Death Notices – December 2021


Published December 1, 2021


Jim Cruise
CRUISE, James Edwin (Jim), BA, MSc, PhD, LLD. – of Cedarwood Village, Simcoe, peacefully on Saturday, November 27, at Norfolk General Hospital, in his 97th year. Son of the late William Edward Cruise (1970) and Annie Gertrude Walker Cruise (1964) of Marburg. Survived by nieces and nephews; Monte Smith and Wanda, Joan Smith, Pat Smith, all of Port Dover, Judy Brown of Hamilton, Sheila and Dave Chanda of Simcoe, Gary and Carol Cruise of Kingston, Jim and Connie Dickey of Oro-Medonte, Richard Merritt of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Rob and Pat Dodd of Port Rowan, best friend Carol-Le Stewart of Townsend, and their families. He was predeceased by his sisters Eleanor Smith (2014) and Isabel Powell (2021), brother George Cruise (1991), sister-in-law Ruth (Meade) Cruise (2011), and by brothers-in-law Allan Smith (1976) and George Powell (1989), also by nieces and nephews Stephen Cruise (1953), Douglas Bridgwater (1983), Michelle Cruise (1990), Jane Cruise (1997), Robin Lockyer (2005), Jere Smith (2006), Ruth Dodd (2007), Dr. Nancy Merritt (2018), Ted Brown (2019).
Jim served overseas as an Air Navigator in the RCAF during WWII and retired from active service in 1946 with the rank of Flying Officer. He then enrolled at Victoria College of the University of Toronto and later at Cornell University where he earned MSc and PhD degrees. He then taught for a number of years in Trenton before returning to Toronto as Professor of Botany at the University of Toronto and later as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science.
In 1975 he was appointed as the ninth Director (CEO) of the Royal Ontario Museum, a position he held for ten years. During his tenure at the ROM major capital projects were completed, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were entertained. In 1982, he was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws and Letters by the University of Guelph and in 1997 he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.
After retiring, Jim returned to Marburg in Norfolk County where he became involved in a number of volunteer activities and turned the family farm into a horticultural showplace where, for years, busloads of visitors were welcomed to tour the gardens and grounds. He served on the Board of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre and had terms as chair of Dover Mills Heritage Association, the Norfolk Historical Society and the Port Dover & Woodhouse Horticultural Society. For a number of years he served as Chair of the Official Board of Grace United Church. He was honoured in 2005 for long-time volunteer service by both the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Ontario Horticultural Association and in 2006 he received the Silver Fir Award, the highest honour of the Ontario Horticultural Association. In 2008, Jim was made a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 158 in Port Dover. In 2013 he was awarded the title of “Honourary Master Gardener” by the Master Gardeners of Ontario, and in 2015 he was made an Honourary Life Member of the Norfolk Historical Society.
Friends are invited to remember Jim at the Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530 on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Grace United Church, Chapman and St. George Streets in Port Dover at 2 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 with the Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. Proof of vaccine and identification will be required at the funeral home and the church.
The service will be live streamed at Cremation will follow, with interment of the ashes in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to Grace United Church, the Port Dover Foundation, or the Charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged by the family. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Howard Goode

GOODE, Howard H. – At The Village of Tansley Woods, Burlington on November 22, 2021, Howard Goode formerly of R.R.#2, Port Dover in his 87th year. Husband of the late Betty Louise Goode (nee Chadwick 2016). Dear father of Cindy Milman (Michael), Arlene McCarthy (Wade) and Miranda Goode. Cherished grandfather of Kyle, Aaron, Hillary and Naomi. Predeceased by his parents Hilliary Goode and Emily Mitchell as well as his brother Eugene Goode.
Howard was manager of Imperial Tobacco for over 40 years and was Vice President of Sales for Leaf Product Sales. He was also the former President of the Electoral District Association of the Conservative Party in Norfolk County.
Friends were invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Masks were required). Service was held at 11:00 a.m. Interment at a later date in Straffordville Cemetery. Memorial donations to the NGH Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at



Published December 8, 2021

Peter Copeland
COPELAND, Peter David – We sadly announce the passing of our Peter on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe. Husband and best friend of Florence (Flo the bride) of 67 years. Also, uncle, great-uncle, great-great-uncle to all his nieces and nephews.
Peter was the founder and president of Cliffside Bakery Inc. He loved his days out traveling, meeting and trading stories with his customers and friends. When it happened, some nice American came and bought us out. This allowed him to move on to many other joys, and wonderful years sharing ownership in Cambridge Golf & Country Club and being a part of a castle in Ireland. Good travels enabled him to have friends worldwide. However, always returning home to Port Dover.
He will be greatly missed by his golf buddies and many friends. There will be no formal gathering now. We are hopeful for a clear and healthy April so we can have a Celebration of Peter’s life to share stories and remember his kind and gentle life, close to his 92nd birthday.
Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Peter’s memory, you are asked to consider the organization he had a great fondness for – the Norfolk Haldimand Community Hospice P.O. Box 658, Port Dover, Ontario N0A 1N0 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be left at


Joyce Hanna
HANNA, Joyce Maxine (nee Churchill) – passed away at the Norview Lodge Nursing Home, Simcoe on Monday, November 29th, 2021 in her 87th year. Predeceased by her beloved husband William Hanna (2014). Cherished mother of Donald Hanna (Rebecca) of Greens Corners. Loving grandmother of Jennifer Hanna (Gordon Smiley), her daughter Bethany Mehlenbacher and the late Corrie Hanna-Best (2018), her children Quinton & Sadie Best. Predeceased by her sister Marion Boughner (2012).
A private family interment of ashes will be held at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Joyce are asked to consider the Norview Lodge Long Term Care. Donations may be mailed to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe N3Y 3R3.
Special thanks to the staff of Norview Lodge for their loving care shown to our mother. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199.


Ross Hoover
HOOVER, Ross – Peacefully at Gardenview Longterm Care, Townsend, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Elva Mildred Hoover (nee Schweyer) for 72 years. Loving father of Linda (the late Ben) Woodruff, Melody (Lloyd) Smith both of Port Dover and the late Darlene May Hoover. Cherished grandfather of Rodney (Cindy) Rushton, Brad Smith and Angela (Blake) Nesbitt and proud great-grandfather of Shelby (Andrew) Murphy, Clayton and Violet Smith, Rylee Nesbitt and great-great-grandfather of Natalie Murphy. Dear brother of Doris (late Floyd) Held, Joan (Don) Sherk and Milton (Sharen) Hoover and the late Madelene (Allan) Clarke. Brother-in-law of Ruth (late Russell) Dennis of Simcoe and the late Vera (Bill) Yager, Earl (Edith) Schweyer, Hazel (John) Werner, Grace (Grant) Lindsay, Ralph (Frieda) Schweyer. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews.
From a young age, Ross was passionate about vehicles. He drove transport trucks, owned two service stations, had a Ford dealership in Port Dover and even owned a taxi business. He was always happiest when behind the wheel of cars, trucks or motor homes. He loved driving to Florida and spending time there in the winter. Ross was active in his church – Selkirk Christian chapel – and spent many years being involved in their activities. Ross also loved music and singing. He was a charter member of the Barbershoppers in Simcoe and always looked forward to singing with his friends. He liked to have sing-a-longs when people came to visit his home.
A private funeral service will be held at Selkirk Christian Chapel. Interment Selkirk Union Cemetery. Donations to Ontario Christian Assembly Camp or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, 519-587-4414. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at


Published December 15, 2021

George Gibbons
GIBBONS, George Alexander of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs LTC on Saturday, December 11, 2021 in his 86th year. Cherished husband of Shirley for more than 63 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Christine and Dean Vallis, Karen and Glen Wallace and George Gibbons/Sharie Edwards. Proud grandfather of Matthew Wallace (Ertha), Jason Wallace (Kelsey), Tyler Wallace (Holly), Quinn Gibbons, Graham Gibbons, Maisie Gibbons and Adam Vallis, great-grandfather of Evelyn Wallace. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Lois and Ken Porteous, David and Carol Gibbons, John and Marilyn Gibbons, Doug Mitchell, Janis and Alvin Robinson, Peter and Judy Porter, Bonnie McCrae, Linda and Mike Kates and Sherry and Rich Maxwell. Will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Horace and Lily Gibbons and parents-in-law Neil and Hazel Porter, sister-in-law Ann Mitchell, and brothers-in-law James Porter and Carl McCrae.
George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and had a great sense of humour. He always had a stack of books to read, whether it was a western or a historical novel. George was a hard-working man, with over 15 years in the trucking industry and over 33 years in the commercial fishing business. He started his trucking career delivering ice cream for Good Humour. A couple of years later, he became the proud owner of his own transport truck and trailers, hauling steel for Laidlaw and then ICL.
In his 40s, he made the decision to change careers and bought a fish tug with his friend, Claire Hammond. They named the business G & H Fisheries Ltd. and throughout those years, owned the fish tugs Eau Clipper, Donna Gay, Playfair and Aletha B. He was secretary-treasurer of the Eastern Lake Erie Trawlers Association for many years.
After he retired, George and Shirley wintered in Bradenton, Florida as snowbirds for numerous years. The family would like to thank the staff at Dover Cliffs for his care and making him feel at home during his four years there as a resident.
All services will remain private, a Celebration of Life will be announced in the spring when Covid-19 restrictions have been eased. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing donations to Parkinson Canada or NGH would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Marian Parker
PARKER, Marian Emma (nee Lindsay) of Port Dover passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Woodstock Hospital surrounded by the love of her family in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband William in 1993. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Elizabeth (Betty Ann), Sheila and Ron Westover, Darlene and Michael Mitro, Jim and Margaret and Laura. Loving and proud grandmother of Rita and Chad, Michael and Sarah, Michelle and Mike, Christopher and Rebecca, Caitlyn and Kyle, Steven and Brittany, Nathan, Jamie and Taylor, Brianne, step-grandmother to Lauren and Jay, Kristina and Kyle and Grant and Brianna. Also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Wayne and Mareea, Dalton and Bea, Donna Lindsay, and Ron Clarkson. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her children Rita, Ross, Peggy and Don, and siblings John, Ike, Betty, Doreen, Ron, Larry, David, James and Robert and her parents Harold and Janet Lindsay.
Marian was born and raised in Norfolk County, she came from a very large family, she was one of 12 children. She worked at Buck’s Cottages for many, many years alongside her best friend Katie Buck as well as cleaned houses for many Dover families and became friends and family to them all.
Marian was a very active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church and St. Paul’s Club. She served many years with the Port Dover Lifeline Food Bank. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the world to her and she will be missed every day.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Marian at visitation at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530 on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Vaccine passports plus identification is required for visitation.
A private Funeral Service will be held but will be live-streamed on St. Paul’s Port Dover Facebook page at for anyone wishing to join the service on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11 am. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery.
For those wishing donations to the Port Dover Lifeline Food Bank or St. Paul’s Anglican Church will be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published December 22, 2021


Elizabeth Atkinson
ATKINSON, Elizabeth Anne (nee Brown) – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 in her 58th year. Beloved wife of Edward Atkinson of Port Dover. Loving mother of Julene Russell (Andrew) of Hamilton, Rachel Atkinson (Jacob Clarke-McRae) of Ottawa and Wesley Atkinson (Brittany) of Brantford. Lovingly remembered by her siblings Kirsten Brown of Kitchener and Erin Brown of London and by her niece Mikaela Brown (daughter Leda). Sadly missed by her special friend Sandra Tisdale. Predeceased by her parents, the late Keith & Karen Brown.
Friends were invited to share their memories of Elizabeth with her family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 195 Victoria St. Simcoe on Monday, December 20th, 2021 for visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A private service “by invitation only” followed. A private interment of ashes will be held at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Elizabeth are asked to consider the Cancer Support & Resource Program. Donations may be mailed to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe, ON N3Y 3R3. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199.



Ina Lipsit
LIPSIT, Ina Louise (nee Stickney) passed away peacefully on December 19, 2021. She was born on July 4, 1922 in Charlotteville to Ernest and Lela Stickney (nee Woolley).
Ina was predeceased by her husband Dea Lipsit and her children Ron (Judy deceased), Deanna Pearson (George) and Betty Willson (John). Survived by her children Lynda Smiley (Dexter deceased), Paul (Sharon) and Ernie Lipsit.
She leaves behind her grandchildren, Ronalyn, Larry, Laurie, George, Shane, Richard, Jay and Steve. We give special mention to her devoted granddaughter Cathy Schouten (Brian) who held her grandma’s hand every day until she passed. Ina was predeceased by her grandson Jim Lipsit (Lorraine). Ina also had 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren including little Amy who predeceased her. She was affectionately known as GG to her family and loved meeting the new additions. She will also be missed by many friends and relatives. Ina worked for many years as an RNA at Chedoke Hospital in Hamilton. She was a long-time member of Olivet and Woodhouse United Churches and a member of the United Church Women (UCW). Many of her relatives are buried in Woodhouse Cemetery and so Ina faithfully donated to the Cemetery Board. She loved crocheting, knitting and crafting. Until her fingers could no longer hold needles, Ina knit a chemo cap every day for children at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. As a young girl, she completed a needlepoint of Christ’s Last Supper which hangs in the Woodhouse United Church to this day. Her family and friends celebrated her birthday for many years, first at Ron’s camp on Nipewassi Lake in Estaire, then in Port Dover and finally at Parkview Meadows. The celebrations were always well attended and Ina had a wonderful time. In her later years, she retired to Port Dover and then moved to Parkview Meadows in Townsend.
Ina’s faith kept her strong and she never wavered in her belief, even when her body started to betray her and she is now in God’s arms, free of pain and reunited with her family.
We give special thanks to Teresa who prayed with her in her final days and was a good friend while she was at Parkview and the Staff who always took such good care of her.
Cremation has occurred and a celebration of Ina’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing donations to Woodhouse United Church Cemetery or Parkview Meadows Christian Retirement Village would be greatly appreciated. On line donations and/or condolences can be made at



Annette Murphy
MURPHY, Marie “Annette” (nee Walsh) of Port Dover passed away at Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, December 16, 2021 in her 83rd year. Cherished wife of Chuck for more than 61 years. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Paula (Ed) of Simcoe, Bill (Christine) of Stoney Creek, Sandra (pre-deceased), Chuck (Sandra) of Courtice, and Dan (Kathy) of Toronto. Proud and loving grandmother of Anali (Dustin), Alex, Daniel (Courtney), Meaghan, Grace, and Maeve, and great-grandmother of Aoife. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Paul and Linda of Peterborough and Valerie of Peterborough. Predeceased by brothers Frank, Gary, and Brian, sisters Loretta, Eileen and Kathy, and brother-in-law Lou. Annette will be missed by her many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Annette was an amazing artist, she loved to paint and draw and has produced many beautiful pieces. She was a Registered Nurse and spent most of her 40 year career with the VON. She was an active church member at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church.
Visitation for Annette will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530. Vaccine Certificates are required with identification – 2 doses plus 14 days. A private funeral mass will be held at St. Cecilia’s with interment at Port Dover Cemetery. Father Charles Akinloye celebrant. For those wishing donations to the Salvation Army or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. On line donations and/or condolences can be made


Muriel Carley White
November 27, 1927 – December 13, 2021
WHITE, Muriel Carley (Cook) of Brantford, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 13, 2021 at Cedarwood Village Retirement and Nursing Home at the age of 94. Carley was born in Brantford on November 27, 1927. The youngest child of the late Percy and Velma (Ross) Cook. Predeceased by step-brothers Russell Cook, Clarence Cook and her aunt, Meryl Ross. Carley is survived by her three sons Grant White (Leslie Comassar) of B.C., Garry White of Port Dover, and Brian (Amy) White of Delhi, daughter-in-law Linda Nash, four grandchildren, Stuart White, Lyndsey (Mike) Longeway, Catlyn and Danielle White and three great-grandchildren, Peyton White, Marlee and Blakely Longeway and by cousin Sharline (Ron) Cartwright. Carley enjoyed working in the clothing and fur retail industry at the Paris Shoppe, Neimans and Dempster’s furs for 50 years. Carley also purchased merchandise in Toronto for the retail business. Carley loved animals and contributed faithfully to the SPCA. The family would like to thank the Cedarwood Village Community for their care and support. There will be no visitation or service – due to Covid-19 restrictions and the upcoming Holidays. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario SPCA or the Humane Society would be appreciated.
Rest in Peace to a great mom.

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