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Death Notices – February 2021

 

 

Published February 3, 2021

John Galea
GALEA, John Felix – passed away at the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on Sunday, January 24th, 2021 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Mari Jane Galea (nee Abbey) of Simcoe. Loving father of Debbie Gallea (Randy Hause) of Simcoe and John Gallea (Teresa) of Waterford. Cherished grandfather & great-grandfather of Crystal, her children Mina & Lachlan; Devon; Shawn & Connar. John will be sadly missed by his siblings Laura Phillips (George) of Waterford, Vince Gallea (Rita) of Simcoe, Joe Gallea of Renton and Paul Gallea (Sheila) of Hamilton. John will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Due to Covid restrictions, a private family visitation & funeral service will be held at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3 with Rev. Fr. Robert Weaver officiating. Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to donate in memory of John are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of H-N. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com (519) 426-0199

Frank Van Hee Jr.
VAN HEE, Frank Miles Jr. – suddenly on Sunday, January 24th, 2021 in his 64th year. Loving father and grandfather of Jennifer VanGoethem (Mark Jr.) of Windham Centre, their children Avery, Irelynn, Koehen & Leighton; and Nick Van Hee (Ashley) of Townsend, children Skyler & Roryn. Cherished great-grandfather of Addelyn. Proud son of Frank Sr. & Margaret Van Hee of Simcoe. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his siblings Garry Van Hee (late Vicki) of Nanticoke, the late Wayne Francis Van Hee, Gail Richardson (Tom) of Smithville, Donna Butcher (Scott) of Simcoe and Mike Van Hee (Lisa) of Brampton. Frank will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews & extended family.
Due to Covid restrictions, a public gathering will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Frank are asked to consider the Canadian Diabetes Association. Donations may be mail to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com (519) 426-0199.

LaVerne Wilson
WILSON, Eva Isabel LaVerne (nee Bravener) passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton on Monday, February 1, 2021 in her 86th year. Survived by daughter Wendy (Alain) St-Jacques, granddaughter Megan Soles (Jeff) and great grandson Liam. Also brothers Frank (Pam) Bravener and Verner (Lorrie) Bravener. Predeceased by her husband, John Alexander (1955), son John Douglas (2019) and his wife Karen (2017), cherished friend Melvin Roy Winter (2003) and dear friend Marjorie Schneider (2020). Laverne worked at both the Red & White store and then the Erie Beach Hotel for 61 years where she was known for her quick wit and unfiltered opinions. While not a fan of “old people” and children Laverne found lifelong friendships with Joyce Cullen, Gay Brzozowski and Molly Snider. Laverne loved the sun and to visit the casino. She spent many of years vacationing in Myrtle Beach with the love of her life Mel. While she loved her family fiercely, her love for her cat Ziggy had no bounds. She made friends easily as was evident to her daughter, Wendy, who was told time and time again, “We just love your mother”. She lived her life to the fullest and never turned down a butter tart. Special thanks to CBI Caregivers Elana, Danielle and Manny for their love and support also Caregivers at St. Joseph’s Nephrology unit. Arrangements entrusted to THOMPSON WATERS FUNERAL HOME 519-583-1530.Due to current Covid-19 conditions all services will remain private. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover and Area Lifeline Food Bank or The Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published February 10, 2021

Tim Lyons
LYONS, Timothy Gordon passed away on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. He was 71 years old.
Tim was born November 25th, 1949, in Winkler, Manitoba.
Tim is survived by his wife Gail Lyons (Whitehead); his daughter Kelle Lyons-Courage and fiance Paul Galbraith; his son Casey Lyons, wife Maria Rosario Picardal-Lyons and their children Beatriz and Walter; his daughter Perrin Forward, husband Mark Forward and their son Elliott; Tim’ sister Claire Wiklund (Lyons), husband Kim Wiklund, their children Wayne Wiklund & Family and Keri Wilson & Family; his niece Katheryne Lumgair & Family, nephew Jeremy Lumgair & Family, brother-in-law Hugh Lumgair and his brother from another mother Barry Smout.
Tim was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Lyons (Dugdale) and father Harold Lyons; his sister Lee Lumgair and nephew Ryan Wiklund.
If you knew Tim you loved him. It was impossible not to. He was a genuine and sweet man.
His love of family was rivalled only by his love of golf. He was an avid fisherman and a brilliant artist. Our condolences also go out to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost their biggest fan.
There will be no formal funeral service at his request but a gathering will happen at a later date when we can all be together to celebrate this extraordinary man.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to either: Stedman Community Hospice (445 Great St, Brantford, ON N3S 6X1, 519-751-7096) Or Sick Kids Hospital (525 University Avenue, Suite 835, Toronto, ON M5G 2L3 1-800-661-1083).
Online condolences may be arranged through www.wmkippfuneralhome.com or by contacting Wm. Kipp 519-442-3061.

John Mattiazzi
MATTIAZZI, John of Port Dover. John passed away in the early morning of February 1, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Predeceased by his wife Betty Anne (Long) Mattiazzi, the love of his life, loving father and father-in-law of Lee Anne Ventoso, husband Joe Ventoso and Tyler Mattiazzi, wife Amy Spragg Mattiazzi. Beloved Papa of Claire Ventoso, Matteo Mattiazzi and Remi Mattiazzi. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Domenic and Debbie Mattiazzi & Luigino and Mary Lou Mattiazzi. Uncle John will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Carlos and Maria Mattiazzi.
Gianangelo (John) was born in Paese, Italy, in 1946 before moving to Sudbury, Ontario, with his family when he was three. As a young man, he was enlisted in the Navy and met the love of his life Betty Anne on a spontaneous trip to Dover with a local crewmate. The young couple were wed in 1970 and resided in Toronto, where John worked for the TTC and Betty Anne for Bell Canada. In the ‘80s they made the move to Betty Anne’s hometown, Port Dover, to raise their children. John was a loving father who lived for his children and grandchildren and was happiest spending time with them and their friends. He loved his job as a bus driver, reading, cooking and telling stories of his adventures in life. John was the undisputed champion of Trivial Pursuit and the original Google. I don’t imagine there is anyone who ever stopped in for a visit that he didn’t cook up a storm for! He was the best Dad and Papa a kid could ask for; he might have the record for driving kids to Canada’s Wonderland and other adventures! He never ran out of hugs and “I love you” even up to the very end.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

LaVerne Wilson
WILSON, Eva Isabel LaVerne (nee Bravener) passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton on Monday, February 1, 2021 in her 86th year. Survived by daughter Wendy (Alain) St-Jacques, granddaughter Megan Soles (Jeff) and great-grandson Liam. Also brothers Frank (Pam) Bravener and Verner (Lorrie) Bravener. Predeceased by her husband, John Alexander (1955), son John Douglas (2019) and his wife Karen (2017), cherished friend Melvin Roy Winter (2003) and dear friend Marjorie Schneider (2020).
Laverne worked at both the Red & White store and then the Erie Beach Hotel for 61 years where she was known for her quick wit and unfiltered opinions. While not a fan of “old people” and children, Laverne found lifelong friendships with Joyce Cullen, Gay Brzozowski and Molly Snider.
Laverne loved the sun and to visit the casino. She spent many years vacationing in Myrtle Beach with the love of her life Mel. While she loved her family fiercely, her love for her cat Ziggy had no bounds. She made friends easily as was evident to her daughter, Wendy, who was told time and time again, “We just love your mother”. She lived her life to the fullest and never turned down a butter tart.
Special thanks to CBI Caregivers Elana, Danielle and Manny for their love and support; also Caregivers at St. Joseph’s Nephrology unit. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. Due to current Covid-19 conditions, all services will remain private.
For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover and Area Lifeline Food Bank or The Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published February 24, 2021

Kenneth Ball
BALL Kenneth Frank – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Frank Ball, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in his 70th year, peacefully at his home in Port Dover, Ontario with family by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and life partner, Margaret Ball, of 46 years. Cherished father to Ryan (Kristin), GayleAnne (Christopher), and Lindsay (Ashish). Adored grandfather to Ethan, Kyle, Brandon, Colin, Laura, Gabriel, and Grace. Eldest brother to Allan (Susan) and Brian. Brother-in-law to Gail Smith (Peter) and Jim Blair. Uncle and Great Uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and June Ball of Winnipeg.
Ken will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humour, engaging stories, and the generosity of his time in support of others. Ken graduated from the University of Manitoba in Mechanical Engineering in 1973, and further obtained his MBA from the University of Toronto in 1979. His career began with Ontario Hydro and quickly progressed through increasingly more senior-level leadership roles with Imperial Oil (Toronto, Sarnia, Dartmouth) and Suncor (Sarnia), culminating in a particularly rewarding experience with Ontario Power Generation (Nanticoke) where he retired in 2007.
While his accomplishments and contributions were many, he took equal satisfaction in building and cultivating relationships throughout each organization. This however was only eclipsed by the immense amount of pride and passion he felt for his family and watching them grow, which became a particular area of focus following his retirement.
When not involved in activities supporting his children, he and Margaret could be found travelling to over 65 countries around the world, undertaking household renovations, boating, or finding new experiences and adventures together.
Cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place at a later date. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider the Haldimand Norfolk Alzheimer Society (www.alzhn.ca) in Ken’s honour. Ken will be greatly missed by the many that had an opportunity to know him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Elana and the palliative care team of the LHIN for their compassionate care.
Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc. Port Dover, Ontario have been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.serenityburialandcremation.com

Larry Holmes
HOLMES Larry (Pooster) John – at the age of 81, passed away peacefully at Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 after cardiac surgery. Larry was a lifelong resident of Walsh. He leaves behind his wife Jean, of 60 years, his children Scott (Jenn), Bob (Kyna) and Jen (Eric) Long. Loved Papa of Kyle (Danyelle), Paige (Josh), Corissa (Matt), Courtney, Noah and Macy. Great Papa to Mason, Kouper, Kashton, Emily and Kelsey. Also survived by his siblings Scoot (Theresa), Mary (John) Argo, Barb Binder, Bud (Pat), Jim (Olive) and brother-in-law Doug (Evelyn) Gundry. Larry also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents James and Mary Ann (Gran) Holmes, his in-laws Harry and Eva Gundry, his brothers-in-law Jack Gundry and Laurie Binder and his sister-in-law Ruth Gundry.
Pooster will be greatly missed by his MacKenzie Lake cronies, his hunting gang, and his lifelong buddies from Walsh. Larry was an avid turkey hunter and loved the comradery of the deer and moose hunts.
Larry worked for the British Leaf Tobacco Company travelling to the southern U.S., U.K and Africa. In his later years he worked as an insurance agent.
Following Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a family internment will follow in the spring. Serenity Burial and Cremation Services, 361 Main Street Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements.
Those wishing to donate in memory of Larry are asked to consider the Cancer Support & Resource Program (645 Norfolk Street, North, Simcoe, ON, N3Y 3R2) or a charity of your choice. Personal online condolences can be left at www.serenityburialandcremation.com

Marilyn McGregor
McGREGOR Marilyn (nee Ogglesby) of Port Dover passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in her 82nd year. Loving mother of Drew (Chris) of Port Dover and Heather of Waterford. Dear grandmother of Garrett (Samantha), Matthew, Rob and Jessica. Cherished great-grandmother of Ashton, Mila and Izzy.
Marilyn was active in the community belonging to such groups as the Newcomers Club, Probus, Teddy Bear Group and was also a member of Grace United Church. Marilyn enjoyed volunteering at Saint Joseph’s Villa in Dundas and crocheting blankets for Dover Cliffs. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. Due to Covid restrictions all services will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to the Arthritis Society or Grace United Church would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

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