Death Notices – August 2021

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Published August 4, 2021

Lois Greenslade
GREENSLADE, Lois of Port Dover, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family, at Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home, Simcoe on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her husband James (Homer) (1988). Jim and Lois were married in 1948 and celebrated 40 years of marriage before Jim’s passing in 1988. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Bonnie Harris and Wayne Hamilton and Paul and Suzanne Greenslade all of Port Dover. Proud and loving grandmother of Jamie (Kelly), Holly (James), Jill (Chris) and Mark (Karleigh) and great-grandmother of Luke, Brooke, Colby, Marlee, Ethan, Lily, Edith, Olivia and Eloise. Lois will be missed by her sister-in-law Alva Charter. Predeceased by her parents Donald and Violet MacKellar and son-in-law Fred Harris (2012).
Lois was a homebody, her life revolved around her family, she loved hosting family dinners and get togethers. She was a very social lady and loved to visit with friends.
Friends and family were invited to visitation to share their memories of Lois on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover 519-583-1530. A private Funeral Service was held. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Lillian Pursley
PURSLEY, Lillian Ruth (nee Marshall) – passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Lillian Pursley of Simcoe in her 85th year.
Loving mother of Jack Huson (Lorraine) of Stayner, Kristine Cronkwright (Brad) of Simcoe, Todd Huson (Diana) of Fenwick and Tonya Thompson (Brody) of Long Point. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Klerissa & Dwayne, Kirk, Jasmine, Garrett & Abby, Graydon, Evan, Haley & Jared, Jonathan, Natasha and by great-grandchildren Jaxton, Lincoln, Morgan and Layla, She is survived by her brothers Richard Marshall (Lorna) and Floyd Marshall (Cora) all of Nanticoke, by her sister Darlene Zante (Oz) of Uxbridge and by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her parents George and Marie (Cronk) Marshall, brother Robert Marshall and sisters Joyce Anderson (John) and Faith Biggar (Ralph).
All funeral arrangements will remain private and have been entrusted to the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front St., Port Rowan.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. Personal Condolences can be posted at

Larry Stanley
STANLEY, Larry William
It is with great sadness that the family of Larry Stanley announce his sudden passing at Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Larry was born June 26, 1945 to Carl Stanley (1984) and Helen May Veit (1993) and was the brother of Linda Joan (Stanley) Vancso. Larry is survived by his son Kirk (Kim), daughter Jill (Jason), grandchildren Tyler (Shay), Logan (Haley), Stanley, Oliver and Charlotte Grace and great-grandchild Haven Mae Stanley. He is survived by nieces Shelley, Cassie, Sara and nephews Tony and Charles (Bo) Sault. Larry leaves his special friend and partner Linda Lane. He is predeceased by his wife Ginger May (Austin) (2019), their beloved son Alan (1990), sister-in-law Sandra Gail Austin, nephews Randy, Robbie and Delmer Misener, Steven Vancso and Ginger’s mom and dad Lily and Alvin Austin. Larry is survived by several special cousins, great-nieces and nephews in Canada and North Carolina.
Larry enjoyed playing ball as a youngster and went on to become an umpire. He enjoyed the game very much especially when his team, the Simcoe Shamrocks won the OBA Midget B Championship in 1962. He was also a huge Blue Jay fan and was able to attend many of their games. Trap shooting at the old Hit and Miss Gun Club was a favourite hobby and then the lure of Paradise Hunt Club near McArthur’s Mills won him over to snowmobiling, partridge and dear hunts and fishing. In later years the cottage attracted him to quadding, pontooning, puttering and socializing with so many dear friends on Limestone and Wannamaker Lakes and the area.
While at home Larry was a successful tobacco farmer and was an active long time and dedicated member of the Vittoria Lions Club. He also enjoyed his Koi pond. For many years he was an inspector for Norfolk Mutual Insurance and took great pride in his achievements and friendships made there. Larry enjoyed his dogs and was often accompanied by Max or Benson who rode proudly in his truck. Larry and Bennie could be found volunteering in the St. John’s Ambulance Pet Therapy Program at many venues including his favourite, the Port Dover Nursing Home. Larry did many kind deeds over the years, always ready to help a friend in need and always with a grin on his face.
Friends are invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Interment at Vittoria Baptist Cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions masks must be worn, numbers in the building are restricted and there will no luncheon after the committal. Those wishing to remember Larry may donate to Purrfect Paws, ALS Society, the Simcoe and District Humane Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at
“One of Vittoria’s finest is gone.”


Published August 11, 2021

Alastair (Scotty) MacLean Robertson
Alastair (Scotty) MacLean Robertson of Jarvis, Ontario passed away August 7, 2021 in his 83rd year. Born in the UK, to Anna and Adam Robertson, he immigrated to Canada in 1968. Scotty leaves behind his wife, Beverley of 42 years and his three children: Anne Marie (Dan) Grantham, James (Teresa) Robertson, and Andrew (Josie) Robertson and three step-children: Chantelle McCann, Phoebe (Peter) Hern, Christopher McCann and daughter-in-law: Carole Wright-McCann. Scotty adored his 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Norman Robertson, Scotland, UK, and sister Rosemary (Iain) Mowat of Carephilly, Wales, along with respective nephews and nieces.
Alastair was an active member of the Jarvis Lions Club, P.G.S. of King Solomon Lodge #329 A.F. & A.M. (Jarvis) and the Long Point Bay Yacht Club. He also enjoyed volunteering with Senior Support Services of Haldimand-Norfolk, and the Canadian Cancer Society, and a fine glass of scotch! A graduate of Glasgow University, Alastair worked in the Agriculture Industry for the United Co-operatives of Ontario, BASF, and May & Baker Canada, before establishing his own company. Alastair was a proud Canadian with deep Scottish roots. He always spoke of how grateful he was to have been welcomed and accepted by Canada. One of his proudest accomplishments and greatest loves was the creation of Cumbrae Farms (Jarvis) and Cumbrae’s Butcher Shops (Toronto and Dundas, Ontario).
Scotty will be missed by many and forgotten by none. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lions Foundation of Canada (Dog Guides), The Masonic Foundation of Ontario or Wesley United Church, Jarvis. The funeral service for Scotty will be held at Jarvis Community Church, 19 Church Street, Jarvis on Saturday, August 14 at 11 am. (Masks and physical distancing are required at all times. Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend must RSVP at In order to facilitate appropriate food preparation, please RSVP for the reception as well.) Interment Wesley United Church Cemetery to follow. A reception at the Lions Pavilion will follow the interment. Arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519-587-4414. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Published August 18 2021

Martin Charles Gurney
Martin Gurney passed peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 in his 90th year. He was born October 27th, 1931 in Burford to Wilfred and Edith (Martin) Gurney.
Martin was trained by his father at his company, Gurney Electric, to be an electrician. He then worked for the Otis Elevator Company for the rest of his career where he rose to service superintendent, allowing for him to travel all over the country.
Martin was a snowbird who spent the colder months in Homosassa, Florida. He will be missed by his close knit community of neighbours and friends there. Martin volunteered for many years at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre. He also was a part of Marburg Hall where you could find him frying up bacon for Marburg Brunch. In Florida, Martin volunteered at the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park for over 25 years, doing electrical jobs where he earned the nickname “Sparky.”
Martin met his wife, Margaret (Hildreth), in Port Dover when his family was renting a cottage near Margaret’s family’s restaurant and general store. His girlfriend sent Martin to go get some ice cream to bring back to the cottage. He met Margaret working at the store and the ice cream was forgotten. They were married for 56 years before her passing on April 14th, 2010.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Howard Gurney. Surviving in addition to his sister, Dorothy (Gurney) Marshall, are his daughter, Charlotte and her husband Dan O’Brien, daughter Melinda Fenney, son Joseph and his wife JoAnne Gurney, son Daniel Gurney, and son Darryl Gurney. He has five grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) Foreman, Nicole O’Brien, Mark Gurney, Matthew Gurney, and David Gurney. He also has five great grandchildren, Naomi, Magnolia, Lea, Macarthur, and Ciara.
There will be no service, just a private Celebration of Life with family. Those who wish to remember Martin in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Peggy Matthews
MATTHEWS, Margaret Eileen (nee Anderson) – It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness we announce the passing of Margaret (Peggy) in her 93rd year at Dover Cliffs Nursing Home in Port Dover on August 12, 2021. She was born on March 17th, 1929 in Bowmanville to Doris and Frank Anderson, both predeceased.
She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Pamela (Frank) Bravener, of Port Dover.
Proud and loving grandmother of Scott (Bonnie) Bravener, of Port Dover, Louanne (John) Grubert of Kitchener, Renee (Chris) Fontana of Oakville, great-grandmother of Chantelle, Nathan, Cason and Devon, great-great-grandmother of five and several nieces, nephews and extended Matthew families.
Predeceased by her loving husband Everett (2002), daughter Jacqueline Moore (2007) grandson Brent Moore (2020), brother Melvin (Joyce), brother Jack (Louise), and sister Betty (Edward Chappell) and her faithful fur baby Rush.
Peggy was raised in Oshawa before moving to Port Dover in 1954. She had local jobs at Kolbes, Norfolk Knitters, Schilz Hardware before opening her own plant store “Plants and Things”. Her passion was plants and flowers she loved gardening and eventually retired to her own garden. Peggy loved to do her crossword puzzles daily. She loved to clip out spiritual poems that she came across and enjoyed her Sunday United Church visits. Most of all she enjoyed her Monday afternoon group of friends that had met for many years, remaining group Evelyn, Eleanor, and Cathy. A number of years ago, Peggy achieved the honour of runner-up status for the most lbs. lost in a year for Calorie Counters of Canada.
Special thanks to the staff at Dover Cliffs LTC, who were attentive and caring to Peggy these past few years. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Private Service will be held at a later date with Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating and interment at Port Dover Cemetery.
For those wishing, donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Port Dover Lions Club Botanical Gardens (tree planting program), or your favorite charity would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Nancy Schoffro
SCHOFFRO, Nancy Irene –Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the Hamilton General Hospital. Mrs. Nancy Schoffro of Simcoe in her 76th year. Beloved wife of Larry Schoffro for 53 years. Loving mother of Gary Schoffro and Terri Cordeiro and her husband Joe. Cherished Grandma to Gavin, Paige, Alex, Randi and Cameron. Predeceased by her siblings Ronald, Donald and Dale.
Nancy will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. Friends are invited to visit on Friday, August 20th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe where service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 rules, facemasks and social distancing are required. If so desired, donations may be made to Juravinski Hospital or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Published August 25, 2021

Dorothy Barker
BARKER – Dorothy Agnes – At Brantford General Hospital on August 19, 2021, Dorothy Barker of Simcoe in her 91st year. Wife of the late William R. Barker (2009). Dear mother of Roy Barker, Ronald Barker (Susan), Barbara Finch (Alan), Richard Barker (Dorothy), Randall Barker (Joanna) and Beverly Snow (Brad). Predeceased by her son Robert (2018) and survived by her daughter-in-law Kim. She is the cherished grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by grandchildren Douglas (2005), Tyler (2014), sister-in-law Margaret Richardson, sister-in-law’s and brother-in-law’s Aileen and Marcus Meyer, Ruth and George Brown, daughter-in-law Nancy Barker. She is survived by her brother Douglas Richardson (Jaye), sister-in-law and brother-in-law Pat and Graham Lennard.
Dorothy was a volunteer at the Norfolk General Hospital for over 40 years.
A private family graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, Simcoe. Those wishing to remember Dorothy may do so by making a donation to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences at
Special thanks to the nurses, PSWs and staff of C2 at BGH for their excellent care of our mom.

Edna Beischlag
BEISCHLAG, Edna (Clark) – Peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, August 16, 2021. Edna Beischlag of Jarvis, in her 90th year. Beloved wife for 59 years of John Beischlag (deceased September 24, 2009). Mother of Paul and Cindy, Tom and Teresa, Dan and Lu-Ann, Eric and Jane, and Susan and Nick Solda. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Amy Beischlag, Jordan Moore, Joelle and Eric Giles, Jake Beischlag, Michael and Andrea Dalimonte, Stephanie Beischlag and Todd Marshall, Daniella and Jon Ingrao, Jason Beischlag, Alexis Solda. Proud great-grandmother of Darcy and Casey, Mide and Maeve, Hazel and Tilia and Alexander and step great granddaughter Taylor Ann. Survived by sisters-in-law Katie Kew, Irene Brooks, Mary Beischlag and Mary Nickel and brother-in-law Victor Beischlag.
Family was Edna’s world. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and special occasions cooking incredible meals. Mom was known as “the cake lady” due to the numerous cakes she made with her amazing decorating skills. She was also a very gifted seamstress, piano teacher, animal lover, cub/scout leader. She was a long-time member of the Garnet United Church where she enjoyed playing the organ. Mom and Dad enjoyed many years travelling the world together. She was the source of love and kindness and hospitality that tied us all together in one big family.
A Memorial Service and interment of the cremated remains for Edna will be held at Garnet United Church Cemetery for the immediate family. For those wishing to make a donation, Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family and may be made through Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519) 587-4414. Friends are invited to send condolences to the family at

Hazel Hampson
HAMPSON, Hazel Barbara (nee Fern) passed away peacefully at Parkview Meadows, Townsend on Monday, August 16, 2021 in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Brian for 50 years. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Glenda of Nova Scotia, David and Tammy of British Columbia, Andrew and Jamie of Nova Scotia and Philip and Kathy of Nova Scotia. Loving grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of three. Predeceased by her parents Alfred and Nellie Fern.
Hazel has previously belonged to the Canadian Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club and the Dominion Collie Club. Dogs were her passion, she has shown dogs across North America. Hazel was also a breeder, she loved to help and teach newcomers get started in the show and breeding world.
Friends were invited to share their memories of Hazel at memorial visitation at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 7 pm to 9 pm, masks required and social distancing observed. A Memorial Service was be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2 pm in the funeral home Chapel. Deacon John Doomernik officiating. For those wishing to attend the memorial service, please call the funeral home to register.
Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Bill McConnell
McCONNELL, William George (Bill) – Suddenly at home on Saturday, August 21, in his 88th year. Loving husband of Joy for almost 62 years. Father of Bruce (Diane), Sue and cherished granddaughter Caitlynn and sadly estranged son David (Laura) and grandsons James, Kevin and Andrew. Dear Sister to Shirley, brothers Andrew, Terry; sister and brother-in-law Dorothy & Fred DeCator, as well as many nieces and nephews on both sides of the Canada/US border. Predeceased by his brothers Jack and Ken.
Bill graduated from the University of Waterloo (1963) with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering. His chosen career was high school teaching math (HB Beal in London and CKSS in Chatham). He also served two terms as Hydro Commissioner in Chatham and sold real estate after retiring from teaching. Bill was active in his church when able, and a great supporter of church dinners near and far! Bill was also a proud member of the Rotary International (Chatham, Campbellford, and Simcoe) and of PROBUS in Port Dover. He always looked forward to a bridge game and had a great love of curling, on ice or in an armchair. He loved to pack kids in his car after school and head to the curling rink. Bill’s fun-loving witty personality, his jokes, and stories leaves his family and many friends with treasured memories.
Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. A private family service will take place with Rev. Cathy Kay officiating. Internment to follow at Paris Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bill’s name are asked to consider the Salvation Army, 184 Colborne St North, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 3V3 or charity of choice. Online condolences can be left at

Leonard Smith
SMITH, Leonard John – of Port Dover passed away suddenly at his home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, August 19, 2021 in his 83rd year. Predeceased by his wife Noreen (2010) and his beloved son Michael John Smith (2020). Cherished father of Alesha Smith (Bill Sly) of Port Dover, Michelle Smith-Wei (Tony) of New Jersey and father-in-law to Sherry Smith of Port Dover. Proud and loving Grampie to his best bud Slade (Emily), Petra, Andrew, Grace and Evan, great-grandfather to Silas and Eden. Will be sadly missed by his twin brother Harry Smith of Port Dover. Dad was greeted at the Gates of Heaven not only by his wife and son, but by his parents Florence and Len, his only sister Muriel, and his brothers Howie, Ken, Bernie and Dave.
Dad worked hard during his life, many years at Ivey’s managing the greenhouses then moving on to construction and finally close to 30 years as a garbage man for Norfolk Disposal. In his later years Dad could always be found at his home, music blaring from the back deck, BBQ ready to feed anyone who should come by and a huge smile plastered on his face!! Dad loved people and was always ready for an impromptu party! A lover of family, friends and good times dad always made room for one more at the table. He had a kind spirit and a twinkle in his eye. He will be eternally missed on that back deck by his buddy Larry Dixon and by his dear friends Doug and Ada Brooks.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and a private graveside will be held. For those wishing, and in lieu of flowers, donations to Norfolk General Hospital or Lupus Canada would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

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