Death Notices January 2013

Published January 30th

Shirley Douglas
DOUGLAS, Shirley Irene Ann (nee Pamplin) passed away January 24, 2013 at Norfolk General Hospital, just days after her 77th birthday. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Henry and her loving children Shar, Allan (Lynnette), Bruce and Crystal (Pat) Gignac. Beloved grandchildren Loretta, Hannah, Thomas, Natasha, Adam, Rachel and Brett and great-grandchildren Faith and Evan. Dear sister of Harry (Marg). She is also survived by a vast host of loving nieces and nephews, by whom she is deeply loved and will be sadly missed. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Myrtle Pamplin, by brothers Bevan, LaVerne (Phyllis), Bob (Dorothy) (Pat), Bill (Jean), Orrie (Irene) and her son Tom. Some of Shirley’s fondest memories were growing up with six brothers and their families, the children of renowned Square Dance Caller Frank Pamplin and his wife Myrtle. Saturday nights saw the whole family loaded into the buggy and off to the dance hall. No wonder then that Shirley loved to dance. At 12-years-old Shirley won the 1948 Miss Norfolk Beauty Pageant (you had to be 18 to enter). She also revelled in playing ball with the Simcoe Starrs. While raising her young family, Shirley gained entry-level full time employment with the Scotia Bank in Port Dover. She took evening courses non-stop and diligently worked her way up through the ranks at the bank. This was in an era when women were campaigning hard to shatter the glass ceiling and achieve equal rights for women including equal pay and equal access to better paying jobs. Shirley proudly succeeded in becoming the first female bank manager in our area. Many young women in Port Dover (and later in South River) pledge a debt of gratitude to Shirley’s ground breaking achievements and for the fine role model and mentor she was to them. Shirley enjoyed an active role in giving back to the community by way of service through the Sea Scouts, the Girl Guides, Kinettes and minor baseball. She also very much enjoyed her membership in the Women’s Business Group. After retiring from the bank Shirley and Henry moved to South River where for 25 years they successfully owned and operated the Stop 11 Variety Store. In 2010, Shirley and Henry returned to their hometown roost in Port Dover. Shirley was and is dearly loved; she will be so deeply missed and never forgotten. Visitation was held at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Monday, January 28, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Shirley’s life was held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home Chapel. The Reverend Frank Walker officiated. Cremation followed. For those wishing, donations to Norfolk General Hospital, The Canadian Cancer Society or the S.P.C.A. would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and or condolences can be made at

Margaret Jarvis
JARVIS, Margaret Emma (nee Ross) – passed away at the Cedarwood Village Nursing Home, Simcoe on Friday, January 25th, 2013 in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Philip Jarvis (1966). Cherished mother of Beverley Peacock (David) of Simcoe. Loving grandmother and great-grandmother of Karen Peacock-Thomson (Stephen) of Waterford, their children Abigail, Emma and Jackson; Jim Peacock (Val) of St. Thomas, their son Ryerson; and John Peacock (Kelly) of Simcoe. Lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Joyce Ross of Port Dover. Predeceased by her brothers Donald, Samuel and George Ross.  Margaret was a proud member of the Ontario Teachers Federation, Trinity Anglican Church and the Simcoe Seniors Centre. A private family visitation and service was held at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 with Rev. Dr. Timothy Dobbin officiating. Interment followed at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, London. Those wishing to donate in Margaret’s memory are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

Peter Marsh
MARSH, Peter Ernest – At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton Saturday, January 26, 2013. Peter Marsh, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Liz), in his 66th year. Loving father of Sammy and her husband David Rejc and Rebecca (Mike) Marsh. Dear grandfather of Devan and Dillan Rejc. Brother of Marion and her husband Ron Milner and Shaun Marsh and his wife Tracey, both of England. A public celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Simcoe Arms, 140 Queensway Drive East, Simcoe beginning at 7 p.m. A private family service will also be held at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis. If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Peter. For further information or to send condolences to the family, visit


Published January 23rd

Douglas McRae
McRAE, Douglas Charles Dyer. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, that the family announce the stillbirth of Douglas on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Cherished son of Alec McRae and Darby Blake of Port Dover, also survived by loving grandparents Eric and Gale McRae, Paul Blake and Kelley McNamara Blake, great-grandparents, Keith and Jean Riddle all of Port Dover, Aunt Rachel (Erik), Uncles Justin, Nigel and Duncan (Jayme). Funeral Service for Douglas will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). The Reverend Brian Elder officiating. Interment Waterford Greenwood Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to The Canadian Blood Services in Douglas’ memory would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at
“The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.” -K.V.

Muriel Weylie
WEYLIE, Muriel Edith Eva (nee Colling). Peacefully, entered into rest on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Norview Lodge in Simcoe at the age of 93. Formerly lived in the Mount Hope area and in Caledonia. Beloved wife of the late Lyle Weylie (1973). Much loved mother to Joyce of Guelph and Joan and her husband Dan Doyle of Port Dover. Dear grandmother of Dr. Jim Doyle and Kate of North Carolina, Joey Doyle and Becky of Binbrook, and Sarah Anne Murray and Michael of Mississauga. Cherished great-grandmother to Jacob, Owen, Alicia, Brianna and Colin. Muriel is also survived by her brother Delmar Colling and predeceased by her siblings, Lorne, Percy, Earle, Viola and Pearl. Visitation was held in the Miller Funeral Chapel, Caledonia on Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., followed by the service, in the chapel on Friday, January 18 at 11a.m. Interment in Case United Church Cemetery. The family thanks Riviera Retirement Lodge in Caledonia and Norview Lodge in Simcoe. If so desired, donations to the Arthritis Society or the Case United Church Improvement Fund would be appreciated by the family.

Jim While
WHILE, James in his 67th year on January 14, 2013 at Victoria Hospital in London, his sons by his side. Lee James, 38 and Wesley Alexander, 35. Survived by his sister June and brother Ian, both of England. In accordance with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Jim came to Canada with his family in November 1980 to work at Stelco where he worked until he retired. Jim enjoyed all things musical. He was an avid folk guitarist and frequented many of the folk clubs in Southern Ontario. A voracious reader and history buff, he collected military paraphernalia and antique clocks that he repaired. He enjoyed kayaking on the Lake and Black Creek and regularly walked his black Lab Guinness in Silver Lake Park. He was a dedicated and frequent volunteer at Norfolk General Hospital where he was a good friend to all who knew him. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Port Dover Legion, 212 Market Street, Port Dover from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of donations or flowers, Jim would have liked you to go out and have a pint or a drink in his memory.


Published January 16th

Ronald Eric Bonnett
BONNETT – The family of the late Ronald Eric Bonnett, who passed away January 6, 2013, would like to invite his friends and loved ones to a Celebration in his Honour where we can share fond memories and stories about him on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Army, Navy & Airforce Club, 645 Colborne Street E., Brantford, Ontario.

Betty Brown
BROWN, Elizabeth “Betty” Victoria (nee Leivers) – formerly of Port Dover and more recently Paris, surrounded by her loving family at the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford on Sunday, January 13th, 2013 in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Leith Brown (2007). Cherished mother of David Milton (Gail) of Elliott Lake, Brian Brown (Wendy) of Milton, Karen Valenta (Garry) of Mississauga, Andrew Brown (Marlene) of Sault Ste. Marie, and by the late Paul Brown (1972) and Leslie Brown (2012). Loving grandmother and great-grandmother of Dennis (Melanie), Betty, her son Michael; Daniel (Debra); Gillian (Tony), their children Macaylae and Avrianna; James; Christopher; Sarah; Aaron and Kendyl. Lovingly remembered by her siblings Marjorie Brown (late Norman) of Paris, Dolly Miller (late Ernie) of Lakefield, Florence Edwards (late Jim Tattrie) of Paris. Predeceased by her sisters Milicent Telfer (late Delton) and Helen Nosworthy (late Stan). Friends were invited to share their memories of Betty with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe for visitation on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service was held in the chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Timothy Dobbin officiating.  Interment: Glendale Memorial Gardens, Etobicoke at a later date. Those wishing to donate in Betty’s memory are asked to consider the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

Diane Bye
BYE, Diane (nee Paquin) of Port Dover passed away on Thursday January 10, 2013 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 74th year. Diane is survived by her loving husband John, siblings Norman, Camille, Peter, Yolande and Raymonde all of Quebec. She will be sadly missed by her stepchildren and grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Henri and Lea, brothers Andre and Gilles and sister Louise. Diane greeted everyone with a cheerful Bonjour expecting the same in return, her way of immersing the people of Port Dover in the French language. She will be missed by so many. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Diane, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11a.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530). Pastor Dan Stinson officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Ronald MacDonald House or The Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published January 9th

Ronald Bonnett
BONNETT, Ronald Eric – On January 6, 2013 at the Brantford General Hospital in his 67th year. Devoted son of Phyllis Mikulasovych (Louie). Predeceased by his father Eric. Beloved husband of Christine. Loving father of Nicole (Jon) and Jeff (Jamie). Proud grandfather of Nate. Dear brother of Suzy (Robert) and her children Susan (Jamie) and Louis (Carrie) Loving half brother to Janet (Scott), Terry (Laura), Sandy, Donnie (Pam) and Paul. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Tranquility Burial & Cremation Services, 519-757-1654. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mildred Kiehl
KIEHL, Mildred (nee deLottinville). Finally released from the indignity of Alzheimer’s disease at Dovercliffs Nursing Home on January 3, 2013. Beloved mother of Ron (Katie) of Port Dover. Proud grandmother of Susan of Brantford and Ray (Yadan) of Beijing. Survived by sisters Audrey, Joyce, Leona and brothers Bruce, Ed and Wayne. Thank you to Pastor Loretta and members of Grace Lutheran Church for always remembering Mildred and to Dovercliffs staff and volunteers for their compassionate care and friendship. The family will receive friends at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home “Ancaster Chapel” 378 Wilson Street East 905-648-3852 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. followed by a funeral service in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Hamilton.

John King
KING, John Kenneth peacefully with family at his side on January 2, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. Husband of Evelyn. Father of John and Marie and families and stepfather of Ewan (Anne) and Moraig (Stratos). Brother-in-law of Peter (Sheila) Smith. John was a retiree of US Steel (Hilton Works Stelco) and was a long-time Mason belonging to various chapters and a member of the Simcoe Seniors’ Centre, Knox Presbyterian Church, Port Dover and former member of MacNab St. Presbyterian Church, Hamilton. Cremation has taken place and a Masonic Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. For those wishing online condolences may be made at

Russell Smith
SMITH, Russell Neil of Brantford (formerly of Port Dover) passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013 with his loving family by his side at Brantford General Hospital in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie, loving and cherished father and father-in-law of Jared and Jennifer of Tillsonburg, Duncan and Elizabeth of Simcoe, Deanna Smith of Kingston and Leah and Jesse Fletcher of Princeton. Proud grandfather of Dakota and Skylar Smith, Xavier and Avery Arcand and Reece and Grace Fletcher. Dearest brother and brother-in-law of Gene and Kathy of St. Thomas, Harley and Sylvia of St. Thomas, Terry of Port Dover, Monty and Annette of Delhi, Janice Stokes of St. Thomas and Dianne of Simcoe. Predeceased by his parents Dorian and Frances, son Derek and brother Marvin. Russell was an avid sports fan, he loved golf, soccer, football and fishing, but his greatest love was hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Russell at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. Bishop David Potter officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to The Canadian Liver Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

 Denise Vervaet
VERVAET, Denise — Passed away surrounded by her family on Monday January 7, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. Mrs. Denise Vervaet of Simcoe in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Denis (2001). Loving mother to Rudy Vervaet (Wendy) of Port Dover and Doreen Petker (Bill) of Simcoe. Cherished Meme to Denny-Ross (Sandy), Natasha and Lindsay (Kevin). Grand Meme to Hannah Leigh. Denise will be sadly missed by her family and friends in Belgium and Canada. Friends are invited to visit at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be said from St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Port Dover on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. Reverend Father Steve Savel Celebrant. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Parish prayers will be said Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. from the funeral home. If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at  “May God Bless You and Keep You”



Published January 2nd

Peter MacMurray
MacMURRAY, David Peter of Port Dover passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 24, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. Peter leaves behind his beloved wife Helen of 58 years, loving children Melanie of Grimsby, David (Stephanie) of Oshawa and treasured grandchildren Rachel, Kaitlyn, Daniel and Melissa. Predeceased by his parents David and Anne MacMurray. A long-time employee of Texaco/Esso, Peter had many hobbies, among his favourite was sailing, serving as Commodore of the Port Dover Yacht Club, and long-serving member of the Marburg Association. Peter’s infectious smile and witty sense of humour served him well; he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service to celebrate Peter’s life will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Corner of Market and St George Sts.) Port Dover, Father Kendall Reimer officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Gordon Meade
MEADE, John Gordon. Peacefully with family by his side at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Gordon Meade of St. Williams, in his 94th year. Beloved husband of Frances (nee Genery) for 72 years. Son of the late Vanson and Mary (nee McCarty) Meade. Beloved father of Betty and Ziggy Schell of Cambridge, Irene and Neil Bartlett of Tara, Sandra (the late Ron) Smelser of Jarvis, the late Sharon (2011) and Don Leng of Villa Nova, Pat Johnson and Bruce Rodger of Port Rowan, Ron and Mary Meade of Jericho, Joyce Loucks (the late Jeno) of London, Larry and Diane Meade of Princeton and Deanna and Len Dedrick of St. Williams. Loving grandfather of 25 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased by grandson Scott Bartlett (1984). Brother of Muriel Phibbs of Hagersville. Predeceased by his siblings Ruth Cruise, Hilda Robinson, Florence Duxbury, Helen Bundy and Charlie Meade. Friends were invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service for Gordon was held at St. Paul`s Anglican Church, Jarvis on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at Port Dover Cemetery. Donations to St. John’s Anglican Church, Port Rowan or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences to the family at

Pauline Powell
POWELL, Pauline Helen of Port Dover, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012 with her family at her side, in her 91st year. Predeceased by her loving husband Austin. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Roy and Andrea and Cindy and Harley Snively all of Port Dover. Loving grandmother of Donalda, Cory, Dustin, Dee-Anne, Christopher, Sheena, and Brooklin, great-grandmother of Kiki, Bayden, Austin, Ethan, and Lucky. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ron Butler and Bessie Smith of Port Dover. Predeceased by her daughter, Sharon, and brothers, Douglas Butler and his wife Dora, Thomas Butler and his wife Dorothy, sisters, Florence Waddle and her husband Roland, Pearl Guthrie and her husband Hopson, and Gloria Pritch and her husband Myron. Pauline was a very active member of the Port Dover community. She was a member and Past President of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary RCL, Branch 158, member and Past Noble Grand of Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge 150, member of Grace United Church, the U.C.W. and the Women’s Institute. Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Pauline on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Rebekah Service at 6:15 p.m. and a Legion Ladies Service at 6:45 p.m. A Funeral Service to celebrate Pauline’s life will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church (Chapman & St. George Sts.) Port Dover. The Reverend Frank Walker and The Reverend Cheryl Fitch (Pauline’s great-niece) officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. On-line condolences and/or donations can be made at

Gail Rolston
ROLSTON, (Patricia) Gail (nee Stephens) — 68, of Lower Sackville, NS, died suddenly December 26, 2012. Born September 16, 1944 in Owen Sound, Gail was raised in Port Dover, where as a young girl she met and eventually married Bill Rolston, who joined the Canadian Navy. Together, they settled in Nova Scotia, living in Dartmouth, Beaver Bank, and Lower Sackville. Bill’s work briefly took the family to Windsor, Ontario, but their hearts were in the Maritimes, where they spent the majority of their years and raised their two children, Stephen and Leanne. Gail had a quick mind, sharp wit, and dry sense of humour. Her high school athleticism made her a devoted hockey, ringette and soccer mom. A dedicated Legion member and treasurer of the RCL Calais Branch 162, Gail received a Volunteer Award in 2012 for her work with the Legion’s Ladies’ Auxiliary. Gail was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2005; father, Colonel H. “Curly” Stephens; brothers Lyle (in infancy), Bill, Ted and Dwayne; and sisters-in-law Marie, Eileen, Barbara and Marion; mother-in-law Gabrielle “Gibby” and father-in-law Harry “Slim” Rolston. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth “Ish” Stephens, Jarvis; son, Stephen (Martha Stiegman), Halifax, and daughter Leanne (Adam MacDonald), Seattle, WA; grandsons Hugh MacDonald and Ellis Rolston-Stiegman; brothers Bob (Sandra), Mike and Bruce; sister-in-law Jackie McMann (Allen); and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, 3rd of January, 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Calais Branch 162, 45 Sackville Cross Road, Lower Sackville.

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