Death Notices March 2017

Published March 22nd

Ernie Dosser
DOSSER, Ernest William (Ernie) – Another Soul has departed from this physical world and meets its Creator with love and grace. Ernest William Dosser of Woodhouse, Port Dover, in his 86th year departed March 13, 2017 at Dover Cliffs Revera Long Term Care. He is survived by his brother John Robert (Jack) Dosser and family friend Patricia Snively. He was an important neighbour of Marbank Farms, his Bible study group and the Tyrell Baptist Church family. Predeceased by his second wife Elizabeth Josephine (Lemery- Lottridge) (2013) and wife and mother to his children, Shirley May (Erwin) (1989), his parents William Francis Dosser (1952) and Florence Isabel (Smith) (1999), sister Mary Lou (1975) and her husband William Anstee (1975). Surviving are his children; Dorothy Alting of Simcoe, Deretta Meade (Russ) of Port Dover, Donna Gable (William) of Simcoe, William Dosser (Tammy) of Larder Lake and Darlene Davis (Robert) of Burtch. Brother-in-law to Elsie Marie Zimoch, Samuel Murtland and Erwin brothers and their wives. Family received friends at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover on Sunday, March 19, 2017 for visitation between 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service in honour of Ernie was held at Grace United Church, Chapman St. W., Port Dover on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Port Dover Cemetery. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.


Douglas Murton
MURTON, Douglas Noel – Of 264 Howard St., Waterford, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital after a brief illness on Sunday March 19, 2017 in his 92nd year. Loving husband of M. Elizabeth (Betty Hammond) and predeceased by his parents, Eric and Helen Murton of Waterford. Father of Suzanne Guest (Russell) of Niagara Falls and Roderick Murton of Burlington. Also survived by daughter-in-law Diane Murton, grandson Eddie Murton (Amanda) and great-grandson Bentley of Delhi, granddaughter Marissa Murton of Vancouver, B.C., sister-in-law Doris (and the late Alex) Landon of Waterloo, and her children Zebulon Landon (Laurie) of Simcoe, Alexis Landon (Reiner Jakubowski) and Elizabeth Lawrence (Donald), of Waterloo, and Charity Landon of Toronto. Douglas was a lifetime member and former Warden of Trinity Anglican Church, Waterford, and served as Treasurer for the Church and the Local Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen organization for many years. Prior to retirement he was employed in the office of the former Norfolk Co-operative Co. and before that time he was a T.V. technician at Mott’s furniture store and a Funeral Director for Mott’s Funeral Home in Waterford. As a young man, he farmed in Townsend Township with his father. In 1949-1950 he was President of the Norfolk Junior Farmers. During this time he met Betty, who was the President of the Norfolk Junior Farm Girls (later called the Junior Women’s Institute). The Junior Farmers’ Building was donated by the Government to the Norfolk County Fair during their term as Presidents. It had been a drill hall in a military camp during World War II. When the Minister of Agriculture came to make the presentation after the building had been moved on site, Douglas and Betty presided at the inaugural banquet as representatives of the Norfolk Junior Farmer Clubs. In later years, Douglas served as a Director and Treasurer for the Waterford and District Horticultural Society and in September 2015, he and Betty were honoured by the Society with the dedication of a bench in Yin’s Park, not far from their long time home in Waterford. Friends may be received at Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford, on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11a.m. Rev. Bill Graham and Rev. Sandy Sinnick officiating. Cremation has taken place and interment of ashes will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to Trinity Anglican Church Waterford or charity of choice.


Jim Pierce
PIERCE: James Duncan- Passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 17, 2017 in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Audrey (Darveau). Dear father of Ben Pierce and Isaac (Meagan) Pierce. Loving grandfather to Monica, also survived by his brothers Tom (Henny) Pierce, Don (Pat) Pierce, and sisters Barbara Rutter and Linda Moore and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Gary Pierce and sister Carol Pierce. Jim loved his time when he could hunt and fish and travel from coast to coast. Cremation has taken place. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe (519-426-5102) in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jim’s memory are asked to consider the Cancer Support and Resource Program. Online condolences can be sent to


Margaret Sardo
SARDO, Margaret, Alice (nee Hardcastle) – It is with much love and sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our gracious Mother. Surrounded by her family, Margaret passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton on her 96th Birthday. She was born on the Hamilton Mountain, March 16, 1921. Predeceased by her parents Harry and Alice Hardcastle and brothers Fred and George. Beloved wife of the late Tony Sardo. Their enduring love was a role model to all of us. Cherished mother to Diane (Bill) Blackborow, and Judy (Steve) Redmond and late son-in-law, Norm Vickers. A devoted Nana to her four grandchildren and wonderful “GG” to her five great-grandchildren. She also had a special bond with the Redmond children. Also predeceased by her loving companion, James McKeen. She loved creating summer memories with her family at her cottage in Port Dover for over the past 60 years. Our memories will be held dear in our hearts. Many thanks to the Hamilton and Norfolk CCAC and to the Palliative Care Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital. A celebration of Margaret’s life was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.


Danni Sovie
SOVIE Shannon Danielle – The family is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Danni. She will be sadly missed by her children Kaitlyn (Dave) and Kenndall as well as her grandchild Laurel. Beloved sister of Marty (Teresa) and aunt of Slade, Clayton and Elwood. Cherished friend of Alesha, Julie and Alyssia. As this loss saddens the family, there is comfort in knowing that even in her passing she was able to help others with her generous gift to The Trillium Gift of Life. As per Danni’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover. A celebration of life in Danni’s honour will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Port Dover Legion from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


Dorothy Stevens
STEVENS, Dorothy – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dorothy one week prior to her 99th birthday at the Norfolk General Hospital on Sunday March 19, 2017. Dorothy was born in Port Rowan and raised in Port Dover. She was the eldest daughter of Avery and Nina (Truckell) Bush. She was predeceased by her first husband Lloyd Marr and her second husband George Stevens. She is survived by her daughter Gail Marr, her grandchildren Darin Jackson (Patricia), Dana Jackson (Maria), Julianne Jackson, Linda Jackson (Pete). Her great-grandchildren Tamara Jackson (John), Alex Jackson (Vanessa), Jade Jackson (James), Zachary Jackson, Spencer Jackson, Forrester Jackson and Victoria Fletcher. Great-great-grandchildren Evey Jackson and Blake Rockefeller. She is survived by nieces and nephews Carolyn Mural, Karen Pedley (Gerry), Kathy McColeman, Marion Van Kessel (Michael), Jay Bush, Heather Bush (Albert), Lloyd Ryerse, Jack Marr (Molly), Mary Ann Varga, Pat Catherwood (Ed), Kathy Kennedy, Sharon La Salle (Bill), Wayne Kennedy, Janice Kennedy, Michael Kennedy (Marg), Linda Lodberg (Allan), Sheila Wobbes, Paul Kennedy (Victoria) and Sandy Smith (Gay). She has four cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter Betty Thompkins, grandsons Scott Fletcher, Colin Fletcher (Angela Cortinas), her sisters and brothers Phyllis McColeman (Kenneth), Helen Kennedy (Andrew), Bud Bush, Bill Bush, her nieces and nephews Shirley Smith, Douglas Kennedy, David Kennedy, Jean Ince, Margaret Church and Pat McKinnon. She is survived by many great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and also her great-great-grea- niece and nephew. She is survived by many friends. She was the matriarch of our family and bound us together. She was a caring and selfless person who always put the well being of her family and friends first. Her presence in our lives will be greatly missed. She was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Mission Circle and Ladies Aid. Friends are invited to visit with the family at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 85 Lot St. Simcoe on Tuesday, March 28th at 1:00 pm followed by her funeral service at 2:00 pm with Reverend Mikal Schomburg officiating. Private family inurnment will be in the columbarium at the Port Dover Cemetery at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). Online condolences may be made at


Published March 15th

Catherine Wills
WILLS, Catherine – Catherine Wills, a long-time resident of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital on Friday, March 10, 2017. Loving mother of Shelly Ivey (Tony Bolonzon) and Sherry Roberts (James). Cherished Grandmother of Catie, Ethan, Isabella, Jazmine and Jenna. Catherine will be sadly missed by her close family friend Holly Balcomb, and her beloved friends Sandy Robinson and Lynn Smith. Catherine was a dedicated member of Knox Presbyterian Church where she had a proud involvement in both the choir and The Heather Club. She was also a member of the Simcoe Little Theatre where she enjoyed directing and acting. Catherine had a love for singing, in which she had won awards for. This is a voice that will be missed by all that knew her. As per Catherine’s wishes Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover. A memorial service in Catherine’s honour will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Port Dover on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

Published March 7th

Bill Muha
MUHA, William “Bill” of Port Dover passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in his 67th year. Loving husband of Helene, dear father of Emily, Will and Joey. Fondly remembered by his sister Sharon (Don) Bryce of South Hampton. Predeceased by his parents Elmer and Josephine. Bill was a kind man with an infectious smile and healthy sense of humour, well known and loved in the community and always up for a good time. Bill grew up and lived his life on the lake, a proud commercial diver and later shipbuilder who helped in the construction of the famous Maid of the Mist 6. He retired happily as a professional driver at Capitol Equipment; finally able to focus on all those unfinished projects he started over the years. He was also active in the community, volunteering for the Port Dover Fire Department, Perch Derby, minor league coaching and many other causes. A man that will be remembered and missed by all. Friends are invited to meet with family to share their memories of Bill on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in memory of Bill on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Port Dover Legion, 208 Market Street, Port Dover. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Port Dover Fire Department or the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Posted: March 7, 2017