Death Notices – December 2020


Published December 2, 2020

Lila Harris
HARRIS, Lila Diana of Port Dover passed away suddenly at her home on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in her 77th year. Predeceased by her husband Robert Reid. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Brenda and Brian Forsyth and Robin and Myles Linger all of Simcoe. Loving grandmother of Jordan (Alicia), Kyle (Stephanie), Jenna and Josh. Dearly loved sister of Bernice Long, Kathy Smith, Audrey Harris and Mike Harris, predeceased by several siblings.
Lila loved Port Dover and she spent many hours at the pier fishing and making new friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. Due to Covid-19 restrictions all services for Lila will be private.
For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Doug Reid
REID, Douglas Ivan passed away peacefully with his loving wife Peggy of 67 years by his side at Cedarwood Village in his 89th year after a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Cherished father and father-in-law of Patsy and Paul Dorish, Judy and Robert Whitenect, Donna Jean (predeceased) and Ray (Liz) Giles, Jenn and Rick Topp. Proud grandfather of Mike and Kelli, Tom and Leslie, Kyle, Joel and Ashley and Abi and Tagir. Great-grandfather of Kaia. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Jean Lowe and Bonnie and Gord Wilson. Doug will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and extended family. Predeceased by his parents Ivan and Bobby, Great-grandson Hunter Dorish, sister Donna Ivey and husband John and brother-in-law Sonny Lowe.
Doug was an active member for many years in the Port Dover Community. He was a dedicated member of the 56th Field Battery in Simcoe. Doug worked as a butcher for his entire career. He was employed by many of the area grocery stores over the years and also was owner/operator of Reid’s Meat Market. Doug was an elder of Grace United Church and member of Port Dover Lions Club. He was very active in Port Dover Minor Baseball and Hockey. He played the trumpet in the Port Dover Band, which entertained people in many areas of Norfolk.
Doug was the life of the party, he loved telling jokes and being the entertainer. He will be held in the hearts of all who loved and knew him.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Camp Trillium-Rainbow Lake or the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Jeffrey Scott
Jeffrey Paul Scott suddenly and tragically taken from us on November 25, 2020. Loving, caring, compassionate and proud dad of Jackson, Emma and Maggie. Beloved son of Carolyn and Jack of London and dearly loved brother of Michael (Kelly) of North York, and uncle of Thomas, Sarah and Andrew. Soul-mate and fiancée of Liana Thompson of Port Dover and fun-loving stepdad to Allegra and Geneva.
Jeff was born in London, March 23, 1970, attended John Dearness Elementary and Oakridge Secondary School, Graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Kinesiology and obtained his Physiotherapy Diploma from McMaster University. After practicing in Hamilton and Corpus Christi, Texas, he returned to Canada and opened his own clinic on Union St., in Simcoe, Great Lakes Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. He soon expanded to the present site on Talbot St., Simcoe and recently renamed as Great Lakes Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic.
He was a member of The Rotary Club of Simcoe, an avid hunter, traveller, and boating enthusiast who absolutely loved being at the cottage at Long Point and had many friends who shared his interests. He was the recipient of Rotary International’s prestigious Paul Harris Recognition award for humanitarian contributions to his community.
His love of his family and of life was infectious and he made many friends through his clinic, Rotary and his many interests.
Jeff’s mission of being a beacon of light, an example of selfless love and generosity for all of us to admire, and hope to emulate, is over on this earth. We are all the richer for having him touch us in our lives, whether briefly or over many years. Son, brother, uncle, dad. We love you. We carry you in our hearts. Mission accomplished.
He will be deeply missed by Liana. He was her future, her balance and her strength, taken too soon.
Arrangements are being made for a private family service as Cremation has taken place as requested by Jeff and are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). A Celebration of Jeff’s life will be arranged for a later date and details will be widely published. COVID limitations will have to be followed as we gather as family, colleagues, friends and associates to remember a life well lived joyously and without reservation.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Rotary International Canada in support of the Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio worldwide or the charity of your choice. Online Condolences may be made at


Published December 9, 2020

Peter St. Jean
ST. JEAN, Peter Paul
June 28, 1950 – December 3, 2020
of Port Dover, formerly of Sudbury. It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Peter St. Jean, peacefully in his sleep on December 3, 2020. Peter was born June 28, 1950 in Sudbury. Loving husband to Colleen (nee O’Connor). Cherished father of Blaine of Ottawa and Kevin and (Josée) of Sudbury. His pride and joy were his grandkids, Gabrielle, Joel, Romain, Benjamin and Keeva, who he loved with all his being. His eyes lit up every time he saw them and the love was radiant. Dearly loved brother to Marcel (Claudette). He also leaves behind many brothers and sisters-in-law who he loved very much. Predeceased by his parents Arnel and Simone St. Jean.
Peter grew up in Levack, Ontario. He married Colleen on New Year’s Eve 1970. This year they would have celebrated their 50th Anniversary. Peter worked for Falconbridge Mines for 32 years, beginning in 1968. After retirement, Peter and Colleen retired to Port Dover where he became involved in the community, volunteering. Peter also worked at St. Mary’s Parish in Simcoe, Ontario, where he made great friends. Dad had a passion for hunting and fishing. He loved dogs especially his furry side kick Nan.
He was the happiest when he was with his boys Blaine and Kevin, on the lake where ever it may be. Those times will be greatly missed. Peter was a simple man. His last words to his dear wife were I Love You.
Visitation for Peter will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11 am at St. Mary’s Parish, 211 Union St. Simcoe, ON (maximum of 75 people). Celebrant Father Alan Dufraimont. Cremation to follow. All Covid-19 regulations will be strictly adhered to. Masks must be worn at visitation and the funeral and social distancing must be observed.
For those wishing, donations to the Simcoe and District Humane Society or St. Mary’s Parish would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

John Varey
VAREY, John Calvin
March 29, 1932-December 2, 2020
With heavy hearts but wonderful memories we announce that John Calvin Varey has passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 2, 2020 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann (Betty) (nee Greer) (2000). Dearly loved father of Cindy Gekiere (Ken) of Port Ryerse, and Norman Varey (Cathy) of Port Dover. Cherished grandfather of Caiti Sayle (Tyler), Amanda Watson (Jason), Stephanie Moscall-Varey, and Danielle Moscall-Varey. Great Grand-Poppa of Quintin Sayle, and Kenley Watson. John is lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Mary Louise (nee Cutting) Varey and friend Elaine Fraser. Predeceased by his parents Victoria (Lou) (nee Truckell) and Harry Varey, his brother William (Bill) Varey and his in-laws Violet (Beaufoy) and Norman Greer.
John was born and raised in Port Dover where he spent many of his early years working with his parents at the Varey’s Bathhouses, and then at the Port Dover Varey’s Variety Store. With his family history and love of woodworking, combined with his self-directed intuitiveness for fixing almost anything, John built many beautiful homes in Port Dover, Simcoe and Port Ryerse. He was most proud of the extensive renovations on the one hundred year old St. Williams United Church where he was on the council for thirty years. John said one of his best moments in life was while working high up on the church steeple where he could see the Long Point lighthouse, the Port Rowan and Port Dover water towers all along the lake and he realized he was the closest to his lord he had ever been.
John and Betty raised their family in St. Williams while owning and operating the very successful Varey’s Clover Farm Market business for fifteen years. Over his thirty-nine years of living in St. Williams John loved and was committed to his community by donating countless hours of his many skills to help renovate the St. Williams United Church, the Memorial Anglican Church, St. Williams Town Hall, and also the Grace United Church in Port Dover. John also loved and had many great memories of being a member of the St. Williams Lions Club for thirty-six years. He served in a variety of officer roles and received the esteemed Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his humanitarian efforts.
First and foremost John was a devoted family man who considered his many nephews, nieces and friends as part of his close family. Helping them was his passion and delight. His zest for life and love shone through everything he did and will lovingly be remembered by all as the man whom they could always count on to be their mentor, role model, and true friend with his moral compass as his guide. “With his love for sailing we like to think he has sailed away on silver wings.”
The family would like to thank all of the healthcare providers for their wonderful care during these trying times especially Dr. Wynveen and Carolyn, Dr. Kumanovskiy and Bonnie, LHIN homecare provider Jenna, the staff of 4B South at Norfolk General Hospital and Thompson Waters Funeral Home for making the arrangements. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions there will only be a private service with interment at the Port Dover Cemetery. A Celebration of Life where we can all raise a glass to remember John will be held at a future time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Norfolk General Hospital or Grace United Church would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published December 16, 2020

Betty Bedford
BEDFORD, Betty (nee Carter)
May 1, 1928 – December 7, 2020
Passed away after a brief illness at the Norfolk General Hospital. Predeceased by her parents Percy and Julie Mae Carter, sisters and brothers: Herb Carter, Harry Carter, Eva Bunce, Ethel Vandercroft, Mildred McCall, Lloy King, and Ruth Yerex.
Betty was well know as a dance teacher who had studied in New York prior to opening a teaching studio in Simcoe in the late ’40s for generations of students. After her retirement, she kept her hand in by choreographing dance segments for skating students at the local arena.
She is survived by her sons Bart and Brad, daughter-in-law Jill, and her granddaughters Nicole Bedford (Doug) and Danielle Bedford (Chris). She will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends. Betty was a wonderful person, with a huge heart, lighting up a room as she walked in. As a mother she was everything we could have asked for and more. She was the best grandmother. A smiling and caring friend to all.
At Betty’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made in her memory to the C.N.I.B. or the Lung Association. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314) Online condolences may be made at
“She is now dancing her way in heaven”

Joy Hurst
HURST, Joscelyn Ann
February 16,1933 – December 9, 2020
Joy was deeply loved by dear husband Donald L. Hurst (predeceased), daughter of Florence & William Cayley , sister to Marion Cayley, loving mother to daughters Deborah (Allan), Joscelyn (Antony), and Elizabeth (Michael) and Grandma Joy to her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
For visitation and memorial gifts see funeral home obituary at

Published December 23, 2020

Daphne Guiler
GUILER, Daphne – With loving thoughts from family, Daphne passed away at St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, on Friday, December 11, 2020 of Port Dover at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Chris Guiler. Dear sister of Kathleen (and the late William) Koopman, and Christine Savory. Step-mother of Peggy Guiler. Loved Gramma Daph to Christie Delahunt, Gayle Delahunt and great-gramma of Hope, River, Leo, and Alexis. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Marg, Ernie, Karen, Christopher, Andrea, cousins Doug, Larry, and their families. Predeceased by sister June (and Peter) Taylor, grandson Bryan Delahunt and niece Bev Wood.
Daphne was a member and past chair of Norfolk General Hospital Volunteer Association Port Dover Branch, a Member and Past District Deputy President of Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge #150. Daphne was also a member and Past Matron of Lynn River Chapter #299 and Mercer Chapter 156 O.E.S.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are entrusted to Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford. Donations to Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or St. Joseph’s Villa Margaret’s Place Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

Glen Taylor
TAYLOR Glen Elliott, April 12, 1947 – December 20, 2020. It is with great sorrow that the family of Glen Taylor announces his death. Glen died peacefully at home with Margaret at his side. Glen was born in London, ON. Son of the late Florence and John Taylor. Loving husband to Margaret for 53 years. Dad to Jena (Eric) Botsford of Largo, Florida and Julie Mavin (Michael Cain) of Whitby, ON. Poppa will be missed by four beautiful grandchildren, Toshia and Josh Mavin and Abby and Jack Botsford. Glen is also survived by his two sisters Patricia (BJ) Hathaway of Augusta, Georgia and Charmaine (Bill) Fletcher of London, ON, as well as a brother John Taylor of London.
Glen is retired from Waterloo Regional Police Services after 32 years as a constable and as a detective in the Ident Branch. Glen and Marg boated for many years up in Georgian Bay. Glen taught Power Squadron for many years in the Region of Waterloo as well as Port Dover once he retired and moved to Port Dover. He also enjoyed his motorcycles and sporty cars.
Due to Covid-19, all services will be private. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530.
Margaret would like to thank all the home care nurses and staff. A special shout out to Elana Lloyd RN, she was with us through the whole ordeal. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Glen will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

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