Death Notices – January 2022


Published January 5, 2022


Gayle Bridger
BRIDGER, Gayle Elizabeth (nee Jaques) of Port Dover –passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in her 75th year. Cherished wife of Bob for more than 55 years. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Chris Bridger and Deena Condotta and Mark and Sasha Bridger all of Toronto. Devoted grandmother of Julia, Evelyn, Aria, Isabella, Christina and Lea. Dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Wendy Dupon and Bryan Lorentz of Port Dover. Gayle will be sadly missed by her nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her parents Joseph and Norma Jaques and brothers Joe and Bill.
Gayle was a Medical Secretary for many years when she lived in Toronto. She had a number of artistic talents, she played the fiddle and the Irish drum and enjoyed painting and drawing.
A private family Memorial Service will be held. Public visitation and graveside service will be held in the new year details to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Katherine (Kat) Dolson
DOLSON, Katherine Ann (Kat) – Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford on Sunday, December 12, 2021 in her 65th year. Survived by her father Fred Rozniak and predeceased by her mother Anna (Stire) Rozniak. Loving wife to Robert Dolson. Dear mom to Aimee Shortt (Robert Jamieson) and Hannah Dolson. Katherine is survived by her brother Steve Rozniak.
Katherine was an Educational Assistant for over 3 decades starting with the Norfolk School Board and then continuing with the Grand Erie District School Board. Katherine shared all her talents with the children in Norfolk County. She had many passions in life and singing was one of them. Her favourite saying was “I love my life and I love my friends.” She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Katherine’s memory, they are asked to consider Stedman Community Hospice, 99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, Ontario N3S 6T6, Cancer Support & Resource Program, 645 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4L2 or Juravinski Cancer Centre, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2. Online condolences can be left at

Dick Hill
HILL, Richard (Dick) – passed away peacefully at Parkview Meadows Retirement Home on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in his 88th year. Dear husband of Frances, loving father of Rick (Kathi) of Hamilton, John of Peacock Point, Susan Moreau (Michel) of Hamilton, Donna (Terry) Court of Beamsville, Jim (Evonne) Davidson of Ancaster, Susan Davidson (Dave Jarret) of Ancaster and Jane Knechtel (Steve Hisaw) of Port Dover. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Clark, Natalie, Daniel, Ryan, Nicholas, Jake, Jordan, Samantha and Madeline, great-grandchildren Jaydan, Sienna and Juliet. Sadly missed by his brother William of Williamsville NY and sister-in-law Beverly of Florida. Predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Emily, brother Donald and sister-in-law Barbara.
Dick graduated from Queen’s University in engineering before working for over 36 years at Stelco, first at Hilton Works then finishing his career at Lake Erie Works. He enjoyed curling and attended numerous Bonspiels in Quebec. He enjoyed hockey, golf and was a member of the Old Boys Lacrosse Association.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home 519-583-1530. The family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Meadows LTC for their kindness and compassion given to Dick. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Violet Monroe
MONROE, Violet – It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Violet Kathleen Monroe (nee: Aspden). Violet passed peacefully in her 100th year on December 30th, 2021 at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home surrounded by family. Predeceased by husband Charles and son David. Survived by son Doug and Sally, Granddaughters Lisa (Andrew), Vicki (Ted), Tracey (Mike), Leslie (Troy), Tracey (Larry), and Leslie. She also leaves behind Great-grandchildren and one Great-great-grandson.
Violet loved playing bridge; crocheting and cooking for her family (she made the best Apple pie). She was also a member of the Walsh Baptist Church.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will follow with interment at Port Dover Cemetery. Reverend Marc Bertrand to officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at
Very special thanks to the staff of NGH Nursing Home for all their care and compassion of this feisty little lady.

Stan Morris
MORRIS, Samuel Stanford “Stan” – passed away peacefully at home in Port Dover on December 21, 2021 in his 91st year. Dear husband of Ione for 64 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Paul & Jamie Morris of Port Dover; Michelle & Scott Rowland of Toronto; Ian Morris & Lenie Ott of Toronto. Proud and loving grandfather of Blake & Veronica Rowland; Lisa & Chris Waugh; Brooke Morris; Celina Morris; Blair Morris (2006). He loved his great-grandchildren Charlotte, Jack, Nathan, and Emma. Also survived by brother-in-law Ken Painter and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Archie Morris and sister-in-law Georgina; sister Georgia Painter; sister Rosemary and brother-in-law Clarence Mitchell.
Stan loved his wife and family more than anything. He also firmly believed that Port Dover was the best community in the world. He worked throughout his life in service groups and on local committees to help make Port Dover a better place for everyone. That work led to numerous awards over his lifetime, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Stan joined the staff of the family’s Port Dover Maple Leaf newspaper in 1948. Over the next seven decades, he witnessed local history first-hand and shared those stories in the newspaper all his adult life. With that breadth of knowledge, he remained active writing stories and proofreading every issue until his death.
A visitation for Stan was held on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave, Port Dover 519-583-1530. A family Funeral Service was held on Tuesday afternoon at Grace Church, Port Dover with Rev. Kathryn Vance officiating. Interment at Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Foundation would be appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published January 19, 2022

Robert Drummond
DRUMMOND, Robert Henry of Port Dover (formerly of Toronto) passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Susan for 60 years. Cherished father and father-in-law of Lisa and Rick. Predeceased by his daughter Kristine. Loving grandfather of Dillon. Dear brother of Nora Coady. Will be missed by his special friend Jean, who was a great support for Robert and the family.
Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting after his retirement as Deputy Chief of the Toronto Fire Department. Cremation has taken place and 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 Port Dover Fire Department would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Allan Feth
FETH, Allan Anton – The Feth/Heinrichs family’s hearts are broken with the loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Allan Anton Feth passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 in his 83rd year. Loving husband of Edie for 42 years, loving father of Jerry (Karen), Patrick (Connie), Susan, Lauri (Doug), and Karen. Dear grandfather of Ryan (Tanya), Kaitlyn, Alyshia, Noah, Cassandra, Sam, Jay, and Jordan. Proud great-grandfather of Jase and Joel. Allan was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He is predeceased by his father John Feth, his mother Klara (Troppert) Feth and his two brothers Frank and John (Hilda).
Allan was a tobacco farmer for many years in the Delhi area. He was a member of the Board of Directors, Delhi District German Home for three years. He later returned to college and became an IMM/Millwright. He was employed by Westinghouse in Libya, also at Stelco and Pure Metal Galvanizing in Brantford where he was Plant Manager until he retired. Allan & Edie then became snowbirds and enjoyed spending the winters in Fort Myers, Florida for 18 years. A warm and gentle man, he was always there to help, advise or just listen when life got complicated. On the other hand, those who knew him also know that he loved to socialize. There are countless cherished memories of kitchen table chats, political debates and just maybe a glass of wine.
The family is forever grateful to the Outreach Program and Dr. Robin Martin-Godelie, and the wonderful Nurses and PSWs who cared for Allan for so many months. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial and Cremation Services, 361 Main Street, Port Dover, Ontario, N0A 1N0 (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2, or to Brantford General Hospital Oncology, BCHS Foundation, 200 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford Ontario, N3R 1G9, would be appreciated. Online condolences can be left at
You touched so, so many lives in your 82 years. Your work here is now done Dad, may you Rest In Peace.

Audene Winter
WINTER, Audene – passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on January 9, 2022 in her 81st year. Loving wife of 60 years to Ivan, dear mother of Kevin (Marie). Caring Nanny to Matthew. Sadly missed by sister Gwen (Ewen) MacKenzie, sister-in-law Frances, brother-in-law Lloyd (Delores) and other extended family, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents James and Wilhemina, brothers Ray and Arnold, sisters Wilhemina, Mary and Yvonne and brother-in-law Alan.
Audene loved being on the farm tending her sheep and gardening. She also enjoyed knitting and sewing. Cremation has taken place with all services being private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to one’s charity of choice would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published January 26, 2022

George (Fouse) Forrest
FORREST, George (Fouse) – Viola is saddened to say that her brother George has passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in his 79th year.
Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Ilene Forrest. Also predeceased by his brothers Ed, Raymond, Bob and wife Linda, Charles and wife Sharon and sisters Shirley Phibbs and Nancy Pierson. George leaves behind sister Viola Lawrow (Tony), sister-in-law Pat Forrest and many, many nieces and nephews, aunts and many cousins.
George was born and raised in Port Dover and loved the lake. His love of Lake Erie came naturally as our father, Arthur Forrest, was a fisherman back in the day. After graduation, George worked at the Royal Bank, Port Dover and worked his way up, until he went all over Ontario for Royal Bank. He found his true calling working for Rockwood Ministries where he stayed until his death. George was a shy, humble spirit. I will miss him forever. A private service will be held in Halifax.

Thomas Kai
KAI, Thomas Graham – Passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe after his fight with cancer; he was in his 74th year. Tom lived his life to the fullest supported by his career as an Ironworker. Tom was truly one of the best at hanging the iron and many of the men looked up to him, literally. He led his brothers in the trade and set a standard that raised the bar. His name is legendary in the industry and he will be talked about within the halls and tavern walls for years to come. His grandiose lifestyle was only surpassed by his fun tales of yesteryear, which sometimes had a hint of reality in there. Tom’s memberships were Saskatchewan #771 and Hamilton #736, but you could find a story of his feats no matter where you went. Tom’s love of his life was his wife Mimi Moorman Kai– the two were never apart and a better match could not have been made. Their support for one another is something to envy and they were always no more than an arm’s length away. Tom leaves behind in the area his daughter Joanne Burcham (Mark Belbeck) and two grandchildren Jake and Jackie. Joanne provided care for Tom and Mimi in the later stages of his life, and both cherished the time they had together. Tom especially felt the love of her care and voiced that time and time again. Tom’s friends are too many to mention but they all knew if they were one from his generosity and never-ending supply of laughter. Special friends who helped more than can be spoken of were Ed and Terry Roesel who will continue to support Mimi. Tom leaves behind his son Jeff Kai from Vancouver Island and his daughter Anita Kai from Saskatchewan. As well as Mimi’s children in the US. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren from both sides of the border. All of Tom’s parents, brothers and sisters both past and present. Special recognition to the staff at Norfolk General for hard work and compassion in these extraordinary times. Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Tom’s memory they are asked to consider Norfolk General Hospital, 365 West Street, Simcoe N3Y 1T7. Online condolences can be left at

Pamela McEwen
McEWEN, Pamela – It is with great sadness that the family of Pamela McEwen (née MacKenzie) announce her sudden passing on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the age of 81.
Pamela will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Robert; children, grandchildren as well as numerous other family members and friends. Pamela was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Lorna.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Details will be shared on Pamela’s memorial tribute page
Memorial Donations in Pamela’s name may be made to your local Meals-On-Wheels, or your local animal shelter.

Joan Shepherd
SHEPHERD, Joan Sharon (nee Atkinson) of Port Dover, passed away on January 15, 2022 at Cedarwood Village, Simcoe, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, in her 77th year. Cherished wife of Murray for 54 years. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Kerrie Conlin and Brent of Guelph, Randal and Jennifer of Guelph and Mark and Kristina of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Proud grandmother of Anabel, Elizabeth, Robert, Edwin and Emmett. Dear sister of Janet Weatherston of Woodstock, Joyce Smith of Caledonia and Ronald Atkinson of Cheapside. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Mildred Atkinson of Cheapside.
Joan was raised on the family’s dairy farm in Cheapside and, as a young girl, she attended school in a one room schoolhouse in Cheapside. She helped on the dairy farm with day to day farm chores and participated in 4-H and helped her father prepare and show at the Canadian National Exhibition and the Royal Winter Fair. Joan attended high school in Cayuga and Caledonia. Following high school Joan graduated from Hamilton Teachers College in 1965 and taught public school for five years. Murray and Joan married in 1968 and began a 24 year partnership on their dairy farm in Blyth, ON, then moving to Jarvis and cash cropped 500 acres. In retirement, Joan and Murray moved to Port Dover in 2005.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. A family graveside service will be held in the spring. For those wishing condolences can be made at

Wayne Thomas
THOMAS, Wayne Reesor (March 5, 1947 – January 17, 2022) –passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, January 17th, 2022 in his 75th year. Wayne was the beloved husband of Elaine Thomas of Simcoe and a loving father and grandfather of four children and eight grandchildren: Mason Thomas of Dain City and his daughter Reese; Adam Thomas of Kitchener and his children Ivy and Farrah; Maggie Gale (Michael) and their children Willa, Winifred and Russell Wayne; and Daniel Cooper of Simcoe and his daughters Elliott and Navy. Wayne will be sadly missed by his two brothers: Mark Thomas (Laurie) of Florida, Greg Thomas (Liz) of Bequia and by all his nieces, nephews and extended family.
Wayne left a lasting impression on everyone who crossed his path and will be deeply missed by countless friends and acquaintances. Everyone who knew Wayne will remember him as having a wonderful sense of humour, a generous spirit, always with a story to tell and some pearls of wisdom (Wayneisms) or advice to conquer any of life’s puzzling challenges. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, woodworker and never turned down the opportunity to participate in a DIY project. Wayne was a dedicated teacher and held the position of Superintendent of schools for both the Norfolk and Grand Erie District School Boards. He also worked for the Ministry of Education in the Special Education Branch.
A private funeral “by invitation only” will be held at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Wayne are asked to consider Stix’n Pix or the Salvation Army – donations may be mailed to the Smith Funeral Chapel. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Thomas family may be shared at (519) 426-0199

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