Death Notices February 2016

Published February 10th

Ronald Childs
CHILDS, Ron (Ronald) passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 83rd year. Dear husband of Judy, loving father of Terry (Wendy Morrison) of Gananoque, Nick (Carol) of Port Dover, Valya (Steve) Roberts of Hamilton, and Jennie (Adrian) St. Martin of Constance Bay. Proud grandfather of Dylan, Sadie, Hayley, Mackenzie and Everett. Predeceased by parents William and Elsie. Brother-in-law and Uncle to Dorothy Johnson and her family in the UK. Ron spent his life in public service and social work; he initiated progressive policies in England and Canada throughout his extensive career. Ron loved soft serve vanilla ice cream and fish and chips. He enjoyed his hobbies of boating, wooden boat building, woodworking, golfing and photography. He was a former soccer player and a long time Stoke City soccer fan. Ron was known for his wit, love of a good political discussion, passionate about military history and music, loved to read a good book and embracing his boisterous family. A Celebration of Life in Ron’s memory will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Port Dover Legion, 212 Market Street E., Port Dover. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530. In lieu of flowers the family asks to consider donations to your local food bank. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Katie Goodyear
GOODYEAR, Katie (Katherine Elizabeth) (nee MacInnis) – Passed away peacefully three days after her 37th birthday on January 29, 2016 while surrounded by her closest family, kept warm by the quilt she made for her son, holding his birthday present to her, and listening to her favorite music and stories of great times. Katie fought cancer with grace, strength, and courage. The two greatest loves of her life, her husband, Ryan Goodyear, and their four-year-old son, Hunter Patrick Goodyear, will remember her as a soulmate and loving mother who will always love them to the moon and back many, many, many times. She will forever be remembered for her unconditional love and wicked sense of humour by her twin sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Leo Tatsis, her brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Loralee MacInnis, her mother and late father, Beverley (MacDonald) and Russell MacInnis, her in-laws, Rick and Claudia Goodyear, and her sister-in-law, Shannon Goodyear. Her nieces and nephews, Norah and Isaac Tatsis, Alyssa and Markus MacInnis, and Hayden and Aspen Chaney, will remember her as their energetic, adventurous, and adoring aunt who loved to play games, make them laugh, and give them hugs. Katie was a lifelong learner who had degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc. Comp. Eng. & B. Ed) and the University of Waterloo (B.A). She also had a passion for travel and toured N.A, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Caribbean and married Ryan on the Tahitian island of Moorea. She had many varied careers including Computer Engineer, high school French and Math Teacher, and even an Au Pair in Switzerland. She could do anything she put her mind to and lived life to the fullest. She had an infectious smile, positive spirit, and the ability to celebrate what made each individual special and because of this she had many great friends around the world. Condolences to her family may be left at In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Hunter’s education fund at Katie did not want a service and instead wanted her friends and family to celebrate in their own way. “Celebrate we will. Because life is short but sweet for certain.” – Dave Matthews Band

Phyllis Robinson
ROBINSON, Phyllis (Campbell) – Passed away at Fairvern Nursing Home, Huntsville, on Monday, February 1, 2016 in her 95th year. Loving daughter of the late Robert and Mae Campbell. Devoted wife of 66 years to the late Albert Robinson (2007). Beloved mother of Carolyn and David Saunders. Loving Nana of Christine and Lynn Forde of Sprucedale, Craig and Lori Saunders of Port Dover, Dennis and Kim Saunders of St. Thomas. Loving great-nana to David and Meaghan Forde, Tyler and Meaghan Forde, Adam and Danielle Saunders, Meaghan (1985) and Marshall Saunders, and Matthew and Mitchell Saunders. Great-great-grandsons Jackson Saunders, Carter Forde; and great-great-granddaughter Nolah Forde. Will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Phyllis was pre-deceased by her siblings, Mona Campbell, Thelma Redfern, Glen Campbell, Leona Woodman. Phyllis is survived by her sisters-in-law Ferne Robinson of Simcoe and Rosemary Campbell of Toronto. She will be sadly missed by her friend of over 66 years Margaret Patterson of Hamilton. Phyllis was a Hairdresser for many years; she was a member of Grace United Church, Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge, also a Life Member of Norfolk General Hospital Auxiliary, Port Dover Branch. She was Captain of Port Dover Girl Guides and when those young ladies got too old for Guides, she formed the 1st Port Dover Rangers Company. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at Grace United Church, Port Dover on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Interment Port Dover Cemetery.

Published February 3rd

Garnet Green
GREEN, Garnet – Passed away suddenly, at the Brantford General Hospital on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in his 69th year. Cherished husband and best friend of the late Carol Symington (2011). Loving father of Michael Green. Dear grandfather of Chelsea and Shanna Green. He is survived by his sister Shelley MacLeod, his niece Tara, nephew Brandon, grand-niece Kiera, and his sister Nada Court. He will also be fondly remembered by his many other close friends that he considered his extended family. According to Garnet’s wishes, cremation has been entrusted to the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Avenue, 519-752-4331. Family and friends will be received for a Celebration of Life at 17 Magee Street, Brantford, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1 – 4 p.m. A tree will be planted in memory of Garnet in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest.

Keith MacKenzie
MacKENZIE, Keith (Lefty) – Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in his 76th year, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Diana (nee Dagg) for 50 wonderful years. Together, Dad and Mom created a life filled with adventures, memories and a family that overflows with love. Cherished and loving father of Cathy (John), Christina (Christopher) and Matthew (Fataneh). His regular visits to keep us organized were a source of humour and we vow to keep our vehicles and garages clean, in his honour. Adoring Papa of Elizabeth, Alexander, Thomas, Tyler, Lauren, Breanna and William. He was often present for his grandchildrens’ games or lessons and took great delight in the character and sparkle that each one possessed. Much loved brother of Eric MacKenzie, Myrna Adams and Reginald MacKenzie (Lucille) and brother-in law of Ron Steeves. Predeceased by his sister Paula. Despite distance, Keith was close with his family in NB and felt so fortunate to have spent more time with them all these past several summers at Caissie Cape, often reminiscing about his adventures there growing up and the mysterious cheque that each swore was in the mail. Keith was a long time employee of Wolseley (formerly Westburne). He loved his job and took great delight in running a tight ship and moving entire branches over the course of a weekend. He loved his life. He loved being organized. He loved ice cream. But most of all, he loved his family. He will be dearly missed. Visitation at Smith’s Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), Burlington (905-632-3333), on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Grace United Church 11 Chapman St. W., Port Dover on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Keith to Grace United Church, 18 Chapman Street, Port Dover would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Helen Muir
MUIR, Helen Buchanan (nee Cameron) – It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Mum and Nana at Hardy Terrace in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the age of 88. Helen is now reunited with her loving husband and dance partner John (2004). She will be greatly missed by her children Pauline (John), Karen, John (Joan) and Helen (Darryl). As well, her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss their sweet Nana. Grandchildren are John, Karen (Neale), Rihannon (Martin), Carol Ann (Jay), Ashley (Christian), Cameron (Katie), Evan (Alannah), Stewart and Alec. Great-great-grandchildren are Jack and James, Nathan and Tristan, Sara (Sam), Madelaine and Olivia, Ty and Katie, Rowan and Cullen, and great-great-granddaughter Ronnie. Our sincere thanks to all of the staff at Hardy Terrace in Mt. Pleasant for their kindness and care, as well as always having a laugh with our Mum. As per Helen’s wishes, no funeral service will take place. Instead, she has asked that we celebrate her life with a Wake. This will take place Saturday, February 6, 2016. Please contact one of Helen’s children for details. We are sad and yet so grateful that Mum did not suffer long. Mum taught us to be grateful for what we had in life, and to live it to the fullest. We were taught to respect others, be responsible for our actions and to love, listen and care for others. She also taught us to have fun and love one another. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated.

Veronica Slaman
SLAMAN, Mary Veronica “Ronnie” passed away peacefully at Stedman Community Hospice, Hankinson House in Brantford after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in her 79th year. Ronnie will be deeply missed by her beloved husband and best friend Peter Slaman and her daughters Margaret (Andrew and his daughter Kirsty) Law and Tania (James) Hughes. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Alex and Victoria. Her memory will be cherished by her sisters Angela (Mike) Merkir and Olivia Hays. Predeceased by her parents James and May, sister Margo and brother-in-law Allan Hays. Veronica’s passion was her family and although a quiet person, she was very social, cultivating a wonderful group of close friends throughout her years in Brantford and Port Dover. Peter and Ronnie retired to Port Dover in 1994, becoming very much involved in the community and perfecting their zest for travel. The family would like to thank the assistance of various PSWs, especially Susan, Grace and Linda for their care, Kim and Marjorie for their night watches and Nurses, especially Elana, Pat and Melissa. A special thank you to the team at Stedman’s for the peace and dignity of care. As per Veronica’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be welcomed at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Lynn Park Rd., Port Dover on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. Father David Butler Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations to Veronica’s favourite charity, Doctor’s without Boarders, or to Stedman Community Hospice Hankinson House would be appreciated. A Graveside Service attended by her immediate family will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Mausoleum. Online donations and or condolences can be made at


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