Death Notices June 2017

Published June 14th

John Cooke
COOKE, John, (P.Eng.) passed away at Norview Lodge, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in his 87th year. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Irene and his long-time companion Fern Thompson. John will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by the Thompson family, the Hayward family, his family in Wales and abroad. Local friends, and the staff and residents at Norview Lodge will also miss him. A private service will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). Memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

John Johnston
JOHNSTON, John James: Passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs Long Term Care Home while surrounded by his family on Monday, June 5, 2017 in his 101st year. Son of the Late William and Annie (O’Brien) Johnston. Loving father of Donna Cole (Ron), John (Donna), Barb Snow (Daryl), Betty Anne and Billy. Cherished grandfather of Steven (Mary), Julie (Mark), Lorie (Mark), Chris, Tracy (Paula), John (Carolyn), Darren (Megan), Nathan, Stephanie, Brooke, Cheryl and was predeceased by grandson Jason. Also surviving are his 17 great-grandchildren, sister Meta, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 10 siblings. John was an Overseas Veteran of W.W.II. and a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 Port Dover. Friends were invited to meet with the family on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where the funeral was held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. Legion Padre Reverend Bryan Robertson officiated followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in John’s memory are asked to consider a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at

Published June 7th 

Bill Butler
BUTLER, William Robert “Bill” – surround by family at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Louise Butler-Pokolm (nee Tebbe) of Port Dover. Loving father of Carl Butler (Janet) of Simcoe, Kim Bulter-Joseph (Wayne) of Simcoe, Jeff Butler of Halifax, and John Clement (Pam) of Victoria, BC. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie (Steve Rabey), their children Chloe, Carlie, Chelsea and Callie Rabey; Michelle (Charlie Chase), daughter Aubrey; Tyler Kannawin (Robin), son Jacob;  Tayler Kannawin, Adam Kannawin (Andrea Blizman) and Emily Butler.  Bill will be lovingly remembered by Louise’s children, the late Perry Pokolm (2015), his wife Linda, Murray (Lawriena), Larry (Donna), Della Pokolm, Darren and Terry (Rhonda) and by his only nephew Glenn Shortt (Yvonne). Predeceased by his sister Janet Shortt (1956), his father Thomas (1968) and mother Hilda (2006). Bill was active in the community as President of the Port Dover Kinsmen Club, a member of the Public School Board and Advisory Committee of Norfolk Secondary Schools and was also active in his church in B.C. “I guess this is Good Bye!  In my life I had exactly what was meant to be, God, a family, a rewarding career, a few good friends and lots of acquaintances and that is all a person really needs. I wish you friends love and laughter, find it where you can, until we meet again…” A private family interment of ashes will take place at a later date. The Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate in memory of Bill are asked to consider the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton or Camp Trillium –  Rainbow Lake. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

David Reeves
Passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at age 82. Survived by loving wife of 60 years Elizabeth (nee Fabu), daughters Susanna (David), Natalie (Garry). Predeceased by his son Ashley. Grandpa to Allison and Braeden. Step-grandpa to Evan, Stephen (Toronto), Spencer, Chris, and Zach (Calgary). Brother of Richard, Larry, Patsy, Janice, and Rosemary. Predeceased by parents Arthur and Jessie, brothers John, Robert, and Dennis. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. David was a dedicated Secondary School teacher with WECDSB and also worked with the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers (Vedder Crossing, BC). He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12 and retired as a Captain from the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment. David delighted in seeing the development of young people: his students, cadets, and most of all his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading, music, gardening and spending time with his pets Sassy, Joey, and Otis. David’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to CCAC, WRH-Met Campus ICU for the care and compassion shown to David and his family. Donations to the Canadian Dachshund Rescue or Windsor Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 1983 St. Mary’s Gate, Walkerville on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave. South, Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at

Janet Walker
WALKER, Janet – Passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the West Haldimand General Hospital. Mrs. Janet Walker of Jarvis, formerly of Port Dover in her 75th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert Rogers (2004). Loving mother of Debb (Willy) and Mike (Brenda). Cherished Grandma and Nanner to Michael, Jessie, Bailey (Jesse) and Riley. Dear sister to Linda Stratton (Bill). Lifelong best friend to Barb Goodale. Predeceased by her parents Delmer and Dorothy Misener, brother Richard “Dick” Misener and son-in-law Ronald Long. Janet will be sadly missed by other relatives, friends and her extended family at Leisure Living in Jarvis. At Janet’s request, cremation has taken place with a private family interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe. (519-426-1314) Online condolences may be made at


Posted: June 7, 2017