Death Notices March 2016

Published March 30th

Tony Schneider Sr.
SCHNEIDER, Anthony Douglas “Tony” — passed away at the Dover Cliffs Long Term Care Home on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Betty Schneider (nee Cline) of Port Dover. Loving father of Tony Schneider and Andrew Schneider (Pam), all of Port Dover. Cherished grandfather and great-grandfather of Brandon, his daughter Lyric; Kylie, Alexis, and Abby. Dear son of Marjorie Schneider (late Harold) of Port Dover. Tony will be lovingly remembered by his siblings Patricia Courtnage, Gay Brzozowski and Bruce Schneider. Together, Tony and Betty owned and operated the Erie Beach Hotel from 1971 – 2000. Tony had a passion for golf; he loved Port Dover and was a huge supporter of many community events. Friends are invited to share their memories of Tony with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St., North, Simcoe for visitation on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tony’s funeral service will be held from Grace United Church, 18 Chapman St., Port Dover on Thursday morning, March 31, 2016  at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Smith officiating. Interment: Port Dover Cemetery. Those wishing to donate in memory of Tony are asked to consider the Port Dover Woodhouse Foundation or Port Dover Minor Hockey. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).


Charles (Buck) Easson
EASSON, Charles Oliver McNeil on Sunday, March 27, 2016, Rev. Father Charles (Buck) Oliver McNeil Easson passed away at age 79 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife of 52 years Gail Easson, and his children and their spouses Steven Easson (Wanda), and Lynn Easson-Irvine (Desmond); his 8 grandchildren: Cory, Rose-anna (Jay), Crystal (Donny), Steven (Stevie), Traviss, Troy (Sadie), Morgan and Shannon; his many great grandchildren; his brother John Easson, sister Jane Benson, brother-in-law Donald Benson and his many nieces and nephews, as well as friends and colleagues near and far. In the Heavenly Kingdom he has rejoined with many beloved relatives and friends but most notably his daughter Kelly and his parents John and Dorothy who would have been immensely proud of their youngest child who at the age of 68 was ordained into God’s ministry as an Anglican Priest. Father Easson (Buck) found his calling after spending many years as an adult pursuing his education; his biggest regret having not finished his Master’s degree due to his illness. Buck was a late bloomer; however his life was full of many adventures in his search for meaning, intellect and self-discovery, things for which he also fiercely encouraged in others. In his youth, he was a great athlete, with specific passions in track, hockey and football. Also in his youth, he volunteered on a mission boat out west (British Columbia), and was trained as a demolitions expert in the Canadian military. Not long after coming out of the army he met his wife then later with 3 kids in tow, he decided to try his hand at farming and spent many years raising and enjoying showing his dogs (Great Pyrenees). He started his education well into middle age and upon completion of his BA in Theology and his ordination as an Anglican Priest he went to Churchill, Manitoba in the Diocese of Keewatin. That parish and the north held a special place in his heart always. Two of the most important things that Buck instilled in those close to his heart are: 1. the importance of family. 2. As a proud Canadian, he reminded us always that we are fortunate and blessed to live in this great country and that the opportunities to educate ourselves and pursue good deeds should never be wasted. Thank you to the Doctors and nurses at Juravinski and Norfolk General Hospitals. Thank you for everyone’s kindness and prayers through Buck’s illness and in his passing. A Memorial Service will be held in Charles’ memory on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Dr., Oakville, ON. Rev. Canon Joe Asselin officiating. There will also be a Celebration of Life held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Callahan’s Beach House, 2 Walker St., Port Dover. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Churchill, MB or the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published March 23rd

Douglas Johnston
JOHNSTON, Douglas Gordon – Doug passed away in his 90th year on Sunday, March 13th, 2016, at the John Noble Home. Beloved husband of the late Diane Clement. Loving father of Douglas and Daryl Johnston. Proud grandfather of four grandchildren. Doug will be dearly missed by many cousins, extended family members and friends. The family is grateful for the remarkable care that Doug received from the staff of the John Noble Home. At Doug’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services but a “celebration of life” will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Hill & Robinson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 30 Nelson Street, Brantford, 519-752-2543. Donations to the John Noble Home Recreation Program or the Charity of your choice, in Doug’s memory would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and tributes will be available at

Dawn Trefiak
TREFIAK Dawn Marie (nee McLeod) suddenly passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 52nd year. Loving wife of 28 years to Peter, loving mother of Alexa and Alannah. Cherished daughter of Mike and Bonita McLeod. Sadly missed by her siblings John of Toronto, Denise and boys Brandon and Ryland of Simcoe, Debra of Winnipeg and Marijean (Phil) Amesmann of St. Thomas and girls Violet and Jasmine. Adored granddaughter of Jean Wright. Predeceased by her grandparents Mary and John McLeod and Joe Wright. Dawn enjoyed watching hockey and baseball, loved going for walks with her precious daughters and dogs Bella and Harley, and going ice skating with her dad. Friends are invited to share their memories with family on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530. A Memorial Mass will be held later that evening at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, 17 Lynn Park Ave., Port Dover at 7 p.m. Father Allan Dufraimont Celebrant. For those wishing, donations to the Asthma Society of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published March 16th


Doug Blackett
BLACKETT, Douglas – Passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 in his 70th year, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Dear husband to Geri, proud father of Paul (Cindy), Heather (Tom Taylor), and Julie (John) Hunter. Cherished grandfather to Hope, Cody and Mitchel. Brother of Michael (Maggie) of Innisfil Beach, Tom (Cathy) of Pottageville and brother-in-law to Arlene, of Schomberg. Predeceased by his parents Raymond and Maureen and brother David. Doug was a Boilermaker, local 128, and later worked as a Maintenance Planner Supervisor at Imperial Oil in Nanticoke. Innately competitive, he enjoyed playing hockey, rugby and golf in his younger days. He never forgot his childhood upbringing on the farm, and enjoyed his own farm in Port Ryerse immensely. He was known for his work ethic, sharp wit, generosity, and wonderful sense of humour. Doug will be remembered by his friends and family as a consummate performer and host. Special thanks to Homecare nurses Pat Hodges and Elana Lloyd. A Celebration of Life will be held in Doug’s memory on Wednesday, March 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion, 212 Market St., E. For those wishing, donations to Doctors Without Borders or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and condolences can be made at

Sean Dodd
DODD – Sean Gerard. At St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario on March 7, 2016 in his 60th year. Son of the late Francis and Maureen Dodd. Dear brother of Cal Dodd (Donna) of Toronto, Barry Dodd (Bonnie) of London, Rory Dodd (Ruth) of Simcoe and Fiona Fatijewski of Oakville. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. A mass of Christian Burial has been held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Simcoe. Memorial donations to Deafblind Ontario Services or the charity of choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe. Online condolences at

Charlie Tessaro
TESSARO, Charles T: If it had to be, we couldn’t have asked for more. Peacefully in his sleep aboard the Tug Monitor, our dear, wonderful, funny, handsome Charlie Tessaro passed away outside San Juan, Puerto Rico in his 63rd year on Monday, March 7, 2016. He will be forever missed and always cherished by his wife, Jody Overend and her family, his sister Carmen, and brothers Tony, Harold, Ray and Art and their families. As well as his fellow seamen and good buddies from Alaska to Mexico and beyond. Charlie’s happy life has always been spent mostly on the seas of Alaska and later on the Caribbean working as an officer for Crowley Maritime. And when he wasn’t working, he loved to go fishing. He lived every moment to the full — generous, kind and fun-loving to us all. Charlie, thank you for sharing your time with us. See you one day on the Other Side, with a fishing pole in your hand. And your buddy Packer by your side. There will be a private service followed by cremation. Followed by a celebration of life in Alaska this summer where we will scatter his ashes into the sea he loved so much. The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Charlie’s memory are asked to consider, or The World Wildlife Foundation. Online condolences at


Published March 9th

Don Lampman
LAMPMAN, Donald Raymond of Caledonia in his 77th year. Passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton following a brief but aggressive illness. Don is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, his wife of more than 48 years Lyn (Murray). Don is also survived by his two loving daughters, Terri West of North Carolina and Christine Lampman of Hamilton; and two delightful granddaughters Cassidy and Brittney West. Don deeply loved them all. Don is also survived by two sisters, June Miller (late Bob) of Simcoe and Twila (Roger) Cruickshank of Vittoria; two brothers, Everett Lampman (late Deane) of Port Dover and Erland (Ruth) Lampman of Port Dover; as well as in-laws Ann (Kent) Harper of Dundas and Dave (Patricia) Roberts of Saskatchewan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his parents Ken and Vera (Swick) Lampman and his sister Sharon Roberts. As a young man, Don enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of 17 and served for several years. He completed his apprenticeship as an electrician with IBEW Local 105 in which he was a member for over 50 years. Don enjoyed his hobbies of gardening, fishing, and being outdoors. In the past he was involved with Girls’ Minor Softball and served the Caledonia Minor Hockey Association as President and coach. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends were welcome to a Celebration of Don’s Life at the Caledonia Royal Canadian Legion Branch 154 on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 1- 3 p.m. For those who wish, the family requests you consider a contribution to the Canadian Celiac Association,
Your family and many friends will miss you, Don!

Published March 2nd

Jim Horn
HORN, James Edward – Passed away peacefully at Stedman Community Hospice, Hankinson House on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Beloved husband of Joan Coones for over 60 years; father of William (Catherine), Karen (David Grierson), Katherine (Lloyd Baker) and Kimberly (John Richardson). Grandfather of Darik, Alison, Aaron, Drew, Nathan, Michael (Nicole), Leigha (Drew), Kristyn (Alan), Trevor (Lyndsay). Great-grandfather of Garrett, Alexander, Krysten (Justin), Robert, Audri and Danica, expected in May. Great-great-grandfather of Caylee. Predeceased by his four siblings, Evelyn, William, Charlotte, Donna and their spouses. Born in Port Dover on October 2, 1930, the son of Leslie and Nina (Buchner) Horn. Jim worked for his brother-in-law Fred Given at Port Dover Coal and Supply before he started his 35-year career with the Town of Simcoe as a Property Assessor and tax collector until 1970, then transferring to the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Revenue, Assessment Division Brantford, until his retirement in 1990. For many years, Jim was a proud and active member of the 69th Battery (Simcoe) 56th Field Artillery, Canadian Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to all staff and volunteers at Hankinson House for the compassionate care Jim received and the comfort and support offered to the family. Also, thanks to Dr. Lowcock and Dr. Trevor and the Palliative Outreach Team. Friends will be received at the Dennis Toll Funeral Home, 55 Charing Cross Street, Brantford on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 10 a.m., followed by the service in the chapel at 12 noon. Private interment at Port Dover Cemetery. If wished, donations can be made to the Stedman Community Hospice, or the Brant County SPCA.

Joanne Wagenaar
WAGENAAR, Johanna (Joanne) Louisa (nee de Groot) passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in her 87th year. Known affectionately as Port Dover’s ‘Barefoot Lady’. Loving mother of Anna, Christina (Randy), Helen (Keith), Carol (Jim), Cathy, Rob and Bobbi. Sister of Sjoerdsje (Gerrit), Reino, Ida (Roelof), Willeke (Hans) and their extended family in the Netherlands. Proud grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 14. Predeceased by her husband Bauke and daughters Carol and Christina. Joanne had a passion for politics and was a fierce, long time N.D.P. supporter. She enjoyed reading, doing crosswords and living life her way. Friends are invited to share their memories of Joanne with family on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Joanne’s memory on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home Chapel. For those wishing, donations to the Mennonite Central Committee ( or the Stephen Lewis Foundation ( would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and or donations can be made at

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