Dallas Cowboys. Dad got more beer deliveries than Corey did. GO PACK GO! Or HOW ABOUT THOSE COWBOYS!
Our family would like to thank all our dear friends and neighbours in Port Dover, Hamilton and area for your visits, emails, phone calls, texts (even though Randy was texting challenged – ha), meals, treats, cards, snow removal and rides to the cancer clinic… there’s more… there’s always more with friends and neighbours like ours. We have been so lucky to have your support in our lives during this difficult time and always. To all that helped Randy and I through this difficult journey, we can’t thank you enough for your expertise, advice and kindness… Dr. Brian Lee BGH Oncology & staff, Dr. Richard Packer, LHIN case manager Kim Featherston, Stedman Community Outreach Team Nancy Morbrook and Dr. Martin-Godelie, Dover Apothecary Mike Marini and staff and the CBI Home Health nursing staff, most especially Elana Lloyd. Your gentle care, reassurance, guidance and warmth helped us so much. You are a very special lady Elana!
Due to the COVID-19 virus, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations to Stedman Community Hospice, would be appreciated by the family if you wish to do so. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530, Port Dover. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published April 22, 2020

Nancy Gaspar
GASPAR, Elizabeth “Nancy” – passed away peacefully at the Oneida Long Term Care Home, Southwold, ON on April 18, 2020 at the age of 81. Mother of Lisa (and Stephen) Counsell of Queenstown, NZ and Joe (and Elaine) Huxley of Port Dover, ON. Grammie Gaspar of Carter and Cole Huxley. Also survived by her brother David and his children. Pre-deceased by her parents Wilfred and Margaret Teal. Due to the current restrictions a private cremation will take place. Those wishing to place a memorial donation are asked to consider McMaster Children’s Hospital or a charity of their choice. Personal online condolences at

Bob Pope
POPE. Robert Thomas Charles (Bob)
January 16th, 1939 – April 17th, 2020
After a long period of declining health in his 82nd year, Bob passed away peacefully at Parkview Meadows LTC (Birchtrail) in Townsend. ON.
Predeceased by his parents, Tom and Marjorie (Bowlby). Survived by his wife Doreen, children Robert (Donna), Susan (dec.), Terry (JoAnne), Adam (Andrea), Paul Smith (Angela), Fiona Zawadzki (Alexi). Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Brother of Marion Chadwick (dec.), Mildred Penney (dec.), Doris Campbell (dec.), Jane (John Turnecliff) and Bill (Gloria) and several nephews and nieces.
Bob was a proud member for 34 years with the Hamilton Police Force, joining up in 1959 as a Constable and rising through the ranks to retire in 1993 as Staff Inspector and Commander of station 31 in Dundas. In 1969 he moved to the Identification Branch where two years later he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant for the branch. In 1975 he became the Force Armourer and trained officers in the use of firearms. In 1982, Bob was promoted to Staff Sergeant in the training division where he was in charge of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the explosive disposal unit. This gave him tremendous satisfaction.
Another promotion came in 1986 which made him Inspector for the Regional Force. From 1988 to 1991 he worked as Inspector out of the Kenilworth station where he was promoted once again to Staff Inspector and moved to Hamilton Central. In 1993 when only having a few months at the helm in Dundas he decided to accept an early retirement package courtesy of Bob Rae.
At age 54 he was able to indulge in his hobbies. An avid fisherman, he was often out in his boat on Lake Erie or canoeing the Northern lakes with Doreen. A very talented man with a passion for wood working. His duck decoys and cabinetry were labours of love. He spent several years renovating the family home in Port Dover. He loved to photograph flowers and was always looking for the right specimen. Even though he couldn’t tell a daisy from a dandelion he did become president of the local horticultural society for 2000-02.
A man of few words, compassionate, articulate and didn’t always suffer fools gladly. He will be fondly remembered by many that knew him (well, almost).
The Family wish to thank the wonderful staff at Gardenview for the great care and compassion you bestowed upon Bob.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home Port Dover, ON (519-583-1530). Online condolences can be made at
In accordance with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
If desired, donations in memory of Bob can be made to the Alzheimer Society Foundation of Haldimand and Norfolk, Senior Support Services (Norfolk County) or a charity of your choice.


Published April 15, 2020

Elva Broker
BROKER, Elva May (née Airth)
Elva Broker of Port Dover passed away peacefully in her 101st year on April 2, 2020 surrounded by family at home. Elva was the loving wife of the late Jack Broker (1986). Dear mother of Les and Lena Broker, the late Glen Broker, Patti and the late Gaylord Powless, Dawn and Randy Booker, Gerald and Dianne Broker, Linda and the late Joe Misener. Proud Nan of Julia and Brian, John and Jennifer, Cara and Darren, Philip, Jessica and the late Christopher, Gaylene and Beege, Tim and Rowena, Lauren, Amanda, Taylor, Brynn, Chad and Shanon, Curtis and Colleen, Jacqueline and Matt, Cory and Keeley, Max and Nicole, Alexandra and Ricky. Loving Nannie GG of Macie, Madison, Eliana, Lexi, Katie, Ryleigh, Kahner, Nick, Kali, Arleigh, Hadley, Chase, Dylan, Gage, Emma, Tucker, Nixon, Kinsley, Emerson, Isaiah, Andreas, and Carmen. Elva is also survived by her sister, Frances and fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Jack, and her parents, Alex and Gwen Airth, Elva was predeceased by her son, Glen (1975), grandson, Christopher Powless (2015), son-in-law, Gaylord Powless (2001), and Joe Misener (2017), sisters, Vivian, Thelma, Ione, and Donna, brothers, Roy and Ivan, sisters-in-law, Margaret and Lillian, and brothers-in-law, Harry, Alan, Lawrence, and John, and also Jack’s parents, sister, and two brothers. Elva was a member of Grace United Church and U.C.W. since 1958. She was a founding member of the Volunteer Associations N.G.H. and N.H.N.H. since 1962. Her love of gardening gave her great satisfaction as a charter member of the Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society. Elva’s family was the heart, light, and love of each day of her long and happy life. A private family service has taken place, officiated by The Reverend Kathryn Vance and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing to make a donation in Elva’s memory, please consider Grace United Church or the Port Dover Branch of the Volunteer Associations of N.G.H. and N.H.N.H., this would be greatly appreciated by the family. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Peter Blazeiko
BLAZEIKO, Peter – Passed peacefully with his family by his side at Brantford General Hospital on Sunday March 22, 2020 of Brantford formerly of Waterford at the age of 76. Beloved husband for 52 years to Betty (North). Loving father of Kathy (and Clayton) Aucoin. Proud papa of Kyle (and Emily) Aucoin, their son Carter Aucoin, and Alex Aucoin. Dear brother of Nick Blazeiko, brother-in-law Ernie Baryski, sister-in-law May Blazeiko. Also survived by his aunt Valencia Bunt. Peter will also be remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by daughter Lisa, parents Michael and Mary Blazeiko, sisters Maria Blazeiko, Olga Baryski, and brother John Blazeiko. Peter was a former employee of Camco and Harding Carpet. He was an avid fan of Toronto Blue Jays and Brantford Red Sox. A private family service was held at Waterford Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Tim Dobbin officiated. As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake. Funeral arrangements entrusted with Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford, 519-443-5332.

Paul Church

CHURCH, Paul Andrew – With sadness, the family announces the passing of Paul surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday March 31, 2020 at Stedman Community Hospice at the age of 55. Beloved husband and best friend of Esther (Cox). Loved father of Amanda (and Peter) Davidson, Gregory Paulmert (and Kelly Cossar). Grandfather of Eric, Eva, and Nina Davidson. Cherished son of Bertha and the late Ivan Church. Dear brother of Jane (and Richard) Gulley, Donna (and Gil) Almeida, Grant Church, and best friend Chris (and Mikki) Guyatt. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Paul was a funloving guy who loved to entertain, cook and play sports, especially golf. He was always around to lend a helping hand. Due to the present Covid 19 situation, a Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Donations to Stedman Community Hospice, ALS Society or Marburg Women’s Institute would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements are entrusted with Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford, 519-443-5332.

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Joe Clark
CLARK, Joseph Ross
Passed away suddenly at Cedarwood Village in Simcoe ON, on April 9, 2020. Joe was the devoted and loving partner of Nadine Ilton, father of Susan Clark (Joe) and TJ Clark (Christine) and grandfather to their daughters Natalie, Ava and Sophie. Joe will be sadly missed by his sister Connie (Roger Green) of Waterloo and their family. Joe grew up in Port Dover and was predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Blanche Clark and his dear friend Ruth Greenfield. He was employed by Bell Canada until his retirement. A sports enthusiast and participant all his life, Joe played on six championship baseball teams with the Simcoe Giants in the sixties and was honoured to be inducted into the Norfolk County Sports’ Hall of Fame in August 2014. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in Joe’s memory may consider Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition or Port Dover Minor Baseball. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. On-line donations and or condolences can be made at


Gerald Max “Babe” Lindsay
After a short battle with cancer, at the Juravinski Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2020, in his 57th year. Babe was the beloved husband of Keitha (nee Schaeffer) of Nanticoke. Loving and devoted father of Alex and Zohie. Brother and brother-in-law of Karen Novinka, Anne Lindsay, Barb and Rick Bissonette and Glen and Lisa Lindsay. Also survived by his nieces and nephews Jason Lindsay (Hunter and Priscilla), Kristy and Scott Evans (Aiden, Autumn and Savannah), Becky and Craig Brock (Erica and Owen), Jody and Rob Ogilvie (Sarah and Keagan), Jarrod and Kelly Bissonette (Kylie and Mason), Cooper, Sienna and McRae Lindsay. Predeceased by his parents John and Verna Lindsay and his brothers Bill, Marshall and Gary Lindsay. Babe loved to fish and golf, but he was happiest watching or coaching his daughters in their sports. At Babe’s request, there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of Babe’s life with family and friends at a later date. Details of this celebration will be posted on the Cooper Funeral Home website when available. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at


Donna Elaine Phillips
PHILLIPS, Donna Elaine (nee Treitz) February 20th 1946 – April 8, 2020. It is with profound sadness the family wishes to share the peaceful passing of Donna Elaine Phillips (née Treitz) at her home in Port Dover on April 8, 2020, at the age of 74, with her family by her side. Donna was the beloved wife and best friend of Michael J. Phillips Jr. for 52 years.
Donna is the daughter of Charlie and Maureen (née Scott) Treitz of Listowel. She was raised in Listowel ON, on a dairy farm “on the third” as she would say. She was one of the Treitz girls, who would entertain in the community by singing in harmony with her 3 sisters. Donna moved to Kitchener in 1965 and started working at Dominion Life Insurance. It was at this time that she met the love of her life, Mike. They were married July 6, 1968 and together they raised two wonderful children, Laurie and Scott. With the arrival of children, Donna left work to devote her time to her family. While caring for her own children at home, Donna was also a second mom to several other children by being an at-home daycare provider for many years. As a family, Mike, Donna and the kids enjoyed many camping and cottaging adventures. In her mid 30s Donna was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus but this didn’t stop her zest for life or her dedication to caring for her family. She continued to sew and knit and bake fresh bread as long as she could. For a number of years, Mike and Donna owned a cottage in Tobermory they fittingly called “Heron Creek Cottage’’. It was here that Donna liked nothing better than sitting on the deck watching the herons, the deer, the “flutterbies”, and the stunning sunsets. Upon Mike’s retirement they enjoyed traveling together and seeing the world. They visited such places as the Yukon, the Panama Canal, Russia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, the Ukraine and Istanbul, Slovenia, Croatia and Barcelona, Spain. They made several trips to Italy and even “backpacked” through Italy and France for four weeks while in their 60s. Together Donna and Mike also enjoyed the camaraderie of participating in classic car shows, driving around in their 1968 Pontiac GTO while listening to their favourite music of the ’60s and ’70s. Donna will be profoundly missed by her husband Mike, her daughter Laurie with her husband Marcos Kroeker, as well as son Scott and his partner Crystal McNeil. Donna was the cherished grandmother of Isaak and Logan Kroeker as well as Crystal’s son Gavin. Donna will be lovingly remembered by many extended family and friends. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Lupus Canada would be appreciated by the family ( 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 1, 2020

Michael John Smith
SMITH Michael John, of Port Dover, tragically lost his life to Lake Erie on Monday, March 23, 2020 in his 51st year. He was a proud Commercial Fisherman, Mason, and lifelong resident of Port Dover. Loving husband and soul mate to his wife Sherry. Devoted father to his children Grace and Evan. Cherished son to his father Leonard Smith of Port Dover, predeceased by his mother Noreen (Ottley) Smith. Regarded son-in-law to Shelley Friesen (Leo) of Hamilton, and Robert Hume (MaryAnn) of Blind River. Protective brother to his sisters Michelle Wei (Tony) of New Jersey, and Alesha Smith (Joel) of Port Dover. Caring uncle to his nephews Slade (Emily), Andrew, and his niece Petra. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends, all of whom he loved very much. Due to the current pandemic restrictions a private interment with immediate family only will occur. A Celebration of Life will be announced and occur at a later date when gatherings can again be possible. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. For those wishing to make donations in Michael’s memory, family ask that they please consider the Port Dover Harbour Museum. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

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