Death Notices – October 2019



Published October 16 2019

Jake Weaver
WEAVER, Glen Harold “Jake”, of Port Stanley, passed away on October 11, 2019 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Anna Martha Weaver (nee Vokes) (2012). Jake is survived by his loving children Sonya (Marvin) Marks of Waterford, Glenda Jones of Woodstock, James Weaver of Port Stanley, Mark (Dolores) Weaver of Port Stanley, and Ross (Laura) Weaver of Port Stanley; by his ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; by his brother Don (Jaqueline) Weaver of BC; by his brother-in-law Doug (late Darlene) Vokes of Bachawana Bay; by his sister-in-law Joyce (late Victor) Vokes of Simcoe; and by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his seven brothers and three sisters; his brother and sister-in-law Bob and Betty Vokes; and by his two grandchildren, Jamie Weaver and Jason Marks. Jake was very proud of his accomplishment of starting the family business of Weaver Brothers Fisheries. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #410, and a member of Christ Church Anglican, Port Stanley. Visitation was held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., where the funeral service was held in the chapel on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Aylmer Cemetery. If desired, donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Personal condolences to the family can be made at

Published October 9 2019

Bob Blake
BLAKE, Robert (Bob) James –of Simcoe, passed away at Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of 57 years to Sandra (nee Browne). Loving father of Leah (Martin) VanTil, Russell (Lynne), Rob (Brandy) and David (Jackie). Cherished grandfather to Katie, Wes, Victoria, Spencer, Jack, Brooke, Max, Tyra, Tori, Lora and Leann. Brother to Paul (Barbara) and the late John Blake (2015). Bob was a lifelong farmer and mechanic. Some of his old David Brown tractors can still be found around Norfolk. Most days he could be found in his “shop” with his Kubota parked outside. At Bob’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held outside at his shop, 750 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe in care of arrangements. If so desired, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or to Simcoe Minor Hockey. Online condolences may be made at

Karen Cooling
COOLING, Karen Cecilia (Van Norman), 72, passed away September 28, 2019 at Norfolk General Hospital after a brave fight with cancer. Beloved wife to Peter Cooling, loving mother to Christopher and Stephanie, and doting grandmother to James and Madeline. Karen also leaves behind Dora, her hundred-year old mother. Born in 1947 at Lindsay, and raised in Keswick, Karen met Peter, recent arrival from the UK, on a ski trip in 1969. They married in 1971 and lived together happily in Toronto before retiring to Port Dover in 2015. A lifelong educator, Karen was universally described by students, friends and family as one of the kindest, gentlest and most patient people they’d ever met. She completed Teacher’s College in 1967 and continued to pursue advanced skills throughout her career. Taking evening classes while working full time, she eventually completed a B.A. at York University in 1983. Karen was known to her friends as a dog lover, Schnauzers in particular: Buttons, Chloe, Brittney, Alfie and Benji were among her adored pets. She was also a skillful painter throughout her life, hushed, wintry landscapes in particular. Her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were the immediate favourites of all who tried them. She was an avid collector of art works gathered during her many travels with family: the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, South Africa, Egypt, as well as across Canada and the United States. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on what would have been her 73rd birthday, March 29, 2020, details TBA. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the hospital directly, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Jean Riddle
RIDDLE, Jean (nee Reid) – passed away peacefully at Stedman Hospice, Brantford with her loving family at her side, on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in her 87th year. Predeceased by her husband Keith (February 2019). Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Paul and Pauline of Brantford, David and Shirley of Balgonie, SK, Tom and Jo Ann of Calabogie, ON and Gale and Eric McRae of Port Dover. Loving grandmother of Rachel and Erik, Duncan and Madi, Alec and Kylie, Nigel and Ally, Aubry and Channah, Hannah Jean and David, Lexie and Alex, Sammy, Arden, Brennan and Hannah, James and Carly, Isaac, and great-grandmother of Avraham, Miley and Stella Jean. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Doug and Carolynn Reid, Mark and Jim Reid, Margie and Dave Gabriel, Doreen Atkinson and Liz Reid. Predeceased by her parents James and Elizabeth Reid, great-grandson Dougie, brothers Jim Reid, Ian Reid and his wife Norma, sister Shirley Robinson and brother-in-law Frank Atkinson. Jean was raised in Brantford, the oldest girl in a family of 7. As a teen, she helped to raise her siblings when her mother passed away. She moved to Wilsonville when she married Keith, raised four children while working as a registered nurse at NGH, BGH and then for family physician Dr. Jack Shaver. She was in one of the first classes of Nurse Practitioners. After they retired, Jean and Keith moved to Port Dover and loved their house near the beach. A wonderful grandmother to grand and great-grandchildren and hoped that there were always babies on the way. She was the type of grandmother who got down on the floor and played and even attended a Taylor Swift concert with some of them. She and Keith loved to travel and went on many cruises and spent a lot of time travelling and camping in their getaway van. Always a caregiver, right till the end, she never wanted to be a bother and always insisted that she could look after herself. Jean spent the last few months of her life at Parkview in Townsend. While we grieve for her and will miss her, at the end, she was ready to go, so we are grateful that she was able to pass so quickly from this world. She told us constantly that she had had a blessed life, and a wonderful family. You can’t ask for more than that. We want to thank the caring and compassionate staff and residents at Parkview in Townsend and Hankinson House-Stedman Community Hospice. A Memorial Service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at Grace United Church, (Chapman and St. George Sts.) Port Dover on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. Interment at Wilsonville Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church or Stedman Hospice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published October 2 2019

Lynne Grant
GRANT, Margaret “Lynne” passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Hamilton General Hospital in her 47th year. Loving wife of Darren Abell, dear mother of Zachary and Alexis. Sadly missed by her mother Rose and siblings Wade (Dawn Walsh) and Lisa (Ron Rayner ) all of Port Dover. Predeceased by her father Bill. Lynne loved to be with family and friends, she adored her children and loved riding their motorcycle. A Celebration of Lynne’s Life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the RCL Branch #158, 208 Market St., Port Dover from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, a trust fund for her children is being established, please contact the funeral home for details or a donation to a charity of one’s choice would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Ralph Jesson
JESSON, Ralph – Passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital, surrounded by his family, on Monday, September 30, 2019, at the age of 91. Loving husband of Anna. Cherished father of Colina McLay, Clare Mann (Randy), Lillian Miller (William) and Ralph Jesson (Erin). Loving grandfather to Ryan (Melissa), Christie, Cassie, Connor, Sidney, Henry, Reid and Elise. Ralph was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. The Jesson family would like to thank Dr. Tran, Dr. Mosey, Nurse Jennifer, the staff of Woodstock Adult Day Care Centre and Angela, Danielle and Jaclyn from Care Partners for all of their care. A visitation will be held at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519-537-3611), on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Thursday, October 3 at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation directly to Woodstock Hospital or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent at R.I.P.

Fred Kent
KENT, Frederick David Kent – Peacefully at the Norfolk General Hospital on Monday, September 23, 2019 in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Joan Elaine Kent (née Grant) and father of Michael Dwayne Kent (Sheri) and David Scott Kent. Grandfather of Andrew, Phillip Aaron and Eric Kent (their mother Angela). Fred is also survived by his sister-in-law Marlene Kent of Hendersonville, N.C. and brother-in-law Douglas Grant of Simcoe, niece Julie Shapiro, nephews Jeffrey Kent, Gregory Grant and Gary Grant as well as several cousins. Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Janet (Jones) Kent, brother Douglas Kent and sister-in-law Carol Grant. Fred’s 36-year educational career included positions of teacher, vice principal and principal in Hamilton, Waterford, Simcoe, Townsend and Courtland, retiring in 1988. Fred was a member of Old Windham United Church since 1963 serving as an Elder and Council Chairperson. He played an active role as a Simcoe Lions Club Past President and Life Member of Lions International. Fred enjoyed his years of community contribution with Lynn Valley Boy Scouts, Regional Police Commission, Simcoe Housing Authority, Norfolk General Hospital, Area and Regional Councils, Norfolk County Fair and the Norfolk District of the Retired Teachers of Ontario. Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc. 361 Main St., Port Dover (226-290-9093) in care of arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Old Windham United Church, 30 Glendale Cres. Simcoe from 2 – 4:30 p.m. with a brief Service of Remembrance at 2:30 p.m. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Fred’s memory are asked to consider Old Windham United Church or a charity of their choice. Online condolences can be left at

Thelma Misner
MISNER, Thelma of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs Nursing Home on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in her 95th year. Dearly loved mother of Marcia Haviland. Will be missed by her sisters-in-law, Florence Watkinson, Eleanor Misner and Bertha Misner and by nephew Tony (Pam) Jackson, and many other nieces and nephews. Thelma was predeceased by her husband Charles (2000), son Allan (2000), son-in-law Doug (2010), three 3 sisters and one brother. In keeping with Thelma’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Service of Remembrance to celebrate her life will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Market and St. George Sts.) Port Dover on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. The Reverend Tony Bouwmeester officiating. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to St. Paul’s Anglican Church would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

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