Death Notices – October 2018

Published October 3, 2018

Jenny Alexander
ALEXANDER, Janet (Jenny), passed away peacefully at Port Dover, Ontario, Canada on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Jenny, beloved wife of the late George Alexander, much loved mother of Donald and Duncan and will be so sadly missed by her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held in Port Dover and a service in Peebles, Scotland to be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing donations to the Alzheimer Association would be greatly appreciated. On-line condolences and/or donations can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Rob Barker
BARKER, Robert “Bumper” of Port Dover passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in his 59th year. Beloved husband of Kimberly (Oakes) for 38 years. The proud and loving father of Wesley, Kyle and Emilie and the late Tyler. Dearly loved grandfather of Amelia, Elodie, Maddilyn and Monroe. Dear son of Dorothy and the late William, son-in-law of Carolyn and the late James Oakes. Dearly loved brother and brother-in-law of Roy, Ronald and Susan, Barbara and Alan Finch, Richard and Dorothy, Randall and Joanna, Beverly and Brad Snow and Dan Oakes. Rob will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Rob was an avid football fan always cheering for the Cleveland Browns, he especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be held to honour Rob’s life on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #158, Market St., Port Dover. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Marion Brown
BROWN, Marion Margaret 1925 – 2018: With family at her side, Marion passed away peacefully Saturday, September 22, 2018 at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener. Beloved wife of the late Jack Brown who predeceased her in November 2005. Predeceased by her sister Phyllis Hazen and her parents Marjorie Olga (Fonger) and Clarke Horne. Loving mother to Dave (Barb), Ralph (Brenda) and Nancy (Randy). Grandmother of Joanne (Mark), Julie (Paul), Jamie (Becky), Jaclyn, Brian (Rebecca) and Darren. Great-grandmother of Kassie, Mya, Jack, Aiden, Evelyn and Sam. Marion enjoyed a career in banking until becoming a proud mother to three beautiful children. Her family and friends will greatly miss her love of visiting, her sharp wit and playing card games. A graveside service will be held at the Port Dover Cemetery on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at Knox Presbyterian Church, 101 Chapman St. W., Port Dover at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate. Thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s General Hospital for their kindness and support. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. www.southcoastfuneralservice.com

Carol Gerrett
GERRETT, Carol Louise (nee Milne) – went home to be with her Saviour; surrounded by family at the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in her 82nd year. Beloved wife of the late Donald Gerrett (2011). Loving mother of Kelly Long and his wife Angie of Brantford and Kary Long and his wife Melody of Bath. Cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of Stephen; Jacob (Holly), their children Coby and Jude; Kevin, Jared (Kristin), Caleb (Brittany), Daniel, Callum, and Nolan. Lovingly remembered by her sister Mary Elvin (John). Carol is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and many special friends. Predeceased by her sister Betty Sherk. Friends are invited to share their memories of Carol with her family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A memorial service will follow in the chapel at 12:00 noon with Mrs. Joyce Suckel officiating. Private family interment of ashes at a later date. Refreshments will be served at Emmanuel Bible Church, 24 Churchill Circle, Simcoe following the service. Those wishing to donate in memory of Carol are asked to consider the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com (519-426-0199).

Peter Hazen
HAZEN, Ronald “Peter” 1947-2018. Peter passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer. Leaving behind his wife Susan (nee Esseltine), sons Jason (Catriona) of Stouffville and Aaron (Lisa) of Hong Kong. Will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Alex, Katie and Nicole of Stouffville and Ben and Sam of Hong Kong. Also survived by his brothers Robert (Lucie) of Port Dover and Ross (Jean) of London. Predeceased by his parents Phyllis (nee Horne) and Robert Hazen. Peter will also be remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held after Thanksgiving. Details will be posted at www.lowandlow.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

George Tice
TICE, George Osbourne:
Passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital on Friday, September 28, 2018. George Tice of Port Dover in his 77th year. Son of the Late Earl and Luella Tice. Much beloved husband of Judith (Baxter). Loving father of Penny Tice (Keith Pickering) and Rob Tice (Donna Massia). Cherished grandfather of Rachel, Chrissy, Aaron, Lee, Charlene and great-grandfather of three. Also surviving is his brother Fred, brother-in-law Brian Baxter (Barb), nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Tice was a Locomotive Engineer with Via Rail for 35 years. In keeping with George’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. Cremation has taken place. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives Inc., 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. www.southcoastfuneralservice.com

 

Published October 10, 2018

Sharon Ivey
IVEY, Sharon Marlene (nee Burk), passed away peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Brantford General Hospital. Dear mother of Mike Farr (Melisa O’Brien) of Hagersville and Kevin Farr and Christine Flowers of Port Dover. Loving grandmother of Marley and Colton. Cherished sister of Dave and Rose Burk of St. Thomas. Predeceased by her father Harold, brother Larry and sister-in-law Sandy. Sharon was a former Cub leader; she enjoyed crafts, yard sales, karate and crocheting. She enjoyed music of all kinds and loved watching her sons compete in track and perform live music. Friends were invited to share their memories of Sharon with family at visitation on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the MS Society, Canadian Cancer Society or the Port Dover Food Bank would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Susan Smith
SMITH, Susan Anne — Passed away at Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford, on Monday, September 24, 2018, of Simcoe, in her 71st year. Daughter of the late Reginald and Olive Charman. Loving mother of Marlene, Terry Jr., Melissa and was predeceased by Teresa. Cherished grandmother of Vincent, Sebastian and Sienna. Also surviving is her sister Sylvia and brother John. Susan was a retired hairdresser with Port Dover Harbor Cuts. Cremation has taken place. South Coast Funeral and Cremation Alternatives Inc, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Susan’s memory are asked to consider Stedman Community Hospice. www.southcoastfuneralservice.com

 

Published October 17, 2018

William Calder
CALDER, William Brian – Passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital with his family by his side on October 9, 2018, after 88 years of living life to the fullest while loving, working and hunting. Much beloved husband of Betty for 64 years. Loving father of Jill (Randy) and Jeff (Rose). Cherished Grandpaw of Holly and Heather and Great-GPaw to Lily and Abigail. Fondly remembered by his sister Connie, sisters-in-law Isabel and Shirley, brother-in-law Bruce and their families. Bill was a long-time employee of Superior Propane and had a life filled with many great friends and adventures. He will be missed by many, many people. In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral. South Coast Funeral & Cremation Alternatives, 71 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. Those wishing to make a donation in Bill’s memory are asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Thank you to the staff at Norfolk General Hospital for their kindness, excellent care and support. www.southcoastfuneralservice.com

Roy Clark
CLARK, Roy of Port Dover, Canada, passed away peacefully at Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford on October 13 in his 82nd year. Much loved husband of Lorna, father to Shaun and father-in-law of Michelle. Will be greatly missed by his grandsons Matthew, Andy and Jake and his granddaughter Emily. Cremation has taken place as Roy wished, and his ashes will be scattered, also as he wished. Those willing to make a contribution in Roy’s memory are asked to consider Stedman Community Hospice, which can be accessed online or for Cancer Research. There is a book of condolence located at Stedman Hospice for anyone who would like to sign.

Clare Dennis
DENNIS, Clare Gorrill, of Port Dover ON, passed away on October 11, 2018, at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe ON, at the age of 88. Beloved husband and best friend of Julia, he was the pride and love of her life for over 65 years. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Graham and Karen Dennis of Glen Haven NS, Gregory and Cynthia Dennis of Bath ON, Angela and Brian Jessop of Halifax, and Philip Dennis and Vincent Chan of Mississauga. Loving grandfather of Philip, Andrea, Mark, Scott, Amber (Dennis) Andrew, Anna, Leah, Nicole (Jessop) and Great Grandfather of Charlie, John, Philippa (Dennis) and Breagh McCabe and loving uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by brothers and sisters-in-law, Arnett and Maralee Dennis of South Dakota, Edgar and Janet Dennis of PEI, Rose Marie Dennis of Halifax and Jenny Dennis of PEI. Predeceased by parents William and Ruth Dennis, and siblings (in law) Wanda (Bob) Hope, Celie Dennis, Keith (Hazel) Dennis, Erwin (Olive) Dennis, Reagh Dennis and Emily Dennis. Born in Arlington PEI, Clare was raised on Port Hill Farm and attended Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown. As a young man he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, rising to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and Navigator. A school teacher for twenty years in Oakville ON, he finished his working life, as a Stationary Engineer at Stelco, Nanticoke ON. He earned his B.A. (71) and M. Ed (77) at the University of Toronto. His life-long love of aviation, continued in his later years as a volunteer tour guide at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, ON. A modest man with a heart of gold, Clare loved to spend time with his family and friends, and he will be dearly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at St. James Anglican Church in Port Hill, PEI on October 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM, followed by interment St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Dover, St. James’ Anglican, Port Hill, or the Warplane Heritage Museum. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

Louis Osborne
At Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock on October 14, 2018 Louis Osborne in his 86th year. Beloved husband for 61 years to Joyce (nee Marshman). Dear father of Lorne Osborne (Hong) and predeceased by a son Brian. Also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dear brother of William Osborne (Jessie), Ronald Osborne (Dolores) and Shirley Gunn (the late Andy). Predeceased by five sisters and two brothers. Lou served in the R.C.A.F. from 1953 to 1956. After discharge from the service he farmed with his in-laws Lorne and Mina Marshman. Lou played pro hockey for the Durham Bees. He spent two to three years in England setting up a tire mold plant. He was presented with multiple gifts on departing England. A memorial visitation will be held at Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by a family interment. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Haldimand-Norfolk would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.ferrisfuneral.com

 

Published October 24, 2018

Lorraine Chambers
CHAMBERS, Jessie Lorraine – Peacefully at Parkview Meadows, Gardenview L.T.C., Townsend on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Wife of the late E. Rex Chambers (1986). Beloved mother of Keith and Marlene of Burks Falls, Wayne and Virginia of Cochrane, Alta., Brian of Waterford, Gail and Keith Catherwood of Simcoe, Gwen and Ben Tisdale of Jarvis, and Earl of Waterford. Loving Grandmother of eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Special friend of Coyne Leatherdale of Jarvis. Friends are invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot St. W., Jarvis on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service for Lorraine will be held at Cooper Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment, Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to sign the Book of Memories at www.cooperfunerahome.ca

Neville Milliken
MILLIKEN, Neville of Port Dover (formerly of Minesing, Ontario) passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Anne. Cherished brother and brother-in-law of Trevor and Christine Milliken, Jeremy and Sandra Milliken, Allison and Alan Cowie and Hilary and Tom Macgougan. Predeceased by his parents James and Margaret. Neville was born in Northern Ireland in 1952, emigrated to Canada in 1980 from England. He was employed by Toronto Police Services for 32 years as a police officer and finally as a Detective in the Forensic Investigation Service. After his retirement Neville and Anne moved to Port Dover and Neville became a very active member of the Dover Coast Golf Club, where he made many friends. Friends were invited to share their memories of Neville at visitation on Friday, October 19, 2018 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 Neville’s life was held in the funeral home Chapel on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 a.m., followed by cremation. Pastor Pamela Hogewoning officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneralhome.ca

 

Published October 31, 2018

Jimmie Ballyns
BALLYNS, “Jimmie” – passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in his 56th year. Devoted husband and best friend of Maryse (nee Poitras). Loving and cherished father and adored papa of Westley (Kelsey Johnston) and Stephanie, her children Caiden, Meeghan and Kennedie. Precious son of Bill and Ann Ballyns, and loving brother of Freda Crowhurst (Tom) and Marion Ballyns (Kevin Minson). Predeceased by his brother Harold (2015), mother-in-law Germaine Poitras (2017) and brother-in-law Wayne Blake (2014). Lovingly remembered by both the Poitras and Ballyns families which include many nieces and nephews. Jim leaves behind a cherished circle of friends. His sense of humour and storytelling will be missed by all. Jim retired from Stelco after thirty years of service to enjoy travel, his hand at mechanics, boating, sledding, and “pondering”, but mostly his family and his dogs. Friends are invited to share their memories of Jim with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe for visitation on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon. A service will be held in the chapel following visitation at 12:00 noon with Pastor Bill Wiebe officiating. Private family interment of ashes at a later date. Special thanks to Dr. J. Tshchirhart, CCAC nurses, particularly Dorien Pieters, the Outreach Team, BGH Cancer Clinic, NGH, his devoted friends who visited and his in-home family nurses Dawn and Kelsey. Those wishing to donate in memory of Jim are asked to consider the Cancer Support & Resource Program. Personal online condolences at www.smithfuneralchapel.com (519-426-0199).

Fern Gauthier
GAUTHIER, Fernand Edward (August 11, 1917) – On the morning of October 19, 2018, Dad, in his 102nd year, peacefully slipped away at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, ON. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Fleurette. As well, his parents, George and Deliska Gauthier and siblings, Adelard, Albert, Sr. Marie Jeanne, Sr. Germaine, Maurice, Arthur and Eugene. Dad is lovingly remembered by his five children, Pauline (Lynn), Robert and Chris “Woody”, and Kim and Penny. Proud Grandpa to Melissa, Eric, Wyatt, Christopher, Ashley, Gregory, Jonathon, Brandon, Dolan and Kristen, and great-grandchildren, Gavin, Lucas, Samuel, Owen, Braeden, Allyanna, Melody, Lily and Taylor. As well, many nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Blind River, Fern began working at the tender age of seven emptying spittoons for his father in the old Blind River Hotel. He ran several businesses in Ontario and British Columbia and worked various jobs — he fondly recounted slinging beer in Pickle Lake — until he retired from La Pas Lumber, Bear Lake, BC, to his hometown in 1981. Active in retirement, he started working at the Legion cleaning and “slinging beer” until almost 90 years young. As a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 189, Fern enjoyed many years and beers with his cronies. His proudest accomplishments were serving his country overseas during WWII in the Royal Canadian Navy, and his children. Dad loved simple pleasures: a hot coffee, drinking his ‘special’ smoothies, chocolate anything and anything ice cream! He enjoyed warm handshakes and a cold draft. Dad loved to bask in the sun, meet new people, and adored the attention his impressive seniority attracted, to which he would shake his head and respond, “I can’t believe it, I don’t feel like I’m old!” He was proud to accept handshakes from strangers thanking him for his service. He was gracious and grateful. “Sleep tight” — he would always say. I hope he sleeps well too. Dad had a long life well lived. And we will miss him. Thank you, Sir! Thank you to his family at Dover Cliffs Long Term Care in Port Dover, where he resided and made many friends over the past six years. Also, a special thank you to the nursing staff at Norfolk General Hospital for their care and compassion. A graveside service honouring the life and legacy of Fernand Gauthier will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Blind River on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Mr. Loyal Beggs officiating. The Royal Canadian Legion Blind River and the Sgt. Charles Golden Silver Star Rifle Team will participate in the service. Following the interment, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Blind River at 12 noon. In lieu of donations or flowers, please make time for a loved one or someone who needs your time. Arrangements entrusted to Menard Funeral Home, Blind River. www.menardfh.com

Chris Seitz
SEITZ, Christopher Karl (1964 – 2018) Suddenly as the result of a motor vehicle accident, our hearts are forever shattered by the loss of an amazing Husband, Father, Grandpa, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Chris, a long time resident of Port Dover, is survived by his loving wife Tracey (Stire), his son Collin and wife Diana (Malinowski) and his precious granddaughter Adeline of Woodstock. Also survived by his mother Sonja Seitz of Beamsville; his four sisters Sylvia Maskell and her family of Ancaster, Evelyn Taylor and her family of Ancaster, Ingrid Gillie and her family of Hamilton, Iris Millen and her family of Grimsby. His mother-in-law Betty (Stire) and Tracey’s siblings, Chris Stire of St. Thomas and his family, Heather Hubers (Stire) of Cheapside and her family, Corey Stire and his family of Brantford. Predeceased by his father Karl (2001), father-in-law Walter Stire (2018), brother-in-law Hugh Maskell (2017) and his nephew Jared Taylor (2012). He loved his family beyond words and will be sadly missed by many friends whom he always had time for, a kind word or deed. He was a devoted and faithful servant of Jehovah for 36 years, and spent much time practicing his faith and in the preaching work. Chris was employed at Rassaun Services Inc. for 23 years, and will be missed by all who worked with him. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Dover Community Centre. Cremation has taken place.

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