Death Notices March 2017

Published March 29th

Marilyn Dunn
DUNN, Marilyn Ann (nee Dieter) – In loving memory of Marilyn Ann Dunn (nee Dieter) of Port Dover who passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the age of 73. Beloved wife of Jim Dunn (predeceased). Dear father of Jason (Alison) and Tyler (Natalie). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Morgan, Paige, Makayla and Carter and her beloved canine Sam. Predeceased by her parents Art and Florence Dieter. Marilyn enjoyed gardening, curling, and sunsets at the cottage. She cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Funeral service for Marilyn will be held on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Little Current, Ontario. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Harold Garton
GARTON, Harold Clifford – Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital on Friday, March 10, 2017 of Port Dover in his 98th year. Son of the late Gordon and Vera Garton and much beloved husband of the Late Marjorie Culham (2008). Harold is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A former elementary teacher, he taught at Boston (Ontario) Public School where in one room was responsible for 80-plus students. The Simcoe School Board got wind of this and hired Harold to be the principal of South School until his retirement in 1975 after some 35 years of teaching. Harold was an avid sports fan and was quite the baseball pitcher in his day and could lob a ball with absolutely no spin. As a golfer, he was always a wary opponent and joined the hole-in-one group on at least one occasion. He and his late wife, Marjorie, loved to bicycle throughout many of the streets in Port Dover. This perfect gentleman was loved by many friends and his relatives and enjoyed the respect of many of his supportive neighbours. He also acted, recently, as the “greeter” at the local church Christmas dinners for several years. Ever grateful, he would have wanted to thank the many neighbours who so enriched his life and also the staff at Norfolk General Hospital and the Emergency Measures Services personnel. A celebration of Harold’s life will be held at a later date at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe with interment in the family plot at Alymer Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Harold’s name are asked to choose a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at

William Lediard
LEDIARD, William Joseph – Passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017 at the Norfolk General Hospital. William will be sadly missed by his life partner Shirley Coulson and her family. William also leaves behind his brother Patrick (Vel) of Midland, Ontario and many other family members. William was a long-time member of the Port Dover Legion. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover. As per William’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family burial will take place at a later date. Donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

Ruth Loughton
LOUGHTON, Ruth – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Ruth (Bullivant) Loughton on March 24, 2017. Ruth was born in Manchester, England on July 22, 1932 and immigrated to Canada with her family on July 1, 1967. Ruth is predeceased by her parents John and Mae Bullivant, her son Martin, and her loving husband of 58 years, Arthur Loughton. Ruth is survived by her son Graham (Cynthia) Loughton, her daughter-in-law, Sandra Loughton, siblings Joyce (Norman) Rhodes, John (Jean) Bullivant, Janet (Keith) Florence, and Roger Bullivant. Ruth is also survived by her five grandchildren, Geoffrey (Sabina), Jeremy, Benjamin, Ruby and Theo, of whom she was fiercely proud. Ruth leaves behind brothers-in-law John and David Loughton, as well as many nieces and nephews and dear friends in England and Canada. Ruth graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Horticulture. It was there that Ruth met Arthur. Ruth worked in the public school system in Simcoe, Ontario for many years working with developmentally challenged students. Ruth also belonged to many community organizations including the Norfolk Singers, the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives, the Norfolk Field Naturalists, and the Probus Club of Simcoe & District. Ruth spent many hours volunteering, including tutoring in adult literacy. Those who knew and loved Ruth will miss her zest for life, wonderful sense of humour, and her passion for the arts and the great outdoors. Visitation will take place at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. South, Simcoe (519-426-1314), at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, followed by a celebration of Ruth’s life at noon. Reception to follow at the Simcoe Legion, 200 West St. Online condolences may be left at Memorial donations may be made to the Norfolk Field Naturalists.

Dave Shovlin
SHOVLIN: David William – Passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 17, 2017 with his family by his side. Survived by his beloved wife and best friend Marcy. Predeceased by his parents Bill and Louise Shovlin. Survived by his beloved sister Loretta Stewart and his long-time friend and brother-in-law Jim Stewart, also survived by his nephews and nieces Leslie Stewart (David), Matthew Stewart (Lori), Jenny and Rob Petch. They loved their Uncle Dave very much. Marcy’s family in Vancouver was a large part of Dave’s life, his sister-in-law Myrna (deceased), Neva (Glen), Erna Mae (Tony) along with nephews and nieces that adored him, Greg, Graham, Tania, John Butler (deceased), Melissa, Jerry, Shari and Casey. Dave was a founding member of the Corvettes of Southern Ontario and loved to drive his Vette. He was self-employed for over 35 years and a past member of the Simcoe Kinsmen Club. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 17 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe in care of arrangements (519-426-5102). Online condolences at

Audrey Swan
SWAN, Audrey Beatrice (nee Robinson) – It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Audrey Beatrice Swan on January 28, 2017. Audrey will be missed by many family members and friends. Cremation and interment took place in British Columbia.

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 1st
William Downie
Downie, William Peter. Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Jean. Loving father of Ian Downie (Margaret Gazandlare), and Kathie Delic (Dave Servatius). Devoted grandfather of Jesson (Juanita) Downie, Sarah (Nick) Sunderland, Jamie (Amanda) McInnes, and David Delic, and his great-grandchildren Ellie and Lucie Sunderland and Logan and Carter McInnes. He is survived by his brother Tom (the late Mary). Predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth (nee McIntyre), and his sister Katherine (Andy) Houston. He will also be fondly remembered by Jean Hastings, of St. George, his many friends at Paris Taxi, and many other family members and friends. Friends were received at the Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave., Brantford on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Service was held in the chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation followed. Donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada 300 – 5165 Sherbrooke Street, West Montreal, QC H4A 1T6, or the Brantford General Hospital, 200 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON N3R 1G9 – Dialysis Unit would be appreciated. Online condolences, donations, service details and live funeral webcast will be available at A tree will be planted in memory of William in the Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest.


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