Death Notices July 2017

Published July 26th

Ruth Ann Webb
WEBB, Ruth Ann passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Stedman Community Hospice in her 70th year. Dear loving wife of Ronald Webb for 44 years. Loving mother of Nancy Peppard, and her loving family of Megan Peppard (granddaughter) and Craig Peppard (son-in-law) of Toronto. Dear sister of Donald Hale, his loving wife Marion. Dear aunt of Barbara and David Hale all of Ottawa. Ruth will also be missed by sisters-in-law Cheryl Webb and Shirley Mason as well as friends and neighbours. Following Ruth’s wishes, cremation has taken place with all services private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Stedman Community Hospice would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.

Pat Yerex

YEREX, George “Patrick” of Toronto (formerly of Port Dover and Burlington), passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in his 82nd year. Predeceased by his precious wife Elaine (2013) and his brothers David, Hilton, and Andrew. An immensely generous, patient, and loving father he will be profoundly missed by Kathryn (John) Durdan, Andrew (Linda Crawford) and Jacob (Salah Bachir) and by his sister Jacqueline Clark whose support and companionship he treasured. Beloved, always entertaining and very proud Grandad of Jack, Ben and Ivy. Uncle Pat will be remembered fondly by his nieces and nephews and his many friends. Friends are invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Pat at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Pat’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market and St. George Streets). The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. A Memorial Service will be held in Pat’s memory on September 17, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Palace Pier, 2045 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke M8V 2Z6. For those wishing, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 158, Port Dover or the Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published July 19th

Clayton Austin
AUSTIN, Clayton Donald – Clayton passed away suddenly at his place of residence at Chartwell Tranquility Place, Brantford, on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a committed board member and volunteer at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover. Clayton was a stroke survivor and an avid spokesperson and volunteer at the Rehab Stroke Unit at the Brantford General Hospital. He was an advocate and motivator for the people who didn’t have a voice. Special thanks to extended family, loyal friends and staff of the Chartwell Tranquility Place. Beloved and devoted husband of Barbara Jean (Brand) Austin. Dear father of David (Marilyn) of Chatham, Brian (Kenlyn) of Dublin, California, and Kevin (Margot) of Toronto. Sadly missed by grandchildren, Candice, Derek, Myranda (Ryan), Travis (Amaryllis), and Gillian (Chris); and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hannah, Nolan, Bryce, Aaron, Hunter and Grace. Fondly remembered by his step-family Nathan (Janine), Carrie, Tyler, Jordan, Ben and Emma. Predeceased by a brother and two sisters. According to Clayton’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Also according to his wishes, a private family memorial in celebration of his life will be scheduled for a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham. Donations in memory of Clayton to The Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at

Brian Bowyer
BOWYER, Brian Maxwell of St. Thomas passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin Hospital on Monday July 10, 2017 in his 46th year. Beloved husband of Charlotte “Charlie” Bowyer (nee Acre). Loving father of Alex Bowyer and Breanne Bowyer both of Woodstock. Dear son of Dr. Bruce and Beatrice Bowyer of Port Dover. Dear twin brother of Drew (Stephanie) Bowyer of Port Dover, and Dr. Carl (Marilyn) Bowyer of St. Joseph Island and their children Sarah and Jake. Dear nephew of Doreen Hodnett (late Jim) of Hamilton, and Joe Bowyer (Trish) of Fort Meyers, Florida. Dear godson of Aunt Joyce Wright (Dennis) of Winnipeg Manitoba. Brian attended Bloomsburg Elementary School and Simcoe Composite School and graduated from Fanshawe College, London-Motive Power program, specializing in Diesel. He will be long remembered for his passion for engines that moved vehicles, pushed boats or pulled machinery. He was always determined to make them run well and as inexpensively as possible. His vibrant, spontaneous, energetic nature and his ability to see the humourous side will be missed by all who knew him. Brian shared his talents and all that he had generously. The Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St., North, Simcoe entrusted with arrangements. A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Brian are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or the Local Humane Society. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199. “Country Music has lost a devoted fan”

Delos Porter
PORTER, Delos of Port Dover – Passed away at Juravinski Hospital surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, July 14, 2017 in his 57th year. Beloved husband of Laura. Cherished son of Marjorie and the late Douglas. Dearly loved father of Natasha and Phillip Dragstra, Nick Porter, Stacey Porter and Christopher Campbell, Stephanie Porter and Brennan Kovacevich. Loving grandfather to Caleb and Ezra Dragstra. Will be sadly missed by his siblings, Carol Porter, Rick Porter, Cathy and Don Maxwell, Diane Porter and his many nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his wife of 20 years, Ann. Loving step-father of Duncan and Sara McLaughlin, Trent Chadwick, Kurt Chadwick and Justin Chadwick. Doting step-grandfather to Bos McLaughlin and Leighton Chadwick. Delos was co-owner of Porter Lumber that was established by his father Douglas and his uncle Neil. He was an avid golfer and coached hockey when his kids were young. Delos will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Delos at visitation Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, (519-583-1530), followed by a Memorial Service in the Chapel. Pastor Bob Cowling officiating. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a gathering at the Porter residence following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that in memory of Delos, you would donate blood or make a monetary donation to Canadian Blood Services. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Eleanor Woods
WOODS, Eleanor deBeltgens (nee Baily) – At Greater Niagara General Hospital on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in her 86th year. Loving wife of the late Donald Woods of Ridgeway. Survived by her children Mary (the late Norman) Durocher of North Cobalt, David (Miriam) Woods of Simcoe, Andrew (Cathy) Woods of Stevensville and Frances (Steven) McCormack of Oakville. She treasured her grandchildren Michelle, Andrew, Jennifer and Stacey. Also survived by her sister Margaret Baily (the Reverend Canon Graham Cotter) of Cobourg and brother-in-law John Woods of Ridgeway. A former French teacher at Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School and a member of All Saints Church for more than 60 years, she cared deeply about the people whose lives she touched throughout her years. Williams Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. A service will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, Ridgeway. A visitation prior to the service will begin at 10 a.m. in the church hall with refreshments to follow the service. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the church, or to the charity of choice.


Published July 12th

Infant Levi Peters
PETERS – Infant Levi Matthew Jeffery: Passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the age of 8 months. Beloved son of Chantelle Peters and Jeff Snivley. Dear brother of Virginia, Gabriel, Ananiah, Kaleb, Gideon, Ashley, Tarae and Harley. Cherished grandson of Sandra Willmet and Archie Snivley. A Graveside Service will be held at Port Dover Cemetery on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. Cindy Robinson officiating. The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Levi’s memory are asked to consider Baby’s Breath. Online condolences at


Bill Whitton
WHITTON, William “Bill” of Port Dover passed away surrounded with love and comfort at the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford, on Friday, July 7, 2017 in his 81st year. Predeceased by his wife Joyce (1999). Dearly loved father of William Jr. of Simcoe and Brent and Jennifer of Port Ryerse. Cherished grandfather of Noah and Adam. Dear brother and always remembered by Nancy, Bob, Carole, Susan, John, Jim, Rick, Randy, Kathleen, Phillip and their families. Forever remembered and loved by very special friends, Laraine, Dave and Deana. Predeceased by his parents Norman and Thelma and siblings Margaret, Ted and Terrance. Bill was involved with accounting and tax preparation in the area for almost 60 years, including operating his own business for many years. Bill enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, watching sports and being with his family. Bill had a keen intellect, a quick wit and a great sense of humour. He was always happiest when his mind was being challenged. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life in Bill’s memory at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158, Market St. Port Dover on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place at a later date. Thompson Waters Funeral Home (519-583-1530) entrusted with arrangements. As per Bill’s wishes, memorial donations to the Stedman Community Hospice, Port Dover Minor Hockey Association, or the Kidney Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at “I’m already a step ahead of ya”.


Published July 5th

Dennis Reeves
REEVES, Dennis Fredrick Alan (Bubba), 1952 – 2016. A celebration of life will be held at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, Ontario (519-583-1530) Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be held at the Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion #158 (Market St.) Port Dover from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Oilfields General Hospital, 717 Government Road, Black Diamond, Alberta, T0L 0H0.

Ruby Sebring
SEBRING, Ruby Jean: June 30, 1929 – July 1, 2017. Ruby left this world surrounded by her immediate and extended family to whom she nurtured, supported and provided wise counsel through their respective endeavours. She was a skilled quilter, gardener, mentor and friend. She focused her energies on providing for the physical, mental and emotional growth of those around her. She had the uncanny ability to read people and warmly invited those into her personal circle who shared the high standards and values she set for herself. She always led by example. Similar to taking a small sprig of vegetation and nurturing it into a thriving plant or shrub, she encouraged the development of those good qualities she saw in others. She’ll be missed by those who were fortunate to have known her best: Russell her husband of 62 years; daughters Mary Anne (Emile), Terry (Keith), Nancy; and son Fred (Deb); grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Stephanie, Spencer and Nick (Tiffany); and special friend Randy Graham. If desired, those wishing to donate in her memory may consider a contribution toward helping a person or animal in need. A random act of kindness in this regard would be equally appreciated. Thanks to the dedicated staff on the third and fourth floors of Norfolk General Hospital for their dignified and respectful treatment of Ruby while entrusted to their care. Likewise to Dr. Naas. A private family celebration will be held. The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. “Oh Lord support us all the day long of this troublous life; until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then Lord in Thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.” On line condolences at

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