Death Notices October 2016

Published October 26th

Catherine Tapp
TAPP, Catherine (1956 – 2016) – Mrs. Catherine (Druyff) Tapp, 59, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, on September 18, 2016 in Ottawa, ON. Catherine (Cathie) was born on December 27, 1956 in Hagersville, ON to Klaas and Ruth Druyff. In 1983, she married Rene Tapp of Moncton, NB in Jasper, AB. After relocating to Ottawa, they embraced the joy of raising two beloved daughters. Following a quarter century career with Algonquin College, she joined her husband in a travel-filled retirement in 2012. Catherine is survived by her husband; their children, Jessica (Jonathan and Delilah) and Julia. She also leaves behind sisters and brothers; Sandra, Earla (Bruno) and Dave in Jasper, AB, Pat in Simcoe, ON, and Sam (Colleen) in Port Dover, ON, as well as cherished in-laws Maureen (Rusty) in Ottawa, ON and Gene (Denise) in Moncton, NB. A commemorative gathering of family and friends was held in honour of Catherine’s life on Sunday, October 10, 2016 at the Jasper United Church, Jasper, Alberta. Further, as requested by Catherine, a portion of her ashes will be interred at Medemblik, The Netherlands in the spring. Condolences may be forwarded to Catherine’s family at,

William “Spud” Taylor
TAYLOR, William Wayne “Spud” passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Stedman Community Hospice Brantford in his 68th year. Loving husband of Donna Rutherford, dear father of Jill (Matt) Lamb of Port Dover and Jessica Taylor (Dan Richards) also of Port Dover. Proud grandfather of Austin, Owen, Jacob and Abigail. Sadly missed by his siblings Robert (Linda) Taylor of Port Dover, Douglas Taylor, Betty Taylor and Patti (Mark) Cremery all of Simcoe and sister-in-law Susan Taylor of Edmonton. Predeceased by his parents Cecil and Verna and brother Gary. Spud enjoyed many things but none more than his grandchildren. Friends were invited to meet with family to share memories of Bill on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Celebration of Life was held in Bill’s memory in the funeral home Chapel on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. For those wishing, donations to Stedman Community Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published October 19th

Theresa Hickman
HICKMAN, Theresa Muriel. At Brantford General Hospital on October 15, 2016, Theresa Hickman of Port Dover and formerly of Simcoe in her 83rd year. Wife of the late David Hickman (1996). Dear mother of Debra Hickman of Simcoe, Dianna Hickman, Donna Hickman, Denise Livingstone (Steve) and Jean Hickman all of Port Dover. Cherished grandmother of Trudy, David (Ashley), Jaylynn, Jerry, Andrew (Jen), Jason (Nicky) and Jessica and great grandmother of Ethan and Jackson. Theresa is also survived by her brother Melvin Keays (Sharon) and sisters Dorothy Duran and Margaret Kretz as well as sons-in-law Randy Puype, Gord Burnham and Rob MacKay. Predeceased by her parents Eddie Keays and Eva LaBilloie and her sister Meme Howe. She was a long time member of the Simcoe Senior’s Centre. Friends are invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to NACL, Special Olympics or the Simcoe Senior’s Centre would be appreciated. Online condolences at

Verne Hoskins
HOSKINS, Frederick Vernon. Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by the love of his family on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in his 80th year. Survived by his wife of 55 years Dorothy — the love of his life. He will be missed by the “whole bloody tribe”: Kathy and John Schneider, Jackie and George Parkinson, Char and Bud Wagenaar, Doug and Susan Hoskins, Vince and Tera Hoskins; and grandchildren Robin and Gordon, Brian and Kara, Chris (Nikki) and Erin, Blayne and McKinnley, Lillian and Samanatha. Also survived by sister and brother in-laws Kathy and Mike Epstein and Ann Gallagher, his cousins and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother and sister in-laws, Bill Gallagher, Tom and Marie Gallagher. The only son of Doris (nee Robertson) and Arthur Hoskins, Verne was raised in Port Dover by his grandparents Josie and Fred Hoskins. Following the family tradition of serving his country, Verne joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Cold War. Upon his return, he worked at American Can for 17 years before becoming the proud owner of Verne Hoskins Fisheries Ltd. and Captain of the Glendave. Former member of a number of associations including Port Dover Harbour Authority, Port Dover Marine Museum, Fisherman’s Memorial Heritage Committee, East Lake Erie Fisherman’s Association and lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158. Verne was a great history buff and loved to read. Collecting brought enjoyment to his life and many good memories in his retirement years. Although a man of few words, you always knew exactly where he stood. A Dover boy to the end. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A service will be held at St. Cecilia’s Church, 17 Lynn Park Ave., Port Dover, on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Port Dover/Woodhouse Community Foundation. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe (519-426-5102) in care of arrangements. Online condolences at

Johanna van der Horst
VAN DER HORST, Johanna Theresia (nee Hermens). Passed away peacefully at home in Port Dover on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in her 86th year. Loving wife of Louis, dear mother of Mary-Lou van der Horst (Harold Hynscht) of Simcoe and Kelly Coley (Peter) of Port Dover. Cherished grandmother of Roland Hynscht. Predeceased by her parents Peter and Maria, brother Anton Hermens and sister-in-law Wilma Hermens. Johanna was an avid gardener winning a Trillium Award for her efforts in London Ontario, she was also a keen follower of current events especially politics, she also loved dogs. In keeping with Johanna’s wishes cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the Ontario Horticultural Society or the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Published October 12th

Colette Paterson
PATERSON, Collette – It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Collette Paterson of Port Dover, Ontario. Born Collette Ann Rothwell in Birkenhead, UK on July 5, 1961 to Angela Rothwell and Lenard Rothwell. Her family emigrated from the UK in 1972 to Richmond Hill. Collette is an alumni of Shaw Business College having studied Administration. She worked as an Executive Administrator for UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers Union) Head Office in Toronto. She and Robert married January 30, 1988 after two years of courtship. She and Robert moved to Port Dover in 2001 to pursue a grander life. Collette was an avid supporter of the community having served as a Port Dover Lioness. Loving mother to her three children and beloved wife of Robert Paterson, Collette is greatly missed by all those who knew her courageous spirit. Collette was a grateful recipient of a kidney transplant on June 11, 2016. Unfortunately, Collette suffered health complications after the procedure, which lead to her sudden passing on October 3, 2016. Collette’s memory lives on with those who survive her; husband Robert, children Alex, Hayley, Cameron, and daughter-in-law Shauna. Loving sister Michelle Rothwell, niece Kayla and nephew Kietan. Collette continues her legacy of great kindness and hope by giving the gift of life to 75 recipients through her generous organ and tissue donations. Richmond Hill Celebration of Life was held Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Elgin Mills Visitation Centre, 1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Collette’s Port Dover Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 302 St. George St., Port Dover, ON from the hours of 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Norma Williamson
WILLIAMSON, Norma Pauline. Peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Norma (nee Stire) Williamson of Jarvis, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of Drew for 64 years. Dear mother of Debbie Williamson of Edmonton, Alan Williamson of Jarvis and Eric and his wife Rusty of Vanderhoof, B.C. Norma was predeceased by grandson Dustin Williamson (1989) and sister Doreen (Jim) Doughty. Sister-in-law of Joan Ionson (late Bill) of Simcoe. Norma played a very important role in the life of the community of Jarvis in many ways. Norma along with Drew and  her sister Doreen and husband James began the business of Doughty & Williamson in Jarvis in 1950 and for many years worked alongside her husband Drew doing all the secretarial work for the firm. Norma’s strong faith in her Lord was exemplified as she served in many aspects of church life at Knox Presbyterian Church, particularly as a choir member for 60 years. Her involvement in the Jarvis Lions Club was also important to her as she worked with the many Lady Lions, lending her voice in the original Lady Lions Sextet at the annual Jarvis Lions ‘Minstrel’ Show. She was a valued member of the West Haldimand General Hospital Auxiliary for many years being one of the original members of the Auxiliary. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis, on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service for Norma will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Jarvis on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Donations to W.H.G.H. Auxiliary, the Jarvis Lions (Benevolence) or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


Published October 5th

John MacDonald
MACDONALD, John Rowell. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Rowell MacDonald after a brief illness on Friday, September 30, 2016 in his 65th year. He is survived by his best friend and wife Lee, his loving daughter Tori, son-in-law Jordan White and treasured granddaughter Emma. He will be forever missed by his loving sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Richard Hickman and family. He will be greatly missed by his sister-in-law Kim, brothers-in-law Jay and Robin Hitchon and families. Predeceased by his parents Rowell and Christena MacDonald and sister Marie. John loved watching his nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews grow up. He cheered them on in whatever they were passionate about and he was always thankful for Brydon, Trevor and Adam, for watching out for his baby girl, Tori. John will be greatly missed by his loyal sidekick, his dog, Sam. A private graveside service will take place. Friends are invited to a Mingle and Remember at the Port Dover Royal Canadian Legion Branch #158 on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 2 to 6 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to McMaster Children’s Hospital PKU Fund 1284 or Cystic Fibrosis Canada London Chapter would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

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