Death Notices March 2014

Published March 26th

Marion Maxwell
MAXWELL – Marion: Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday, March 20, 2014, of Simcoe in her 89th year. Daughter of the late Cecil and Elizabeth Smith and much beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Maxwell (1994). Loving mother of Don (Cathy) of Port Dover, Rich (Sherry) of Cambridge, Robin (Tom Nunn) of Kitchener, Leesa (Dave Podzorski) of Simcoe, Kim (Gary Bacher) of Jarvis and was predeceased by her daughter Cindy (2013), son-in-law George B. Harrington (2008) and brother Bob Smith. Cherished grandmother of Brennan (Heather), Nathan (Katie), Josh (Melanie), Amanda (Keith), Kaley, Jesse (Kate), Kevin (Lisa), David (Natalie), Kristie (Greg), Brad (Brittany) Brooke and great-grandmother of Robbie, Jaxx and Kingston. Also surviving is her brother Leighton Smith of London, sisters-in-law Mary Smith of Vittoria, Irene (Nin) Holman of Simcoe, brother-in-law Dick Maxwell (Helen) of Port Dover and nieces and nephews. Marion served with the Women’s Royal Naval Service (W.R.E.N.) during W.W.II, was a life member of St. James United Church, Norview Ladies Auxiliary and Oakcrest Women’s Institute. Friends were invited to meet with the family on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe. The funeral was held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. from St. James United Church, 150 Colborne St. S. Simcoe. Cremation to follow with interment at Woodhouse United Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in Marion’s memory are asked to consider Norview Lodge Auxiliary or a Charity of one’s choice. On line condolences at

Published March 19th

Grant Chambers
CHAMBERS, Grant William, of Port Dover, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 77th year. Predeceased by his wife Val. Cherished father and father-in-law of Ric and Sally, Ron and Karen, and Trish and Ken Trinder all of Port Dover. Loved son of Jean Chambers. Dearest brother and brother-in-law of Marie Wilhelm and Fred Lavji of Petrolia, Suzanne and Paul Greenslade of Port Dover, Alice Chambers of Port Dover and Sandra Collins of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Robbie (Patti), Nicci, Christine (Jared), Bret (Julia), Casey (Danielle), Daryl (Ashley), Amie (Ray) and Corey. Predeceased by his father, Clayton and his brother, Ivan, brother and sister- in-law Donna and Ben Bezzo, and brother-in-law Albert Collins. Grant lived a full life: he was an avid fisherman, he was the owner of Grant’s Quality Produce, played in the band Country Driftwoods, refereed Junior “A” Hockey, was a Councillor on the last town council of Port Dover, Past President of Port Dover Minor Hockey, member of the Harness Horseman’s Association, a past member of Port Dover Lions Club, and was an avid baseball and hockey player and fan. He was also employed by Royal LePage Brown Realty for the last 35 years selling Real Estate, earning the life time achievement award. Friends were invited to meet with the family to share their memories of Grant on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Funeral Service of Remembrance and Celebration was held at Grace United Church, (Chapman and St. George Streets) Port Dover, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Frank Walker officiated. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to Norfolk General Hospital or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Alice Elliott
ELLIOTT, Alice – Notice: Boots and purses may be left unattended once again. All fear of them being napped and used as planters is over. Alice Elliott has left this gardening venture behind with assurance of brighter bolder things ahead. To say she will be missed is an understatement! What a clever, humorous, thoughtful, warm, caring woman, with a flare for making everything just a little more special. At 87 years old, Alice, although always keeping her chin up, was having a hard time thinking about what tomorrow would hold. She was ready to go. It has rocked us all to the core, but we are thankful that her end, here on earth, was a quick one. Alice moved on to Glory on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Always and ever missed by Bill, her husband and faithful sidekick for 65 years! Carolyn and Charles Foreshew, her beloved kids. Carrie and Aaron Sickle, and Charlotte and Steve Weenink, grandkids who couldn’t have been more cherished. Elijah and Aislyn Sickle, and Elliott and Callum Weenink, “the greats” who will miss their sweet Nana. Join us for an informal celebration of Alice’s life on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent St., Barrie, ON. Please wear your cottage clothes and bring your stories. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.

Don Ewing
EWING, Donald Ray. Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Myrtle (nee Church) Ewing (2007). Dearly loved father of Lloyd Ewing (Bonnie) of Dunnville; Marie McMillan of Port Dover; Marilyn Butler (late John, 2011) of Port Dover; and Gerald Ewing (2010), his wife Phyllis of Port Dover. Lovingly remembered by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Don will be lovingly remembered by his siblings Kathleen Lock of Thamesford, Ruth Church of Jarvis, and Jack Ewing (Inga) of Scarborough. Predeceased by siblings Dorothy Farren and Alex Ewing. Friends were invited to share their memories of Don with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Don’s funeral service was held in the chapel on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Cheryl Fitch officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Waterford. Memorial donations payable to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation were gratefully acknowledged by the family. Personal online condolences at (519- 426-0199).

Bonnie Jean Knott
KNOTT, Bonnie Jean. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in her 65th year. Daughter of the late John and Teresa Knott. Loving mother of Nathan (Jill) Mitro of Wellesley and Aaron Mitro (Corrie Hill) of Simcoe. She will be missed by her grandchildren Keira, Reese, Jacob, Hayley, Hayden, Nickolas and Jordan. Dear sister of Carol Kriter, Selkirk, Sandra (Leigh) Ball, Ancaster, Jackie (Gary) Hayes, Niagara Falls, J.J. (Jayne) Knott, Simcoe, Deborah (Bob) Cowperthwaite, Simcoe and Cindy (Bruce) Hunter, Brantford. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by a niece Chrissy Lawrie and brother-in-law George Kriter. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 2-4 and 7- 9 p.m. at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe, where a private family service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Reverend Mary Jo Patterson officiating followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to make a donation in Bonnie Jean’s memory are asked to consider Canadian Cancer Society online condolences at

Kay Thompson
THOMPSON, Kathleen Alice (nee Laver). It is with sadness and great love, the family announces Kay’s peaceful passing at the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in her 94th year. Kay is survived by her children Patricia Thompson of Hamilton and Barbara Miller (Victor) of Simcoe. Dear grandma to Phillip Thompson (Jennifer), Victor, Collin and Ben Miller. Lovingly remembered by her sister Peggy Wicker of Port Dover. Kay was an active member of the Port Dover Legion and St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Dover. Friends are invited to share their memories of Kay with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow visitation in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. Private interment of ashes at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Kay are asked to consider the Port Dover Food Bank. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

Published March 12th

Helen Grace
GRACE, Helen E (nee McCarthy) of Port Dover passed away peacefully with family by her side, on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Gardenview / Parkview Meadows Townsend in her 94th year. Helen is survived by her loving children Richard (Kim), and Mary (Robert) Brown of Port Dover, Frank (Carol) of Florida, Michael (Isabel) and Teresa Jents of Mississauga, Patrick (Margaret) of Cookstown, Susan (Paul) Kennedy of Georgetown and son-in-law Danny of Port Dover. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband Leonard, parents Charles and Ellen McCarthy, daughter Rita and granddaughter Tara. Helen led an active life; she was a long time member of the CWL, enjoyed playing golf, cards and bowling. Her greatest enjoyment came from her family with whom she was truly devoted. Known as “The Amazing Grace” last of “The Legends”. Love will never die nor will their memory of Helen. Friends were invited to share their memories of Helen at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave Port Dover (519-583-1530) on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service of Christian burial was held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. W Toronto. Celebrant Father Nino Cavoto. Interment Mount Peace Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published March 5th 

Phyllis Anstead
ANSTEAD, Phyllis Gwendoline Mae. Peacefully, in the loving care of the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home staff, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Phyllis Anstead, loving and devoted wife for 67 years of William in her 91st year. Beloved mother of Brian and Barbara of Simcoe, grandmother of Bradley (Heather) Anstead and Valerie (Drew) Roberts and great-grandmother of Liam and Alexis. Loved and fondly remembered by Joan, Catherine, Jamie and Andrew of England. Friends were invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A private family service followed in the chapel. Interment of cremated remains in Port Dover Cemetery will follow in the spring. If desired, donations to the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by signing the Book of Memories at

Rick Cutler
CUTLER, Richard Dennis of Port Dover passed away with family by his side on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Hamilton General Hospital in his 66th year. Richard is survived by his loving wife Jimmie Ann, adored children Kim Nalbone (Alan), Tina (Bill) Schiavitti all of Ransomeville N.Y., Mark Fitzgerald (Colleen) of Pinegrove, Josh Fitzgerald (Kayla) of Jarvis and Marsha Fitzgerald (Brett) of Waterloo. Will be missed by his siblings Robert (Linda) of Chippawa and Cheryl Vanthuyne (Robert) of Port Rowan, and fondly remembered by grandchildren Amanda, Billy, Zak, Michael and Genna. Predeceased by his parents Tina and Al (“Red”). Rick was a longtime employee of Du Pont Chemical in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and former president of Norfolk Condo #3. As per Richard’s wishes all services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to Cystic Fibrosis or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Mary Simpson
Simpson, Mary Ethel passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Monday, February 24, 2014 in her 104th year at Norfolk General Hospital. Mary is survived by her children Roger, Ken (Carrol), Mary Lou Vansickle all of Port Dover and Jean (Bob) Woolley of Simcoe. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dan (Andrea), Debbie and Don Simpson, Clayton (Leslie) and Chris (Tracey) Vansickle, Teresa (Nadim) Nasser, Shelley (Grant) Shuttleworth, Kendra Simpson (Jim) Barnes as well as numerous great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by her husband Donald (1991), son Richard, sisters Pearl and Jean, brothers-in-law Fred Longland and Albert Mason, son-in-law Jim, daughter-in-law Marge, and granddaughter Melody. Mary led an active life, she loved to fish, hunt, snowshoe, and garden all with her husband Donald, played cards and the piano especially hymns, was active in the family business, a Sunday school teacher a member of the UCW and Grace United Church, Port Dover and the Eastern Star Lynn River Chapter since 1959 where she has held the positions of Worthy Matron, Esther and many other stations. Having done all these things she was still fully engaged with her family – a life well lived. Friends were invited to meet with family to share their memories of Mary on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A service to Celebrate Mary’s life was held March 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church corner of Chapman and St. George Streets. Reverend Frank Walker officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Grace United Church Lift Fund or Grace United Church would be appreciated. Online condolences and or donations can be made at

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