Death Notices – November 2020

 

Published November 4, 2020

Bill Cunningham
CUNNINGHAM: William (Bill) Roy – Peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Friday, October 30, 2020 in his 71st year. Predeceased by his wife Cheryl. Dear brother to Darlene Wills, Rosalyn Matthews and Heather (Kevin D.) Easton. Survived by his step-daughter Tina Parker and step-grand-daughter Setara Parker as well as a large extended family. Predeceased by his brothers Brian, Kevin, brothers-in-law Bryan Wills, Ray Matthews. Cremation has taken place. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services, 361 Main Street, Port Dover, (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. A private family service will be held at a later date. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bill’s memory they are asked to consider the Branch #158, Royal Canadian Legion, 212 Market St E, Port Dover, Ontario N0A 1N0. Online condolences can be left at www.serenityburialandcremation.com

Larry Robertson
ROBERTSON, Larry Clifton, passed away at Parkview Meadows/Gardenview LTC, Townsend on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in his 84th year. Predeceased by his partner Carol Pennings (December 2019). Dear brother and brother-in-law of Gerald and Betty, Terry and Ada, and Terry. Predeceased by his parents George and Dorothy, brother Clarence and his wife Ellen, Grant and sister Isabel Havens and her husband Fred. Larry will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and extended family. A special thank you to the staff at Parkview Gardens / Gardenview LTC for their compassionate care they gave Larry. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion #158 would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at wwwthompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

John Wells
WELLS, John Edward
(October 4, 1943 – October 27, 2020)

of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side. Betty was the love of his life and John was hers. Dearly loved father of John and Dean, and step-father of Betsy and Lisa. Loving and devoted grandfather of Elizabeth. Dear brother and brother-in-law of William Wells, Garry Wells, Vaughn Wells and dear friend Lorraine, Joyce and Wayne Lutes, Joan Kaloustian and dear friend Al, and Glenn Pearson. Predeceased by his youngest sister Sheila Pearson, and sister-in-law Joanne Wells. John will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family. His friendship of 40 years with Tom Masschaele began when John served as best man when Tom married Sandy. Throughout the years their friendship grew to a steadfast relationship. John had a long career in teaching. His first two years were in Nova Scotia. He moved to Montreal to get his Masters of Education. It was at that time he met and married Betty and they welcomed their two sons John and Dean. In 1975 he decided to leave Quebec after 13 years and move to Ontario. John, Betty and family settled in Port Dover, where he continued his teaching career. He soon entered the local political scene and the rest is history. Over the next 40 years John tirelessly served his community of Port Dover and Norfolk. He served as councilman for Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Council, City of Nanticoke and Norfolk County Ward 6. As councilman he never let a call go unanswered and always tried his best to get any request fulfilled. The Board of Trade chose John as the town crier at Christmas; he led the Santa Claus Parade. In the evening at the bonfire on the beach he would pass out carol sheets, lead the carol singing and he loved the fireworks at the end. John was a dedicated fundraiser; he was Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the new Port Dover and Area Arena. He also was instrumental in the fundraising efforts for the Port Dover Lions Community Centre, the Sports Park and the new Port Dover Library. He was the founder of the Port Dover Foundation. John’s primary mission was to make Port Dover a better place for everyone. So it would be no surprise that he was chosen Port Dover “Citizen of the Year 2018”. He was a faithful member of Grace United Church. John always had a handshake, a smile and a few words for everyone he met. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for everything he did for this community. He loved Port Dover and never wanted to live anywhere else. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions attendance at the Memorial Service will be by invitation by the family. Services will be Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11 am and will be live-streamed on the Grace United Church website http://bit.ly/graceunitedlive. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Foundation or Grace United Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Barbara Zabel
Barbara Susan Zabel
July 14, 1962 – October 27, 2020

With her beloved sons James and Jonathan by her side, Barbara Zabel of Townsend passed away at Stedman Community Hospice after a long struggle with cancer. The daughter of the late Edmund and Doris (Zobel) Zabel. Barbara is survived by her sons James Mitchell and Jonathan Mitchell. Barbara is also survived by her siblings Fred Zabel (Sault Ste. Marie), Rosemary Zabel (Vancouver) and Peter Zabel (Algoma Mills). Barbara will be fondly remembered by her former husband Charles Mitchell and the Mitchell family. Barbara was born in Blind River in 1962. She also lived in Manitouwadge and Kirkland Lake before coming to southern Ontario to study at McMaster University in Hamilton. After graduating with an Honours BA in English, Barbara worked for several decades for the Ontario government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, first in Hamilton then Simcoe. She was a member of Townsend Community Church. There she found love and support from both the Pastor and church members. In the final years of her life, she endured both illness and disability with great bravery. She persevered through the many challenges of her life, always able to make the best of a bad situation. She was tenacious to the very end. Barbara’s remains will be cremated, in keeping with her wishes. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Townsend Community Church, 85 Nanticoke Creek Pkwy, Townsend. Interment will be at a later date at Hillside Cemetery, Blind River. Donations in memory of Barbara can be made to the Hearing Foundation of Canada, Stedman Community Hospice or the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home. Online condolences at ferrisfuneral.com.

 

Published November 11, 2020

 

Fred Clark
CLARK, Frederick Albert ​passed away peacefully at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on ​Thursday, November 5th, 2020. He was born September 7th, 1937 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Cherished husband for 59 years to the love of his life, Barbara Clark and loving father to his daughter Heather (Gerry) of Guelph and son Fred of Barrie. Loving Grandfather to Emma, Josh and Tyler. Fred is ​predeceased by his parents Veronica Aubert and Albert Clark. Previously, Fred lived in Niagara Falls, Ontario where he was the District Commissioner of Scouting. He loved camping, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors. Fred was a very creative person and over the years he made wine, and beautiful woodworking projects for his family. In retirement, Fred and Barb moved to Port Dover where he spent his time looking after the yard and exploring the beach on Lake Erie. He and Barb spent many winters in Fort Myers, Florida. Fred loved a good home cooked meal and enjoyed cooking as well. He did not like a fuss to be made over him but he did enjoy making a fuss over others. Even in his most recent battle with dementia he somehow kept his sense of humour, fighting right to the end. We are so grateful that he is now at peace. Condolences can be forwarded to Barb Clark at 34 – 74 Ross Street, Barrie ON N4N 1G3.

Fred Gammage
GAMMAGE, Frederick (Fred) – Following a nine-and-a-half-year battle against Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, Fred passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020, in his 79th year. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and many friends. Fred is survived by his wife Liz, daughter Kim and her husband Dave, son Mike and his wife Sandra and “The Boys”, the two grandsons who made grandpa so proud, Quinn and Reid. Fred’s siblings Kathy (Ed), Joan (Gary), Roy, Phil (Anne) and Jim (Diane), sister-in-law Kathy, brother-in-law Jeff and many nieces and nephews are left to mourn. Fred was pre-deceased by a brother Charlie, niece Rebecca, nephew Nathan and sister-in-law Marsha. As per Fred’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private family service is planned. Serenity Burial a& Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover, (226) 290-9093 has been entrusted with the arrangements. For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Fred’s name they are asked to consider Birds Canada, 115 Front Road, PO Box 160, Port Rowan, Ontario, N0E 1M0 or The Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8V 5C2. Online condolences can be left at www.serenityburialandcremation.com

Gordon Macaulay
MACAULAY, Gordon “Scrubby” of Port Dover, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in his 96th year. Cherished husband to Rose over 70 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Douglas and Linda of Alberta and Janis Pickard of Port Dover. Dearly loved grandfather of Brad and Stephanie Macaulay, Greg Macaulay and Brian and Jackie Pickard, great-grandfather of Cadence Macaulay and Eleanor and James Pickard. Dear brother of Jean Elliott, Donald “Fly” Macaulay, and John Macaulay all of Port Dover. Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Florence, son-in-law William Pickard, brother-in-law Harold Elliott, sisters-in-law Doris and Diane Macaulay. Pre-deceased by half-sister Florence Wright. Gordon was a net mender for the Commercial Fishing industry in Port Dover for most of his working career; he won numerous trophies for stringing nets during the Fisherman Weekends in Dover. He was a faithful member of Knox Presbyterian Church and served as Chairman of the Church Board in 1961 when the church was built. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, staff and residents at Dover Cliffs LTC. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or a charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and/or donations can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published November 18, 2020

Carolyn Field
FIELD, Carolyn – Left this earth on Friday, November 6, 2020 at home in the arms of her family. She was surrounded by flowers, and the beautiful fall colours of the trees and fields. She was treasured mother to Donna (Keith) Hartnell, Lynda (Al) Newhouse, Sara Galimberti, Joe (Jennifer) Field. She was mutually supported and loved by Gloria LeComte, Tom Field and Jennifer (Jeff) Messman. She was Baba to grandchildren Laura (Nick) Hartnell, Megan (Yvan) Hartnell, Lukas (Celine) Newhouse, Natalie (Alex) Newhouse, Amanda Galimberti, Kenzie and Blake Field. Sister of Cheryl (Ron) Martin and Sara (Mike) Cudbertson, predeceased by sister Gwen Wingfield and parents Tom and Leila Davies. Aunt to many nieces and nephews who all have special stories of their time spent at the family farm. Carolyn loved to help others and would treat you as her own. Once a nurse always a nurse, she would keep doctors on their toes and provide informal care to others long after her years working at the Norfolk General Hospital. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover N0A 1N0, (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements. In keeping with Carolyn’s wishes donations can be made in her memory to Ronald McDonald House, 1510 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1E3, Lansdowne Children’s Centre (Mr. Tutt Fund), 39 Mt Pleasant St, Brantford, ON N3T 1S7 or a charity of your choice. More importantly take her good deeds and pay them forward. Help someone in her name. Hold a baby for a young tired mother, see the elderly person needing a meal or drive, knit mitts and socks for cold hands and feet, feed a farmer who is working day and night to feed a community, pick up after yourself, support a thrift store, go camping, forgive yourself, forgive others. We trust she was met with a ‘landslide of love’ in heaven. Where she found a cool breeze, a porch swing, a lap dog and the joy of being free at long last. Cremation has taken place, with a private internment at Port Dover Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Miller and palliative care nurse Elana Lloyd for their support and guidance during her last weeks. Online condolences can be left at www. serenityburialandcremation.com

Fred Long
LONG, Frederick “Fred” of Port Dover passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, at Hamilton General Hospital on Friday, November 13, 2020, at the age of 56. Loving and dedicated husband and soul mate of Penny for 31 years. Best friend and father of Matt (Jodi) and Shelby (Kyle). Loving son of Bernice. Dear brother of Edward (Debby), Alice and Connie. Predeceased by his father Fred Long Sr., sister, Tammy and brother, Ron. Fred will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and extended family. Fred was a member of the Port Dover Kinsmen and a dedicated Volunteer Firefighter for 15 years. In his spare time Fred loved spending time on the lake, boating and fishing. He was also known for his love of bonfires and country music. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. A graveside service will be held to honour Fred’s life on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Port Dover Cemetery, for those wishing to attend please call the funeral home between 9 am and 4 pm to register to attend. The Reverend Brian Elder officiating. Face masks are required and social distancing between bubbles is requested. The family thanks everyone who has supported Fred over the last two months and thank you to all the doctors and nurses in ICU at Hamilton General for making his last days comfortable. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

David Willitts
WILLITTS, David Clifford of Simcoe (February 19 1950 – November 5, 2020) passed away peacefully on his own terms, at his home on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at the age of 70. Dave is survived by his brother Robert Willitts and sister-in-law Gislaine and his sister Dianne Hoover and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Cliff and Shirley Willitts, sister Sandra Vanderpost and her husband Jack. Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing donations to the Canadian Cancer Society of charity of choice would be greatly appreciated.. On-line donations and/or donations can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published November 25, 2020

 
Brian Dougherty
DOUGHERTY, Brian passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 21, 2020 in his 71st year. Dear father of Brian (Laurie) of Delhi and Brad (Joe Siegfried) of Mississauga. Loving grandfather of Kailey, Laiken and Ella. Sadly missed by his siblings Neil (Mary) of Scarborough, Kevin (Patricia) of Simcoe, Mike (Judy) of Roslin and Brenda (Hubert Weir) of Twillingate NFLD. Brian will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his wife Diana and grandson Mathew.
Brian loved to spend time on the lake fishing. He also enjoyed the outdoors by hunting, tending to his garden, golfing and travelling.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home Port Dover 519-583-1530. A graveside service will be held in memory of Brian on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Port Dover Cemetery, for those wishing to attend please call the funeral home between 9 am and 4 pm to register to attend. Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Face masks are required and social distancing between bubbles is requested.
For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to thank Natalie Mendola, Nurse Practitioner and palliative care nurse Elana Lloyd for their support and guidance. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Geraldine Reise
REISE, Geraldine Helen (Muntz) of Ancaster, Ontario died peacefully at the age of 97 on November 15, 2020 at her Amica residence in Dundas.
Geraldine’s life-long devotion was to her family. She adored her husband Leo Charles Reise for 72 beautiful years, was lovingly proud of her three sons and cherished her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
She spent much of her life at a rink … watching her accomplished husband Leo C. pursue his NHL career. Geraldine was Leo’s consummate assistant to his professional career; and was his unwavering support for his University Degree(s).
She had a heart of gold in every sense… she believed in the power of forgiveness which came from her spiritual belief.
She was proud of each grandchild and their accomplishments and would never miss a celebration in their honour. She would listen to their stories with intensity and love and would provide guidance and support with every phone call and written letter.
To her daughters-in-law, Geraldine was the exemplary mother-in-law. She held their hand, provided a warm hug and a gentle word of encouragement to lift their spirit during challenging times. Even though her body was petite her shoulders were immense to provide the caring like no other.
To her sons, Leo G., Charles and Norman – she adored and respected them with her every breath. She provided guidance, love and support at every stage of their life. They in-turn were eternally devoted to their Mom.
Geraldine believed in her faith and was an active member to Marshall Memorial United Church. Her love of hockey continued into her 90s as she maintained season tickets to the Hamilton Bulldogs. She believed in The Arts by supporting and enjoying performances at the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover. Geraldine’s love of travel with her husband was admirable… every visit to every country was an adventure and the stories they shared captured everyone’s undivided attention. She was an active member of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club where she perfected her consistent golf swing (slow and controlled) and enjoyed many rounds with her athletic husband. Her winter sports included skating hand-in hand with Leo and curling in local leagues and bonspiels. In Geraldine’s spare time she enjoyed the art of knitting and quilting. Cruising the Great Lakes in their sailboat “Windflower” was an extra special experience for them… no matter the weather, the joy of being on the water in their vessel was magical. The sweetest place that brought her the greatest sense of peace was their cottage at Bucks Park in Port Dover… every summer for 70 years without fail, the cottage was opened for the family to enjoy… she experienced every wave on their boat, shared stories with her neighbours and loved to spend the time with her siblings (Gary, Jack and Doris) and their families.
Geraldine was predeceased by her loving husband Leo Charles Reise in 2015. As well, she was also predeceased by her sister Doris Young and sister-in-law Ella Hanson. Geraldine leaves to mourn her three sons Leo G. (Donna) Reise of Hamilton, Ontario, Charles (Susan) Reise of Cambridge, Ontario and Norman (Jeanette) Reise of Calgary, Alberta; 7 grandchildren Lee-Ann Heffler (Shawn), Steven Reise (Julie), Jonathon Reise (Marisa), Katie Vollmerschausen (Chris), Paula Reise (Kevin Gibbs), Dawn Reise-Ward (Boyd), Carly Reise (TJ McNamara) who have given them 14 beautiful great-grandchildren. As well, she leaves to mourn her two brothers Gary (Minta) Muntz and Jack (Barb) Muntz and sister-in-law Christine French plus numerous nephews and nieces.
Due to the COVID pandemic, a private internment has taken place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Hamilton. A celebration of life will be announced when the COVID pandemic is under control and gatherings are allowed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Reise Family Foundation, initiated by Geraldine three years ago, which supports medicine research and underprivileged children in sports and education. RFF address – 44 Bocce Drive, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0

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