Death Notices – January 2021

 

Published January 6, 2021

Sharlene Ann Douglas
DOUGLAS, Sharlene Ann (SHAR) of Langton, Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in her 65th year. Dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Allan (Myrna McClasky), Bruce (Patricia Evans) and Crystal (Pat) Gignac, beloved aunt to Loretta – Faith and Evan, Hannah, Thomas, Natasha, Adam, Rachel and Brett. Predeceased by her parents Shirley and Henry and her brother Tom. Shar had many talents and interests, a love for traveling and a great fondness for all those she knew. She was and is dearly loved by family, extended / adopted family and friends.
Shar was one-of-a-kind for sure and has left us all with this message… “I enjoyed many aspects in life and wanted all to know that I have experienced great joys and happinesses and you are a very large part of all of that; you and those who await me in the tunnel of light. I will live in your hearts and minds forever and you will be a strand in the fabric of my spirit/soul in eternity. All of the many qualities of who and what you each have been to me is enmeshed in me… I could not have arrived here without you.”
In keeping with Shar’s wishes, cremation has taken place and pending COVID-19 restrictions a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, memorial donations to the Port Dover Foundation, Birds Canada (Port Rowan) or Deer Creek Conservation Area (Nature preserve in Langton) would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Barb Howden
HOWDEN, Barbara Diane passed away peacefully with son Kerry by her side on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 84th year. Loving mother of Susan Bloye (deceased) and Kerry and wife Sue of Collingwood, dear sister of Clarence Finch of Waterford and Sherry Lowe of Fort Myers, Florida. Fondly remembered by grandson Byron, her nieces Sarah Finch and Beth (Joe) Finch-Farrell. Predeceased by her parents Sally and Ray Finch, husband Robert (Bob) Bloye, sister-in-law Duch Finch and nieces Rebecca, Angela and Mary.
Barb was a longtime volunteer for Crime Stoppers and Norfolk General Hospital and co-owner of Accents Women’s Clothing Store in downtown Simcoe. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover 519-583-1530.
For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation of Canada or Norfolk General Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Ethel May Leggett
Ethel May Leggett, 84, of Port Dover, Ontario, passed away December 26th, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and more recently Cancer. Eth (as she preferred to be called) was born on Dec 17th, 1936 to Harry and Esther Grant in Brantford, Ontario.
After graduating from the Brantford Collegiate Institute in 1955 she went on to study Nursing at the Brantford General Hospital graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1958.
After graduation she embarked on her Nursing career at the Brantford General Hospital in the Emergency Department. After marrying the love of her life Edward Leggett on April 23rd, 1960, they moved to Hamilton where Eth continued her career with the VON. She also graced the Joseph Brant Emergency for a number of years prior to joining the Caroline Medical Group. While there, she advanced her Nursing career when she enrolled in the McMaster Nurse Practitioner programme graduating in 1980 and remaining at the Caroline Group until her retirement in 1996 to assist in caring for her son Mark. She was loved and respected by her colleagues and patients alike.
Over the years Eth was an active contributor to her community through her commitment to the Burlington Zonta Club, Girl Guides of Canada and most recently the Port Dover Lioness.
In 1998 Eth & Ed fulfilled their dream of living in Port Dover when they purchased their home overlooking the lake. Eth loved the sight and sound of any body of water, travel, animals and helping people. She was kind-hearted, generous, and known for her quick wit and infectious smile.
Eth is survived by her loving husband Ed of 60 years, predeceased by her son Mark in 2004. Three surviving children Paul, Chris (Debbie), Nadine (Paul), six grandchildren, Jessica, Jeannie, Corey, Jennifer, Mandela, Marcus, and six great-grandchildren, Brooklynn, Carmine, Rowan, Calder, Luca and Harbour as well as three beloved sisters, Marjorie, Gladys and Sheila. Predeceased by sisters Violet and Marilyn. Will be greatly missed by her niece and Goddaughter Tagan as well as many other nieces and nephews whom she loved.
Cremation has taken place and any other arrangements will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations can be made if desired to the Alzheimer Society Foundation Haldimand & Norfolk, The Diabetes Association, the Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

Bob McQuigge
McQUIGGE, Robert Steven (Bob) of Port Dover passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in his 72nd year. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Jason and Kerri of Kingston, and Ryan of Nova Scotia. Cherished grandpa of Liam and Olivia. Dear brother of Karen London (Brian) of Manitoba. Will be sadly missed by Linda. Proud uncle of several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Hazel.
Robert was a proud Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force, he served our country for 20+ years. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158, Port Dover.
In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in Nova Scotia at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsowatersfuneralhome.ca

Betty McQuillan
It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Marie McQuillan announce her peaceful passing on Monday, December 21, 2020, at the age of 97 years. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Dianne Andrews (Colin), grandchildren Kim Krug (Jay) and Jason Faulkner, and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Karmen, Jaden and Hannah. She will also be missed by sisters Helen Castles, Lillian Davison, Barbara Kilpatrick, brother Victor Powell (Marie) and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husbands Bruce Anderson St. Louis, William (Bill) McQuillan, parents Ella and Leslie Powell, brothers Steven, William, and Art and brothers-in-law Bill Castles, Dave Kilpatrick and Jack Davison.
Betty was born in Port Dover on Nov. 3, 1923 and lived there for most of her life, until moving to a retirement home in recent years in order to be closer to family. She worked for over 30 years at the Royal Bank in Port Dover where she loved serving her community. In retirement Betty and her husband Bill enjoyed travelling and spending time with family and friends. Betty was an avid baker and knitter whose favourite recipes and beautiful afghans will be forever treasured by family.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at Alexander Place in Waterdown and Seasons in Milton for their excellent care of Betty in her final years. Special mention to Maggie (Seasons), Ruby and Deb (Alexander Place) for their warmth, kindness and compassion.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home in Port Dover (519) 583-1530. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will not be a visitation or funeral. Immediate family will attend a burial at Port Dover Cemetery. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Cheryl Pineo
PINEO, Cheryl Anne passed away peacefully in her 58th year, with family by her side on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 at Norfolk General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Loving daughter of Pat and Wayne Pineo of Simcoe, dear sister of David and Irene Pineo of Port Dover. Sadly missed by nephews Craig (Maya and daughter Lucy), Curtis (Brook), and Steven.
Cheryl was a dedicated resource teacher and Jr. Girls Volleyball coach at Valley Heights. She took great pride in helping her students realize their full potential. Also, she volunteered for many organizations, most recently the Mental Health Assoc.
Cremation has taken place and visitation will be private, graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530.
For those wishing, donations to the Cancer Research Society would be appreciated. Online donations and it condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome

Lois Powell
POWELL, Lois May of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, December 26, 2020 in her 92nd year. Predeceased by her husband Jack (2008) and her parents Edward (Ted) and Mildred Payne. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Derry and Ora Powell and Jack Jr. and Tammy all of Port Dover. Much loved grandmother of Deryc and Sarah and great-grandmother of Maitland, Paxton and Daxton. Predeceased by her parents Edward and Mildred Payne, brother Don Payne and sisters and brothers-in-law Irene and Allan Dougherty and Jean and Derry Balch. In keeping with Lois’ wishes cremation has taken place. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneral home.ca

Ron Randall
RANDALL, Ronald George – It is with heavy hearts that we share the sudden passing on Friday, December 25, 2020 of a loving husband, father, grandfather, big brother and friend. Ronald G. Randall was born to Margaret (Maguire) and George E. Randall in Cobourg, Ontario. Husband to Geraldine, father to Brad Randall (Gaby), Kelly Ann Keenan (Kevin), and Adrienne Proulx (Scott). Big brother to Lois Barton (Dave), Dennis Randall, Karen Kettle (Ken), Dale Randall, and Scott Randall (Jennifer). Grandfather of Logan, Mateo, Liam, Ethan, Rowan, Ryder, Beck and Keegan.
After marrying the love of his life, Geraldine (Beck) Randall in 1969, they moved to Port Dover, Ontario where Ron worked for Ontario Hydro Nanticoke Plant until his retirement. Ron enjoyed card games during family gatherings, Timmy’s with the Sunday coffee gang and making a weekly spaghetti dinner with friends. He cherished his time with family and friends, vacations to Cobourg, the Windsor area and travelling the world. Ron was the man to call if you needed help with anything – whether it was a lift to an appointment, an electrical problem, computer support or an ear to listen, he was there to help with a smile. Highly regarded by family and friends, his guidance and support will be tremendously missed.
Due to Covid 19 regulations a Celebration of Life will be planned later in the year. Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main St., Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ron’s name they are asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital, 365 West Street, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 1T7 or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Online condolences can be left at www.serenityburialandcremation.com
The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the health professionals that provided care to Ron over the last few years.

 

Published January 13, 2021

Robert O. Hynscht
It is with a heavy heart that his family wishes to announce the passing of Dr. Robert O. Hynscht on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in his 90th year.
Robert was born on May 23, 1931 in Brno, Czechoslovakia to Johann and Emilie Hynscht. A survivor of both a world war and concentration camp, he was basically on his own by the age of 14. When 15 years old, he funded his own education in Germany attending first an academic high school in Landshut and then obtaining his medical doctorate from the University of Munich in 1957.
He moved to Canada in 1958 and completed his residency training in both Sarnia and London, Ontario. He then moved to his beloved Port Dover where he practiced medicine for 35 years delivering over 3000 babies and caring for his patients with great expertise and compassion.
He met the love of his life Erika Stetter in 1952 and they wed in 1958. Their ensuing family could always appreciate his great generosity, wisdom, intelligence, curiosity, mentorship and unconditional love.
Robert was preceded in death by his father Johann, his mother Emilie and his brother Klaus. He is survived by his wife Erika, his son Harold (Mary-Lou), his two daughters Julia (Bruce) and Sigrid (Jack) and his grandchildren Roland, Thalia (Geoff) and Selena (Nick). He will also be sorely missed by his sister-in-law Eva, her children Erik (Sarah), Armin (Connie) and his European relatives.
A staunch humanist, Robert pursued a plethora of passions including art, modern and ancient languages, culture, nature, science and farming. He embarked upon numerous adventures travelling around the world with his wife Erika. A sporting enthusiast, he loved to ski, bike and sail with his family and did so well into his 80s. His interest in design led to the construction of his own home, a beautiful wood library and an ocean-racing trimaran.
The family would like to thank his incredible palliative care team and Mike Marini of Dover Apothecary for their expertise and caring during his illness.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so. Donations in Dr. Robert Hynscht’s memory can be made to The Vittoria and District Foundation Inc. These funds will be directed to the scholarship fund which provides financial assistance to financially disadvantaged students for entrance into a university or college. Donations and/or condolences can be made via www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

John Andrew (Andy) Madill
John Andrew (Andy) Madill of Port Dover died January 9th in his 90th year.
Celebrating a life well lived while battling health challenges with humour and positive thinking, he is mourned by his wife of 64 years, Barbara (née Berst), and children Christine (Jim) Roberts of Kincardine, John (Linda) Madill of South River and Terry (Isabel) Madill of Campbellville.
His bad puns and exuberant hand slaps will be missed by grandchildren Alexander (Andréea) Roberts, Andrew (Lucy) Roberts, Patrick (Pranjal) Roberts, Tyler (Danielle) Madill and Cody Madill, Shanna McKeever, Brittany McKeever and Deborah (Tom) Boer, children Alice, Miriam and Clara and by Michael Garcia. Andy loved to hear his grandchildren’s news and was hugely proud of their accomplishments.
Also known to family and friends as Gump, John Andrew was born August 29, 1931 in Woodstock, Ontario, third child of parents John Andrew (Andy) Madill and Henrietta (Hetty) (née Conlon) originally of Belfast, Ireland. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Jim and Joe, brother- and sister-in-law Alfred and Jean Berst, sisters-in-law Betty Balatka and Elaine Berst, brothers-in-law Don Elliot, Jim Spencer, Fred Catherwood, Howard Wilson and nephew Jeff Wilson. He is remembered as a thoughtful, loving brother by sisters Elsie (Doug) McBurney and Jean Wilson and by sisters-in-law JoAnn Madill and Marg Madill.
A very competitive euchre partner and opponent, brother-in-law John Berst and sister-in-law Margaret Catherwood will miss the friendly rivalry. The many Madill and Berst nieces and nephews will miss their Uncle Gump.
At the age of 16 Andy left school to apprentice as a commercial printer working for Huddleson Barney for 8 years. He also worked a few years trimming and removing trees for his father, a private contractor for Bell Telephone in Woodstock. It was during this time that he first developed a love of driving and acquired an extraordinary familiarity with the highways and byways of Ontario which was put to good use in retirement shuttling cars for the Simcoe Honda dealership.
He was a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Police force for 31 years serving in London, the Pinery Provincial Park, Niagara Falls and Cayuga, retiring in 1988 with the rank of Sergeant. Family dinner conversation often included the recounting of investigations and traffic stops.
Andy volunteered for over 20 years for the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe in a variety of roles: fundraising, driving the wheelchair van for hospital and nursing home patients and maintaining gardens.
As a young man, Andy was very athletic and played baseball in Woodstock. He also curled for 15 years. He and wife Barb bowled 5 pin together for over 25 years. He was an avid follower of professional sports including football, baseball and particularly hockey and was a faithful, long-suffering Maple Leafs fan. Cycling, canoeing and hiking were also enjoyed for many years.
Following two summers posted to the Pinery Provincial Park, the Madills made a modest start at camping in a tent trailer in 1967. Over the years the trips ranged farther afield and the campers became successively more luxurious. His children and grandchildren have many happy memories and humorous tales of camping adventures with Mom and Dad/Grandma and Grandpa Madill.
Barb and Andy met and made many friends wintering in their camper in Florida over the course of over four decades but also enjoyed travel across Canada and the United States, Great Britain and Europe.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place with arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519) 583-1530. Interment at the Port Dover Cemetery and a public memorial will take place at a later time.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses, doctors and staff of Norfolk General Hospital for their support of Andy and Barb in the past weeks. Their empathy and genuine caring were greatly appreciated.
Donations as expressions of sympathy may be made to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Simcoe, online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca.

Andy Madill will be forever remembered by family, friends and neighbours for his twinkling eyes, friendly smile, silver hair and generous spirit.

John Michael Morrison
MORRISON, John Michael of Port Dover, passed away at Norview Lodge on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Phyllis. Dearly loved father of Kym Morrison, stationed in Calgary with the Royal Canadian Navy, step-father to Mark and Shawn Edwards. Loving grandfather of Jordan and Riley of Calgary. Dear brother of Pat Faulkner of England, and will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, due to Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the H/N Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published January 20 2021

John Laing
LAING, John Andrew passed away peacefully at Norview Lodge Simcoe on Sunday, January 17, 2021 in his 90th year. Dear husband of Ruth, loving father of Mary Anne and Bill (Norah) and proud grandfather of Reed.
John was the third generation to live in Port Dover. Growing up on the “Crick” he enjoyed boating and fishing, he liked to hunt but real enjoyment came living the cottage life at Gravelly Bay. John was a longtime employee of Thomas A Ivey where he held many positions.
The family would like to thank the staff at Norview Lodge for their care and compassion they gave John.
Due to Covid restrictions, all services will be held at a later date. Services entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Food Bank or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. Online donations and condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

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