Death Notices May 2017

Published May 24th

Tom Campbell
CAMPBELL, Thomas Joseph (Tom) – Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Brantford General Hospital. Mr. Tom Campbell of Simcoe at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Denise (nee Deforche) for 51 years. Loving father to David of Simcoe and Susan McCartney (Craig) of Dundas. Cherished Grampie to Lea and Keira. Dear brother to Marie Harris (Don) of Toronto. Tom will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Tom grew up in Hamilton and moved to Toronto where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto. Tom held teaching positions in Toronto, Aldershot and Simcoe before becoming head of the Geography Department, in 1969, at Port Dover Composite School where he remained until retiring in 1986. Tom influenced the lives of many as a teacher for over 30 years with many former students taking the time to keep him updated on the events in their lives. Tom was also active in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, serving as president of District 5 (Brant Oxford, Norfolk and Elgin), 1969-70. His retirement was a geographer’s dream, involving, among other things, travel to the four corners of the world. He and Denise created travelogues to share with friends, family and organizations. As a geographer he was interested in the environment, geopolitics, both local and global and the sustainability of world resources and many hours of his week were filled with leadership and volunteer work devoted to these causes. Tom was a member of the following: the Council of Canadians; the Simcoe Probus Club; the Simcoe Amateur Radio Club; the Simcoe Chapter of the Knights of Columbus; and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. In recognition of his contributions to volunteering, Tom was a recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. An avid chess player, Tom always had the chess board ready for a game and he was always up for an ambitious game of golf. An ardent and devoted Blue Jays fan, one of Tom’s last conversations before he passed, involved a discussion of Kevin Pillar’s walk-off home run. Friends were invited to visit on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). At Tom’s request, a private family service will be held followed by private interment at Delhi Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Juravinski Cancer Centre or a charity of one’s choice. Parish prayers were said from the funeral home on Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by the Knights of Columbus service. Online condolences may be made at www.ferrisfuneral.com

Wayne Gaston
GASTON, Robert Kenneth “Wayne” of Port Dover, passed away at Dover Cliffs LTC surrounded by the love of his family, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in his 77th year.  Beloved husband of Patricia. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Karen and Brian Van Ooteghem, Daryle Gaston and Lori Ross, Harrison and Lynda Bonnar, Kendall and Denise Bonnar, Casey Sidwell and Leslie Gilmore. Cherished grandfather of Sara, Mae, Emily, Simon, Arden, Carleigh, Harrison, Taylor, Josh, Olivia, Sara and Adam. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Greg and Joanne Gaston, Kathy Gaston and Patricia Gaston. Predeceased by brothers Marshall, John and David, sisters Shirley Salerne and her husband Albert, Patricia Yearwood and her husband Bob and Marion Stroud and her husband Gary. Wayne was a lifelong member of St. Cecilia’s Parish, a dedicated member of St. Williams Lions Club for 25 years and a proud member of the Gentlemen of Harmony for 19 years and an Al-Anon member for 15 years. Wayne will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends. Friends are invited to meet with family to share memories of Wayne on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530) 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11 a.m at St. Cecilia’s Parish (Lynn Park Rd.) Port Dover. Celebrant Father Lucio Couto. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to The ALS Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Robert (Bob) Pepper
PEPPER, Robert (Bob) – January 9, 1930 to May 21, 2017 It is with great sadness that we announce that Bob passed away suddenly and peacefully with family by his side in his 88th year after a day spent doing some of his favourite things. Bob will be remembered for his devotion to family, a solid work ethic and sense of duty, dedication to the community, and a keen spirit for adventure and the outdoors. Bob will be greatly missed by his children Janet (John Frederick) and Jim (Veronica) Pepper. He leaves behind his devoted wife Evelyn and her children Doug McKenzie, Linda Haupert and Dave McKenzie. Bob is survived by his brother Jim and his wife Pat and was brother-in-law to Eileen Pepper, Bernice Irish. Peter and Marion Robinson and Harry Robinson. Bob was predeceased by his brother George and by Evelyn’s daughter Barbara and grandson Bobby. He was Uncle Bob to Maureen, Gord and George Irish, Ginnie, Sue and Sally Pepper and to Andrea Pepper and their families. Bob is also survived by many members of the Robinson family including grandchildren Tyler, Kelly, Hailey, Carol, Patrick, Ryan, Derek and great grandchildren. Bob spent his early years in Port Dover. He developed a love for boats at an early age. His first jobs involved working on the Great Lakes. When it came time to settle into family life, Bob worked at the American Can in Simcoe, where he was known for his skill as a mechanic. Bob developed a keen interest in the outdoors as a Scout and Rover leader. He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) when he was 19 and held the position of Noble Grand at the Jarvis Lodge 191 until he passed away. While not old enough to serve in World War II, Bob held a great deal of respect for those who did. Bob joined the Royal Canadian Legion in the early 1980s. He served as Memorial Chair for several years where he took pride in organizing Remembrance and Decoration Day services, worked with Legion chaplains to plan fitting farewells for veterans and marched in the Warrior’s Day parade as a member of the Colour Party. He took very seriously the commitment that “We will remember them.” He was honoured as Legionnaire of the Year. Bob volunteered at the Warplane Heritage Museum and enjoyed many air shows over the years. He was particularly delighted when he was able to arrange for Harvards or a Lancaster bomber to fly over Simcoe on Remembrance Day. In his retirement Bob logged more than 550 volunteer hours a year with the Norfolk OPP. He received a Commissioner’s Commendation for Community Service in 2007 for his volunteer work with community policing. The Pepper family extend their gratitude to Dr. Anna for her years of care and kindness, N.G.H. ER Doctors, Nurses and the Haematology Staff and to CCAC visiting nurses. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday May 24th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W4 (519-426-1314). Where Bob’s funeral will take place on Thursday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Bryan Robertson officiating. A private family interment at Oakwood Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion (200 West St, Simcoe, ON N3Y4K8) in the upstairs main hall. If so desired, the family has requested that donations be made to Norfolk General Hospital Foundation, Trinity Anglican Church or a charity of one’s choice. There will be a Legion Memorial Service on Wednesday at 6:45 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.ferrisfuneral.com

 

Published May 17th

Al Fiddes
FIDDES, Allan. On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Al (Allan) Fiddes in his 89th year. Al is survived by his daughters Sue (John Roberts), Angela (Bud Grabham) and Alison Fiddes. Predeceased in November 2015 by his son Alan (Eve) in the UK. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Lee While, Wes While, Kristen Fiddes, and in the UK Michelle Fiddes. A true British gent with a wicked sense of humour, Al came to Canada in 1994 to join his daughter Sue, and fell in love with Port Dover. He was quickly followed by Angela and Alison. Al spent his working life with the West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Company as Chief Marine Engineer. He loved his life in the Merchant Navy and enjoyed telling of his adventures and escapades on his world travels. He loved to cook and his Pea and Ham Soup and Curries were second to none. He loved movies and music of all genres. Al was a past member of the Port Dover Lions Club. Cremation has taken place with Thompson Waters Funeral Home handling the arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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’s 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 on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe with interment in the family plot at Aylmer Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in Harold’s name are asked to choose a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at www.baldockfuneralhome.com

Fay Tisdale
TISDALE, Fay (nee Martin) of Port Dover, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in her 79th year at Dover Cliffs LTC. Predeceased by her husband Ross. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Ross and Kathy Tisdale, Louise and Gord McLean, Karen and Leo Duwyn and Andrew Tisdale and Zoe. Cherished grandmother of Alisha, Lauren and Vynessa. In keeping with Fay’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published May 10th

Jean Patrick
It is with great sadness that I share that Jean Patrick passed away in her sleep on April 10, 2017 in Scotland. She will be sadly missed by her good friend Ann Barnes and all who knew her, especially her friends at The Coffee Shop. One of her greatest pleasures was going around the Port Dover shops, buying little treats to send home to her family.

Published May 3rd

Floyd Bowman
BOWMAN, Floyd Edward – It is with the deepest and most profound sadness that our family announces the passing of Floyd on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in his 94th year. He is now reunited with his wife Marjorie. A resident of Norview Lodge, Floyd was a World War II Veteran who recently received the Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, was a lifetime member and past Sergeant of Arms, and Poppy Chairman at the Hugh Allan Royal Canadian Legion Branch 158 of Port Dover. He is survived by his sons Bruce (Leslie), Richard (Ann, predeceased), Chris (Marianne); grandchildren Nadine (Matt), Jennifer (Bill); and great-grandchildren Emilie, Curtis and Grace. Predeceased by his wife Marjorie of 58 plus years, who was a member of the British Women’s Land Army and a war bride. A Celebration of  Floyd’s Life will be held at the Hugh Allan Royal Canadian Legion Branch 158 in Port Dover on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. Private family graveside service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of the Norview Lodge in Simcoe for the care they provided Floyd during his stay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or your local Poppy Fund. He will be remembered by his relatives, friends and Legion Comrades. Interment for Marjorie and Floyd will be at the Bayview Cemetery and Crematorium in Burlington, Ontario.

 

Posted: May 9, 2017