Death Notices – Sept 2021


Published September 1, 2021

Audrey Eleanor Lightfoot
The last singer of the Wilson sisters has taken her final “Sentimental Journey”. The sweetest, most kindest mother ever, Audrey Eleanor Lightfoot, 88 years old, left this world peacefully on August 27, 2021. Wife of the late Donald (2008). Survived by her girls Sharon, Gail, Carol and Julie. Also her nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Forever in our hearts. We love you mom and until we meet again.

Shirley Long
LONG, Shirley Irene (nee Stilwell) of Port Dover passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in her 89th year. Beloved wife and best friend of the late Middleton “Mid” Long (April 7, 2003). Daughter of the late Harley and Gertrude Stilwell. Dear mother of Gary of Guelph, Roger and his wife Glenda of Keewatin, and Cindy Macaulay and her partner Cameron Houston of Port Dover. She was the cherished grandmother of Cassidy and Kaytee whom they lovingly called Mimi. They enjoyed many adventures together during yearly visits to Port Dover and when she came to their northern home.
She is also survived by sisters-in-law Lynn Stilwell, Jean Long, and Bernice Long. She will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sister Ruth Wilson and her husband Robert, her sister Helen Dunbar and her husband Lloyd, and her brother Kenneth Stilwell. Predeceased by her mother and father-in-law Craig and Elsie Long, and many brothers and sisters-in-law of the Long family.
Shirley was a life-long resident of Port Dover, moving here from Windsor with her family as a toddler. She was employed by Scotiabank in Port Dover for many years, an organist at local churches in early years, a long-time member of the former Port Dover Kinette Club, a dedicated member of Grace United Church and Grace United Church Choir, and a member of Port Dover and Woodhouse Horticultural Society. She thoroughly enjoyed the past three months as a resident of Rosewood Senior Living in Simcoe.
In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place. For those wishing, memorial donations to the charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. Online condolences can be made at

Doug Souilliere
SOUILLIERE, Douglas George – Peacefully passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in his 86th year. Predeceased by his parents Norman and Hilda Souilliere. Beloved husband of Marilyn Bell (Christie). Loving father to Michelle (Miguel Coppini), Michael (Rosey Peloso), John (Monique Raschig). Stepfather to Linda Bell (Steve Dietrich), Lisa (Brent) Jeppesen, Jeffrey (Margaret Cziraki) Bell. Dear grandfather to Kyla, Rachel, Katarina, Mila, Livia, Justin, Tyler, Brittney, Kendall, Kyle, Paige and Laiken and great grandfather to Isla, Seamus, Evan, Cameron and George. Doug will be sadly missed by his siblings Elaine (Gordon) Laird, Gerry, Pat (Gerald) Belanger, sisters-in-law Jean Jackson, Elizabeth Barath, Evelyn Shoff, brother-in-law David Christie and many nieces and nephews. Doug is pre-deceased by his first wife Anne (nee Shoff), brother Dale, brothers-in-law Gord, Joe, and Ernest and sister-in-law Pauline.
Over the years, Doug gave many hours of his time volunteering with The Norfolk General Hospital, Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, The Port Dover Lighthouse Theatre, Simcoe Little Theatre and the Port Dover Harbour Museum. Doug was a proud member of the Optimist Club in Scarborough, Barrie and Port Dover. He was past Grand Knight of the Port Dover/Walsh Knights of Columbus, as well as past District Deputy and a member of the 4th Degree. He received the honour of Knight of the Year in 2012-2013. Doug was a highly respected instructor for the GTHL and enjoyed coaching for the Special Olympics, minor hockey, minor baseball and was a goalie for the Port Dover Old-Timers Hockey. Sailing and ice-fishing were some of Doug’s favourite pastimes. Some might remember him as Mr. No Socks when he taught in elementary and secondary schools.
Cremation has taken place. A private family funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Dover, at a later date.
Serenity Burial & Cremation Services Inc., 361 Main Street, Port Dover (226) 290-9093 have been entrusted with the arrangements.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Doug’s name are asked to consider the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 211 Union St, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 2B4, Diabetes Canada, 99 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy, Brantford, Ontario N3S 6T6, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 211 Union St., Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y 2B3 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be left at

‘Wilf’ Wiedersprecher
WIEDERSPRECHER, Willfried Gotthelf “Wilf” – surrounded by his loving family at his home on Saturday, August 28th, 2021 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Joanne Wiedersprecher (nee Hill) of Windham Centre. Loving father of Rose Killey of Stoney Creek; Stew Wiedersprecher (Barbara) of Grove City, Ohio; Veronica Pepper (Jim) of Rockford and Elston Wiedersprecher (Leslie Shipp) of Kingston. Cherished grandfather & great-grandfather of Chris Broughton, Melissa Besic (Mario), their children Braiden & Katie; Chelsa Killey, Zach Killey, Taylor & Garrett Wiedersprecher; Sawyer, Cohen, Annika & Zoe Shipp-Wiedersprecher. Lovingly remembered by Joe Gondosch. Wilf was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers in Germany.
A private family visitation and service was held at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk Street North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3 Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. Those wishing to donate in memory of Wilf are asked to consider the St. Joseph’s Health Care – Hemodialysis (Six Nations Satellite Unit) or the Who Did It Club. Donations may be mailed to the funeral home. Special thanks to the Care Partners Palliative Team for their wonderful care and compassion during Wilf’s illness.
Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199

Published September 8, 2021

Paul Edwards
EDWARDS, Paul Richard – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul Richard Edwards on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Paul passed away peacefully at the Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 83.
Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary of 61 years, his children Jeff (Collen), Mark (Cindy), Julie (Mark), his grandchildren, Brendan (Jaime), Cameron (Emma), Haley, Jared, Marissa, Katelyn (Todd), Ethan, Erin (Tyler), Aidan, Wade; and his great-grandchildren Alivia, William, Oliver, and Owen.
Paul will also be lovingly remembered by sister Judy Chambers (Vic predeceased) and was predeceased by his sister, Jean Galloway (Bob). Paul also embraced Mary’s siblings and spouses, and the Gaukel Family as his own.
Paul’s working career started by taking over the family chicken farm from his dad in St. George. Paul left the farm to work for Checkerboard Farms in Aurora, and later managed, became President and part owner of Toronto Packing Poultry Company in Toronto on Spadina Avenue. In 1988, Paul and Mary settled in Hagersville as owners of Lowbanks Farms where he retired in 2002. Paul was a devoted member of the United Church throughout his life attending services at St. George, Kettleby, Mississauga, Hagersville and Grace United in Port Dover. He was also a member of the Lions Club and volunteer firefighter in St. George. Paul enjoyed working with his hands creating works in glass and wood.
Paul was a man of God and great faith, but most importantly, he was a man who loved people. Paul radiated kindness, and built connections easily with people through his welcoming presence and positive spirit. When you spoke with Paul, you felt important and at peace in his company. He was larger than life in so many ways, and the community of family and friends that he and Mary built around themselves was his life’s greatest work. He treasured the relationships he built, and he will live on in all of them, gone but never forgotten.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Paul with visitation at Grace United Church corners of Chapman and St. George Streets on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm. A service in memory of Paul will follow at 3 pm. For registration to attend the visitation or service please call Thompson Waters Funeral Home Port Dover 519-583-1530. The Reverend Kathryn Vance and Jeff Smith officiating. Private family interment will follow. The Service may also be viewed on the Grace United Church website For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church or the Brantford Community Health Care Cancer Clinic would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online donations and or condolences can be made at
The family would like to say a very special thank you to Dr. Brian Lee and his staff at the Brantford General Cancer Clinic, and Paul’s palliative care team. All of Paul’s doctors, nurses, and personal support workers treated him with such compassion and made him smile endlessly. We are forever grateful.

Marilyn McGregor
McGregor Marilyn of Port Dover, passed away February 13, 2021 and due to the Covid-19 regulations the family was unable to have a service.
All are welcome to meet with the family for a graveside service and a Celebration of Life gathering. The graveside service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11 am at Port Dover Cemetery, followed by the Celebration of Life at the Royal Canadian Legion (Market St. Port Dover) from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating.
Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published September 15, 2021

Catharine Brown
BROWN, Catharine passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family on Thursday, September 9, 2021 in her 102nd year. Dear sister of Stuart Brown, loving aunt of Rebecca Shapiro (Jamie) of St. Catharines, Jennifer (David) Wright of Toronto, Ann Brown of Toronto and Ian (Allison) Brown of Guelph. Great-aunt to Sarah, Emily, Tucker, Ginny, Connor, Spencer and Harry. She will be fondly remembered by her cousin Marie McMillan. Predeceased by her parents Harry and Muriel Brown and sister-in-law Bridget Brown.
Catharine enjoyed reading, loved the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the city of Chicago where she spent most of her working career as a nurse. Catharine had a terrific sense of humour and was never afraid of expressing her thoughts and feelings on everything from politics to social matters. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
All services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Port Dover Lions Club would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Sherry Graye
GRAYE, Sherry Irene (nee Pankhurst) – it is with sorrow our family announces the passing of Sherry at the Hamilton General Hospital on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 in her 56th year. She is lovingly remembered by her mother Sylvia Pankhurst (late Archie – 1988) of Leamington and by her grandmother Lena Franks (late John) of Woodstock. Cherished mother of Shane Pankhurst (Rebecca Bate) of Brantford, children Kaziam, Adisa, Shane Jr., and Adelaidia; and Faleon Graye of Woodstock, children William, Damian & Dustin. Sherry will be sadly missed by her siblings Tammy Burt (late Brian) of Port Dover, Christine Pankhurst (Doug Clark) of Vienna and Fred Pankhurst (Marilyn) of Port Dover. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & extended family.
Special thanks to the Doctors and nurses in ICU at the Norfolk General and Hamilton General Hospitals for your kindness and compassion during Sherry’s short stay.
A private interment of ashes will be held at a later date. Those wishing to donate in memory of Sherry are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society. Donations may be mailed to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe N3Y 3R3. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199.

Douglas Hunter
HUNTER, Douglas Robert of Port Dover – March 8, 1960 – September 3, 2021, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Belleville, ON. Beloved son of Flora and the late James, grandson of the late Ivy and Harry Hunter and the late Charles and Flora McIntosh. Soulmate and best friend of Felicity Scott “Flicky” for 40 years. Brother of Dan and Mary of Newmarket, uncle to Adena, Brett and Joey, and brother of Dale and Rhea of Hamilton and uncle to Daniel, Erin and Andrew. Nephew of Charles and Rose McIntosh, cousins Kelly, Perry, Todd and the late Kevin, Nancy and Barry Bousher.
Doug was a great Raptors fan. The family moved to Aurora, ON in 1963. Doug had many friends there, Ian Bryson, pals since childhood. Doug worked for CN Railway, he had his own car detailing business and worked many years for the horse racing business. Doug and Flicky came to Dover for July 1st for 20 years and moved here two years ago. Doug was very fond of his Dad’s cousins, Jean and Sonny Lowe, Doug and Peggy Reid, Donna Ivey and their families.
In keeping with Doug’s wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. Online condolences can be made at

Dorothy O’Brien
O’BRIEN, Dorothy (nee Hare) of Port Dover, passed away at Norfolk General Hospital on Monday, September 6, 2021 in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Peter (1996). Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Raymond and Chris O’Brien, Cam and Cindy O’Brien, Linda and John Soles, Pam and Murray Walker, Lorrie MacIvor, Lisa O’Brien and George Wight. Much loved grandmother of Jeff (Megan), Michael (Tania), Tyler, Ryan, Daniel, Ashley, Kyle, Dustin, Kendra and great-grandson Liam. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mel and Barb Hare. Predeceased by her parents Cecil and Alma Hare, son-in-law Donnie MacIvor, grandson Travis and siblings, Doris, Mable, Blanche, Nellie, Bruce and Clarence.
Dorothy was a life member of the Port Dover Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch #158. She enjoyed knitting, buying scratch tickets and playing bingo. Dorothy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her family and friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service and interment will be held. The Reverend Kathryn Vance officiating. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Legion Ladies Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published September 22, 2021

Tammy Berg
BERG, Tammy Lee (nee Loshaw) of St. Williams, Saturday afternoon on Sept. 18th, 2021
We lost a beautiful soul, a kind, loving, always there for everyone, incredible soul.
Tammy Loshaw Berg passed with her family around and holding her.
She is survived by her forever love Donald Berg and her daughters/best friends Jessica and Amanda Berg.
Tammy was a fighter, she never gave up. No matter how tough the situation.
She loved her family tremendously and animals too. The animals maybe a bit more. Rescuing, curing, loving every creature that crossed her path.
She was an amazing woman and will be missed every day by siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
RIP, Farmgirl, Fisher Maiden, Daughter, Wife and Mother.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. All services are private. For those wishing donations to Second Chance Ranch – Horse Rescue – Parham, ON would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Ted Sherman
Edward (Ted) Sherman, the unofficial Mayor of Pinecliff Resort, passed away peacefully at the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, Barry’s Bay, on Sept. 14, 2021, in his 80th year, with family near.
Ted was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Vanderpost) Sherman. Loved father of Bart Sherman (Sherry) of Wallacetown, and Brad Sherman of Simcoe. Cherished grandfather of Chelsey Beckham, and Daulton Sherman. Loving brother of Molly (Rick) Barber. Ted was predeceased by his father Earl, mother Hazel, and sister Connie (Monsen).
Ted worked at the American Can in Simcoe, Ontario for 30 years. After retiring from the American Can, he work with his lifelong friend Bob Lawrence, at Bob’s mill, installing hardwood floors all across southern Ontario. In 1994 Ted and Betty received the chance of a life-time and moved to Pinecliff Resort in Combermere, Ontario where they have lived and worked since.
Ted loved fishing and passed his passion on to his kids and grandchildren. Being a big sports fan, he would root for any team that was playing the Maple Leafs.
As per Ted’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Madawaska Valley Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to M.G. Daly Funeral Home, Maynooth. (Cards available at the funeral home (613) 338-3259 or e-mail condolences to or visit

Jeff Wilson
WILSON, Robert Jeffery “Jeff” of Port Dover passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 in his 66th year, at Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton. After a short but courageous battle with cancer. Loving and cherished partner of D.J. Thibeault. Much loved father and father-in-law of Jamie and Katie of London, Jeremy and Suzanne of Timmins and Josh of Delhi, step-father of Tara-Anne and Dylan Bush and Kady Thibeault. Proud grandfather of Max, Mya, Ben, Noah, Cole, Evelyn and step-grandfather to Chloe, Olivia and Daxton. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Jody and Lynn of Langton and Brad and Karen of Port Dover. Dearly loved son of Barbara Ryerse and step-son of Bob Ryerse. Jeff will be sadly missed by all of the Ryerse family. Predeceased by his father Robert Wilson.
Jeff worked for Stelco for over 40 years. He is best known for his love of music, especially that of Neil Young. He has played in many places in the area and beyond. Jeff’s favourite place was on his boat in the river, known by some as River Man.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover. 519-583-1530. A private graveside service will take place at a later date.
A Celebration of Life gathering will take place at Port Dover Community Centre (St. George St.) on Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2021 from 2 to 5 p.m. Masks are mandatory and social distancing observed. Proof of full vaccination (minimum 2 weeks prior to the event) or a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the event must be shown at the door. For those wishing, donations to Music Counts would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at


Published September 29, 2021

Paul Cober
COBER, Paul Howard – passed away on Friday, September 17th, 2021 in his 81st year. Beloved husband for 57 years to Marion Cober (nee Misner) of Port Dover. Loving father & grandfather of Kim Cober (Geraldo Souza), children Caique & Tarsila; and Chris Cober (Sheri), children Caleb & Alexandra. He also leaves behind his faithful four-legged companion Maggie. Paul is predeceased by his sister Anita, and parents Howard and Gwen Cober.
Paul was raised in Port Credit, and met Marion while attending Ryerson in Toronto. They spent the next 57 years together, mostly in Norfolk County. People were his hobby. He loved driving the back roads of Norfolk and talking to farmers, first while selling fertilizer for Misner Fertilizer, then while selling Real Estate, starting with R. E. Mann and then later with Dave Brown Realty. He was Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Port Dover and long time member and supporter of the Shriners and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Special thanks to the VON, the St. Elizabeth Society, Home Instead, the Alzheimer Society, and Care Partners for all of their help and support over the last few months.
A private family graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Lynedoch. Those wishing to donate in memory of Paul are asked to consider the St. Elizabeth Society (SE Health) or Care Partners. Donations may be mailed to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe N3Y 3R3.
Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199

Alexander “Woody” Wood
Alexander “Woody” Wood of London and formerly of Port Dover and Tillsonburg, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2021, at the age of 91. Alexander was born in Simcoe on September 26, 1929, son of Alexander and Annie of Anstruther on Fife, Scotland. Beloved husband to Shirley Wood (Tait). Loving father to Cindy Anne Baker (Brett Morgan), Dr. David A. Wood (Céline Wood). Devoted grandfather and great-grandfather to Dustin, Scott, Alexandra, Katherine, Daniel and MacKenzie. Brother to Charles (Chuck), and the late William.
Part of the “Greatest Generation”, Alexander lived through the Great Depression, was known for integrity, humility, frugality, commitment, personal responsibility, financial prudence, self-sacrifice and work ethic. He anchored the blue line for the Tillsonburg Pan Drieds – OHA Sr. A Champions, where he led the league in penalties with a penchant for throwing his elbows.
Actions not words. He preferred showing commitment and care by diligent work and consistency rather than standing in the limelight; whether it was professional hockey, career or family. He was always sharply dressed right through to his final days.
Woody worked nearly 40 years at D.H. Howden Ltd selling hardware. He drove balls and threw rocks at the Highland Country Club right up until he was permanently benched by a stroke.
The Wood family would like to give a special thanks to the PSWs: Amanda, Amber, Ana, Anna K, Ashley, Brianne, Christina, Crystal, Elsy, Fe, Jennifer, Jessica, Justine, Kari, Carrie, Kayla, Melinda, Melisa, Sara, Soriya, Sylvia, Susan, Teresa, Valerie. They would also like to thank Nurse Nancy, Dr. George Kim and the staff at University Hospital and Parkwood Complex Care.
Cremation has taken place, with funeral arrangements entrusted to Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, Autism Ontario.

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