Death Notices – June 2021

death notices


Published June 2, 2021

Shirley Coulson
Coulson, Shirley Jean – It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Shirley Coulson on May 24, 2021 in her 80th year. Predeceased by her parents Harry and Violet Ryerse and her sisters Helen and Irene. Shirley will be sadly missed by her brother Lorne (Shirley), sons Ed and Rick, her daughters Brenda (Don) and Christine (Jim), her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 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


Published June 9, 2021

Bill Duffus
DUFFUS, William (Bill) passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in his 72nd year. Loving husband of Cathy, dear father of Brian and Jenn all of Port Dover. Sadly missed by his sister Donna Jongsma (Henk) and brother John, brothers-in-law Rick Cook (Joanne) and Rob Cook (Cathy). Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Michael (Joe) and Rita and brother Michael (Mick).
Bill retired as manager of the Port Dover Scotia Bank. He was very active in the community as a member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Port Dover Cemetery Board, former member of the Port Dover Lions and Port Dover Board of Trade, past Citizen of the Year and involved in many other volunteer positions.
Due to Covid restrictions, all services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Relay for Life would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Johanna Tigchelaar
Tigchelaar, Johanna Jobse Vogel
August 29th,1924 – May 12th, 2021
Born in Vrouwenpolder Zeeland

Our beautiful loving mother, Oma, Great Oma, Great-Great Oma. She awaken’d from the dream of life to join her parents, siblings and “Cherie”, Jack, her husband, waiting since 1999. So loved and cherished by all of us. Six children, seven grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Bard’s, Kosky’s, Patton’s, Rieckermann’s and Tigchelaar’s. It’s only for a while we part! You won’t be far away. We feel your love around us soft and clear.


Published June 16, 2021

Carolyn Alexander
ALEXANDER, Carolyn (nee Richards) of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, surrounded by the love of her daughters on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in her 79th year. Predeceased by her husband Jim Alexander. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Carrie and Les Dyjack of Delhi and Kelli Shaw of Port Dover. Proud and loving grandmother of Josh (Bailey), Matt (Liz), Jordan, Tyson (Alisha), Keyanna (Peter) and Kadey. She will be sadly missed by her fur baby Bentley. Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Stanley and Helen Richards and brothers Marvin and Ken Richards. She will be fondly remembered by her sisters-in-law Ann and Kathy Richards and Shirley Mudge.
Carolyn was a long time member of Port Dover Legion Branch #158 Ladies Auxiliary. For many years she travelled to Florida in the winter for a warm vacation. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, services will be private and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when restrictions allow.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519) 583-1530. For those wishing, donation to Autism Ontario would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Roberta Vardy
October 8, 1932 – June 3, 2021
VARDY, Roberta (nee Sidway) of Port Dover, passed June 3, 2021 at Norview Lodge, Simcoe surrounded by her family. Wife of the late Rev. John Vardy (1997). Dear sister to Robert Sidway (Lynda), loving aunt to Jeff Sidway (Irene), Rick Sidway and Krista Sidway (Ben). She loved her time with her cousins, the Glaves Family from Dunnville. Also remembered by her step families – Sandra Vardy (widow of George Vardy), Kat and Heather and their families. Bob Vardy (Anne Marie) and his daughters Robin and Shannon and their families. She had sooo many special friends – all loved and important but a special mention to June Barnett, friend for almost 60 years.
Roberta loved her family, Grace United Church, Port Dover and volunteering at local schools helping children learn to read. During these difficult times it must be mentioned about the whole staff of Norview Lodge – Chestnut Hill. For 15 months they cared for Roberta as all the rest of the residents – taking on the important roles of more than nurse or PSW. They were like family. Due to Covid 19 regulations, cremation has taken place. A family funeral service and celebration of life to be held at a later date. If desired, donations can be made to or the Norfolk General Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, Simcoe. Online condolences at

Ben Woodruff
WOODRUFF, Benjamin Edward (ThD) – Peacefully in his 86th year surrounded by love. Predeceased by his parents Buster and Leona Woodruff, and stepmother Faye. Ben leaves behind his devoted wife of 40 years, Linda, and his adored children Beth (Tim), Leah (Rick), Sarah (Al), Steven, and stepson Rodney (Cindy). He leaves behind 13 grandchildren and their spouses and 25 great-grandchildren (2 on the way). Ben was the eldest of six children including Ernie (Pat), Evelyn (Marvin), Kenny (deceased), Karon and Aaron, and his father-in-law Ross Hoover (Elva, deceased), sister-in-law Melody (Lloyd), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place. A celebration of life will occur at a later date. Serenity Burial & Cremation, 361 Main Street, Port Dover, Ontario (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements.
Ben was outgoing, determined and loved to camp. The highlight each year was getting out the camper and enjoying fun and fellowship at campsites. Ben served as a Pastor in both the USA and Canada and drove for TTC for many years. Although he couldn’t carry a tune, he loved to belt out the songs. You could often find Ben in the garden or working on projects around the house. His determination led him to survive a stroke when in his early 60s, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice and to walk bravely through his last fight with skin cancer. No one can say that he ever gave up. There is never a good time to say goodbye, but there is always the hope to say hello, once again. Until then…
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ben’s memory they are asked to consider the church campgrounds (OCA Inc.) at Use the drop down menu to find ‘donate’ or mail your cheque to Serenity Burial & Cremation Services, 361 Main Street P.O. Box 939, Port Dover, Ontario, N0A 1N0. Online condolences can be left at

Published June 23, 2021

Michael Bester
BESTER, Michael Anthony – Suddenly of a heart attack, at the Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at age 68. Beloved husband of Darlene. Predeceased by his son Christopher and survived by his grandchildren Blake, Hailey and Zack. Dear brother of Jim (Audrey) Bester, Bernie (Denise) Bester, Peggy Fach, Pat (Rose) Bester, Mary Alice (Court) Steggles, Brian (Karen) Bester, Darlene (Tom) Donovan, Danny (Patti) Bester, Mark (Kendra) Bester, Rick (Kim) Bester and brother-in-law of Don Pagnutti. He will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents William and Alice (nee: Massell) Bester, his brothers Jerry, Bill, Dennis, Tom and sisters Bonnie Bester, Theresa Pagnutti and Donna Bester.
Due to current restrictions, a private funeral will take place at Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery. A celebration of Michael’s life will be planned at a future date when it is safe for all to gather. Memorial donations to the Community Addiction and Mental Health of Haldimand and Norfolk would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be found at

Judy Colautti
COLAUTTI, Judy – With great sadness we announce the passing of our loving Mother on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at home beside her family.
Judy was born February 7, 1945 to Inez (Sedran) and Eugene Souchereau. Predeased by her loving husband of 47 years, Lino Edigio Colautti (2014); brother Tim Souchereau, sisters Mary Ellen Souchereau and Peggy Souchereau, niece Anne Marie Souchereau, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Toni (Colautti) Dean and Rino Dean, brother-in-law Marco Infanti, all of Windsor, son-in-law Brian Pine of Port Dover and Toronto. Survived by daughters, Amy and Karen Colautti of Port Dover, brother Bob and wife Yvette Souchereau, sister Francine and husband Doug Chase, sister-in-law Rita (Colautti) Infanti, several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews all of Windsor and surrounding areas.
Judy was the eldest of six children growing up in Belle River, ON. After graduating from Nursing School at Hotel Dieu Hospital she married Lino Colautti. They lived in and raised Amy and Karen in Forest Glade, Windsor, ON. The family moved to Port Dover in 1984.
Judy was a Registered Nurse for 36 years, first at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Windsor, then at Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, ON, retiring 2002. Judy’s care of her family never wavered. After working a 12 hour night shift, she would come home to make our birthday cakes or sew our Halloween costumes. She was an avid reader and kept up on current affairs. She was the best cook, decorator, gardener, dog mom and baker. Her butter tarts, pie crust, lasagna and risotto were sublime. Judy never gave up and was always cheerful and upbeat and was a trooper to her last hours.
Her heart and lap will eternally be covered with the pawprints of Cherie, Riley, Rowdy, Mavis and Olive and Chas. Much gratitude to Mike and Sheena Marini and staff of Dover Apothecary for helping our family over the years.
“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart” ~ Rumi
That was our lovely Mom.
Mwah!!! xo

Cremation has taken place, details for a service are forthcoming. The family would be thankful for donations to The Kidney Foundation of Canada or The Norfolk General Hospital Foundation.

Michael Cosley
Live Life Large – It is with profound sadness we say goodbye to Michael David Cosley pictured above steering the Cosley Bros. This was his grandfather’s (Peter Cosley) fishing tug. He is survived by his son Anthony Cosley, his wife of four years Tammi and her children Dayton and Faith. Also survived by his sister Stephanie Cosley, his mother Susan Cosley Harvey and his father Len Cosley and wife Cathie Cosley. Also survived by his nephews Adrian D’Souza and Tristan D’Souza and many aunts, uncles and cousins and so many friends.
He lived life to the max. He found out that he had cancer in February and it was terminal so he did all he could to enjoy life. He went golfing every day that Covid allowed. He also went surfing and fishing. He bought a Harley and went on a few rides with his wife Tammi and many of his friends. He worked two weeks before he passed. Never complained. He just said LIVE LIFE LARGE and IT IS WHAT IT IS. The picture was taken a few weeks ago when Derek Weaver was good enough to take Mick and his father out on the Cosley Bros. We had a great day with Derek and his crew.

Charles “Bud” Fick
FICK, Charles “Bud” Lewis –Peacefully at home in Port Dover on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in his 89th year. Cherished husband of Louise Hammond. Beloved father of Cheri Witham (late Bob), Barb Campbell (Clayt), Jennifer Hammond-Fick, and Aaron Hammond-Fick. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Elsie and Earl Fick, brother George Fick, and son Steven Fick. He will be greatly missed by many dear friends and family both near and far.
Bud retired from Ball Packaging (American Can) after 32 years and enjoyed his lakeside life to the fullest. “It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me and the sunshine.” Rest in peace you deserve it. Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. As per Bud’s wishes no formal service will be held. Should friends desire, donations to the Port Dover and Area Lifeline Foodbank, 215 Market St E, Port Dover, Ontario N0A 1N0 or the Juravinski Cancer Centre, 699 Concession St., Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2 would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be left at

Shirley Parkinson
PARKINSON, Shirley Ann (nee Oakes) of Port Dover, passed away at Parkview Meadows on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in her 78th year. Predeceased by her husband Terry (2015). Cherished mother of Michael and Bradley both of Port Dover. Shirley will be sadly missed by her brother Ron and his wife Brenda. Much loved sister-in-law of Carol Oakes, Patrice Clarkson and Brent Davie and Sharon Parkinson and Phil Cowil. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Ross and Inez Oakes, brothers Jim, Larry and Glen and sister Lynda.
Shirley loved spending time gardening. She was a cat lover and had several over the years. Visitation for Shirley was held Monday, June 21, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519) 583-1530. A Service to Celebrate Shirley’s life was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel. Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Cremation to follow. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions you must call the funeral home to book at time for visitation and reserve for the funeral. For those wishing, donations to the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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