Death Notices October 2015

Published October 28th

Marie Brooks
BROOKS, Anna Marie. Passed peacefully, with her family by her side, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, on Friday, October 23, 2015, at age 84. Marie (nee Finch), beloved wife of the late Arthur “Hammer” Brooks. Dear mother of Jeffrey and his wife Dorothy Mitchell, Sandra and her husband Harry Ehrenreich, Bradley and his husband Michael Woodside, and Susan and her husband David Wright. Cherished grandma of Alison, Andrew, Aaron, Jessica, Jennie, Lindsay, Brent, Bryan, and great-grandma of Benjamin. Survived by her brother Roy. Predeceased by her parents Elgin and Pansy Finch and her brother Edward. A Graveside Service will take place at Bowmanville Cemetery on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division St. N., Bowmanville. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society or the Cancer Society.

Brenda McCormack
McCORMACK, Brenda Joyce passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 62nd year. Loving mother of David Norris of Port Dover and Tamara (James) Brockman of Hong Kong. Proud grandmother of Gemma. Dear daughter of Joyce Rose. Sadly missed by her siblings Neil and Wendy both of Hamilton and Scott of Port Dover. Brenda enjoyed crafts and working in her garden. She was a former member of the Port Dover Legion Ladies Auxiliary. In keeping with Brenda’s wishes, cremation has taken place with all services being private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Karen Waldick
WALDICK, Karen Anne, age 72, Ottawa, Ontario, passed away on October 3, 2015 at Elisabeth-Bruyere Hospital after a valiant effort to overcome cancer. She was born in Port Dover, Ontario on July 27, 1943 and is predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Violet (Balkwill). Karen graduated with an Honours BA in English Literature in 1972 from Carleton University in Ottawa and worked for many years at Ottawa City Hall. Karen was a honourary member of the family of Linda (Martin) and John Piazza. She will be missed by godson Lee Piazza and Natalie (Reg Southee) and Vanessa and the extended Piazza and Martin families. Karen leaves behind many people who will miss her unconditional and empathetic friendship. She was a close friend of the families of Becky McGavin and Michael Siddons and Josey and John Finley. Karen travelled the world and enjoyed exotic destinations, including India and Thailand. She visited dear friends Michael Young and John Vaughan in England and loved the Greek Isles. She visited her great friend John McAvity in New Brunswick many times and the two travelled together to South America. Although Ottawa became home for Karen, Port Dover was never far from her heart. She kept in touch and will be missed by close friends Linda Dennett (Smith) and Mary Winter (Gash), and remembered all the stories.


Published October 21st

Robert Bisson
BISSON, Robert peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in his 58th year. Predeceased by his parents Armand and Suzanne Bisson. Beloved husband of Kathie. Loving father to Kaela Bisson (Brian Plaxton). Dear brother to Don Bisson (Bobbi), Diane Shortt, Patsy Broker (Bob), Linda Snow (Brook). Also survived by his brother-in-law Dave Macaulay and sisters-in-law, Jane MacDonald (Denny), Brenda MacDonald and Barb MacDonald and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a brother Claude Bisson and a sister Ginette Macaulay. It was Robert’s wishes that all services be private. Cremation has taken place. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements (519) 426-5102. Those wishing to make a donation in Robert’s memory are asked to consider The Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences at

Bert Dougherty
DOUGHERTY, William “Bert” passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October, 13, 2015 at Brantford General Hospital in his 86th year. Loving husband of Mary, dear father of Doug of Winnipeg, Kevin (Michelle) of Stratford, Gary (Stephanie) of Woodstock, Rosanne (Jerry) Atkinson of Port Ryerse, Sherry (Peter Fairchild) Viveen of Brantford, Lori (Scotty) Rainey of Brantford, and Barb (Lestrade George) Dougherty of Montreal. Proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 9 great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Gord Parrington. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Rhea, siblings Harold (Dot), Sid (Doris), Bob, Alan (Irene), Lawrence, Vi (Gord) Ryerse, Rhea (Jim) Caley, Sadie (Gord) Quick, Thelma (Ed) Tisdale, Doris Parrington, Dorcas and daughter-in-law Judy. Bert took great pride in being a farmer, tending to his cows and horses and enjoyed gardening as well. Friends were invited to share their memories with family on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519)-583-1530. A Funeral Service will be held in memory of Bert on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 11am at the funeral home Chapel. Interment at Port Dover Cemetery. For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church or charity of choice would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Wes Howden
HOWDEN, Wesley Melvin of Port Dover, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen. Loved father of Bob and his wife Lori, and Bill and his wife Shelley all of Port Dover. Much loved grandfather of Justin, Garrett and Taylor. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Eugene and Fran, of Port Dover, Eileen Hopton of Parry Sound and Marlene and Ross McDonald of Brantford. Predeceased by his brothers Don, Carl and Doug and brother-in-law Don Hopton. Wes was a very active member of the community; he served as a volunteer firefighter for 27 years, a former member of the Kinsmen and an executive of the Port Dover Sailors. He also enjoyed woodworking as an hobby. A Celebration of Life will be held in honour of Wes on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Market St. Port Dover from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published October 14th

Tillie Mallon
MALLON, Matilda “Tillie” “Mnis No Kwe” (nee Wemigwans) – Matilda passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on October 9, 2015. She was born in 1933 at her home in South Bay, Wikwemikong. Tillie was the 13th child to Daniel and Julia Wemigwans. She was a devoted and loving wife to Paul (predeceased 2006) and loving mother to her 6 children; Kim, Laurie (Murray), Kelly (Scott), Stephen (Brenda), Patti (Jason) and Julie (Steve). She graduated as a registered nurse in 1956. Her nursing career spanned 35 years and allowed her to travel and work in numerous places across Canada.  Her attentive, caring nature flourished during her career and this same care and love was offered unconditionally to her surviving 17 grandchildren; Caitlin, Adam, Hailey, Brandon, Jannen, Justin, Connor, Joshua, Nolan, Emily, Shannon, Ryan, Karlina, Abbey, Hillary, Kieran and Quinlan. When she travelled back to her homeland on Manitoulin she loved to visit and speak Anishnaabemowin with her countless nieces and nephews. Tillie was an active member of her local Catholic Women’s League. She will be greatly missed.
Friends were invited to share their memories of Tillie on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (evening only) at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover, (519-583-1530). C.W.L. Service was held at the funeral home at 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Lynn Park Road, Port Dover. Father David Butler celebrant. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Donations can be made in kind to the Norfolk General Hospital Palliative Program or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Peggy Scruton
SCRUTON, Margaret Helen “Peggy” passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in her 76th year. Loving mother of David (Cheryl), Daniel (Tracey), Michael (Lany) and Mary Jane Marshall all of Port Dover. Dear grandmother of 9 grandchildren. Peggy is also survived by her father and three brothers. Predeceased by her beloved husband Murray, and mother Helen Gamble. Peggy enjoyed the challenges of having her own business and relaxing while tending her gardens. In keeping with Peggy’s wishes all services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave. Port Dover, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at


Published October 7th

Taya Gurney
GURNEY, Taya Shaune – Passed away peacefully at McMaster Children’s Hospital surrounded by her family in her mother’s arms on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in her 9th year. Cherished daughter of Alicia (nee Walters) and John VanHalteren of Port Dover. Loving sister of Koen Walters, Cole Helms-Gurney and Alexis VanHalteren. Proud granddaughter of Mark Walters and Donna Eaton, and the late (Cathy Keeton 2008), Dennis and Marg Gurney, John and Debra VanHalteren and great-granddaughter of Patricia and Don Walters, and Marie Scott. Taya will be lovingly remembered by her aunts and uncles Matt Walters (Jenn), Josh Eaton (Amber), Guy Eaton (Tanya), Jeremy Eaton (Liz), Kelly Aitchison (Nate), Jenn Gurney-Ozog (Mike) and Matt Gurney (Katie) and her many cousins and extended family. Taya’s fight was brief after suffering an asthma attack. Her sweet body was placed on life support and she granted friends, family and loved ones from near and far the opportunity to say one last goodbye. Her time on earth was blessed and filled with every opportunity this life could grant her. Taya was born a fighter being two months premature; she defied the odds after being diagnosed with a rare infant seizure disorder at the age of 8 months. She developed Cerebral Palsy and was eventually given the coolest hot pink and zebra striped wheelchair where she gained her independence. Nothing in life stopped Taya from learning and progressing and filling the hearts of everyone who met her with love, compassion and most of all laughter. She travelled to destinations near and far, she’s flown on a plane, swam in the ocean, experienced the fun of Disneyland, camped, biked, boated and four-wheeled. Taya was an adventurer always willing to try new things and always seeking the most thrilling of adventures. Over the years Taya has attended preschool at Just 4 Moms and Kids in Scotland, ON, and Parkway Daycare in Townsend, ON. Her time there was cherished by all who worked with her and she loved the friends she made which was evident in the excitement she showed upon arriving each day. Taya is going to be greatly missed by all her teachers, classmates, friends and staff at W. Ross Macdonald School and the two fabulous ladies who made Taya’s morning each day when they arrived to pick her up on the school bus. She blossomed into who she is because of so many people actively involved in her life on a daily basis. Taya has touched the lives of so many and for that, we her family are eternally grateful and her legacy will live in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew her. Friends were invited to share in their memories of Taya with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe for Visitation on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service was held for Taya in the chapel on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ron Mullin officiating. Interment to follow at Port Dover Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Taya are asked to consider the Ronald McDonald House Hamilton, McMaster Children’s Hospital Hamilton or Lansdowne Children’s Centre Brantford. Personal online condolences at, 519-426-0199.

Orin Ryerse
Please join the family in celebrating Orin’s life on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood. In lieu of flowers donations to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Dialysis Unit or the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Friends may visit Orin’s online Book of Memories at

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