Death Notices – December 2019


Published December 24 2019

The Right Reverend
Clarence Mitchell
MITCHELL, The Right Reverend Clarence Malcolm, formerly of Port Dover, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home, Simcoe on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in his 95th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Joyce (2014). Cherished and loving father and father-in-law of David and Mimi Mitchell of Guelph and Catherine and Michael Longpré of Peterborough. Proud grandfather of six, Erin (Shane), Matthew (Amanda), Megan (Craig), Cassandra, Nathan (Stephanie) and Graham. Predeceased by his son Peter (1980) and his parents John and Martha Mitchell. Clarence was ordained in 1954 and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Niagara in 1980. He served in a number of Parishes, Holy Trinity, Welland, St. John’s, Port Dalhousie, St. Christopher’s, Burlington, Church of the Ascension, Hamilton, and St. George’s, Guelph. Clarence was an avid reader, a devoted gardener and had a great love for the arts. He will be remembered for his wonderful speaking and singing voice, his honourable, quiet, gentle way and his great sense of humour. He will be remembered fondly by all the people whose lives he touched in many ways. Friends are invited to meet with the family for visitation to share their memories of Clarence on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, (519-583-1530). A Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market & St. George St.), Port Dover on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. The Right Reverend Susan Bell and The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. For those wishing donations to NHNH – Hospice Room or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. On-line condolences and/or donations can be made at

Carol Pennings
PENNINGS, Carol Joan. Passed away after a lengthy illness at the Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, December 14, 2019 in her 81st year. Daughter of the late Roy and Eva Belbeck. Beloved life-long partner of Larry Robertson. Dear sister of Janet McCrae and Garry Belbeck. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her brother Ken and sister Barbara. She was born and raised in rural Woodhouse Township and later worked for many years at Breyer Ice Cream in Simcoe. She lived in Port Dover where she took pride in maintaining her home for nearly 50 years. Carol was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Carol’s Life will be held at a later date with interment in Port Dover Cemetery. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Her family wishes to give special thanks to her loyal friends Barb and Shelley and their families. Also the close neighbours in Port Dover who looked out for her safety and welfare in later years. The family would further like to thank the staff at Norfolk General Hospital for their diligent care and the staff and residents at Rosewood Retirement Home in Simcoe where Carol resided before her final illness. Those wishing to make a donation in Carol’s memory are asked to consider Knox Presbyterian Church in Port Dover. Online condolences at

Mary Smith
SMITH, Mary – Passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in her 90th year. Daughter of the late Peter and Annie Sauchuk. Much beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Smith (1986). Loving mother of Marybeth Antonissen (Henry), Robert, Tom (Karen), John (Jeannie), Tim (Elaine) and Sally Chambers (Ric). Also surviving are her grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Mary was predeceased by her brothers George, Peter and sister Annie. She will be fondly remembered for serving goodies from the ballpark booth. Mary was the last founding member of the Vittoria Lamport Seniors Club. Friends were invited to meet with the family on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where the funeral was held at 11 a.m. Reverend Ward Taylor officiated followed by interment at Woodhouse United Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Mary’s memory are asked to consider Thompson Memorial Ballpark, Charlotteville Minor Sports or the Vittoria Foundation. Online condolences at


Published December 18 2019


Sharon Decker
DECKER, Sharon Diane (nee Gaston) Nov. 25, 1953 – Dec. 11, 2019 – It is with profound sadness that the family of Sharon Decker announces the sudden passing of their beloved wife and mother. Cherished wife of Tom of 43 years, treasured mother of Brian, Bradley, & Cameron (Courtney). Precious daughter of Kathleen Gaston, (late Marshall), and much loved sister of Marsha Jarrell (Chris Phillips), Annette Wilson (John), Kathy Gaston (Marvin), Marshall (Christina), and predeceased by her brother Kevin and nephew James Gaston. Also remaining to mourn are Tom’s brothers Tim (Robin), Todd (Zena), Terry (Shelly), and sister-in-law June (late Ted). She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sharon was an avid reader, crossword and puzzle enthusiast and a valued volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand/Norfolk. She also enjoyed her outings with the Grade 13 Crew, as well as the Gas Company Girls. Sharon worked many years for Union Gas and had recently retired from the Provincial Courthouse in Simcoe. We would also like to thank the many friends and neighbours who have already been so accommodating at this trying time. Friends and family were invited to share their memories of Sharon at visitation at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Monday, December 16, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, 17 Lynn Park Ave., Port Dover on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. Father Alan Dufraimont celebrant. Cremation followed. For those wishing, donations in Sharon’s memory are asked to consider the ALS Society of Canada, The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand/Norfolk or a charity of choice. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Barbara Pringle
PRINGLE, Barbara Elizabeth (nee Sloan) – surrounded by her loving family, at her home on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Honourable Justice John A. Pringle (2019). Loving mother of Beth Pringle-Hodgins of Simcoe and Fraser “Ooggie” Pringle (Joan) of Port Ryerse. Cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of Sarah Morrison (Todd), children Violet and Benjamin; Amanda Hodgins; Caroline Marisett (Adam), son Fox; Jillian Hodgins, sons Wesley and Avery; Sunnie Pringle; and Bowman Pringle (Sinead). Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Elizabeth Sloan and by brothers Gordon and John Sloan. Barbara was a past President of the Norfolk General Hospital Board of Directors, the Norfolk General Hospital Volunteer Association (40+ year volunteer) and the Lynnwood Arts Centre. In 2011, Barbara was presented with the Soroptimist Club Women of Excellence Life Time Achievement Award. Friends were invited to share their memories of Barbara with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A memorial service was held at Trinity Anglican Church, 80 Colborne St. South, Simcoe on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating. Private interment of Ashes: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate in memory of Barbara were asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).


Christina Smith
SMITH, Christina Waugh (Chrissie). Passed away at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 of Port Dover, formerly Brantford in her 100th year. Much beloved wife of the late John Smith (1964). Loving mother of Ian Smith (Maryke Godron). Cherished grandmother of Matthew Smith (Melissa) and Leslie Smith. Great-grandmother of Abbie, Megan, Colton, Steven, Brad and Samantha. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her parents and brothers James and Thomas. Mrs. Smith was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, IODE and the Eastern Star. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Christina’s Life will be held at a later date with interment at Farringdon Cemetery, Brantford. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Christina’s memory are asked to consider Knox Presbyterian Church. Online condolences at



Published December 11, 2019

Irene Czapla
CZAPLA, Irene of Port Dover, passed away suddenly at her home surrounded by the love of her family on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in her 71st year. Cherished wife of Frank, dearly loved sister of Adele, brothers and sisters-in-law of Terry and Sigrid, Don and Carol and Pat and John. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. In keeping with Irene’s wishes all services will remain private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Thelma Partridge
PARTRIDGE, Thelma Audrey – At Norview Lodge on December 2, 2019, Thelma Partridge (nee Long) in her 88th year. Wife of the late Harold Milton Partridge (1983). Dear mother of Donna Bouw (Bill), Sheila Racz (the late John) and Sharon Mudge (Fred). Cherished grandmother of Barry Bouw (Michelle), Wendy Gee (Ron), Jason Racz, Brett Mudge, Whitney Dantzer (Steve) and great-grandmother to Brady and Blake Bouw, Callum Gee, and Owen and Ethan Dantzer. Thelma was the last of a family of twelve. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Shirley Long, Jean Long, Bernice Long and Norma Flanik, brothers-in-law Charles Flanik and Sam Parsons. Friends were invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. Service was held at 11 a.m. Interment Walsh United Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Simcoe & District Humane Society or Purrfect Companions would be appreciated. Online condolences at


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 were 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 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 12:30 p.m. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiated. 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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