Death Notices – May 2018

Published May 2, 2018

Molly Allen
ALLEN, Molly Gladys. May 6, 1925 – April 25, 2018. Passed away peacefully at Grace Villa, Hamilton. Molly is predeceased by four older siblings, one of whom, Dolly (Arley) Goddard, raised a young Molly, and then Molly’s children years later. Molly is survived by her children Sandra (Angelo) Notarianni, Susan (the late Monte) Kicksee, and Michael (Erica) Allen. Molly was a proud Nana to her grandchildren Joseph (Dianna MacLeod) Notarianni, John Notarianni, Andrea (Jorge) Clemencio, Michele (Jim Durrant) Kicksee, Peter (Olga) Allen, and Andrew Allen. She was sadly predeceased by her grandson Jason Woolridge (Julie). She was the loving grandmother, great-grandmother (G.G.), great-great-grandmother to many more, and a special aunt to Virginia Wall. Molly was an English war bride who arrived in Canada in 1946, living a busy professional life in Hamilton, and eventually settling into her much-loved Port Dover. She enjoyed many happy years there as a staunch member of St. Paul’s Church, the Women’s Institute, the Museum Board, and many others. Fiercely independent and proud, Molly lived life on her own terms. Our heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful staff at Grace Villa, who treated Molly with the utmost love, respect, and care during her four-year stay. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life was held at Grace Anglican Church, 157 Mill St. N., Waterdown, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton.

Ruth Camirand
CAMIRAND, Ruth (nee Dougherty) age 62, a life-time resident of Port Dover, Ontario passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Ruth was born on June 16, 1955 in Simcoe, Ontario and raised in Port Dover along with her siblings, to parents Alan and Irene Dougherty. Ruth was the beloved wife of Richard, devoted mother to Jenelle and her husband Todd, Andie-Mae and her husband Dustin, and loving “Glamma” of Rush Alexander. Ruth was a devoted, loving mother and very proud of her family. Ruth loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours sewing and was an amazing seamstress. Ruth spent many years working at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. Over those years she developed many beautiful friendships, and held them dear to her heart. Ruth was known as a positive, passionate woman and a warm and wonderful friend who had the ability to make people feel special. She was gentle and kind, and saw the good in everyone and will be remembered for the smile that lit up her face. She had a happy laugh and always looked on the bright side of things and was always grateful for everything and everyone. Her motto for life, be kind, because the world could always use more kindness. She was a beautiful spirit who will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Family and friends will gather at Ruth’s Celebration of Life at David’s Restaurant, 168 New Lakeshore Road, Port Dover, Ontario on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For those wishing, donations to the Cancer Support and Resource Program, The Terry Fox Foundation or charity of choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). On line donations and/or condolences can be made at

David Field
FIELD, David, 80, of Wasaga Beach, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia. He was born in Port Dover to Edward (Ted) and Lillian (Holland) Field. David began his teaching career in a one-room school house in 1959. He taught until 1994 and supplied for many years afterwards. David is survived by his wife Margret of 53 years; son Ted (Jenn) of Collingwood; daughter Audrey Prenzel (Dirk) of Trenton; daughter Sheila Laing (Will) of Wasaga Beach; daughter Suzanne Herron (Peter) of Wasaga Beach; his brothers Tom (late Yvonne) and George (Julie); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother James (Mary). He loved his nine grandchildren Alandra, Kevin, Jacob, Isaac, Rebecca, Emily, Sophia, Elise, Rachel, and great-grandson Parker. A Memorial Service was held on April 28, 2018 at Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, Wasaga Beach. The ultimate outdoor enthusiast and educator, donations in lieu of flowers are still being accepted in support of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Zone H, Youth Education Programs. For more information and to sign his Book of Memories, please visit Dave’s funeral was a tribute to a life well lived. His family shared stories of a loving and involved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law and brother. A fellow teacher described him as a mentor and dedicated professional. Many students came to pay their respects. Dave lived a very engaged life with conservation and outdoors activities as was described by another friend and fellow outdoorsman telling of Dave’s love for teaching youth to love and respect nature. Dave was honoured several times for his contribution to youth and outdoor activities (last one a provincial award). Dave never quit learning or teaching as was evident in stories shared.


Published May 9, 2018

Donald Ames
AMES, Donald “Sailor” (member of Erie Masonic Lodge No. 149 A.F. & A.M.) Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Don, loving husband of Marie. Dear father of Linda (Ian), Scott (Heather) and Judy (Mike). Cherished grandfather of Zoe, Carly, Nick, Andrew, Meredith, Victoria and Jordan. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, DRCC staff. We appreciated the support provided by the Outpatient Palliative Care to our family during this difficult time. Lise has a special place in our hearts for her care shown during this difficult time. Family and friends were received at Mount Lawn Funeral Home, 21 Garrard Rd., Whitby (N of Hwy #2) 905-443-3376 for visitation on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service in the chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to Lakeridge Health Oshawa Cancer Unit or Alzheimer Society Durham Region would be appreciated. Online condolences at

Jack Dosser
DOSSER, John Robert “Jack” passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, with family by his side in his 81st year. Jack was a long-time resident of Port Dover. Son of the late William Dosser (1952) and Florence Smith (1999). He will be sadly missed by his best friend Patricia Butler-Snively; his nephew Richard Anstee (Jen) and Richard’s children Willie (Jen), Gunner, Mitchel and Madelynne; his niece Cindy Lou Anstee, her son Justin (Elysia) and her grandchildren Jax, Jace and Eliena. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was a “Big Brother” to many. He was retired from T.D.S. (Livingston’s of Hagersville) and a former employee of Harding Carpets Brantford, Ivey’s of Port Dover, Duncan’s Orchards, Kolbe’s and Port Dover Fish Company. Predeceased by his sister Mary Lou Anstee (1975), brother-in-law Bill Anstee (1975), brother Ernie Dosser (2017), sisters-in-law Shirley Dosser (1989) and Elizabeth Dosser (2013). Cremation has taken place. As per his wishes a private interment will take place at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Marburg Hall on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and share their memories of Jack. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Annette Wedlake
WEDLAKE, Annette Logan, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Aunt Annette on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in her 81st year. She will be greatly missed by her nieces Kim Hitchon, Lee MacDonald (the late John), nephews Jay Hitchon (Patrice) and Robin Hitchon and their families. Predeceased by her parents James and Marion Wedlake and her sister Isobel (Wedlake) Hitchon. Annette was a long-time and loyal employee of both Lockington Sports and Grand & Toy. A family graveside service will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to CanPku would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published May 16, 2018

Julia Andrews
ANDREWS, Julia Harriet: Passed away on May 10, 2018, in her 99th year. Born in London, England. Wife of John (Jack) F. Andrews (2005). Mother of Robert (Bob) and his wife Suzanne, Port Ryerse, ON. Glenn and his wife Kathryn, Port Credit, ON. Grandmother to Michael, Peterborough, ON, Anthony and his wife Andrea, Peterborough, ON, Kate, Bremen, GER; Ellen, Port Credit, ON. Great-grandmother of 6, great-great-grandmother of 5. She will also be missed by lifelong friends Daphne and Alfred (Niagara Falls). Loving friend to Karen, Wendy and Terry, and Suzie (Port Dover). In 1951 she immigrated to Windsor, ON with her son Bob, joining her husband Jack. She travelled back to England for a year, with sons Bob and Glenn, then lived in the United States before settling in Niagara Falls, ON for 46 years before moving to Port Dover, ON in 2004 with Jack. At school the headmaster wrote upon her leaving “Julia has a great artistic talent”. She fully developed this during her later years to become a proficient artist, passing her talents on to numerous students. A most supportive wife to her husband of almost 60 years and a loving mother to her sons, forever. She outlived her family in England and was bright and articulate to the end. A light luncheon reception will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Rosewood Senior Living, 121 Colborne St. South, Simcoe, ON from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please join us to share memories. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Norfolk General Hospital Palliative Care unit. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements.

William Heeley
HEELEY, William Thomas of Simcoe. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of William Thomas Heeley on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Norfolk General Hospital. Bill passed away peacefully with his niece Shelley at his side. Bill was predeceased by his parents Matthew and Jane Heeley, and his sister RoseMarie Symington. Bill was 68. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Henry) Duffy, brothers Timothy (Barbara) Healey, and James (Jim) Heeley. Nieces Terri, Shelley (Phil), and Mee Sun Healey (Allan); and great-nephews. In accordance with Bill’s wishes, cremation took place Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Donations may be made to the Food Bank in your area, Heart & Stroke Foundation or any charity of your choice. Special thanks to the Staff at Norfolk General Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published May 23, 2018

Judy Sherk 
SHERK, Judith “Judy” (nee Griffiths) of Waterford, formerly of Port Dover passed away at Brantford General Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in her 58th year. Beloved wife of Steve. Cherished mother of Zac and his wife Melanie Turner. Loving grandmother of Morgan and Willow. Much loved daughter of Jean and the late Bob Griffiths, and daughter-in-law of Lillian and the late Harold Sherk. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Danny and Cathy Griffiths, Jeff Griffiths, Jim and Kim Griffiths, Linda and Chris Gerrett and Mary and Tim Yardley. Judy will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. For years Judy worked as a natural health practitioner, dedicated to helping improve others lives mentally, physically and spiritually. In keeping with Judy’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 123 at 223 Nichol St., Waterford. For those wishing, donations to your local food bank or charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published May 30, 2018

Alan Atherton
ATHERTON, Alan Frank. Passed away peacefully at Hospice Niagara surrounded by family. Alan succumbed to his long battle with cancer on May 23, 2018 at the age of 75. Dad will be sadly missed by Laura Lee Allen (Troy), Tim (Michelle), Leigh (David Watt), and Caroline Polgrabia (Mark). Grandpa to Bronwyn, Kassandra, Benjamin, Sullivan and Beth, Papa to Jayden and Kaitlyn. Alan is survived by his brother James (Lois) and many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Mildred of Welland. Cremation and a private family interment has taken place. A celebration of life event will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Pleasantview Funeral Home (905-892-1699). Our family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Hospice Niagara for their outstanding care and support. As an expression of sympathy donations to Hospice Niagara would be appreciated. Online condolences

Bridget Brown
BROWN, Bridget (nee Blackhurst) of Port Dover, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by the love of her family at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of Stuart. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Ian and Allison Brown of Guelph, Rebecca and Jamie Shapiro of St. Catharines, Jennifer and David Wright of Toronto and Ann Brown of Toronto. Cherished grandmother of Sarah, Emily, Tucker, Ginny, Connor, Spencer and Harry; great-grandmother of Owen, Isobel, Violet, Alice, Holden, Henry, Bode, and Dax. Will be sadly missed by her brother Miles Blackhurst of Midland and sister-in-law Catharine Brown of Port Dover. Predeceased by her sisters, Joan, Paddy and Virginia and brother Charles (Tucker) Blackhurst. Bridget served in the Canadian Women’s Auxilliary Corp. (CWAC) and worked in the library of the University of Toronto. Bridget and Stuart grew up in Port Dover, but lived several years in Toronto. They returned to Port Dover in 1977 and were business owners, where they operated the MTO licensing office and Brown’s Footwear. Bridget was community-minded and was a member of the Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society, she was instrumental in the Christmas lighting decoration in Powell Park and helped in the creation of the Elmer Lewis Parkette. Friends were invited to celebrate Bridget’s life at the Funeral Service on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market and St. George Sts.). The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiated, interment Port Dover Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, (519-583-1530). For those wishing, memorial donations to the Port Dover Board of Trade for the Christmas lighting, H/N Alzheimer Society or St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

George Burcham
BURCHAM, George James (Sr.) of Port Dover, passed away Sunday, May 27 at Dover Cliffs at age 89. Born May 18, 1929 in Port Dover. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Ethel Burcham. Survived by his wife Margaret (Peggy) and his four children Linda MacDonald and Robert Taylor; Barb and Larry Weaver; Julie Stonewall, George Burcham (Stoney). Grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Brother of Helen and the late Bill Crosbie and Donald and Doreen Burcham. George was a lifelong fixture on Main Street, operating Burcham’s Service Station until he retired. He was an avid fisherman and hockey player. George was also a past member of the Port Dover Fire Department. At George’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion. If so desired, donations may be made in George’s memory to Port Dover Minor Hockey.

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