Death Notices – March 2019


Published March 27, 2019

Allen McMann
McMANN, Allen – March 22, 2019 at the Norfolk General Hospital, with his wife Jackie at his side. David Allen Lewis McMann was born in 1937 and grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Port Dover, moving to town with his family in 1949. As a teenager in Port Dover, he began his 38-year career with Canada Post, first sorting mail and finally as long-time senior assistant (Port Dover) and postmaster (Jarvis, 1981-1990). Allen may be best remembered for his ever-polite, gentlemanly manner, his passion for fiddle playing, and his pastime as purveyor of Country Candy’s much-loved candy floss and apples, a business he inherited from in-laws Harry and Gibby Rolston. Allen was happiest playing his “little red fiddle,” first with the Country Driftwoods in the 1960s, and more recently with the Country Snowbirds near his winter home in Largo, Florida. Even beset by Alzheimer’s, Allen remembered his fiddle tunes and smiled as he played. In earlier years, Allen and fellow St. John’s Ambulance attendant Charlie Bridgwater ran Port Dover’s first ambulance service from 1955-1960, working day and night with a cast of volunteers, providing first aid to the town’s injured and ill and rushing victims to hospital. He remembered hours spent in local arenas treating hockey injuries. A proud Power Squadron member, Allen enjoyed boating to Long Point. In 1977 his life changed when he married Jackie (Rolston) Landon and moved to Port Ryerse, where he bravely took on life with Jackie’s three children and rural surroundings, transforming the house and grounds with his carpentry skills. A third-generation Port Doverite, he takes with him his remarkable knowledge of the characters of the town of his youth. He jokingly said that if he didn’t see Firman Smith in heaven when he dies, he’ll know he’s in hell. We’re confident he’s nodding to Firman. Allen is predeceased by his mother, Erie Belle LaRose McMann; father, George McMann; and brother, Ron McMann. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; step-children Greg Landon (Kathy Heastont), Sally Landon (Kevin Holly) and Laura Landon (Bruce Wark); grandchildren Alexia Landon, Connor Landon, and Sam Preston; sister-in-law Joan McMann; niece Kelly Smith (Bill); niece Leanne Rolston (Adam MacDonald) and nephew Steve Rolston. Donations in Allen’s memory can be made to Port Dover Grace United Church, Port Ryerse Memorial Church, or the Alzheimer Society. A celebration of Allen’s life will be held at the Port Dover Legion on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 1-4 p.m.

Shirley Robertson
ROBERTSON, Shirley – passed away January 23, 2019 in Hamilton. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Arthur (2017). She is dearly missed by her children Pauline (Hal) Marquis, Darlene (Gerry) Pruden, Gordon (Cherryl) Kane, Art Jr. (Margaret) Robertson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley was a long-time resident of Port Dover, a member of Woodhouse United Church and the UCW. Cremation and a family service have already taken place. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at Woodhouse United Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Published March 13, 2019

Sharon McKenzie
MacKENZIE, Sharon Elizabeth of Simcoe – Passed away at the Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home on Monday, March 4, 2019 in her 79th year. Daughter of the late Russell and Mildred Churchill. Much beloved wife of the late John Bruce MacKenzie. Loving mother of Sandra MacKenzie (Jeff McQueen), James MacKenzie (Heather Jenereaux), Diane Gerrett (George Misener), Micheal MacKenzie (Natalie) and Cindy Ashton (Brian). Also surviving are her 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her 8 siblings. Sharon was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #79. Friends were invited to meet with the family on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe where the funeral was held on Friday at 12 noon. Reverend Kathryn Vance officiated followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Sharon’s memory are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences at

Ashley St. Jules
ST. JULES, Ashley (Gravelle) of Port Dover passed away suddenly Saturday, March 2, 2019, in her 36th year. Cherished and loved daughter of Karen and Larry St. Jules of Port Dover and Michael Gravelle of Sault Ste. Marie. Dear sister and best friend of Joshua of Oshawa and always remembered by boyfriend Brian Jacobs. Loving granddaughter of Anthony and Doreen Ciaschini of Sault Ste. Marie. Sadly missed by her aunts and uncles, Debbie, (Mark), Kathy, Anne Marie, Mark (Andrea), Jo Anne (Carlo), Roger, Theresa (Terry), Pat (Randy), Bobby (Heather), Henry (Maureen), Gloria, Eddie (Annette), and many cousins. Ashley was passionate about the care and rescue of animals, she enjoyed her job as a sandwich artist at Port Dover and Cayuga Subway and in her spare time she liked to read and cook. She will be remembered by many for her friendly and outgoing personality. All services will be private, arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, memorial donations in Ashley’s memory can be made to the Simcoe and District Humane Society. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Peter Wingfield
WINGFIELD, William “Peter” — With profound sadness we announce the passing of Pete after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband and best friend of 47 years to Carole Wingfield (nee Smith). Cherished father of Christopher (Olivia) Wingfield of Chamby, Switzerland and Stacey (Shane) Stuart of Berlin, Germany; dear Bapa of grandchildren William and Oriana, Willow, Maya, Brynn and Kian. Peter was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (nee Hoover) and father Bill Wingfield, sister and brother-in-law Ann and John Rowbottom, brother and sister-in-law Steve and Lois Wingfield. Pete will be greatly missed by his little sisters, Jane White of Simcoe and Kelly (Ron) McEachen of Parkhill along with his special brother and sister-in-law Stephen and Terri Smith of Ayr. Peter’s greatest love and life’s passion was teaching. He began his career in 1964 and taught at various elementary and secondary schools including Delhi District Secondary School and Port Dover Composite School. Peter’s professional and caring leadership along with his selfless love of his students and schools touched many lives. Peter was an active coach of many sports; including basketball, volleyball and track & field. He was a member of the Simcoe Curling Club, Norfolk Golf and Country Club and the Lynn Meadows Golf Club. Peter was an accomplished artist whose humour, love of travel and life will leave an indelible mark. A celebration of life will follow in the Spring. The Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to donate in memory of Peter are asked to consider the Wheels of Hope or the Cancer Support & Resource Program. Personal online condolences at or 519-426-0199.


Published March 6, 2019

Jacqueline Clark
CLARK, Jacqueline Scovil (nee Yerex), formerly of Port Dover and Delhi, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019 in her 86th year at the Kensington Hospice in Toronto, surrounded by her three children. Predeceased by her husband Joseph R. Clark and her brothers Andrew, Hilton, David and Patrick. She was treasured by her family and friends for being loving, supportive, curious, animated, insightful and wise and will be greatly missed by her children Carrie (Dr. Michael Roberts), Beth, and Hugh (Denise Squire), her grandchildren, Andrew (Brandi Caldwell), Erin, Jacob, Liam, Sarah, Christopher and Wynne and her two great-grandchildren Sienna and Ashton. Her Spring funeral service in Port Dover will be announced at a later date. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to both Christie Gardens and Kensington Hospice for their exemplary thoughtful and compassionate care. For those wishing, donations can be made to The Port Dover Foundation through Thompson Waters Funeral Home at 519-583-1530 or either now or at the time of the funeral.

Grant Denison
January 19, 1938 – February 14, 2019
DENISON, Grant Edwin — 81, of Port Dover, died suddenly on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Hamilton General Hospital. Predeceased by his parents, John Clark Denison and Ada May Grant, he leaves his beloved wife Linda of Port Dover and four cherished children, son Jeffrey (Jenn) and daughters, Kari Van Camp (Paul), Lisa O’Hara Longo, and Lori O’Hara-Hoke (Paul). His grandchildren always lit up his heart, they meant so much to him: Liam O’Hara-Hoke, Benjamin Longo, Emma O’Hara-Hoke, Lauren Longo, and Jaxon Denison. Grant will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his dear brother and sister-in-law, Garth and Marilyn Denison of Brampton, and two talented nieces, Kelly Low (daughter Brooke) and Karen Ptacek (sons Devin and Ryan). Grant leaves several close Denison cousins and family members in Calgary. Grant was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Vancouver and Toronto. A brilliant man with his mind and his hands, he contributed to many organizations over the years. Retirement enabled Grant and Linda to travel and spend many winters in Tucson, where on a lucky day in bright sunlight, you could both hike and ski. They criss-crossed Canada and the United States with like-minded adventurers over the years and had great stories to share; but were always glad to settle back in Port Dover and catch up with neighbours and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed entertaining at home, visiting the local restaurants and the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, always the advocate for Port Dover’s lifestyle. Grant had many talents and hobbies, from woodworking, to skiing, to the joy of owning British sports cars, to tinkering and creating in his workshop, Formula One racing to football and more. Any new idea inspired him to action! A life led to the fullest. Grant was fortunate to be helped by many skilled physicians and surgeons. Grant’s family wish to extend a very special thank you to Dr. David Szalay, Head of Clinical Services and Vascular Surgery, and the ICU and Cardiovascular nursing and support staff at Hamilton General Hospital; to Dr. Perry Mayer, Mayer Institute, Hamilton; and Elana Lloyd for the exemplary nursing care provided by her in Port Dover. A private Celebration of Life will be held in late spring. For those wishing, the family would appreciate donations to the Port Dover Community Foundation, or Hamilton Health Sciences – Cardiac Care Fund. The Port Dover Community Foundation supports many worthwhile local charities. Donations in Grant’s memory can be made online at or by cheque, made out to Port Dover Community Foundation, PO Box 841, 23 Market St. W., Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0. Donations to the Hamilton Health Sciences – Cardiac Care Fund can be made online at, select Memorial Donations, in memory of Grant Denison, Designation – Other, and type in Hamilton Health Services – Cardiac Care Fund. Or mail a cheque to Hamilton Health Services – Cardiac Care Fund, Box 739, LCD 1, Hamilton ON, L8N 3M8, or phone 905-522-3863.

Claire Hasely
HASELY, Claire of Port Dover passed away at Dover Cliffs LTC on Monday, February 25, 2019 in her 86th year. Predeceased by her parents Allan and Kathleen and sister Marie. Claire served her country in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Petty Officer 1st Class, which she dedicated her life to. She was a resident of Dover Cliffs LTC and will be missed by staff and her friends that she loved playing cards with. In keeping with Claire’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at Dover Cliffs LTC, 500 St. George St., Port Dover on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Beverly Talbot
TALBOT, Beverly Ann (nee McLaughlin) – Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital Nursing Home in Simcoe, on Monday, February 25, 2019, at the age of 79. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Brad and Doris Talbot, Christine Dougherty and Charlene Talbot. Proud Nanny of Brendon, Danielle, Chad, Jesse, Chase, Austin and Aydin. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Gwen and Richard Burns, Karen and John Winn, Leonard, Sharon and Diane. Predeceased by her husband George, her parents Harold and Helen McLaughlin, her brothers Gary and Dale and sisters Marilyn, Mary and Marjorie. Bev was an avid reader and an excellent baker. In keeping with Bev’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover. For those wishing, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at Celebration of Life date to be determined.

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