Death Notices February 2018

Published February 21st

Murray Hammond
HAMMOND, Murray of Port Dover, passed away at Dover Cliffs LTC on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in his 97th year. Loved father and father-in-law of Lynne Stone and Ross Baker of Vanessa and Laurie and Werner Defilla of Port Dover. Much loved grandfather of Rochelle (Zsolt), Kerri (Koen), Nina, Jasmine, Kelly, and Daniel, great-grandfather of Morgan, Leo and Raya. Dear brother of Wallace. Predeceased by his wife Loreen (2001), his siblings, Robert and his wife Ruth, Malcolm and his wife Phyllis, Helen Willis and her husband David and Audrey Hammond. Murray was a dairy farmer for many years before he worked for Ivey’s. He was a former City of Nanticoke Councillor in the 70s. Murray had a love of birds and for many years had a large menagerie of fowl at the family farm. Visitation was held at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Murray’s Life was held Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, St. John’s Rd. & Hwy 24. The Reverend Mary Farmer officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Murray Hammond the family asks that they be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Beginnings Family Services (Adoption Services) or Covenant House (Youth Homeless Services). On-line donations and or condolences can be made at

Lois Keefer
KEEFER, Lois (nee Phillips) of Simcoe, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in her 81st year. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Ralph and Debbie of Edmonton and Shelley and Jay of Simcoe. Dearly loved grandmother of 5 and great-grandmother of 10. Predeceased by her parents Lloyd and Stella Phillips and her siblings Charlie, Joe, Gordon, Bill and Lily. Lois spent a lot of her time volunteering with the Simcoe Senior Centre and the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Family and friends were invited to share their memories of Lois on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530), followed by a Celebration of Life at the Royal Canadian Legion, Market St., Port Dover from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donation and/or condolences can be made at

Walt Long
LONG, Walter Charles Daniel of Port Dover, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in his 92nd year. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Doug and Brenda Long of Port Dover, Brad and Sheryl Long of Stouffville and Connie MacArthur of Port Dover. Loving grandfather of Eric and Jen, Richard and Carrie-Jo, Laird and Lisette, Averil and Greg, Angela, Hannah, Grace, Stella and Daniel and great-grandfather of Noah, Macy, Charlie, Blake, Lily Anne and Mason. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Merritt and Arlene of Mississauga, Joyce Vokes of Simcoe, and Teresa Long of Brantford. Predeceased by his wife Barbara (2012), brother Maurice Long and brother-in-law Victor Vokes. Walt was a true community builder and was an integral part of Port Dover past and present. He will be fondly remembered by many and his presence will be missed. Walt was a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal, past president and life member of the Port Dover Lions Club and awarded the Melvin Jones award, past president, director and member of Flowers Canada where he also was given the Cecil Delworth award, Chairman of three different school boards, held seats on the City of Nanticoke Council and former Port Dover PUC, past chair of the Port Dover Harbour Marina board and founding member of the Port Dover Foundation. Walt was also Past President of the Port Dover Board of Trade, deeply involved with the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation, voted Citizen of the Year in Port Dover and continued giving his time and efforts to the betterment of the community until his passing. Very few men have given so much of themselves to their community the way that Walt has and we are forever grateful. Friends were invited to meet with the family for visitation on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; a Lions Service was held at 4:30 p.m. A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Market and St. George St., Port Dover. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. A luncheon followed at the Port Dover Community Centre, everyone welcome. For those wishing, donations to Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Lillian “Jean” Wright
WRIGHT, Lillian “Jean” (nee Clendinning) Born in Ingersoll on April 21, 1918 Jean passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 16, 2018 in her 100th year. Reunited with her adored husband and soul mate Robert List (Joe) Wright February 21, 1920 – February 12, 2002. Affectionately remembered by son Ronald (Carol), daughter Bonnie (Michael) and special family friend Judy and her late husband Ron Oke. Adored by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. Predeceased by her parents Lillian and Fred Clendinning, siblings Isabel (Albert), Jim, baby brother Robert, Richard (Dorothy), Donald (Beatrice) and cherished granddaughter Dawn Marie (survived by Peter). Jean started her working career at the Ingersoll Hospital followed by many years as a clerk for Sears and Eatons. She was a proud member of the United Commercial Travellers. Our family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Norview Lodge and Maple Crescent staff to Jean over the three years as a resident. Jean enjoyed her home at Norview with staff and friends quickly becoming family. Jean’s life was enhanced by Norview’s social aspect with day trips, painting class, music, dancing, exercising, games and activities. On behalf of our family we gratefully acknowledge Norview Lodge staff dedication to residents and their families. Friends are invited to meet with family to share memories of Jean on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in memory of Jean on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, corner of Market and St. George Sts. with Rev. Tony Bouwmeester officiating. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Alzheimer Society or the Norview Lodge Simcoe would be greatly appreciated by family. Online donations and or condolences can be made at


Published February 7th

David Bridgwater
BRIDGWATER, David L. passed away peacefully after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s Disease on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Norview Lodge Simcoe. Loving husband of Jean, dear father of Derek (Gail) of Mount Forest, Andrew (Sandra) of Hamilton and Sara (Mark) Slinger of Cambridge. Proud grandfather of Alex, Ian, Elyse, Matthew, Eric, Micky, Jakey, and Ben and great-grandfather to Nash. He will be sadly missed by his sisters Chris (Gary) Curran of Stouffville, Karen (Tony) Rigg of Thornbury and sister-in-law Gabrielle of Invermere B.C. Predeceased by his parents Cedric and Eve and brother Martin. David was a member of Local 67 Pipefitters Union for over 40 years; he enjoyed woodworking, playing golf, cycling and general shenanigans (of any kind). Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of David on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Norview Lodge in Simcoe would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Debbie Friesen
FRIESEN – Debbie Anne (nee DeSerrano) – Passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at her home in Port Dover with her loving husband Denny (Dennis) at her side. She was born in Simcoe on December 5, 1952. Loving mother of Nikki of Port Dover and Jason of Toronto. Debbie was the proud and much loved grandmother of Elize, Dax and Ava. Debbie was predeceased by her loving parents Allan (1986) and Mary (Bahula) (2012) DeSerrano. Survived by her sisters and brothers: Zane DeSerrano of Toronto, Maureen DeSerrano-Longland of Brantford, Laurie Danchak (Dave) of Waterford and Allan DeSerrano of Sarnia; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Also survived by her father-in-law Joe Friesen (late Queenie) of Simcoe, brothers-in-law Gary Friesen of Simcoe and Bill Friesen (Anita) of British Columbia. Debbie was a good friend to many and took such great pride and joy with her grandchildren. In accordance with Debbie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and will be followed by a private family graveside service at the Port Dover cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Debbie’s memory are asked to consider a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at

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