Death Notices January 2017

Published January 25th 2017

Harold Coleman
COLEMAN, Harold Robert (April 25, 1941 – January 15, 2017) – It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Harold at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in the presence of family. Beloved husband of 51 years to Ann (Port Dover) and brother to Christina (Robert) Haynes (deceased) of Toronto. Cherished father to Heather (Richard) Easton of Port Dover and Craig (Deb) of Ottawa. Loving grandfather to William, Lucas and Joey and cherished uncle to Barry (Lucy) and Jeremy (Katie) Haynes. Harold was a voracious reader, had a great interest in Civil War history and was an enthusiastic hockey and baseball fan, coach and player until recent years. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530), cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date in Toronto. For those wishing, donations to the Alzheimer Society or Simcoe & District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Alec Godden
GODDEN, Alastair John – It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the death of Alastair John Godden artist, sculptor and painter who passed away in his sleep on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Norfolk General Hospital Simcoe, Ontario, Canada with his loving family by his side. Alec leaves behind his loving wife Cathie, dear daughter Faith and son Rory. A J Godden was a larger than life character, a great artist, and a genius of a man who will be dearly missed by everyone he touched and by all that had the pleasure to know him. In lieu of a funeral, a celebration of life will be held later this year as a tribute to the artist. 1932 – 2017. On behalf of the Godden family all expressions of sympathy, regards, condolences, etc. may be forwarded to Mrs. Cathie Godden P.O. Box 192 Jarvis, Ontario N0A 1J0. (
“A conversation with the artist Alec Godden”

Judy Lamb
LAMB, Judy – Passed away at Leisure Living Retirement Home, Jarvis on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Wife of the late Douglas Lamb. Judy is survived by her daughter, Shelley Montgomery (Gary); son Matt Lamb (Jill) and grandsons, Austin and Owen. Predeceased by her granddaughter Madison Montgomery and brother Doug Brown. No visiting or service will be held. Cremation has taken place with Interment of cremated remains at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery, Cheapside.

Published January 18th 2017

Catharina Templeman
TEMPLEMAN, Catharina Christina (nee van der Dussen) passed away peacefully on December 18th, 2016 at Dover Cliffs LTC in her 84th year. Predeceased in 1992 by husband Edward. Dear mother of Robert of Port Dover. Survived by siblings Gerrit (Marilyn) of Campbellford; Peter (Dora) of Milton; and Ada van der Dussen of Dundas. Kindly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Catharina’s passions in life were her family and her music. She earned an ARCT degree in singing from Toronto University, as well as a BA in Philosophy (by correspondence) from Waterloo University while living in Smiths Falls. The family wishes to thank the staff of Dover Cliffs and Dr. Johnston for their patience and care of Cathy during her final year. Friends are invited to meet with family to share memories of Catharina on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Service of Remembrance at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Merrill officiating at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, Ontario 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to a charity of one’s choice would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Mary Anne Nadrofsky
NADROFSKY, Mary Anne (nee Kniffen) passed away suddenly at her residence on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in her 72nd year. Loving wife of Bob, dear mother of Bill and Jamie (Karen) all of Port Dover. Proud grandmother of Kaylee, Chloe and Remington. Fondly remembered by step-daughters Penny and Julie, twin brother Murray (Shirley) Kniffen of Tillsonburg and sister Jane Kniffen of Florida. Predeceased by her parents Fred and Marion Kniffen and step-mother Artell Whitehead and brother-in-law Norm. Mary was a former Lady Commodore of the Port Dover Yacht Club, she also held the office of vice president of First Mates and was the second woman in Canada to serve as Commander in the Power Squadron. She was a dedicated cat lover and will be sadly missed by her furry friends Mac, Missy and Lennie. Friends are invited to meet with family to share their memories of Mary Anne on Monday, January 23, 2017 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 Memorial Service will be held in Mary Anne’s memory on Tuesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church (corner of Chapman and St. George St.) The Reverend Jeff Smith officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published January 4th 2017

Robert Morrison
MORRISON, Robert David: At Norfolk General Hospital on December 30, 2016, in his 80th year. Survived by his dancing partner of over 52 years, Mary (nee Waddle); their sons Jeff of Oakville, Derek (Sarah) of Simcoe, and cherished grandsons Benjamin and Luke. Also survived by his sister Barb (Larry Wilcox), and Mary’s siblings Jane Lindsay of Mississauga, Nat Harwell of Georgia, and many beloved nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents Claude and Orma (Loucks) Morrison, sister Anna (late Bob) Scott, and brother Doug (Morty) Morrison. Born in Schomberg, Ontario, and happily raised in Otterville, the family moved to Port Dover as Claude became Manager of the Royal Bank. Robert attended Simcoe High School on the trolley, Waterloo University, and Teacher’s College, before beginning his teaching career at Port Dover Public School. He awaited the opening of the new Doverwood Public School in 1967, teaching classes at Doan’s Hollow and Potash schools. A dedicated Physical Education Teacher, he coached all of the local athletes for 34 years; leading as Vice Principal, and retiring from South School in Simcoe. Together, he and Mary toured Europe on several River Cruises, out of the way itineraries on their beloved small-ship Azamara Cruises, Rocky Mountaineer, and boating the Rideau, Trent Severn, and all around the lake in their cruiser MAROBY. A staunch Port Dover supporter, Robert was a member of the Port Dover Lions Club, The Oldtimer’s Hockey team, Grace United Church Board, Simcoe Curling Club, and proud Commodore of the Port Dover Yacht Club. Biking and walking were a passion: he and Mary strolled to the pier constantly, to check out both the water and the bikini action on the beach. He loved woodworking, and crafted many pieces of fine furniture and keepsakes for his family. Friends were invited to meet with family on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Memorial Service will be held in Bob’s memory at Grace United Church, Port Dover corners of St. George and Chapman Sts. on Wednesday, January 4th at 1 p.m. Rev. Jeff Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Who-Did-It-Club would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

James ‘Jimmy’ Martin
MARTIN, James (Jimmy) – Peacefully in the early morning hours on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe with his family by his side in his 60th year. Beloved son of Betty Martin and the late James Martin Sr. 2002. Loving father to Jessica Martin (Rob Parker) and Adam Martin (Lisa Kobus). Sadly missed by grandchildren Koby Koptik and Alivia Butler. Dear brother to Brenda Snow (Terry) and Mike Martin (Barb). Uncle to Jeremy Snow, Sarah Snow (Luis), Nicholas Martin (Bree), Cassandra Bezzo (Tyler). Also survived by his Aunts and Uncles Marg Lancaster (Clare), June Braithwaite, William Sturgeon (Judy) and June Heyndrickx (late Robert), many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He will be missed by his very good friends Darrin Taylor, Guy Brandon and his co-workers throughout the 37 years when James was employed at Unilever. A Celebration of Jimmy’s life was held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #79, Downstairs Club Room, 200 West St., Simcoe. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe (519-426-5102) in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Jimmy’s name are asked to consider The Cancer Support and Resource Program, 645 Norfolk St North, Simcoe. Special thanks to Dr. Theng, Dr. Evans, Dr. Pabanii, Dr. Iqbal, and all the nursing staff of 3E and 4B who cared so much. Online condolences at

Dorothy Saunders
Saunders, Dorothy Eloise – Peacefully, after a short illness, at Norview Lodge, Simcoe on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Dorothy Saunders (nee Vokes), beloved wife of William T. Saunders, in her 86th year. Loving mother of the late Jim (1984), Mike and his wife Debbie, and Michelle, all of Port Dover. Dear grandmother of Meaghan (Josh MacDonald), Haley, and Michael; and great-grandmother of Rowan and Peyton MacDonald. Sister of Ruth Ann and Louis Lint of London. Dorothy was a long time member of the Heather Club, Norfolk Quilters Guild and the Norfolk County Fair Board. Funeral service for Dorothy will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 101 Chapman Street West, Port Dover on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment of ashes to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519-587-4414). Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Ernest Shoff
SHOFF, George Ernest “Ernie” – surrounded by his loving family at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, December 26, 2016 in his 84th year. Cherished husband of Evelyn (nee Smith) of Simcoe. Loving father and grandfather of Bruce Shoff (Shelley) of Port Dover, their children Adam and Emily (Scott McRae); and Heather King (Miles) of Simcoe, their children Krista and Amber (Josh Harding). Ernie will be sadly missed by his sisters Jean Jackson (late Gordon), Elizabeth Barath (late Joe), both of Simcoe; and by his brother-in-law Doug Souilliere (Marilyn) of Port Dover. Sadly missed by Evelyn’s siblings Gordon Smith (Rosann) of Langton and Audrey Smith of Simcoe as well as by nieces, nephews and many extended family. Predeceased by his parents, the late David (1987) and Wilhelmina (1990) Shoff and by his sister Anne Souilliere (2008). Ernie owned and operated Ernest Shoff Haulage and in his later years drove truck for the Region of Haldimand-Norfolk. He was a long-time member of Woodhouse United Church and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Friends shared their memories of Ernie with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe at the visitation on Friday, December 30, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Ernie’s funeral service was held at Woodhouse United Church, Hwy# 24 South at Hwy#6 on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jeff Smith officiated. Private interment: Langton Baptist Cemetery. Those wishing to donate in memory of Ernie are asked to consider Woodhouse United Church. Personal online condolences at 519-426-0199.

David ‘Fuzz’ Stephens
STEPHENS, David Scott (Fuzz). After a courageous battle David passed away peacefully in his Father’s arms on December 29, 2016 at the age of 50. Beloved father of Carly and Christopher who were the greatest pride, joy and love of his life. Lovingly remembered by his mother Carol Lake, father Bob, brothers Kenneth (Dina), Todd (Theresia), Trevor (Teresa), uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a very large circle of friends. David enjoyed his time working at the Dover General and made many friends in his coworkers and customers. David was involved in minor hockey and youth baseball where he enjoyed watching his kids giving it all to the sports. We will miss David’s quick wit and trying to make everyone else feel better during his journey. A funeral and Celebration of Life Service was held in David’s memory on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Grace United Church corners of St. George and Chapman Sts. followed by a private family Graveside Service. Rev. Jeffrey Smith and Pastor Moody officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to Port Dover Minor Hockey or Youth Baseball would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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