Death Notices December 2014

Published December 17th 2014

Ryan Lewis
LEWIS, Ryan. A kind and adventurous soul, Ryan has joined his dad, Larry and sister, Mary after a courageous and short fight with cancer on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the age of 34 years. Beloved and cherished fiancé of Jennifer Doherty. Devoted daddy of Maya. Loving son of Linda Lewis. Dear brother of Brad and Melanie. Special uncle of Levi and Taylor. Ryan will also be sadly missed by in-laws Lori and Brian Doherty; brother-in-law Matthew and his aunts, uncles and cousins. Ryan was an avid lacrosse, hockey player, referee and linesman, and in October on what was to be his last hockey game he donned his Detroit Red Wings Jersey and he and Jen drove to Buffalo to watch his team outplay the Buffalo Sabres!! Ryan was most recently a linesman of another sort for Hydro One, a job than encouraged his love of heights, the outdoors and helping others. The family will honour his life with visitation at the Hyde & Mott Chapel, R.H.B. Anderson Funeral Homes Ltd., 60 Main Street South, Hagersville on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 4-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. with cremation to follow. Interment of cremated remains will be held at the Ohsweken Baptist Church in the family plot at a later date.
Ryan has now attained those lofty heights. May he rest well.

Ruth Martin
MARTIN, Ruth. Peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital in her 85th year. Ruth was predeceased by her parents Walter and Vera Gundry and husbands Howard Martin and John Forbes. She is survived by her children Suzanne (Peter) Moffat, Diane (Ron) Juhasz, Phil (Jeanine) Forbes, Bill (Kate) Martin, Katherine (Joe) Segato, Patricia (Les) Vinocai and Brenda Richards, brother Wray (Kathryn) and children. Ruth will be missed by her many grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces and nephews. Ruth graduated from St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Hamilton as a Registered Nurse. She worked at Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe for over 25 years where she was the Head Nurse of the Paediatric Department. She enjoyed life to its fullest, doting on her grandchildren, enjoying time with many friends, gardening, and travelling with Howie. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Cochlear Implant Program of London Health Sciences Centre or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). Online condolences at

Eleanor Smith
SMITH, Eleanor Gertrude (nee Cruise). With deep sadness we announce the passing of our mother Eleanor Gertrude Smith on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Dover Cliffs LTC in her 95th year. She is survived by a son Monte (Rose Marie) and daughters Joan Smith of Port Dover and Nancy Smith Merritt (Richard) of Niagara-on-the-Lake, grandchildren Brian Smith, Tiffany Merritt and Susannah Link Merritt, and great-grandchildren Chelsey Smith, Justine Smith and Althea Link Merritt, Oscar Link, a nephew and several nieces, and her brother James Cruise and sister Isabel Powell, both of Townsend. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband Allan Wilbur Smith (1976), her parents William Edward and Annie Gertrude (Walker) Cruise of Marburg, and her brother George Cruise (1991). Eleanor was born on December 23, 1919, and grew up in Marburg, attended Marburg School (SS # 8, Woodhouse), the Port Dover Continuation School and graduated from Simcoe High School. She earned her teacher’s certificate in 1939 from the Normal School in Hamilton and taught the following year at Lakeshore School, (SS # 7 Woodhouse) and recalled that she received an extra $100 for assuming the responsibility for the school’s wood furnace for that year. She married in March of 1940 and her teaching career was put on hold as at that time it was assumed that a married woman would not teach. During the next 15 years, she was busy as a farmer’s wife and raising three children. In 1955, teachers were in short supply and she was encouraged by Mr. Douglas Lawless, the Inspector for Public Schools in Norfolk County, to return to teaching. She spent two years at the Broadway/Mud Street School (SS # 9, Woodhouse), another of the one-room country schools. She then taught Grades 5 and 7 for ten years from 1957 until 1967 at Port Dover Public School. Always one to challenge herself, she spent most of the early summers and winter evenings taking courses to upgrade her teaching skills and certifications. She completed Specialist certificates in Special Education and in Library Science, and held positions in both in her later Haldimand teaching positions. Between 1964 and 1970, while continuing to teach full time, she took the rare step of completing, through the extension program, an Honours B.A. degree at McMaster University, and we were all very proud to be there for her graduation in June, 1971. It culminated a dedicated, sustained and diligent effort. In 1967, she transferred to the Haldimand Board where she taught at the Walpole South and North Schools for the next 15 years until retiring in 1982. On many occasions, she recalled the terrific Friday snowstorm in January 1977 that was so severe that she and most of the staff were unable to leave and had to spend the weekend at the Walpole North School until the roads were opened on the following Monday. During this time, the farm was sold in 1969 and Allan and she built a home on Sunninghill Drive in Port Dover. Following Allan’s sudden death in 1976, she moved to Morgan Avenue where she lived for about 25 years. In recent years she has been a resident at Norview and more recently at Dover Cliffs in Port Dover. Eleanor was always an avid reader and until arthritis interceded about two years ago was never without a book. She also enjoyed travelling, and with a variety of companions saw most of Canada including the far north, and had several trips to each of England, Ireland, and Scotland. She was also a generous supporter of many community organizations, including child sponsorships through the Foster Parent’s Plan, the Horticultural Society, The Order of The Eastern Star, was a volunteer for many years at Norview Lodge and delivered Meals On Wheels. She was a life-long member of Grace United Church and its U.C.W. and the Lakeshore Women’s Institute, holding offices in both on several occasions. Friends are invited to meet with family to share their memories of Eleanor on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover. A service to Celebrate Eleanor’s Life will be held at Grace United Church, corners of Chapman and St.George Sts. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiant followed by interment at Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church or the Port Dover Lifeline Food Bank would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and or donations can be made at


Published December 10th 2014

Eva Marchand
MARCHAND, Eva Frances of Port Dover passed away suddenly on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 89th year. Dear mother of Robert (Solange) of British Columbia, Ronald (Lise) of Kapuskasing, Gaye (Ron) of Brantford and Richard (Louise) of Goderich. Loving Meme of Rob (Terri-Lynne), Raney (Jenn), Chad (Michelle), Joe (Kristina), Amie (Mike), Jody (Nicky), Erica (Corby) and Kelly (Wes). Proud grand-Meme of Rowan, Natalia, Maya, Reese, Liam, Harper, Peyton, McKenna, Kaylee and Payten. Predeceased by her husband Raymond, parents Peter and Hattie, brothers Ralph, Paul, Leroy and George, sisters Florence, Leona, Agnes and Della, brother-in-law Bert, sister-in-law Marriette and long-time friend Jack Sproat. Eva enjoyed life, everything from cooking, gardening, fishing, sewing, playing cards, going to the casino, and a good joke. Sharing these things with family just made life better. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service was held in Eva’s memory on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home Chapel, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, (519-583-1530). Deacon John Doomernik Celebrant. If so desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

William Morley Sly
SLY, William Morley of Nanticoke passed away after a lengthy illness at West Haldimand General Hospital on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in his 66th year. Loving husband of Eleanor, dear father of Bill of Port Dover, AJ (Steven) of Toronto and Maryann Sly-Kensley (Adrian) of Guelph. Proud grandfather of Billie, Isaac, Russell, Samantha and Sydney. Will be fondly remembered by brother-in-law Bill and sister-in-law Esther. Predeceased by his parents Albert and Clela, siblings Raymond, Albert, Jean, Shirley and Joyce and brother-in-law Clayton. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy, worked as a millwright and went back to school and at age 42 and graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Labour Studies. He was interested in world religion and philosophy but his true passion was the water as he so much enjoyed his house on the lake. Friends are invited to meet with family to share memories of Bill on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519)-583-1530. A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life will follow the visitation at the funeral home Chapel at 1 p.m. Bill Lee officiant. Donations to West Haldimand General Hospital or Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published December 3rd 2014

Joyce Perks
PERKS, Joyce Millet — At Parkview Meadows on November 29, 2014, Joyce M. Perks of Port Dover in her 88th year. Predeceased by her parents William and Selina Perks. Joyce is survived by her brother Robert E. Perks of Port Dover, and cousins Muriel Warren, Harry York, Richard York, and Michael and Chus Truman, all of England. Joyce was a former Chief Operator at Bell Canada, a former business owner, and a long-time member of Memorial Church, Port Ryerse. She was an avid lover of dogs, especially her two black labs. Friends are invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk Street S., Simcoe on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Memorial Church, Port Ryerse on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Interment St. John’s Parish Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). In lieu of flowers, donations to Memorial Church, Port Ryerse or the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be appreciated. Online condolences:

Jim White
WHITE, James (Jim) — Passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 29th, 2014 at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home. Mr. Jim White of Simcoe in his 74th year. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (2009). Loving father of Sheila and Eric and his wife Deb. Cherished Grandpa and Papa to Kyle, Brooke and Mira. Brother to Carol Ann Mussel (Sonny), Gene White and Bonnie White. Jim will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. Jim was a retired police officer. He served 32 years together with the Port Dover Police, Norfolk County Police and the Haldimand Norfolk Regional Police. Jim loved the outdoors especially fishing and moose hunting. Friends are invited to visit at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe on Wednesday, December 3, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Jim’s funeral will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 101 Chapman St. West, Port Dover. Reverend Cathy Kay officiating. Interment to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society or the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home. Online condolences may be made at

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