Death Notices November 2017

Published November 29

James Godfrey
GODFREY, James Morrison Knox – Passed away after a short illness at the Woodstock Hospital, on Friday, November 24th, 2017 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Jean (nee Brooks) Godfrey. Loving father of Richard James (Sharon), Paul Douglas (Lisa), Kevin George (Robin), and Mark Andrew (Brenda). Cherished grandfather of 7 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. Proud great grandfather of many and 2 great great granddaughters. Dear brother to Margaret Joan (Wayne) Kidd. Predeceased by his first wife, Audrey Marie Godfrey. Celebration of Life service will be held at the Woodhouse United Church, 2164 Hwy. 24 S., Port Dover/Simcoe on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place. If desired, memorial contributions to the Ontario Heart and Stroke or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be arranged through the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004). Online condolences at The family would like to send a special thank you to the amazing doctors and staff at the Woodstock Hospital, for their love and kindness shown to James during his stay with them.


Published November 23

Jane Brown
BROWN, Jane (nee Goold) – passed away peacefully in her home in Caledonia with her family by her side, on November 15, 2017, at the age of 72. She will be sadly missed by her husband Barry, and her daughters Lindsay Cullum (Mark), Ainsley Hatanaka (Derek) and Sara Fridulin (Rick), as well as her six grandchildren: Sean, Rachel, Kaede, Kai, Laura and Erin. Jane was born in Toronto, and lived in many Canadian cities while growing up. She married Barry in 1971, and they started building a family. Jane and Barry lived in many communities in Ontario, and finally settled in Port Dover in 1993. They started their retirement there, joining the lively RV and boating communities. The family would like to thank the dedicated and caring professionals who have supported Jane and Barry in the last few years. Jane will be deeply missed by her many friends and extended family. Family and friends are invited to join us for Jane’s Celebration of Life at the Port Dover Yacht Club on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. A private interment will take place in the Spring. For those wishing to express sympathy, the family would appreciate donations to the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, Hagersville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Cecil Hatch
HATCH, John “Cecil” of Simcoe passed away at home on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in his 88th year. Predeceased by his parents John and Bessie. Best friend of Mavis Cates and her family for 53 years. Cecil is from Nova Scotia and will be missed by his many relatives there. A Service to Celebrate Cecil’s life will be held at Woodhouse United Church (Hwy. 24 & Hwy.6) Simcoe on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home (519-583-1530). For those wishing donations to Woodhouse United Church would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published Novemeber 8st

David Cossar
COSSAR, David James – It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to the foundation of our family, our rock, our constant source of laughter, support and love. After a long fight David, in his 58th year, peacefully left this world surrounded by his family. Loving husband of 35 years to Gail; father of Kristi (Robert) Bonitatibus, Kelly (Greg) Paulmert; cherished Papa to Maddison, James and his fur grandbabies Willis, Dexter, Hank, Gibson and his kitty Billie Jean. He leaves behind his mother Rosemary (late Jim) Cossar and mother-in-law Mary (late Robert) Biddle. Brother to Judy (Marvin) Chambers, Deborah (Raymond) Elias, Sandy (Colby) Miller, Cindy (Rob) Jones; brother-in-law to Bob (Chris) Biddle, Allan Biddle, Bill Biddle, Barbara (Daryle) Delofosse, Wendy Smuck, Pat (Charlie) Jude, Tracy (Blair) DeBeau and Ken (Rosanna). He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation to be held at Thompson Waters Funeral Home in Port Dover on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service to be held at Grace United Church, 18 Chapman St. W., Port Dover on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford. Online condolences can be left at

Maurie Danko
DANKO, Maurie — passed away peacefully at the age of 55 on November 1, 2017 in Oshawa. He is survived by the love of his life, Julie Buck, and their two sons, Jonas and Jackson Danko. Beloved son of the late Maurice (Junior) Danko and the late Joyce Danko. Brother to Lori Danko and Sue Gangell and Uncle to Katie Gangell. Beloved nephew to Brenda and Danny Kennedy. Maurie will be lovingly remembered by all in the Buck Family. He loved Julie, Coldplay, chocolate, writing code and most of all being a Dad. Jonas and Jackson were his best work ever. We loved him crazy and will miss him forever. In respect of his wishes, there will be no service. A private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada ( or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at

Don Kohli
KOHLI, Donald James – passed away at his home surrounded by family on October 30, 2017. Predeceased by his wife Waneeta (2011). Dear father of Douglas of Guelph, Richard of Niagara Falls and Marcy of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Daryl, Tyler, Amber and Liam. Sadly missed by his brothers Harry of Welland and Michael and John of Cambridge. Predeceased by parents George and Mary, sister Joan and sister-in-law Mary. Cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service was held in Don’s memory on Saturday November 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Port Dover Cemetery. Rev. Sheena Marini officiated. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and condolences can be made at


Published Novemeber 1st

Gene O’Reilly
O’REILLY, Gene Wesley – Peacefully passed away surrounded by his family in Waterford at the age of 80. Beloved husband of the late Viola (Paton). Loving father of Ricci (and Eun Hee), Terrilynne (and Bill) Takacs, Robynne (and Garrett) Forrest. Very proud Pupa of Natasha (and Kevin), Trista-Anne (and Ross), Broc (and Rachel), Laci. Gene will also be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and family. Gene was a Correctional Supervisor for many years at Sprucedale, a Boy Scout Leader, and a Judo Instructor. Friends were received at the Waterford United Church on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:30 until service time at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Mary Jo Patterson and Rev. Jeff Smith officiated. As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Until we meet again Dad. Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, 519-443-5332.

Herb Rogers
ROGERS, Herbert Lewis of Port Dover passed away in Burlington on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in his 90th year. Predeceased by his wife Martha (2011). Dearly loved father and father-in-law of James Rogers and his wife Susan of Burlington, Linda Rogers of Jarvis and Joanne Scherer and her husband Grant of Paris. Proud grandfather of his beloved grandchildren. Herb was a longtime member of the Port Dover Lions Club. He was very active and dedicated to many Lions projects and events. He was also a longtime member of St. Paul’s Church, previously serving as Warden. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, (519-583-1530). A Service to Celebrate Herb’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market and St. George Streets) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2 p.m., followed by a Lions Service. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Private family interment at Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to Port Dover Lions Club or St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. On line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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