Death Notices November 2014

Published November 26th 2014

Ron Butchart
BUTCHART, Ronald of Port Dover passed away suddenly on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Hamilton General Hospital in his 83rd year. Dear father of Cheryl (Guy) Simon of Langton, Karen (Cam) Laforme of Tillsonburg, Katy, Chris and Chuck (Adrienne) all of Simcoe. Proud grandfather of Tracy, Shaun, Alexis, Ryan and Jake. Adoring great-grandfather of Cadence, Emma and Gavin. Will be missed by his siblings Dave (June) and Darlene and sisters-in-law Lorna and Karen. Predeceased by his wife Janet, parents Hector and Vanetta, grandson Neil, brothers Ray, Dennis and Lloyd, sister Dorothy, sister-in-law Lois and brothers-in-law Ken Smith and Ernie Boughner. Ron’s life was working, fishing and hunting, travelling in the motor home and lots of bluegrass music … can it get much better?! A Celebration of Life will be held in Ron’s memory on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Port Dover Legion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to Norfolk General Hospital or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Fred Knechtel  
KNECHTEL, Fred W. of Port Dover passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 86th year. Loving father of Wendy Knechtel (Kirby) Collins, Debbie (Bob) Hunter, Peter, Diane (Ernie) Natte and David (Terry) all of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Alex, Ryan, Jake, Jordan, Gerrit, Calvin and Laken. Fred will be missed by his sisters Jean (Allan) Goodwin of Aurora, Ohio, Joyce (Don) White of Stoney Creek and brother-in-law Howard Tackaberry of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his wife Betty, parents Fred and Hilda, brother Donald and sister Doreen. To some, it appeared that Fred just loved to work, but really he loved people. Work was his way to be with people. Whether it was working as a carney, escorting stars at the Brant Inn, managing at the Summer Garden, patrolling the streets as a Port Dover policeman, running a restaurant, or ultimately, at the age of 85, operating his funky beach store in Dover’s old bowling alley. All of this enabled him to be connected to people. Anytime any of these people needed something, he was always there for them. He loved the people who worked with him … he loved the fact that all his kids stayed with him … he loved that his grandkids were joining in the business, but most of all he loved Betty. Rest in Peace Dad. Friends were invited to meet with family to share memories of Fred on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A service to Celebrate Fred’s Life was held on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Grace United Church, corners of Chapman and St. George Streets, at 1 p.m. Reverend Jeff Smith officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Ed Kunz
KUNZ, Edwin Jacobus – passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Victoria Hospital, London, in his 59th year. Born in the Netherlands on May 17, 1956, he and his parents immigrated to Sarnia in 1958; he was raised in Port Dover, and was currently of Toronto. He will be missed by his son Kevin of Toronto, his mother Josiena Skibo of Bright’s Grove, his sister Miriam and Paul Kleber of Watford, and his brother Andrew Kunz and Christina Kidd of St. Thomas. Ed was a loving uncle to Dale Kleber, Ben Kleber, Wade Kleber, Adam Kunz, and Ian Kunz. He was predeceased by his father George (1995). He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. With his love of computers and Steam Whistle beer he became the “Man of Mystery” on the cover of the Steam Whistle calendar. Ed always had time to share ideas with friends. He lived a unique life enjoying many hobbies including swimming, acting, music, and fixing cars. He will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wyoming Baptist Church, 484 Broadway St., Wyoming. Pastor Steve Stanley officiated. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the London Health Sciences Foundation (London Regional Cancer Centre), and can be arranged by calling the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia (519-882-0100). Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at

Shirley Milne
MILNE, Shirley Patricia “Shirl” (nee Smith) – promoted to the loving arms of her Lord and Saviour at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Friday, November 21, 2014 in her 79th year. Cherished wife of Al Milne of Port Dover. Loving mother of Scott (Phyllis) of Simcoe and Cam (Sharon) of Welland. Sadly missed by her sister-in-law Margaret Smith of Simcoe. Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her brothers Jim (Alice) and Art Smith. Friends were invited to share their memories of Shirley with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Shirley’s home going service was held in the chapel on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Rob Sharpe officiating. Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to donate in memory of Shirley were asked to consider the Simcoe & District Humane Society or Operation Christmas Child. Personal online condolences at (519-426-0199).

Published November 19th 2014

Ronald Butchart
BUTCHART, Ronald. Passed away at Hamilton General Hospital on Monday, November 17, 2014 in his 83rd year. Arrangements, incomplete at press time, entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530.

Cam Buttrum
BUTTRUM, Cameron. Passed away after a long illness at Willowgrove Long Term Care facility in Ancaster on Friday, November 14, 2014 in his 85th year. Loving father of Kevin (Cheryl) of Stoney Creek and Eric (Diane) of Hamilton. Proud grandfather of Kim (Tom), Amber, Scott, Cameron and Erin. Great grandfather of Benjamin. Will be fondly remembered by his brother Murray (Margaret) of Ancaster. Predeceased by his wife Betty and parents Harold and Barbara. Cam loved to sing, was a choir member at his church, volunteered his time at Norfolk General Hospital, and enjoyed travelling and playing cards. Friends are invited to meet with family to share their memories of Cam on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11a.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530. A service to Celebrate Cam’s life will be held at the funeral home Chapel following visitation at 1 p.m. Father Kendall Reimer officiant. For those wishing, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Wayne Jacobs
JACOBS, Wayne Charles. After a short, fierce battle with cancer, Wayne is at peace. Entered into rest at Stedman Hospice Hankinson House in Brantford on Saturday, November. 15, 2014 in his 59th year. Son of William S. Jacobs and Dely; Frances Emslie (Hunt); big brother to Debi Jacobs (Dan Whynacht); Dawn Jacobs (Randy Keeton); and Bill and Jocelyn Jacobs. Step-brother to Dianne (Jim Strohm); Dale (Frank Vecero); Patti Emslie; Gene and Helen Emslie; and Barry and Sandy Emslie. Predeceased by step-father Tom Emslie and step-brother Scott Emslie. Uncle to Dana, Dillon, David, Dakota and Danielle and many step-nieces and nephews. The family honoured his life with visitation at the Hyde & Mott Chapel, R.H.B. Anderson Funeral Homes Ltd., 60 Main Street South, Hagersville on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service was held in the chapel on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. with visiting one hour prior. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stedman Hospice Hankinson House or the West Haldimand General Hospital.

Steve Mackenzie
MACKENZIE, Steve of Port Dover suddenly at Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in his 68th year. Cherished husband of Carole, dear father of Shelley and Cary (Theresa). Adoring grandfather to Clayton and Braylea. Steve will be sadly missed by his mother Agnes, and fondly remembered by his siblings Tom (Bonnie) of New Glasgow, NS, Hal of Hamilton, Alexander and Michael both of Glengarry, NS, Jerry of Bradford, Jack (Lillian) of Tillsonburg, Marsha (Dave) of Truro, NS, Sherry (Phil) of Sunnybrae, NS, Colleen (Donnie) of Bridgeville, NS and Wendy (Andy) of Eureka, NS. Steve lived and breathed for his grandchildren, enjoyed cooking especially BBQ, loved his Nova Scotia and will be lovingly remembered for his phone calls to his mother at 4 p.m. every day. Steve’s family invites friends to meet with them for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Port Dover Legion. If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Society would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, 519-583-1530. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Helen Tisdale
TISDALE, Helen Beatrice – Born in Brantford, Helen fell asleep after a courageous fight on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Loving wife and best friend of 59 years to Howard Tisdale. Beloved mother of Gregory Tisdale, Deborah White of California, and Richard Tisdale of Alberta. Loved grandmother of Andrew and Justin of Ontario. Survived by brother-in-law Ed Tisdale and sisters-in-law Faye and Marg. Will be sadly missed by her friend, Diane Moyles. Predeceased by her parents Mable and Ronald Spooner, and siblings Jean, Harold, Ross, Harry, Edith, Helen, and Viola. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Brantford on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel, 519-822-0051 or Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.

Garnet Wilson
WILSON, Garnet Marshall. Passed away surrounded by his loving family, on November 16, 2014 at the Norfolk General Hospital. Mr. Garnet Wilson of Walsh in his 74th year. Loving husband of Madaline Wilson (Earls) in their 50th year of marriage. Devoted father to Timothy (Melanie Doerksen), Julia (Wayne Mansley), James (Heather Cameron) and Jennifer (Stewart Beak). Proud grandfather to Abigail & Jaimie Mansley, Samantha & Allison Wilson, and Maeve Beak. Garnet is survived by his siblings Renford, Wayne, Gloria, Barbara, Jack, Ron and the late Valerie. Garnet grew up in Lynn Valley where he was raised by his grandparents (Egbert and Julia Wilson). Early in his life with Madaline, Garnet was employed at the American Can. If that wasn’t enough, he moonlighted in cash cropping at their growing farm. Later, he started a successful mink ranching business selling through the Hudson Bay Company’s fur auction. When the worldviews on fur changed, Garnet’s gaze moved to the dirt and he went into market gardening. Famous at Simcoe and Tillsonburg markets for his “Fresh, Young and Dirty” potatoes; he had a loyal following. Garnet was an avid car collector. He enjoyed the social nature of markets and loved a good farm auction with evidence all over the farm. Garnet enjoyed fishing with his family and friends earning the coveted title “Kingfisher.” Friends are invited to visit on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314) where Garnet’s funeral will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pastor Marc Bertrand and Pastor Al Feere officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date at Walsh United Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at “Drive easy Dad”

Published November 5th 2014

Murray Ferguson
FERGUSON, Wm. Murray. After spending the summer at his cottage, Murray passed away surrounded by his family on September 26, 2014, at the age of 83. Loving husband of Barbara (nee Cust) for 60 years. Honoured father of Steve (Liz) and Reg of Calgary, and Ron (Jane) of Hamilton. Cherished grandpa of Kimberley. Special thank you to Elana (our Sweetheart nurse), Leslie and Pat, for their excellent care.

Michael Grantham
GRANTHAM, Michael Frederick of Port Dover passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 71st year. Michael is survived by his loving wife Marjorie. Cherished father of Andrew (Line) of Surrey B.C. and Gail of Waterdown. Proud grandfather of Emily, Grant, Max and Mia. Devoted son of Helen. Michael will be fondly remembered by his sisters Carol (Ken) Slawson of Sundridge and Sheila Webster of Mississauga. Predeceased by his father Frederick and brother-in-law Derry. Michael was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 and former member of Perfect Column Lodge A.F.& A.M. He loved to read, play golf, fish, do some gardening and watch television, especially the news. Friends were invited to meet with family to share memories of Michael on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, (519-583-1530). A memorial Service was held in Michael’s memory following the visitation at 1 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel, officiated by Cheryl Fitch. For those wishing, donations to Sick Kids Hospital or The Drummond House would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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