Death Notices – February 2019


Published February 27, 2019

Carol DeKoning
DE?KONING, Carolynn Richelle “Carol” — Passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease on February 23, 2019 at the St. Josephs Healthcare, Hamilton. The Lord has called Carol home at the age of 36. Beloved daughter of Murry and Rita De Koning and the late Jeannie (2006). Cherished sister of Jeremy (Alison), Colleen (Matt) and Brandon (Grace). Aunt of Hank, Paisley, Oliver and the late Baby Knox. Carol will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. Friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). Carol’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 95 Oak St., Simcoe. Pastor Jeff Vandermeer officiating. Interment to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the Huntington’s Society or St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. Online condolences may be made at

John “Reb” Felker
FELKER, John Garnet “Reb” of Port Dover, passed away at his residence surrounded by the love of his family and close friends on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in his 80th year. Cherished husband of Jackie Johansen. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Jason and Josie of Simcoe and Quinn and Denise of Fisherville. Proud grandfather of Owen and Grant. He will be sadly missed by his nephew and nieces. Predeceased by his son Dean, his parents Evelyn and James, and his sister Sheila. Reb retired from Stelco after 20+ years service and was active on the retirement committee for United Steelworkers Local 8782. He had great memories of his farm in Caledonia where he loved spending time with family and friends. Reb was the former President and Life Member of the Black Hawks Motorcycle Club, Hamilton. Port Dover’s Friday 13th was a day he always enjoyed. He was also a former member of the band RD and The 30 Day Plan. Reb was well known in the Port Dover area and will be sadly missed by his many friends. Friends were invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Reb on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). Cremation followed. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Life Line Food Bank would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

John Richardson
RICHARDSON, John Kenneth — passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton on Saturday, February 24, 2019, at the age of 62, with his loving family at his bedside. Darling husband and best friend of Ellen Coffey. Adored father of Jennifer, Kenneth, Stuart and Ian (Jillian). Protective and doting Grandpa to Myles. Beloved son of Victor Richardson and predeceased by mother Jean Richardson (1998). Much loved brother and brother-in-law of Bob (Allie), Cathy, Judy (Randy), Diane (Daniel), and Rose. Predeceased by brothers-in-law Paul (2014) and Tom (2016). Loved and missed by many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. John embraced the outdoors and was an avid woodsman and hunter. A natural teacher, he shared his knowledge and passion with others. He dearly loved his family and always put them first. John placed great value on friendship and had a wide group of friends including many that date back to his school years. After graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College, John worked for over 25 years at the Equipment Centre in Simcoe and Woodstock. He spent the last 10 years of his career as the Lift Bridge Foreman in Port Dover, before retiring in 2013. During his retirement he and Ellen enjoyed travelling, hiking and spending time at their cherished cottage that he built on Manitoulin Island. Friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe for visitation on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. John’s funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Private interment of ashes at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of John are asked to consider the Canadian Sepsis Foundation. Personal online condolences at 519-426-0199.

Alan Gilbert

GILBERT, Alan Richard – passed away February 19, 2019 in his 85th year due to stroke. Survived by sons Randy, Ricky and brother Ronald, all of Brantford. Alan was a long-term resident of Dover Cliffs in Port Dover. He was employed by Tri-Lad Industries of Brantford. A member of Sydenham Church, Brantford and a member of South Brant Legion, Oakland. Cremation has taken place. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation to honour Alan’s memory are appreciated.


Published February 20, 2019

Wesley “Keith” Riddle

RIDDLE, Wesley “Keith” passed away peacefully with family by his side at Stedman Community Hospice on Friday, February 15, 2019 in his 89th year. Loving husband of Jean, dear father of Gale (Eric) McRae of Port Dover, Paul (Pauline) of Brantford, David (Shirley) of Balgonie, SK and Thomas (Jo Ann) of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Rachel (Erik), Duncan, Alec, Nigel (Alisa), Aubry (Hannah), Hannah Jean, Lexie (Alex), Sammy, Arden, Brennan, James (Carly), Isaac, proud great-grandfather of Miley and Avraham. Predeceased by his parents Wesley and Dortha and great-grandson Dougie. Sadly missed by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and his Boy’s Club buddies. Keith was a long-time resident of Wilsonville before retiring to Port Dover. He enjoyed travelling, watching the Toronto Blue Jays and Leafs, making and drinking Caesars and most of all being in company with his grandkids. Friends are invited to meet with family on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, February 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Keith’s name on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church corners of Chapman and St. George Sts., Port Dover. Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. The family wishes to thank everyone at Norfolk General Hospital, Victoria Eldercare and especially to the staff and volunteers at Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House. For those wishing, donations to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or the Stedman Community Hospice – Hankinson House would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Ron Kiehl
With profound sadness the family of Ron Kiehl announce his unexpected passing at Norfolk General Hospital on February 11, 2019 just five days after his 81st birthday. Lover and constant companion of Katie -his irritable wife- a.k.a. Kathy, since 1963. Proud father of Susan (John) and Ray (Yadan). Predeceased by his parents, Harold (1974) and Mildred (2013). Ron bids a fond farewell to his friends, neighbours, bluegrass and exercise buddies and sends thanks to all the healthcare people from Hamilton, Simcoe and Port Dover who shared in his care over the years. He hopes to be remembered as a good guy who could elicit a laugh or at least a smile. He asked that there be no funeral. In accordance to Ron’s wish, his body has been donated to human anatomy education at the University of Guelph. He told us not to cry. We cannot do that. Our hearts are broken.

Published February 13, 2019

Terry Hagen

HAGEN, Terrence Ashton – Passed away peacefully with his children at his side on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Norview Lodge at the age of 86. Loving father of Jennifer Miller (Steve Wallace), Becky McGee and Tim Hagen. Proud grandpa of Sarah McGee. Predeceased by his loving wife Veronica (2009), parents Bill and Madge Hagen, brothers Morley and Mike and sister Beverley. Terry will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his brother Pat of Southampton, sisters-in-law Lynne of Port Dover, and Lois of Calgary, brother-in-law to Evelyn and Harold Elsie of Oakville, his many nieces and nephews and countless good friends. The family wishes to give special thanks to the caring staff at Norview Lodge for the past seven years. Terry enjoyed music, playing pool, fishing, duck hunting, making decoys and boating on his pride and joy the Lady of Dover. He also had a love of golden labs and animals. Terry was a self-made man and had many professions such as Barbering, Restaurant owner of Red Barns and the Royal Simcoe Lodge, commercial fisherman and finally Port Dover’s quality builder of Hagen Homes. Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Terry from 2 – 4 p.m. and from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, 17 Lynn Park Ave., Port Dover. Father Lucio Couto, Celebrant. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Port Dover Foundation or Port Dover Minor Hockey would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
Tennyson 1889.



Published February 6, 2019

Peggy Trembley
TREMBLEY, Peggy (nee Long) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 83rd year. Loving mother of Brad (Rebecca) of St. Williams, Kathy (Rick) Richardson of Simcoe, Bill (Sharon Lightfoot) of Port Dover, Darrell of Simcoe and Mark (Barbara Gibbons) of Jarvis. Fondly remembered by numerous grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren. Sadly missed by her sister Thelma Partridge. Predeceased by her husband Norm, parents Craig and Elsie and numerous brothers and sisters. Prior to her retirement Peggy was employed by Beatrice/Good Humor-Breyers for more than 20 years. Peggy was a home body spending time with family, friends and her word puzzles. Friends were invited to meet with family on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530. A Funeral Service was held for Peggy at the funeral home Chapel on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. For those wishing, donations to the Simcoe and District Humane Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario, Parkinson Society, Kidney Foundation of Canada or Haldimand Norfolk Women’s Services would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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