Death Notices July 2016

Published July 27th

Nellie Hardy
HARDY, Nellie – passed away peacefully July 21, 2016 in her 84th year at Cedarwood Village, Simcoe. Nellie was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Ray (2009) and her much-loved son, Constable Colin Hardy (2005). She leaves behind to grieve her adoring daughter Shirley Adams (Dennis), loving son Alan (Barbara) and 4 grandchildren. She also leaves behind 8 great-grandchildren. Nellie loved life, loved to dance and loved music. She had a full life, travelled all over the world and made friends easily. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Many thanks to the loving and expert care she received by the exceptional staff at Cedarwood, which was her home for the past three years. She would have also wanted to thank her special good friends, Betty and Steven McEwan, who were always there to help. At Nellie’s request, cremation has taken place. A private interment and blessing will take place at a later date.

Jane Mummery
MUMMERY, Mary “Jane” passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 80th year. Dear wife of Raymond, loving mother of Rick (Tammy) and Dennis all of Port Dover. Cherished grandmother of Michelle (Adam), Andrew (Liz), Leah, Adam (Melinda) and Cody (Steph). Great-grandmother of Briar and Merren. Fondly remembered by her siblings, Paul (Shirley) Hoover, Jay (Carol) Hoover all of Simcoe, Bob Hoover of Woodstock, Dick (Ann) Hoover of Hamilton, Harry (Pat) Hoover of St. Thomas, Ann (Bud) Payne of BC, and Ellen (Murray) Peart of Walsh. Sadly missed by her good friend Carol Mummery. Jane enjoyed reading, going to baseball games, sneaking off to the casino every once in a while but most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren, babysitting them all as they made their way through school. A Celebration of Life was held in Jane’s memory on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). Rev. Jeff Smith and Jay Hoover officiating. For those wishing, donations to McMaster Hospital or Port Dover Minor Baseball would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Jesse Luton
LUTON (Leendertse) – Jesse Jordan Michael: Passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family and closest friends on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in his 24th year. Loving son of Michelle Bussey and Mike Leendertse; step-son of Robert Bussey. Much beloved husband of Ashden Feere-Luton. Loving father of Jax and Jesse Jr. (Kylee Dewhirst), step-father of Lily. Dear brother of Ashley Crawley (Dan), Mike Whittaker (Jasmine), Damion and Devon Corbett, Trevor Whittaker. Cherished grandson of Bonnie Luton, Robert Jones and Liz Leendertse-Hooper, Jake Leendertse and great-grandson of Hiram and Florence Erwin. Loving uncle of Michaela, Mason, Aidan and Weston. Nephew of Michelle Leendertse, Paul Leendertse (Melissa), Jake Leendertse, Jessie Leendertse and Tracy Dedecker. Best friend of Josh Brown, Jordan Shepherd, Braden Saucier, Mike Lehmann and Ashley Koss; and special friend to Cheri Hilton and Mike McMorrow. Jesse was predeceased by his papa Ron Luton (2008), grandpa Bill Hooper (2007), great-grandparents Jack Luton (2005), Eleanor Luton (2015) and close friend Derek Butler (2016). Jesse was an excellent father and loved nothing more than spending time with his precious boys. He was a very loyal and trustworthy friend who always put others first.  He will be forever loved and always in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where the funeral will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Woodhouse United Cemetery and luncheon to follow. Those wishing to make a donation in Jesse’s memory are asked to consider The Canadian Mental Health Association or Purrfect Companions of Norfolk. Online condolences at

Published July 20th

 Norm Barager
BARAGER, Norm. A Celebration of Life for Norm Barager who passed away July 7, 2016, will be held Sunday, July 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Port Dover Legion, 208 Market Street, Port Dover. Norm was the loving husband of Barbara, and dear father of Jamie Lynn (Gord) Mandryk of Paris and Patricia (David) Groat of Simcoe.

Gladys Whitington
WHITINGTON, Gladys May passed away peacefully with her loving husband Thomas by her side on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at West Middlesex University Hospital, London, England. Daughter of late Albert and Isabella Little, wife of Thomas and mother of Sandra, Martin, Andrew and Brian. Grandmother to Daniel, Weerapat, Nopagorn, Angelina and Darren and great-grandmother to Nikai and Elanaye. Gladys and Tom are well known in the Port Dover community, as long time visitors to their favourite Canadian home away from home and have many friends who will be sad to hear this news. Gladys will be fondly remembered for her genuine warmth, kindness to all and ear of attention always given to those who met her. These attributes are often sadly lacking in the world and her values and decency are reflected across the family, which she and Thomas brought into the world. Thomas asks that people are aware he will visit in due course, where people can reflect with him on their memories of Gladys as a fitting local tribute to a good friend of Port Dover. Tributes however will also be read after the service and can be sent to or care of

Susan Hildreth
HILDRETH, Susan Joan passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at West Haldimand General Hospital in her 86th year. Dear aunt of Charlotte (Dan) O’Brien, Melinda (Gurney) Fenney of Port Dover, Joe (JoAnne) Gurney of Cambridge and Darryl Gurney of BC. Great aunt of Jessica (Derek) Foreman, Nicole O’Brien and Mark, Matthew and David Gurney. She is also survived by four great-great nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by her brother-in-law Martin Gurney of Port Dover. Predeceased by her parents Vincent and Florence and only sister, Margaret. “Auntie Sue” played a significant role in her nieces and nephews childhoods’ and is fondly remembered by her great nieces and nephews for an annual Christmas shopping expedition to the bookstore where she shared her love of reading with the younger generations. Briefly married and childless, she devoted her time and energy to young people in and out of the classroom, as a teacher and also with her involvement for many years in CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training). She was born and educated in Hamilton. After attending Teachers’ College, Susan began teaching for the Hamilton Board in 1960. She obtained her B.A. in Geography from McMaster University and her M.Ed. from OISE (UofT) in Educational Administration. Susan has been very active in local and provincial Federation work. She served on the Hamilton WTA executive in many capacities, including the Presidency (1973-74). Susan taught grades 2 to 8, then was promoted to Vice-Principal, and later Principal of Peace Memorial, Huntington and Red Hill schools. Susan’s provincial activities have included several FWTAO committees, Board of Directors from 1977-88 and on the Executive and the OTF Board of Governors. Many of Susan’s colleagues have commented on her tenacity, forthrightness and fairness in debates, which had garnered her respect and admiration in her political endeavors. Over the years she was in a position to mentor and encourage a number of her younger counterparts. After her term as FWTAO President in 1983-84, Susan served in many capacities of the Federation. In 1981 Susan was the recipient of the Hamilton WTA Diamond Jubilee award and in 1984 she was made a Fellow of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. Since retiring in 1991, Susan divided her time between her cottage in Port Dover on the shore of Lake Erie and a 30-foot trailer, which she used to avoid the snow and travelled across North America. Susan loved dogs, bird watching, enjoyed water sports and was an avid downhill skier. Throughout the years, her many trips have taken her around the world. She always joked, that it was her ambition to “die broke”. Susan was extremely well-read, well-spoken, well-travelled and well-respected. She will be greatly missed. A private family gathering will be held a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published July 13th

Norm Barager
BARAGER, Norman Sanford passed away peacefully of Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 65th year. Loving husband of Barbara, dear father of Jamie Lynn (Gord) Mandryk of Paris and Patricia (David) Groat of Simcoe. Proud grandfather of Aidia, Owen, Braunsen and Harrison. Fondly remembered by his siblings Gerry (Jenny) Wathen and Roy (Cindy) Wathen all of Alberta, Doug Wathen of Windsor, Willy (Kay) Wathen of Ohio, Pat (Aquila) Basque of New Brunswick, June (TJ) Lewis, Val Wathen and Debbie (Lee) Wilson all of Windsor, and father-in-law Bill Sinden Sr. of Port Dover. Predeceased by his parents Roy and Barbara Wathen. Norm spent most of his life on the lake as a commercial fisherman; in his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held in memory of Norm at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Dorothy Fess
FESS, Dorothy Marie – Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Norview Lodge, Simcoe, on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in her 80th year. Daughter of the late Jack and Marie Maxwell. Loving wife of Ron Fess. Dear mother of Martin (Merrianne) Fess, Richard (Tobi) Fess, Ron (Virginia) Fess and Cindy (Ron) Mandryk. She will be sadly missed by her 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers Charles and John Langsford and sister Mary McLaughlin. Cremation has taken place.  South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc. (519-426-5102) in care of  arrangements. A private family service will take place at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Dorothy’s name are asked to consider Norview Lodge. Online condolences at

Robert Gallagher
GALLAGHER, Our extraordinary Dad, Robert Charles Gallagher, 90, went to be with Jesus in the early hours of the morning of July 7, 2016. He loved life, laughter, and enjoyed making people smile with his remarkable wit. He had a knack with writing poems that were either penned with great wit and humour, or expressing the tender love he had for life around him. He was proudly published in the book of Canadian Poets. Even as time shrouded memories from his brilliant mind, he remembered Joyce, his beloved wife of 51 years who he missed every day, since her passing in 2005. Even after his memory of everything else faded, she was his constant thought. He is greatly loved by his Grandchildren Emily, Aaron, Isaac, Lydia, Joel, Graham, and Heather. Their Grampa bestowed on them a legacy of honesty, honour, and respect. He held the Accounting Department Fort together at the American Can Company in Hamilton, Chatham, Portland Maine, and Simcoe faithfully at his post and was greatly admired and respected by his peers and Commanders in Chief. And is still loved by those remembering him. He was a great Captain and was proud of his tenure of “43 Years in the Can.” He passed peacefully into the Presence of God, and to the gathering of his brothers Earle, Roy, Murray and sister Verna. They will no doubt be fishing together on an eternal fishing trip in the silver river that flows from God’s Great Throne. Bob always caught the big one. His children, Leslie, Grant, and Lynda, were all present at his side, and had a good few laughs with Daddy, as he remembered places he cherished, finished the line of poems he loved, and kept tempo with a frail hand, as we sang his favorite Marty Robbins Ballads. He smiled at the sound of Grant’s deep voice, and reached out and hugged Lynda, and with a frail hand stroked Leslie’s face as a farewell. Then, just as God designed it in his final hour, his face softened as we read the 23rd Psalm … his eyes trying to focus on his beloved children as he fell into Eternal sleep. Arrangements for the interment and memorial will be known at a later date. To all the caretakers and Pastor Teresa, at Parkview Meadows in Townsend, the Gallagher family extends their deepest thanks and respect. Throughout the morning, afternoon, and night, they came quietly to give his hands a gentle stroke, and a kiss on the forehead, to bid a farewell to a great and wonderful man. Dad kept them on their toes with his wit, charm, and amazing philosophy, along with a dose of the famous “Gallagher Humour”. He will, indeed, be sadly missed by all who took care of him. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at
We love you Daddy and know you are finally on the Greatest Golf Course of your dreams, or exploring the grandest vacation ever with Mom as Co-Pilot. Go get ‘em Bobby.

Betty Goode
GOODE, Betty Louise – Passed away peacefully on Friday July 8, 2016 at Cedarwood Village Nursing Home, Simcoe. Mrs. Betty Goode of Port Dover in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of Howard Goode for over 60 years. Loving mother of Cindy (Michael), Arlene (Wade) and Miranda. Cherished Grandma to Kyle, Aaron, Hillary and Naomi. Dear sister to Doug Chadwick (Jackie). Betty will be sadly missed by other relatives and friends. Betty was an active volunteer at Norfolk General Hospital for over 40 years. A recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Volunteer award and a Paul Harris Fellowship. Friends are invited to visit on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe where her memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made at

Marjorie Grantham
GRANTHAM, Marjorie (nee Leeson) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 73rd year. Loving mother of Gail Grantham of Waterdown and Andrew (Line) Grantham of Surrey, BC. Cherished grandmother of Emily, Grant, Max and Mia. Fondly remembered by her sisters Alma Green, Lillian Clark and Pauline Pollard. Predeceased by her husband Michael (2014); parents Ernest and Olive; brothers Robert and Ernie; brothers-in-law Steve Green and Michael Pollard, and sisters-in-law Sylvia and Kathleen. Marjorie enjoyed dancing, walking and reading, spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and “a good cup of tea”. A Celebration of Life was held in Marjorie’s memory on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., (519-583-1530). Pastor Jason Small officiating. For those wishing, donations to the Drummond House would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published July 6th

Marion Anstee
ANSTEE, Marion Elizabeth (nee Hammond) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 78th year. Loving wife of John, dear mother of Vaughn (Deena) and Marilyn (Tommy) Jordan of Port Dover. Proud grandmother of Kaylie (Ryan), Ryleigh (Will) and Brendan. Adoring great-grandmother of Logan. Sadly missed by her brother Claire (Catherine) Hammond, brother-in-law David (Donna) Anstee, and sister-in-law Lynda Anstee. Predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Mary, brothers-in-law Bill and Bob, and sister-in-law Mary Lou. Marion was the secretary for the Port Dover Woodhouse Horticultural Society, enjoyed volunteering at the Port Dover Lifeline Food Bank and a long time member of Grace United Church. Friends were invited to meet with family to share their memories of Marion on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Funeral Service to celebrate Marion’s life was held on Monday, July 4, 2016 at Grace United Church (corner of Chapman and St. George Streets) at 11a.m. Rev. Jeff Smith officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Port Dover Horticultural Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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