Death Notices August 2013

Published August 28th

Madeline Lowe
LOWE, Madeline (nee McCulligh) – Passed away peacefully on Monday August 26th, 2013 at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home. Mrs. Madeline Lowe of Simcoe in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Tom (2000). Loving mother to Sharon Watson (Warren), Michael Lowe, Blair Lowe (Marianne) and Jim Lowe (Patty). Cherished Grandma and Nana to six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dear sister to Lorne, Tom (Audrey), Gerry (Pat), Gordon (Sandra), Jewell, Arden, Fran McConnell, Elva Boose, the late Pat Mitchell and the late Ken. Madeline will be sadly missed by other relatives and friends. Special thanks to her close friend Sylvia Shand and her sister Fran McConnell for all their love and support. Cremation will take place with a private family interment at the Port Dover Cemetery. A public Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Lot St., Simcoe. Reverend Ian Shaw officiating. If so desired, donations may be made to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314).

Published August 21st

Dick Brisseau
BRISSEAU, Richard Dale “Dick”, of Port Dover, passed away suddenly but peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday, August 18, 2013 in his 73rd year. Dick is survived by his former wife Donna and her friend Ed, daughters Sandy (Brian Bennett) and Susie (Gerald). Loved Poppa to Matthew (Brittany) and Cassie (Goose). Loving brother to Harvey (Lillian), Wanetta, Betty (Larry) and Bernard. Dick was also survived by his Aunt Maxine, special brother to Susan (Frank) and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Mabel, sisters Velma, Leona, brother, Weldon, grandson Shawn Douglas McGarrity, father-in-law and mother-in-law Alan (Squeak) and Golda Matthews. Dick will be missed by Doug McGarrity (Diane). Dick loved to spend time with his grandkids, Matt and Cassie, also spending time with Susie and his family. He loved spending time at the pier. Dick was born and raised in Port Burwell, moved to Port Dover in 1959. He was a commercial fisherman until 1972 then worked at Ivey’s greenhouse until it closed in 1992. Dick will be greatly missed by all the residents and staff at Dover Cliffs LTC. Dick’s four legged friends, Chloe, Molly and Haymow will also miss him. Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Dick at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, August 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon. A Service to Celebrate Dick’s life will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Friday at 1 p.m. The Reverend Frank Walker officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to NGH Foundation, Dover Cliffs LTC or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Andrew Warman
WARMAN, Andrew. Passed away at Lady Minto Hospital on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 after a battle with cancer in his 42nd year. Beloved husband to Francé. Dear father to Liza and Aaron. Son of Ed (Irene) Warman of Simcoe. Predeceased by his mother, Marie. Brother to Ted of Huntsville, Ray (Shellie) of Kirkland Lake, Rick of Peterborough, James (Krystal) of Port Dover. Visitation was Friday, August 16, 2013 from 1:30 to 4:30 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Génier Gauthier Funeral Home, 70 7th Ave., Cochrane. Funeral service was a 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Cochrane.

Published August 14th

Dave Billings
BILLINGS, Dave Guy. On Monday, July 29, 2013, Dave Guy Billings passed peacefully after a short but fierce battle with Cancer. Beloved husband of Barb. Dave is survived by five siblings, Shirley (John – deceased), Bob (Pat), Nancy (Marty – deceased), Larry (Marjorie) and Gail, pre-deceased by brother Paul (Cheryl). Sadly missed by nieces Arlene, Kim and Denise, and nephews, Bryan, Brad, Chris and Joe; and his very best friends Morgan and Marcy. Thank you also to a very close circle of friends who made this experience survivable for me. Cremation has already taken place and a small private gathering will be held at the family home in Fisher’s Glen. Expressions of condolence may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Society Haldimand-Norfolk or the Old Town Hall Waterford. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford 519-443-5332.

Gordon Ivey
IVEY, J. Gordon, passed away peacefully at his home in Port Dover on Friday, August 9, 2013 in his 94th year. Gordon Ivey was born in 1920, the youngest son of Ben Ivey and his wife Edith Clark. Gordon is survived by eight nieces and nephews, Ben Lorriman, Martha Lorriman, Ken Ivey, Jamie Ivey, John Baker, Carol Baker Hopper, Ash Ivey and David Ivey. Gord was predeceased by his brothers, Don Ivey and Winn Ivey and his sisters Ruth Ivey Baker and Helen Ivey Lorriman. Gord enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in World War II and served in the Radar Services in northern Scotland. For many years he would return to Britain to reunite with his wartime comrades. After the war, Gord lived and worked in Alberta for a few years, before returning to Port Dover. He purchased the property Shore Acres Park and spent many years developing and improving the trailer park and was always very proud of his property, planting many species of trees native to the Carolinian Forest. Gord was an astute businessman and always took a keen interest in politics and in the community. Gord served several years on the Port Dover Town Council. Most of all, Gord was a family man, and spent many years and many interesting trips to Cornwall, England tracing the Ivey family history. Gord will be missed by his family, and especially by his many friends and customers at Shore Acres Park. Friends were invited to share their memories of Gord at visitation at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Gord’s life was held Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market and St. George Sts.). Father Kendall Reimer officiated. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Memorial donations to R.C.L. Branch #158 or St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Helen Thompson
THOMPSON, Helen Ada May of Stoney Creek (formerly of Port Dover) passed away peacefully at Ridgeview Long Term Care Centre on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in her 102nd year. Cherished aunt of Catherine and Ed Rheinlander of Stoney Creek and Robert and Barbara Thompson of Tottenham. Much loved great-aunt and great-great-aunt of Kimberley Koczan and her husband John and their children Taylor and Megan of Stoney Creek and Robyn Hrab and her husband Steve and their son Lucas of Hamilton. Predeceased by her parents W. Bert and Dagmar and brother W. Ross and his wife Betsy. Helen was a life-long resident of Port Dover and gave many hours of her time in various volunteer organizations. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, St. Paul’s Club for which she was treasurer for 30 years, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, Marburg Women’s Institute, charter member of Eastern Star and a member of the Dollectable Doll Club. Helen was a Registered Nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving as a Lieutenant at Camp Borden in the Army Medical Corp from 1943-45. In 1946 she worked for the logging company Marathon Pulp and Paper near Lake Superior and worked at Wilson Memorial Hospital. She taught basic nursing for the Canadian Red Cross, and worked as an RN at Hamilton General Hospital and Norfolk General Hospital. She returned to Port Dover in 1950 to assist with the family business and work at the Thompson Store until retiring in 1984. Helen was a proud breast cancer survivor. Special thanks to all the staff at Ridgeview Long Term Care Centre in Stoney Creek, who all played a part in Helen’s care, especially the staff in Nash Jackson who allowed Helen to live with dignity and cared for her so deeply and with such respect during her final days. Thank you to Reverend Lola and Lois K. for being such good friends and confidantes to Helen. Your friendship was so special to her. The care and support provided to the family will never be forgotten. Friends were invited to meet with the family at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530 for visitation on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. followed by the service at 3 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. The Reverend Lola Mather-Dyer officiated. For those wishing, donations to Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published August 7th 

John LaRoque
LaROQUE, John. April 11, 1948 – July 24, 2013. It is with regret that we announce the passing of John LaRoque. He, in the late 1970s, owned and operated the Light House Pizza Place at the bottom of Main Street. As of late, he was a hard working builder and roofer in Midland. John is survived by his wife Violet, three children, two step-children, many cousins, here and in the west, as well as his Auntie Lil Awde of Port Dover. Nicholls Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. Interment in St. Margaret Cemetery.


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