Death Notices – July 2020




Published July 29 2020

Murray Stewart
STEWART, Murray Howard. At Norview Lodge, Simcoe on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Murray Stewart formerly of Jarvis, in his 72nd year. Dear father of Jennifer and Brent Whitton of Port Ryerse and Nathan Stewart and Rachael Treadgold of Waterdown. Loving grandfather of Noah and Adam Whitton and Scarlett Stewart. Brother of Maggie and Jim Hoover of Selkirk and the late Shirley Arsenault. Loving uncle of 7 nephews. Murray was a retired Boiler Maker with Ontario Power Generation and a P.M. of King Solomon Lodge #329, A. F. & A.M., Jarvis. A public visitation was held at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 5 – 7 pm. A funeral ceremony was held at graveside at Hagersville Cemetery on Tuesday, July 28 at 11 am. If desired, donations to Norview Lodge Work of Heart Fund (make cheques payable to Norfolk County) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at



Published July 22 2020

Carole Diane Holden Giddings
Passed away peacefully on July 9th at the age of 81. With a heavy heart, Shelly and Cary will miss you mom. Survived by her last sibling Georgina Sneath and her five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Will be greatly missed by her three nieces Jamie, Robbie, and Tary and nephew David and their families who all live up north. Mom loved life and our beautiful town of Port Dover and, of course, the girls. She loved going day-tripping out for lunch or going to Patty’s dock or Nancy Adams Halloween witch party. She loved going up to Huntsville where we spent most of our summers when I was a child. I will be spreading some of her ashes up there because that was her second home. She was not only my mom, she was my best friend and the best gramma to Clayton and Braylea. “I’ll give you a daisy a day dear, I’ll give you a daisy a day, will love you until the rivers run still, or the four winds we know blow away.” Love you Mom. ?

Michael Groen

April 10, 1967 – July 13, 2020
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Michael Groen at his home in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 53. Beloved son of Cornelis and Wilhelmina, father of Sean-Douglas, brother of Carl (Katherine), Casey (Cheryl) and Wilma (Lee), and uncle of Robert, Elizabeth, Michelle and Daniel. Mikey was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Jerry Milne
MILNE, Jerry Rowland (1937-2020) – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Leona Milne (nee Kuffner) of Port Dover. Loving father of Susan Arnold (Rob) of Lloydminster, AL and Rebecca Torres of Toronto. Cherished grandfather of Steven & Robin Kirkwood. Lovingly remembered by his sister Wendy Saleh (Shoukry) of Toronto. Predeceased by his brother Peter Milne. A private family visitation & service will be held at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3. Rev. Tony Bouwmeester with officiate. FACIAL COVERINGS MUST BE WORN BY ALL INVITED TO ATTEND. Private interment of ashes: Halton Hills Memorial Gardens, Burlington at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Jerry are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of H-N or the Memorial Church, Port Ryerse. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199.

Earl Layton Wardell

WARDELL, Earl Layton – peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his family on July 14, 2020 in his 98th year. Beloved husband for 61 years to the late Connie. Loving father to Paul (Jody), the late Dennis (Karen) and the late Diane Wagner (Peter). Cherished grandfather to Matthew (Crystal), Patrick (Megan), Ryan, Michael (Hayley), Luke (Kristen), Kyle and Michael (Aleisha) and great-grandfather to four. Predeceased by his sister Peggy Brown and survived by his siblings Pat Campbell and Clayton Wardell. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. A heartfelt thank you to his caregiver, Linda Brunton for her exceptional care given to Earl. Earl was a proud veteran of WWII serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s). Earl was a drummer with the Argyll Veterans Pipe Band for more than 40 years and also played with the Dofasco Pipe Band. He was a retiree from Hamilton Hydro (Alectra Utilities) with over 28 years of service. Online condolences can be made at

Published July 15, 2020

Jack “Scotty” Davison

On July 12, 2020 we sadly lost the backbone of our family’s musical harmony and the only one who knew all the words to ‘King of the Road’. Jack Douglas Davison husband, father of four, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of 10 passed away at the age of 90.
Jack was born Sept. 24, 1929 in Port Dover to James and Euphemia Davison. His younger years were active playing on many of Dover’s baseball and hockey teams evidenced by many ‘Sailors’ team sweaters in the downstairs closet. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Royal Bank and started a career that spanned 42 years covering such stellar roles as junior draft carrier, several accounting and branch management posts and a long stint in credit department finishing as an executive in the Ontario West District. Branch posts and many good friends were found at those towns and cities around Ontario including Port Dover, Peterborough (twice), Orillia, Tillsonburg, Islington, Goderich, and finally, Mississauga.
On August 9th, 1950 he married his childhood sweetheart Lillian (Pat) Powell and over the years raised two sons Jim (Jane) and Jack (Sue) and two daughters Pat (Roman) and Nancy. Out of that crew have come seven grandchildren and 10 3/4 great-grand-children… and a host of grand-dogs, each of those a great lover of toast with jam or peanut butter!!
When his own hockey career in Peterborough (Petes) and Orillia (Pontiacs/Terriers) ended, he enjoyed coaching at the minor hockey level as well as several years with the Royal Bank hockey club. Not to mention driving two young players to practice all over Mississauga.
Beyond hockey and baseball Jack also was a skilled and avid curler and golfer, consistently beating his sons in the latter in spite of his irritating “bunt it up the middle” game. And in tennis he was known to team up with his baby girl in doubles to ‘hustle’ unsuspecting buddies. He was a lifelong fan of the Blue Jays & Maple Leafs, watching airplanes land at Toronto airport, looking up at the stars, and space station over-passes. His gardens were the envy of the neighbourhood with many asking for advice on how to keep their yard in such beautiful condition! His workshop in the garage turned out many a fine piece of woodworking which we will all treasure as a little piece of him.
Those who knew Dad will remember his sense of humour, always ready with a joke, his loud laugh, and the joy of mastering almost any song with three chords on the piano. And when that ran out, picking up a trombone, trumpet, or going to the drums and singing along. Late in life we got him hooked on the computer and in particular Facebook and online banking to keep tabs on RBC stock. He even mastered the switch to Windows 10 like a pro.
He took a huge interest in all the activities of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, thinking the sun rose and set on each and every one of them. He led by example, taught us all the meaning of hard work and to be true to self. He will be greatly missed by all.
Many thanks to the staff in the cardiac ward of Trillium Hospital. They provided wonderful care, constant support and never failed to keep us informed on a daily basis. No small task during the challenge the pandemic presented for front line workers. We will forever be grateful to you all.
Online condolences can be expressed at the Turner & Porter, 1981 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON ( In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Due to the current provincial limitations, a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.

Gerald (Gerry) Ryerse
In loving memory of Gerald (Gerry) Ryerse, it is with sadness and heartache we announce his passing on July 2, 2020 at his home in Waterford. Survived by his wife Donna and son Chris; his brothers Larry, Raymond, Al; his sisters Betty Ann, Thelma, Pat, Ruth; nieces and nephews. Predeceased by both parents Leo and Nellie Ryerse and stepfather Wray Hutchinson; and brother Donald Ryerse. Gerry will be sadly missed but never forgotten and always in our hearts. Bro you were always there for me when I needed to talk or needed help. I am grateful for the memories and times we had together bonding as brothers. I will miss you. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace my brother. Love you. Your bro Al. No service is planned at this time.




Published July 8, 2020

Bernice Borr
BORR, Bernice – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bernice (Bunny) Borr on June 20, 2020, at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario with her daughter, Janice, at her side. She was 94 years old. Bunny was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Mitchell Borr. She is survived by her son, Allan Borr and her daughters Linda Barron (Scott) and Janice Greenwood (Jaime). She leaves behind her three grandchildren: Michelle Kari Barron (Fawaz), Amy Heather Barron, and Robert Mitchell Greenwood. Bunny was predeceased by her brother, John Mark, and sister, Julie Larson. Bunny had a passion for life. She was an active member of the Soroptimist International organization for 20 years, and a sorority sister (Beta Sigma Phi) for more than 50 years. She volunteered with the Rotary Club of Guelph and enjoyed supporting the Lighthouse Theatre Company in Port Dover. We will all miss her warm laughter, her big hugs and generous spirit. Bunny’s family entrusted her arrangements to the care of Serenity Burial & Cremation Services, 361 Main Street Port Dover, Ontario (226) 290-9093. The family held a private celebration of Bunny’s life on June 24th, 2020. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bunny’s name, they are asked to consider the Salvation Army Guelph Citadel, 1320 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6N3. Online condolences can be left at

Isabella “Betty” Wallace
WALLACE, Isabella “Betty” of Simcoe, passed away at Cedar Crossing Retirement on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in her 91st year. Predeceased by her husband Bill (2008). Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Glen and Karen Wallace, Mark Wallace and Kim and Jack Dugas. Loving grandmother of Matthew and Ertha, Jason and Kelsey, Tyler and Holly, Jack Jr. and Brittany, Kristofer, Samantha and Jamie, Tyler and Selina and Ryan, great-grandmother of Evelyn. Dear sister-in-law of Eunice and Florence. Predeceased by her brothers Daniel, Rev. Leonard and his wife Norma and Ralph and his first wife Blondie. Betty had just celebrated her 90th birthday on June 9, 2020. The family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Crossing for the compassionate care they gave Betty. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions all services are private. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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