Death Notices – April 2021

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Published on April 7, 2021


David Martin
MARTIN David Wayne – May 12, 1947 – March 30, 2021 – David, son of the late May and Cecil Martin, brother to the late Jack Martin, brother to Larry Martin (and Betty), Connie Sue Robinson (and Joe), Joanne Kirk (and Doug), Joe Martin (and Dianne) and Mary Martin (and Joan) and Uncle to numerous special Nieces, Nephews (and great-nieces and nephews) passed away in his 74th year.
He was a high school scholar (nicknamed “Atlas” by classmates) who went on to achieve his Masters in Applied Math and Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where he later taught Math. Many summers were spent working on the South Side fishing with his brothers.
When Dave retired, he enjoyed his music, reading, walks, photography and, especially, his gardening. He was part of the Port Dover Horticultural Society and won some awards for his beautiful plants. Dave had a true passion and endless patience not only for his gardening, but also for his beloved pets over the years.
He was very devoted to his Mother when she entered the care home and often took her flowers to brighten her day. David stayed in touch with many friends and family through beautifully written letters until he was no longer able to. He generously donated to many causes that mattered to him.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions a private family funeral was held. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the David Suzuki Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Isabel Powell
POWELL, Isabel Emma of Port Dover passed away surrounded by the love of her family, on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home, Simcoe, in her 100th year.
Dear mother of Pat Smith, Judy Brown and Sheila Chanda (Dave). Predeceased by her husband George, her daughter Ruth Bridgwater-Dodd and her granddaughter Robin Lockyer, as well as sons-in-law Jere Smith, Doug Bridgwater, Ken Spencer and Ted Brown, as well as her parents William and Annie Cruise, her sister Eleanor Smith and husband Allan, her brother George and his wife Ruth. Loving grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 15, great-great-grandmother of 12 as well as one great-great- great grandson. She will be sadly missed by her brother James Cruise and son-in-law Rob Dodd as well as her sister-in-law Peggy Burcham (George, deceased).
Isabel was a long-time member of various Women’s Institutes joining at the early age of 14. She led dozens of 4H Clubs over the years touching the lives of many young people in the community. Isabel was a lifelong member of Grace United Church, where she sang in the choir and was a valued member of the UCW. Some of her greatest loves as well as her family and friends, were quilting, knitting and especially making smocked dresses.
A private Funeral Service will be held in Isabel’s memory at Grace United Church, April 6, 2021. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no public visitation or service, live streaming of the funeral service is available at at 11 a.m.
Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at


Published April 14, 2021

Helen Dubniczky
DUBNICZKY, Helen Elizabeth (Jankowski, nee Kelly) Peacefully at Parkview Meadows, surrounded by her family, on April 9, 2021 in her 88th year. Wife of Frank Dubniczky. Dear mother of Leonard Jankowski (Rose Mary) of Waterdown and Kathy Jankowski-Slegers (Ron) of RR#3, Simcoe. Cherished grandmother of Natalie, Nicole, Mark and David Jankowski and Joshua, Jacob and Sophia Slegers. Helen is survived by her brother Joe Kelly (predeceased by wives Margaret and Jean) and predeceased by siblings Laureen Montague (Michael), Leonard “Red” Kelly (survived by sister-in-law Andra Kelly) and Mary Frances Erickson (Roland). Also survived by several nieces and nephews and Frank’s children Brian (Carol), Ann (Peter) and Frank (Darlene) and their families.
Helen was the former owner and operator of Jankowski Peach Orchard, former owner of L&K Uniform Shoppe in Simcoe, former President of the Port Dover Skating Club and a former member of the CWL of St. Cecilia’s Church. Helen fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s but always supported her children and grandchildren. She was very strong and determined.
A private family mass will be held followed by interment at St. Ann’s Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations to Parkinson’s Society of Canada would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, Simcoe, Ontario. Online condolences at

John Paul Hauser
HAUSER, John Paul of Port Dover passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in his 66th year.
Cherished husband of Becky. Loved step-dad of Natasha Pierson and Joshua Pierson and grandfather of Jaden and Jacob Wagenaar. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Jim and Bonnie Hauser of Dunnville. Much loved uncle of Philip and Dana Hauser, Mark and Kim Hauser and Matt and Jamie Hauser, will also be missed by several great-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Paul and Elisabeth Hauser.
John was a handyman for most of his life, but his true love was fishing and being outdoors.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held in John’s memory when permitted. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519) 583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at
Gone fishing.

Terie Henderson
HENDERSON, Terie Anne (nee Foresman) – It is with great sadness that the family of Terie Anne (Foresman) Henderson announces her sudden passing, on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the age of 44 years of Port Dover, Ontario. Beloved wife of Alexander and children Tiffany, Brian and Wyatt. Terie will be sorely missed by her parents George and Julie Foresman, sisters Stacie (Bill) and Hollie (Peter) and her brother Geordie. Terie will be lovingly remembered by her grandparents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Following family wishes, arrangements will be private. Memorial donations to the Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519) 583-1530). On line donations or condolences can be made at

Desmond Lawrance
LAWRANCE, Desmond Ashton Richard – It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our Dad, just shy of his 90th birthday. Finally reunited with our Mum, Florence. Will be missed by adoring daughters Linda (Dave), Susan (Wayne) and Jayne and by cherished grandchildren Natasha (Jamie), Brandon, Andrea (Emma), Ashton (Torie) and Sarah. Also missing their GG will be Hunter and Jackson. Left to mourn are his brother Patrick (Hedy) in Canada and his sister Christine in the U.K. Predeceased by his sister, Delphine.
Leaves behind many well loved family and friends in Canada and the U.K. Special thank you to all of the staff at Macassa Lodge for all of the kindness, care and compassion that they showed my dad during his stay there. All one can ask for is a life well lived and our Dad lived his life to the fullest. Love you and miss you.
Cremation has taken place. A private family service has been held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Notes of sympathy and condolences may be left at

Murline Mallette
MALLETTE: Murline – It is with deep sadness that the Mallette and Kendal family share the passing of Murline. She passed away peacefully at home with her family surrounding her on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 5:05 pm. Murline was the daughter of Earline and Murdock MacDonald. Murline is survived by her husband Eugene, children Nicole, Jason, Cathy and John and grandchildren Jaimi-Lee and Jennifer. Murline will be terribly missed by many of her friends and their lifelong friendships. Murline married the love of her life Eugene and they had 57 wonderful years together, making memories to last a lifetime sharing in laughter and tears throughout their wonderful journey of life.
Murline was the Owner and Director of the Liaison College School of Culinary Arts, Hamilton Campus for over 18+ years and she was so proud to be a part of the many students who passed through those doors in search of a passion for food and their culinary career choice. With her office door always open, Murline always shared her guidance and wisdom to her students in achieving their culinary dream.
Throughout Murline’s years she loved the theatre and was active as an actress for over 40 years at the Hamilton Guild and, as well, performed with the group “The Geritol Follies” for many years. Through her time in the theatre, Murline would take centre stage and create a character everyone could relate to. She had the ability through her many characters she played, to allow the audience to laugh and cry with her in her performances.

MOM: You showed me the way to Love. That Love meant compromise and understanding, patience and respect. The lessons you had taught me, the space you gave me to grow and the understanding to know that the person I am today is because you loved me. You were my voice of compassion and strength, courage and conviction and your love for me had no boundaries. I only hope that I have and will continue to make you proud. I look forward to continuing our “conversations of life” when I meet you in my dreams.

An excerpt from a Poem written by Suzanne Reynolds: She Was Beautiful…
“She lived her life with a loving and generous heart,
had wrapped her arms around so many to give comfort and peace.
Her ears had heard both terrible news and lovely songs,
and her eyes had brimmed with, oh so many tears, they were now bright even as they dimmed.
She had lived and she was.
And because she was,
She was made Beautiful”
My heart aches, my tears flow and my smile not so wide. I miss you terribly mom. I love you.
Love, Nicole XO

MOM: The world is a much poorer place with my mom’s absence. She was a great lady, accomplished so much, influenced thousands of people and students. She taught me many things and I cherish every lesson. My mom and I spent a lot of time together when I was younger and I enjoyed the time I spent with her as an adult. We became friends but she was always my mom. I miss my mom greatly and I still can’t believe she is gone. I love you mom, I miss you so much.
Hug and kiss,
See you in the afterlife.
Love, Jason XO

Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Murline’s memory they are asked to consider Parkinson Canada, 4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316, Toronto, Ontario M2P 2A9. The family would like to thank all the Doctors and Caregivers for their exceptional care and comfort. A special Thank You to Grace and Sue. Murline loved you both.
The family will be planning a Celebration of Life in September 2021, and our hope is that we can all celebrate her life together with love and laughter… that’s just how Mom would want it.

Murline, You are the Love of my Life
Each time I breathe, you are there
Each time I laugh, you are there
Each time I cry, you are there
Until we meet again, when I can hold your hand and tell you I love you!

Online condolences can be left at


Published April 21, 2021

Lew Dick
DICK, Lewis Kerr Paterson (Lew) – The family of Lew Dick sadly announces that the Patriarch of the family has passed away at the age of 89 on April 16, 2021. Lew was predeceased by his first wife Sally and is the beloved husband of Hilary (nee Hunt). Dear father of Julie Brodie (Dave), Paul Dick (Tammalyn), Michael Dick (Janet-Ruth), David Burnett, Kerry Ireland (Mark) and Lynne Miller (John). Cherished grandfather of Justin (Ally), Natalie (Ryan), Brandon (Alex), Andria (Jarret), Lindsay (Derrick), William Grace and Ethan and great-grandfather of Carter, Xander and Vincent. He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.
Lew had served with the UK Merchant Navy. He was a Mechanical Engineer with the former Ontario Hydro at Nanticoke. He was an avid golfer, a Life Member of the Simcoe Curling Club and an avid story teller. His Scottish patter was loved by all, understood by none.
A family visitation will take place with a Celebration of Life at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, Simcoe.
Those wishing to remember Lew may do so by donating to the charity of choice in his memory. Online condolences at

Frank Dubniczky
DUBNICZKY, Frank – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father Frank (Franz) Dubniczky. He was born in Dunabogdany, Hungary on November 22, 1933, the son of Franz Dubniczky and Julianna Dubniczky (Ott). He is survived by his sister Anna Frech. The family was forced to flee Hungary and fled to Germany when Frank was at a very young age. After surviving the Second World War in Germany, they then immigrated to Canada with his family when he was at the age of 20.
On the ship to Canada, he met and fell in love with Rose Reichenbach. They were married in Alberta in 1955 and moved to Toronto with both of their extended families to build a better life. After two years, Frank and his father Franz together purchased the farm on Cheapside Road. This is where Frank and Rose lived and raised their family for the next 32 years until Rose passed away in 1989 of cancer. Frank was a full-time welder for over 40 years as well as managing the family farm. Their children Brian (Carole), Annemarie (Peter), Frank (Darlene), and his grandchildren Natalie, Danielle, Christine, Aja, Tiffany, and Mackenzie and all of their respective spouses and children will miss him beyond words.
In 1996 Frank married Helen Jankowski and once again his devotion to his wife Helen has been unwavering. Throughout her battle with Parkinson’s disease, Frank was her guardian in every single way. Frank is also pre-deceased by Helen on April 9th, 2021 and survived by her children Leonard (Rosemary), Kathy (Ron) and their families. There are no words to describe how much we will miss this honourable and respectable man that we have had the privilege to call DAD. A private mass for the family will be held at St. Anne’s Parish. Charitable donations would be greatly appreciated to a charity of your choice in honour of Frank. Arrangements by Hyde & Mott Chapel, Hagersvile. Online condolences can be made at

Hank Roesch
ROESCH, Henry (Hank) Herbert – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry (Hank) Roesch of Goderich, Ontario, on April 15th, 2021.
Born in Toronto, Ontario on May 7th in 1951 and raised in the Port Dover area, Henry is survived by his long time partner Brenda Powell, his children Ellycia, Jacqueline (Kiern Lack-Shane), and Laura Lee (Tim Waechter) and step children Catherine (Aaron Haywood) and Jennifer (Neil Grant) as well as grandchildren Autumn, Brailin, Makayla, Karlee, Chloe and Blakley. He will be deeply missed by brothers Ron Roesch (Wendy Yule) and Terry Roesch and his sisters Marg Werden (Don) and Barbara Roesch (André Dubé) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Otto and Gertraude Roesch.
Henry was a graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay where he studied forestry. His love of the natural environment was evident in all he did from re-foresting of the farm to teaching his children about nature. He enjoyed nothing more than being outdoors and had an encyclopedic knowledge of tree identification. He was a hard worker and worked for the Forestry Division of Ontario Hydro for quite a few years and later as a welder for Volvo. He was also the owner/operator of HR Tree Service in Goderich for many years. After his retirement Henry returned to Sir Sanford Fleming College for the Walking Trail Construction and Maintenance program.
The family of Henry Roesch would like to thank the staff at the Seaforth Manor for their compassionate care, kindness and friendship bestowed upon Hank during his stay. We are eternally grateful.
Those wishing to donate in memory of Hank are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of Huron County
or The Long Point Region Memorial Forest

Doug Smelser
SMELSER, Douglas Ivan – Suddenly as the result of a heart attack, at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Friday, April 16, 2021. Doug Smelser of Port Dover, formerly of Jarvis, one week short of his 87th birthday.
Beloved husband of the late Janet (1995) and Diane Williams (nee Morris). Loving father of Diane Xurieb and John Gushie, Patty Smelser, Paul and Kathy Smelser, Sandra and Hal Brown and Terry Smelser. Dear grandfather of Clint (Cheryl), Jenny (Randy), Tara (Jesse), Brandie (Colin), Kristal (Paul), Josh (Meredith), Kaela (Jen), Melissa (Mark), Ashley (Trevor), Brennan (Lyndsay), Jeremy, Alesha and Rylin. Great grandfather of Dakota, Hunter, Hannah, Riley, Alison, Kaylee, Blake, Gavin, Emily, Amber, Colton, Carter, Scarlett, Nolan, Charlotte, Addison, Noah, Bentley and Hailey. Brother of Audrey (the late Gordon, 2019) Mitchell, Kay and Elgin Mitchell, the late Ron (2008) and Sandra, the late Don (2012) and Elspeth, Peggy and Neil Pankhurst, the late Leroy (1945), the late Fred (2017) and Brian and Marcia Smelser. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends were invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 2-4 pm. The funeral service for Doug was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 21 at 11 am. Interment followed at Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jarvis.
Both the funeral and graveside service are closed to in-person attendance but will be livestreamed on the funeral home Facebook page and through the funeral home website.
Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Simcoe Who-Did-It? Club would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Charlotte Ann McKim
McKIM, Charlotte Ann – Surrounded by family and friends virtually and in person, Charlotte’s journey came to a peaceful close on April 15, 2021 with Gwen by her side. Leaving behind sons Ewart (Cheryl), Mark (Robin) and Steve (Tracy). Cherished grandchildren Taylor and Elliott, Alyssa and Miah, Caleb and Tysen and great-granddaughter Tessa Joyce. Sadly missed by her mother Violet, sisters Sue and Christine and brothers William and Joseph. Pre-deceased by her sister Carol.
Charlotte will be missed but never forgotten by her dear Friends Gwen, Margaret and Brian and by her many Friends and neighbours.
A tremendous thank you to the wonderful nurses, PSWs, doctors and other staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Norfolk General Hospital. Such amazing care and compassion was extended to Charlotte during these past couple of weeks.
As Charlotte would say “Love knows no distance or time.” Charlotte had a way about her. She was gracious, forgiving and encouraging. Those who knew her were blessed indeed.
Cremation has taken place with a private virtual family memorial. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published April 28, 2021

Darin Robinson

ROBINSON: Darin Alvin – It is with a heavy heart that the family of Darin Alvin Robinson announces his passing on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the age of 56. He was surrounded by family at the Norfolk General Hospital following a hard-fought battle with various heart complications.
Darin will forever be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend Wendy of 31 years. He will always be cherished by his children Kayla, Kevin (Lauren), and Kendra (Talon). Darin was a proud Grandpa to Logan and Melody. He is survived by his wonderful, loving parents, Alvin and Janis Robinson. He will forever be missed by his sisters, Brenda (Steve), Melissa (Chris), and Anne (Steve). Darin will live on in the memories of his nieces and nephews along with his extended family and many dear friends.
Darin was a shining example of a loyal, hardworking, beautiful person, exemplary father and husband. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services, 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Darin’s name they are asked to consider the Simcoe and District Humane Society, 24 Grigg Dr, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4L1. Online condolences can be left at
A special thank you to the Hamilton General Hospital (ICU West), the wonderful staff at Norfolk General Hospital (ICU) and Dr. Uncle Michael Kates.
Gone but never forgotten.
Rest in peace – we will miss you.

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