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

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