Death Notices July 2012

Published July 4, 2012

Harold Earle

EARLE, Harold Dennis – RR3, Simcoe in his 66th year, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday, June 28, 2012 after a courageous battle with ALS. Beloved husband and soulmate of 44 years to Elaine Earle (nee Simmons). Loving father of Derek (Carol Ann) and cherished Papa of Ty and Katie Earle. Also surviving are brother Don (Marg), Ingersoll; Deanna Scott, Port Dover; brother Beverley, Binbrook; and brother-in-law David (Gail) Simmons, Port Dover. Predeceased by parents Harry (1964), Doris (1999) and brother John (1981). Dear son-in-law of Albert (Chester) (1975) and Irene (1994) Simmons. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Harold owned and operated Bills Septic ’91, Wayne’s Water Wagon, and Harold D. Earle & Son Construction for many years. He was involved with numerous organizations such as Port Dover Kinsmen, Port Dover Lions, PD13 Committee, Port Dover Jr. D Sailors and Port Dover Jr. C Clippers. He coached Minor Hockey, Earle’s Construction Slo Pitch Ball Team and was a member of the Simcoe Harness Club as well as being a Dover Dairy Bar Alumni member. At the family’s request, there will be no visitation. A Service of Remembrance will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Port Dover on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. Inurnment will follow service at the Port Dover Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held following the Cemetery Service at the Port Dover Legion Br. 158. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made (by cheque only) to ALS Society, Ontario or Knox Presbyterian Church, Port Dover.

Michael Goad

GOAD, Michael of Port Dover passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday, June 28, 2012 in his 82nd year. Dearly loved husband of Isobel. Loving father and father-in-law of Stephen and Lynn of Stouffville, Jane and David Smith of Port Dover and Fiona Goad of Hamilton. Dearest grandfather of Jessica, Rachael, Simon and Olivia. Michael was a member of the Probus Club of Port Dover. In keeping with Michael’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private interment. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to the Childrens’ Wish Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530.

Edna McMeekin

McMEEKIN, Edna RN (nee Naylor) passed peacefully away on June 29th, 2012 at Southview Retirement Home, Townsend in her 97th year. She joined her beloved husband Sam who pre-deceased her in 1982. Cherished mother of Anthony (Jacquie) of Port Dover and Ewing (Maureen) of Burlington and Trish Kitchen of Alliston. Adoring grandmother of Stacy Shaw, Riley (Tammy), Erin, Kaitlin, James and Daniel. Great-grandmother of Maxim. Survived by brothers Douglas and Herbert Barker of Yorkshire, England. Pre-deceased by sisters Mary, Hilda, Doris, Ivy, May, Joan and brother Jack. Edna proudly served in the ATS during WWII working alongside Princess Elizabeth. After the war she resumed her nursing career in England. She emigrated to Canada in 1949 where she worked at the Hamilton Sanitorium. Soon after, she met her future husband Sam; together they adopted Port Dover as their chosen home. After serving many years in the nursing field at Norfolk General Hospital she took a position at the Port Dover Medical Centre. In this capacity she became known to many townspeople. She will be sorely missed by each and all that knew her. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Edna at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Monday, July 2, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Edna’s life will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow. The Reverend Murray Rounding officiating. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Parkview Retirement Home, Townsend would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Katie Verbakel

VERBAKEL, Catharina “Katie” Stanislaus (nee Selten) – surrounded by her loving family at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, the morning of her 88th birthday. Cherished wife of the late Harry Verbakel (March 13th, 2012). Loving mother of John Verbakel (Carolijn) of Tillsonburg, their children Lindsay, Jana, Erik, Gavin, Jessica, Matthew, Samantha and Sarah; Henry Verbakel (Lisa) of London, their sons Derek and Kyle; Jane Hilliker (Brian) of Kitchener, their children Nathan, Carter and Catie; Mary Cunningham (Tom) of Simcoe, their sons Craig and Brent; and by the late Fred Verbakel – 2010 (Christie) of Simcoe, their sons Garrett and Galen. Lovingly remembered by her sisters Mary Van Alphen (John) of Simcoe and Riek Van Katwyk of the Netherlands. Katie will be sadly missed by her many extended family in both Canada and the Netherlands. Katie was a long time member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Walsh and a past president of the St. Michael’s CWL Ladies. Katie and Harry emigrated from the Netherlands in 1951 and grew tobacco in Norfolk County until their retirements. Friends were invited to share their memories of Katie with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe for visitation on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers were said Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Dover on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Stephen Savel as Celebrant. Interment: Port Dover Cemetery. Those wishing to donate are asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital or the St. Cecilia’s Memorial Fund. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

Hank Welch

WELCH, Henry (Hank) Alexander – Surrounded by the love of family and close friends at home in Waterford, Hank passed away in his 78th year on June 22, 2012. Beloved husband and best friend of Sandi (Smith) Welch of Waterford. Our life together was short, but full of adventure. Loving son-in-law of Doris Smith-Guy. Cherished brother of Graham (Leo) and sisters Grace (George) and Marguerite (Brian). Predeceased by sisters Hazel and Norma. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews. After Hank left Northern Ontario, he first moved to Port Dover, and after many years was happy to be able to return to the Dover area in 1998. He enjoyed many years on the lake. When as a teacher of electronics for many years at Simcoe Composite School and later the department head of Technology Education at Waterford District High School, Hank touched the lives of many. His two great passions in life were music and hockey. In the early years, his musical talents with the popular northern Ontario band, The Rhythm Kings, filled dance halls. He played hockey into his seventies with the “Skatin’ Scolors” and the Waterford Old Pros. A private interment is planned. A gathering to celebrate Hank’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Waterford Legion Branch 123 in Waterford from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reverend Allan Burr will say a few words on behalf of the family at 2:00 p.m. For those wishing, donations in Hank’s memory may be made to the Simcoe and District Humane Society or The Canadian Cancer Society. “There is a link death cannot sever, Love and Remembrance last forever.” Arrangements entrusted to the Thompson Mott Funeral Home in Waterford

Published July 11, 2012

Elinor Gilbertson

GILBERTSON, Ellinor (Varey) – Formerly of Simcoe, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2012, in her 98th year. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Varey of Port Dover. Wife of the late David (Ben) Gilbertson (2002). Sister of the late Brian Varey. Loving mother of Terry Gilbertson (Joan) of Guelph and Martha Mossing (Morley) of Sault Ste. Marie. Cherished Grandmother of Trent (Rina) Gilbertson of Guelph, David (Odelia) Gilbertson of Vancouver, Laura Faint (Darren) of Burlington, Susan Mossing (Paul Brackstone) of Vancouver, and Scott Mossing of Victoria. Great-grandmother of Jack and Oscar Brackstone, Gavin and Keira Faint, Lauren and Marcus Gilbertson and Kyle and Liam Gilbertson. Aunt of Rob Varey (Brenda) of Port Dover and Catharine Gilbertson (Norman Scott) of Waterloo. Ellinor was a long time member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Simcoe, a life member of the Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Norfolk General Hospital Auxiliary. Ellinor graduated from the Hamilton General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1937. Ellinor received wonderful compassionate care from the staff of the Ontario Finnish Rest Home in Sault Ste. Marie. At Ellinor’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe at a later date. A kind, dear soul … she lived for her family and she will be truly missed by all of us. Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (492 Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, 705-759-2522). Expressions of sympathy may be offered

Jane Lee

LEE, Jane (Pankhurst). Passed away on December 23, 2011. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Port Dover Cemetery.

Dorothea Wiley

WILEY, Dorothea Eleanor. Peacefully at Norview Lodge, Simcoe on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Dorothea (nee Hughes), in her 95th year. Cherished wife of the late Cecil Wiley. Cherished mother of Shirley and her husband Moe Plastow of Port Dover. Beloved grandmother of Holly and her husband Shawn Balcomb, and great-grandmother of Shelby and Dylan. Dear sister of the late Stanley Hughes, and survived by her sisters-in-law Margaret Chadwick and Peggy Hughes, nieces, nephews and their families. A former resident of Leaside, Dorothea was an original member and the first violinist of the East York Symphony Orchestra and was formerly an active member at Leaside United Church, Toronto and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Dover. A memorial service was held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel Limited, 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, 1-800-616-3311 on Friday, July 6, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dorothea Wiley can be made to Norview Lodge, 44 Rob Blake Way, P.O. Box 604, Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y 4L8. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through

Published July 18, 2012

Henri Lagueux

LAGUEUX, Joseph Napoleon “Henri”, January 10, 1932 – July 10, 2012, at age 80 ½, Henri passed away peacefully at Stedman Hospice, Brantford with his wife and daughters at his side, after a short battle with cancer. Wife, partner and best friend of June (love bug) for 32 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Debbie, Gaetane (George), George (Cynthia), Greg (Joanne) Chris (Tiffany), Andrew, Jacquie (Steve). Dearly loved grandfather of 19 and great-grandfather of 9. Dear brother of Claire, Lucille, Mendoza, Gaetane, Denis, Gilbert, and Aline. He will be sadly missed by many relatives and friends, especially at the Legion and in Avalon Park. Predeceased by his daughter Joan, his parents Alcide and Agathe and his brother Michel. Henri served for 20 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He worked for 23 years with the City of Etobicoke as Fleet Safety Supervisor before retiring to Port Dover in August of 1993. One of his ambitions was to visit as many Legion halls as possible, he got to over 80. Henri was a RCL member of Branch #528 for 18 years and Branch #158 for 18 years. Henri loved hockey, curling, fishing and euchre. He had a great sense of humour and lit up the room wherever he went and always had a great joke to tell. Thanks to all the staff at Norfolk General Hospital, Stedman Hospice, St. Elizabeth home care and CBI Nursing, Dr. Wong and Dr. Hall. A special thanks to all the neighbours and friends who provided help and support during his time of illness. Family and friends were invited to share their memories of Henri during visitation at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a Legion Service at 3:45, followed by a luncheon at the RCL Branch # 158 (Market St.) Port Dover. A Service to Celebrate Henri’s life was held in the funeral home Chapel on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Deacon Frank Chowhan officiating, followed by interment at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Toronto. For those wishing, donations to the RCL Poppy Fund, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Elizabeth Marsh

MARSH, Elizabeth Mary. Peacefully at home on Friday, July 13, 2012. Elizabeth (Liz) Marsh of Jarvis, beloved wife of Peter in her 62nd year. Loving mother of Samantha (David) Rejc and Rebecca (Mike) Marsh. Dear grandma of Devan and Dillan Rejc. Sister of Joan, Jean and Jimmy, all of England. In keeping with Liz’s wishes, a private family service will be held at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis. A celebration of her life will be held at The Blue Elephant, 96 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe on Friday, July 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. For further information or to send condolences,

Ruth Yerex

YEREX, Ruth (nee Carter) of Port Dover, passed away at Norview Lodge, Simcoe on Thursday, July 12, 2012, with her loving family by her side, in her 86th year. Predeceased by her husband Hilton. Loving and cherished mother and mother-in-law of Greg and Rosemarie Yerex and Julia and Brad Mullin all of Port Dover. Much loved grandmother of Nick, Sean, Allison and Margo. Dearest sister of Betty Bedford of Simcoe. Predeceased by her brothers Harry Carter and Herb Carter, both of Simcoe, her sisters Eva Bunce of U.S.A., Ethel Vanderkroft of Tillsonburg, Lloy King of Simcoe and Mildred McCall of Tillsonburg. Before her retirement, Ruth was the former Director of Children’s Aid and Past President of the Ontario Real Estate Board, Past President of the Simcoe and District Real Estate Board. Ruth and her husband Hilton were the former proprietors of the Norfolk Hotel (Tilt’n Hilton) in Port Dover. Ruth was a long time member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Friends were invited to meet with the family for visitation on Monday, July 16, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m. (evening only) at Thompson Waters Funeral Home 502 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Service to Celebrate Ruth’s life was held in the funeral home Chapel on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. The Reverend Lynn Thackwray officiated. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published July 25, 2012

Lynne Donovan

DONOVAN, Lynne – Peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital, on Monday, July 23, 2012 with family by her side in her 74th year. Mother of Jack (Joann) Donovan of Edmonton, Michael Donovan of Vancouver, sister to Ronna (Murray) Aldgate of Ancaster, Bev (Austin) Layden of Caledonia, and Gwenn Barton of Brantford. Aunt to six nieces and one nephew, two great-nephews and one great-niece. Lynne was very active in the Port Dover Community. Lynne was an involved member of the Knox Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir and member of the Heather Club, she also volunteered at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre for over 10 years, as well as being a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and recent recipient of the Port Dover Lions Club Helen Keller Fellowship Award for her continued community service to others. Lynne will be fondly remembered as the weekly basket ticket seller at the Saturday morning Lions Farmers Market. As per Lynne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. Those wishing to honour Lynne’s memory may make a donation to any of the organizations to which she gave her faithful time and energy.

Patrick Newton

NEWTON, Patrick William. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Patrick Newton on July 11, 2012, in his 68th year. Loving husband and best friend to Rosemary for 38 years. Dear father of Kimberley Duguid and Jason Newton. Fondly remembered by Rhonda Newton. Cherished papa of Mackenzie Newton and grandfather to Spencer and Taylor Lees. Survived by brothers Gil (Irene) Newton and Jack (Diane) Newton, brother-in-law Mike (Delcy) Ratusznyk and mother-in-law Gertrude Ratusznyk. Will be sadly missed by Wendy and Jennifer Newton and families and Renee, Michael and Kristopher Ratusznyk. Predeceased by parents Bill and Mary Newton, sister Joan and husband Vern Ball and father-in-law Michael Ratusznyk Sr. As per Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the “Thorpe Brothers’ Funeral Home & Chapel”, 96 West Street, Brantford. As expressions of sympathy donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolence may be made at

Mary Rodger

RODGER, Mary of Port Dover passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, at Norfolk General Hospital, in her 70th year. Mary, loving mother of Tim Rodger and his wife Laura, Jennifer Rodger and Tony, and Becky Suprun and her husband Shawn. Proud Nonna of Jane and William Rodger and Natalie, Maeve and Ryan Suprun. Cherished sister of Vivian Carmichael (Brian), Randy Babuin (Diana), Diana Babuin (Greg) and Paul Babuin. Lovingly remembered by her former spouse, Dr. Bruce Rodger and her nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her many lifelong friends. Friends were invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Mary at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530 on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service was held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church. Rev. Murray Barnet officiated. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Blood Services would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

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