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

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