Death Notices – December 2019


Ruth Ramp
RAMP, Ruth Jean (nee Duncan) of Port Dover passed away peacefully at Parkview Meadows, Townsend on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in her 91st year. Predeceased by her husband William (December 2018). Cherished mother and mother-in-law of William of Lethbridge, Alberta; Rita (Gary) Johnston of Waterloo; Sheila Buck (Bob Wylie) of Niagara-on-the-Lake; and Phyllis (Greg) Rawlings of Ripley. Loving grandmother of Hugh, Allayna, Mariel, Melissa, Scott, Steven, David, Matthew, Jordon, Kevin, Phil and Brad. Dear great-grandmother of Mackenzie, Logan, Ben, and Charlie. Will be remembered by her brother-in-law Wally Jarvis of Simcoe. Predeceased by her sisters Elsie Doughty and her husband Robert, Helen Jarvis and Phyllis Duncan. Ruth was a dedicated member of Grace United Church, the UCW and Women’s Institute. She loved to paint, but will be best remembered for her delicious apple pie. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ruth with the family on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Grace United Church (Chapman & St. George Sts.) from 11 am to 12:30 pm followed by the funeral service at 12:30 pm. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to THOMPSON WATERS FUNERAL HOME, Port  Dover (519) 583-1530. Donations to Grace United Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published December 4, 2019


Joe Hamilton
HAMILTON, Joseph David. Passed away peacefully November 26, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, in his 87th year with his brother and sister-in-law at his side. Dear brother and brother-in-law to Chuck and Dianne Hamilton of Stoney Creek, and stepfather to Christine of Hamilton. Predeceased by his wife Barb, son Joey, mother Florence, father Joseph, brothers Bill, Fred, Bob, Jack and sister Betty. Born in Hamilton on August 18, 1932, Joe spent his formative years in Hamilton before moving to Brantford, and then Port Dover. For several years, Joe was a Reservist in the First Independent Signals Squadron in Hamilton. Joe was known for his generous nature, always willing to jump in and help anybody who needed him, whether it was mowing their lawn, arranging games for his club or hosting huge perch dinners. He loved to camp and watch hockey, and was a long time member of the Kozy Kampers Camping Club and volunteer for the Port Dover Sailors hockey team. Prior to that he was a volunteer with the Rockton (Dundas) Real McCoys hockey team. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their care and compassion during his time at the hospital, and to the staff at Durand Retirement Home for their dedication and kindness over the past year. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place. Anyone who would like to share stories about Joe would be welcome to join us at the Port Dover Cemetery, 309 Blueline Road, Port Dover, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to say goodbye. In lieu of donations or flowers, please take a moment to reflect on what Joe meant to you.

Shirley Parsons
PARSONS, Shirley Ann (nee Reicheld) – Peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 92 years. Predeceased by her husband Ward Clifford Parsons DFC (2000), her parents Frederick W. and Barbara (nee Ruch) Reicheld, sister Marjorie Reicheld and brother Glenn Reicheld. Cherished mother of Sylvia (late Harald Stolberg) of Port Dover, Shani (Harry Loewith) of Tavistock. Adored grandmother of Shawn (Kristin), Darren (Debbie), Kirsten (Jean), Natalie (Jonathan), Aaron (Kelly), Jeremy (Rebecca) and Isaac (Tess). Beloved great-grandmother of Samantha, Ally, Valentina, Kaleb, Aiden, Adam, Benjamin, Jacob, Ava, Nathan, Noah, Leo, Lucas, Addi and Weston. Shirley will be missed by her 24/7 companion Peri. Shirley was born and raised in Jarvis, marrying her sweetheart Ward after his tour of duty flying the Lancaster Bomber in WWII. After the birth of their first daughter, Shirley and Ward moved to England where they enjoyed 47 years before returning to Canada and settling in Ancaster in 1994. After the passing of Ward, Shirley volunteered at the Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope where she was highly regarded by her fellow tour guides and visitors alike. The family wishes to thank Dr. H. Hynscht for his many kindnesses and exemplary care, the kind attentive staff at his office and the doctors and nurses at NGH in ICU, Ward 3B and the palliative care unit where she received the utmost care and compassion and the family received an unparalleled level of support and comfort. Cremation will take place followed by a family interment service at Riverside Cemetery, Cayuga. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum or St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Jarvis, would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to sign the Book of Memories at Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519-587-4414).

Cam Thomson
THOMSON, John Cameron (“Cam The Water Man”). Died peacefully at West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville on Saturday, November 30, 2019, in his 98th year. Cam Thomson resided at Parkview Meadows, Townsend, and was formerly of Port Dover. Husband of the late Madeline (Weaver nee Hedges – 2009 and the late Doris Senn – 1956). Beloved father of Anne McAlpine of Caledonia, Dennis (Leo Maloney) of Port Dover, Gail (Dave) Simmons of Port Dover, Marie (George) Burke of Port Dover, the late Russell (1985), (Bette and Dave Eke) and the late Sharon (2005) (Jim – 2016) Pond. Loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. Brother of the late Alex Thomson and Beth Edwards. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot St. W., Jarvis on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service for Cam will be held at Cooper Funeral Home on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment, Cheapside United Church Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to sign The Book of Memories at

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