Death Notices – October 2020


Published October 28, 2020

Karen Mary Shaver
February 28, 1951 – October 20, 2020

“Karen was a very special person,” said one of Karen’s dear friends on the voicemail. Oh how our hearts ache. Karen, our sister, our cousin, our niece and our friend passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 20th, 2020.
Karen was the daughter of the late J. Howard Shaver and the late Barbara E. McKillop. She was the light of our lives who could be counted on for her support in troubled times, her exceptional sense of humour and seasoned wisdom. Karen was a strong advocate for the disadvantaged and the marginalized. She loved the arts and patronized and supported many individual independent artisans as well as many small and large public entertainment venues. Karen loved to travel, cook, entertain and shop! She loved Ireland, Canada, Toronto, Port Dover and New York.
Previously married to the late Peter Harvey LLB. LLM, Karen loved her in-laws Les and Judy, Pauline, Roger, Marlene and Dennis and all her nieces and nephews and their families. Karen will be sadly missed by her aunts Anne (Toronto) and Ruth (Barrie) and all her cousins in the Swan, Parkin and Walsh families and their children and grandchildren. Her sisters Lisa (London) and Susan (Hamilton) grieve her passing as do many of her childhood, high school and university friends.
Karen was a big fan of education. She loved reading, poetry, quotes, music, boating, photography, gardening and writing and was a published author within the sphere of her own discipline (Pension and Employment Law). Karen also loved consulting and educating.
We are eternally grateful for the heartfelt and excellent care Karen received over the last two years at Parkview Meadows (Gardenview) in Townsend provided by Dr. Paul Medve, Ms. Lisa Deonarine, GNP and Ms. Mara DiBiase, CEO/DOC. The courageous, kind and committed support given by all the staff at Parkview/Gardenview will never be forgotten. Special thanks also to Jim Parkin (Harrington), Colin Smith (Port Dover) and the HNHH Alzheimer’s Society for all their support and care during the challenging journey presented by dementia. There will be no visitation or funeral service as per Karen’s request. A Celebration of Life and scattering of Karen’s ashes is planned for the spring of 2021. Donations in Karen’s memory to the cause or charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe, Ontario. Online condolences at


Published October 21, 2020

Patricia Jackson
JACKSON, Patricia Ardell It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia Ardell (Hagey) Jackson announce her peaceful passing on October 14, 2020 at the Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford, in her 84th year after a courageous battle with cancer. Patricia will be fondly remembered by her much-loved husband of 17 years, Hadley Jackson of Port Dover, and her caring children, Bradley Kemp (Flora) of Burnaby, B.C., and Janet Ralph (Noland) of Cambridge. Forever loved and dearly remembered by her siblings Donald Hagey of Brantford, Henry Hagey (Donna) of Simcoe and Janet Hagey (Bill Aikmen) of Ottawa. Also survived by her precious grandchildren, Liam and Brayden Ralph of Cambridge, and Isaac and Justin Kemp of Burnaby.  Patricia is also pre-deceased by former husbands, Gary Kemp of Simcoe and Ronald North of Burlington.  Patricia particularly enjoyed her time employed at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, where she formed many wonderful friendships with co-workers.  Pat and Hadley enjoyed many world wide travels and good times together. All that knew Pat were touched by her sincere kindness and genuine sweetness. In keeping with Pat’s express wishes, cremation has taken place. All that knew Pat and want to show support for her family can send memorial donations in her name to Stedman Community Hospice. The family would like to express their appreciation to all the nurses and personal support workers from the Local Health Integration Network who comforted Pat in her final journey. Friends were invited to call at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Service was held at 1:00 p.m. followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Online condolences at

Published October 14, 2020

Eleanor Siple-Hoover
SIPLE-HOOVER, Eleanor Marguerite – Peacefully at Dover Cliffs Long Term Care, Port Dover, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Eleanor was the wife of the late Stanley George Hoover (1971). Loving mother of Gayle (Rolly Cassidy) Hare of Port Dover, Deb (Rick) Sasseville of Port Dover and Millard Hoover of Kingston. Dear grandmother of Brook, Brent and Angela Hare, Ashley (Markus) Brinkmann, Dayna (Aaron) Marks, Melanie Hoover, and the late Tim Hoover. Great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brothers Michael, Harry, Gerald and her sister Lillian Siple.
Eleanor was a long-standing member of the Selkirk Baptist Church, ministering as a Sunday School teacher, camp leader and choir member. All who knew her will miss her gentle, graceful nature and her easy laugh. The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Dover Cliffs for the exceptional care that they provided to Ellie over the past number of years. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519-587-4414). Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

An angel lived among us
A gift from God above.
She showered us with kindness
And shared with us her love.

Until we meet again, Mom.

Dennis Thomson
THOMSON, Dennis Cameron – It is with great sadness that the family of the late Dennis Cameron Thomson announce his sudden passing, in his 58th year. Dennis was predeceased by his parents Cameron and Madeline Thomson, brother Russell, sister Sharon and brother-in-law Jim. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories is his partner Leo Maloney of Port Dover, sisters Marie (George) Burke of Port Dover, Gail (Dave) Simmons of Port Dover, Anne McAlpine of Caledonia, and sister-in-law Betty (Dave) Eke of Chesley. Dennis was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, a great-great-niece and a great-great-nephew. He will be sadly missed by many friends.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Simcoe. Interment Cheapside United Church Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cooper Funeral Home, Jarvis (519-587-4414). If desired, donations to CAMH Toronto (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Lilianne Van Dam
VAN DAM, Lilianne Leonie Louise – At Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on October 7, 2020, Lilianne Van Dam of Simcoe in her 87th year. Predeceased by her first husband Lucien Van Dam (1999) and survived by her second husband Edward McCarthy. Dear mother of Ronnie and his wife Dorothy and Frank and his wife Carmen. Predeceased by a son Rudy (1977). Cherished grandmother of Darren (Ashley), Jason (Jill), Laura (Ken Edwards), Ian, Robyn and Thomas. Great grandmother of Jackie, Abby, Alex, William and Olivia. She is survived by her siblings Willy Drees (Jane), Gilbert Drees (Arlene), Astrid Koback (predeceased Bill) and Rita Thompson (Mark) Predeceased by two brothers Lucien and Ferdy Drees.
Lilianne was an active member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church and a former member of the Rhythmairs. A family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church followed by interment at Port Dover Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences at

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