Death Notices March 2015

Published March 25th

Helen Drayer
DRAYER, Helen (Hitje) – We sadly share the passing of Helen (Hitje) Drayer, peacefully at West Haldimand General Hospital, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Helen (nee Woudstra) of Townsend, beloved wife of the late John (2009), in her 95th year. Dearly loved Mom of Bill and Andrea Drayer of Port Dover and Thea and Johnny D’Angelo of Strathroy. Adored Grandma of Ellen (Dirk), Jeffrey (Carolyn), Anita, Tara, Jaime (Chris) and Stephanie (Jorden). Proud Great Grandma of Aiden, Isobel, Danielle and Thomas. Survived by her brother Fred (Theresa) Woudstra. Dear life-long friend of Pat Hogeveen. A service to celebrate the life of Helen will be held at Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church, 139 Talbot Street East, Jarvis, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11 o’clock. Interment will follow in Strathroy at Strathroy Cemetery. Donations to Camp Trillium/Rainbow Lake would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis, (519-587-4414). Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Grant Smallwood
SMALLWOOD, Grant Terrance – Passed away after a brief illness at the Hamilton General Hospital on March 17, 2015 at the age of 65. Grant is predeceased by his parents William and Cora Smallwood. He is survived by his siblings Betty (Jim) Cameron, Wayne (Margaret), David (Betty), Lloyd (Debbie) and Keith (Jan) and their families. A private family service has taken place. A celebration of Grant’s life will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158, 212 Market Street East, Port Dover, on Friday, March 27th, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Ray Waldick
WALDICK, Raymond Elmer of Simcoe, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 86th year. Predeceased by his dear wife Barbara (2011). Loving father of Joyce (Peter) VanPaassen of Simcoe, Tom (Tammy) of Forestville, Russell (Tanya) of Hamilton and Michael (Crystal) of Vittoria. Proud grandfather of nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ray was a long-time member of the Vittoria Baptist Church, and was also a member of the Lamport Club in Vittoria and the Vittoria & District Foundation. Ray loved to tend his garden, enjoyed going for walks and being with his dog Emma. His kind heart and wonderful smile will be missed. Friends shared their memories of Ray with family on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. For those wishing, donations to the Vittoria & District Foundation or Camp Trillium would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published March 18th

Edward Clementi
CLEMENTI, Edward Vincent of Dundas, passed away at Hamilton General Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family, on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in his 87th year. Dearly loved husband of Marion for more than 60 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Ronald and Denise of Stevens Point, WI, Donald and Colleen of Burlington and Linda and Tom Decsey of Mississauga. Proud grandfather of Christina, Benjamin, Michael, Nicole, Ryan, Madison, Joseph, Donny, Annie and Josh. Dearest brother and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Stevenson of Waterdown and Barbara and Frank Smith of Burlington. Predeceased by his sister Mary Ellen Powell and her husband Burt, and brother-in-law David Stevenson. Ed was a life-long employee of Slacan formerly Slater Steel. Friends met with the family for visitation on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Service to Celebrate Ed’s life was held in the funeral home Chapel following the visitation at 1 p.m. The Reverend Jeff Smith officiated. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Church Museum, Lakefield, Ontario would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Kathy Howden
HOWDEN, Kathleen of Port Dover passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Dover Cliffs LTC in her 76th year. Loving wife of Wesley Howden, dear mother of Bob (Lori) and Bill (Shelly) all of Port Dover. Proud grandmother of Justin, Garrett and Taylor. Kathy was a former member of the Port Dover Horticultural Society, Port Dover Fire Ladies Auxiliary and was an avid collector of just about anything. In keeping with Kathy’s wishes cremation has taken place with a Graveside Service to be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Helen Maxwell
MAXWELL, Helen Elizabeth (nee Miller). (June 22, 1929 – March 10, 2015)
Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe after a long and courageous battle on March 10, 2015, Mrs. Helen Maxwell in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Richard for 59 years. Loving mother of John (Cindy Benko) and Hugh (Judy). Devoted grandmother to Calvin and Drew. Predeceased by her father James Miller, mother Helen (nee Healey) and sister Jean Leask. A lifelong resident of Norfolk County, Helen graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Toronto and worked her whole life for the community. First, with the Children’s Aid Society and later administering the Community Service Order program with the Ministry of Correctional Services. She was a long time volunteer and Director of the Legal Aid Society in Simcoe. Helen loved to travel and play golf and bridge. She will be sadly missed by many friends and relatives. Friends were invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where service was held on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 12 noon. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of choice. Online condolences at

Agnes McAlpine
McALPINE Agnes – With great sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother on February 15, 2015 in Scotland. Mom will be greatly and lovingly missed for her kind heart and loving spirit. We love you mom. Janice and Douglas
I just want to close my eyes for a quiet moment and imagine you sitting beside me, seeing a smile of love on my face and a tear of happiness on my cheek and if you can see us in your heart, like we feel in ours and connect for just a little while Mom, you will truly know how deeply you are loved and how sadly you will be missed.
All our deepest, fondest love,
Your son Douglas and daughter Janice.

Marion Sinden
SINDEN, Marion Jean (nee Hall) – passed away at the Cedarwood Village Nursing Home, Simcoe on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Sinden (1984). Loving mother of Cathy Suprun (Tony) of Port Dover, Ron Sinden (Stephanie) of Simcoe, and Nancy Lester (Larry) of Tillsonburg. Cherished Nana and Great Nana of Dr. Shawn Suprun (Becky), their children Natalie, Maeve and Ryan; Aron Suprun (Amy), their children Elodie and Sienna; Jamie Suprun (Rebecca), their children Alex and Claire; Jeff Sinden (Allison Clarke), their daughters Kate and Elizabeth; Julie El Kerri (Mohssine), their daughter Safia; Rebecca Lester (Joe Bitz); Mandi Size (Jeff), their children Zaira and Oliver. Marion will be lovingly remembered by her special friend Cliff Whitehead of Delhi and by many nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her siblings June Moore, Ann Flagel, Robert, William, and Bud Hall. Marion was born in Aylmer, Ontario to William and Bessie Hall. Her family nicknamed her “Ducky”. Marion was known as “Nana” to many in the Simcoe and Port Dover community, by young and old alike. Marion’s purpose in life was her devotion to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Even though her mind was diminished by Alzheimer’s disease, she was always smiling when with her family. Friends are invited to share their memories of Marion with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe for visitation on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the chapel Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lola Mather-Dyer officiating. Private interment of ashes: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to donate in memory of Marion are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society of H-N or the MS Society (Nancy Lester Walk). Our family would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Societies of Simcoe and Tillsonburg for their guidance and support along our journey. Our family is very thankful for the wonderful care and compassion our mother received during her stays at both Cedarwood Gardens and Cedarwood Village. Our mother was unconditional in her love for her family. We have been so blessed to have her in our lives. Although she will be missed, her love will remain with us forever. “A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” Personal online condolences at, 519-426-0199.

Published March 11th

Edmon Ryerse
RYERSE, Edmon Arthur.
May 25th, 1924 – March 2, 2015.
At the age of 90, Edmon says he has led a complete and satisfying life. With the exception of his eventful years in the RCAF during World War II, and a honeymoon period in the Orkney Isles, home for him has always been on the original land grant of his Ryerse ancestors in Woodhouse Township. He founded E.A. Ryerse Bulldozing and Earthmoving in the 1950s. For two decades, most of the basements in Port Dover were the work of his machines. Later, he had time to pursue his hobbies of collecting and restoring steam and gas engines. The turn-of-the-20th-century belt-driven lathes and milling machines in his workshop still fascinate visitors and do useful work when required. His quiet pride has always been his family: parents Collin and Margaret (England) Ryerse and five younger siblings Robert, Drusilla, Orin, Maybell and Jane. The brothers and sisters, along with their families, are all doing well. Most of all, he appreciates the loving care of his wife Isabel Groat Ryerse; children Eleanor and June, Arthur and Cheryl, Richard and Kim; grandchildren Joe (1967-1999) Jan and Lori, James and Jennifer, Aaron, Ian, Alison and Jeremy; and great-grandchildren Zander, Preston, Lola, Paisley, and mid-August 2015! He plans no funeral or memorial service, but asks that a celebration of his life be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis, (519-587-4414). Friends are invited to sign the Book of Memories and send condolences at

Ron Jones
JONES, Ronald William passed away suddenly on February 24, 2015. He was the former owner/operator of R&J Antiques in Port Dover. He will be missed by his loving best friend Helen Ness, his daughter Roxanne Jones (Dave Weaver), son Joel Jones (Angie), his sisters, bothers, nieces, nephews and stepchildren. Funeral service took place Monday, March 2, 2015 at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover. Online condolences/ donations to

Published March 4th 2015

Muriel Moore
MOORE, Muriel Catherine – A passionate champion of Port Dover, Muriel gently slipped into her eternal rest at Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home on February 20, 2015 with her daughter Cheryl and niece Carmen at her side. An avid bridge player and enthusiastic gardener known for her beautiful flower beds, Muriel was the long-time office manager and bookkeeper at Misner Fertilizers; before that, she was treasurer at the Port Dover Fisherman’s Co-op. In her late 40s, she earned her Certified General Accountant designation. Born on February 24, 1924, to Catherine and Adne Stuckey in Brandon, Man., Muriel never forgot the lessons of frugality and self-reliance learned growing up in the Great Depression. In 1943, she married Artillery Cpl. Douglas Parker, and moved to his home in Port Dover in 1944. Their only child, a daughter Cheryl Louise, was born in 1946. For years, Muriel juggled her full-time work with helping Doug in his fish processing plant, mink ranching, insurance agent and harbourmaster jobs. She was also active in St. Paul’s Club and the Home and School Association. She was skilled at sewing and cooking, and enjoyed travelling. Despite the blow of Doug’s untimely death in 1974, Muriel carried on with work and family. In 1977, she had a second chance at happiness, marrying Sam Moore and gaining another family. They enjoyed several trips to Florida and throughout North America before his death in 2001. Left to mourn Muriel are her loving daughter Cheryl of Vancouver, B.C.; nieces Carmen Stone (Kevin Rainey) of Port Dover, Diane Stone Robbins of Brantford, and Debbie Stone; great-nieces Tiffany Robbins, Chantal Allen and Brittany Robbins-Barnett, their husbands and children; Sam’s grandchildren Alison Taylor of Burlington and Ryan Taylor of Mississauga; and Muriel’s devoted neighbours Ricky Furler and Sylvia Bruley. Several members of Muriel’s immediate and extended families predeceased her, including her brother Lawrence.

Following burial in Port Dover Cemetery, services for Muriel were held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Woodhouse, on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Cooper Funeral Home in Jarvis was entrusted with the arrangements.

Nancy Mudford
MUDFORD, Nancy Ann (nee Hoover) – passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at her residence. Nancy Mudford of Port Dover in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the late Blake Mudford who predeceased her March 29, 2004. Loving mother of Dorann Young of Langton, Robert and wife Linda of RR#1 Langton and Lorie and husband Doug Hutchinson of Port Dover. Sadly missed by her seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Nancy lived most of her life in the St. Williams, Port Rowan, Walsingham area. Private family graveside service will take place in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Walsingham. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front Street, Port Rowan (519-586-2901). In lieu of flowers, donations to the C.C.A.C 167 Rolph St., Tillsonburg, ON N4G 3Y9 or the Stedman Community Hospice, 99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, ON N3S 6T6 would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be sent at



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