Death Notices – September 2019


Published September 18, 2019

Ernest Adams
ADAMS, William Ernest –passed away peacefully with family by his side at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in his 70th year. Dear husband of Doris, loving father of daughter Lindsay of Brantford, sons Sean (Marcus) of Etobicoke and Corey (Taylor) of Brantford. Survived by his mother Ramona Adams, siblings Heather (James) Snare of Port Dover, Timothy (Nancy) of Capreol and George (Bonnie) of London. Also numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Predeceased by his father William George Adams. Growing up in Capreol, Ernest loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time hunting, fishing, boating and also motocross racing, and biking. After marrying he moved to Port Dover where he worked as an industrial mechanic at Stelco. He loved to travel, cruise, was interested in the culinary arts and photography. His great sense of humour and storytelling abilities will be missed by all. Friends were invited to meet with family to share their memories of Ernest on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Service in the funeral home chapel followed at 2 p.m. Rev Kathryn Vance officiated. For those wishing, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Barb MacDonald
MACDONALD, Barbara Rose (nee Luton) – Barb was called to the big kitchen in the sky on the 14th of September 2019 in her 93rd year. Wherever she is we are positive that she is informing the powers that be that it hasn’t been run correctly but that will be sorted in short order. She will be fondly remembered as a caring and giving individual and for her many contributions to the Town and the Legion in particular. Barb is again with her husband William (Bill) Yetman and letting him and Les Murphy know in no uncertain terms that the “party is over”. Barb is survived by her son Luton Jay MacDonald, daughter-in-law Laurie Ann Bauer; her brother George Luton (Verna) of Brantford and many nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States. Barb’s final arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Avenue in Port Dover. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday the 19th of September 2019, preceded by a Royal Canadian Legion, Br. #158 memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday the 20th of September 2019 at Grace United Church, Port Dover, Ontario. Officiated by Rev. Kathryn Vance. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. A big thank you to all the staff at Dover Cliffs LTC, for their compassionate care of Barb. For those wishing, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

William “Bill” Reaman
REAMAN, William “Bill” – of Port Dover passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Marilyn Reaman for 44 years. Father of Sandra and Gord Gillespie of Innerkip and Brian and Christie Reaman of Kitchener. Grandfather of Brandon. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and friends. To honour Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held in the Bethesda Cemetery, Mapleton. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton.

Jane Ross
ROSS, Jane (nee Whitehead) – Passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Norfolk General Hospital. Mrs. Jane Ross of Simcoe in her 75th year. Beloved wife of the late Ron Ross (2011). Loving mother of Shelly Ross. Cherished grandmother of Amanda (Scott) and Angela (John). Great grandmother to Arianna, Aliya, April, Adalyn, Jaxen and Zackary. Dear sister to Jim Whitehead (Noreen) and the late Jon Whitehead. Jane will be sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. At Jane’s request cremation has taken place. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St. S., Simcoe (519-426-1314). Reverend Brian Elder officiating. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made in Jane’s memory to the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made at


Published September 11, 2019

Karen Barrett (Kolbe)
It is with great sadness that the family of Karen Barrett announces her passing on September 5, 2019 in her 80th year, peacefully in her bed in Port Dover, family near her side. Daughter of the late Helen (Redderson) Kolbe and the late Louis Kolbe, granddaughter of the late Captain and Mrs. W.F. Kolbe of Dover, and dear cousin of Bill Kolbe of Berkeley, California. Cherished mother to Christopher and Jenny (Steve). Loving Mema to Cassie, GrandmaKaren to Katherine and Sarah, and affectionate aunt to Kim, Scott, Allison, and Andrea. Karen’s husband and lifelong partner was Peter Barrett, who passed away in August. Rarely far apart for 75 years, two weeks later and heart-broken, Karen was able to join him once again.
Karen was raised in Port Dover where her mother, one of the first women to graduate from the University of Chicago, founded the local University Women’s Club, while Karen’s father ran the family business of the Port Dover Fish Company. She grew up in the orchards off Prospect Hill, just down the street from young Peter Barrett; by 1948 he had carved their initials together into a maple tree. Karen completed a degree in Sociology in 1962 at St. Hilda’s College, U. Toronto, and life-long St-Hildian girlfriends fondly remember backpacking around cheap-and-dodgy Europe together with her that summer, between city stops to post another letter to Peter, and to check for any telegrams waiting from him, which there always were.
Back in Dover, Karen travelled Norfolk County for the Children’s Aid Society, and as a young aid worker became a hero to her family after the local newspaper ran the frontpage story of her life-saving rescue of a man from a burning building. In 1965 Karen and Peter sailed off to London as newlyweds to work for the Canadian High Commission, lunched with the Queen, then returned to Canada for Expo’67 and settled in Peterborough, raising their family along the banks of the Otonabee River. Karen helped found the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 1974, later being named Peterborough’s Volunteer of the Year. An avid reader and creative writer at heart, Karen also wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Peterborough Examiner, hosted a weekly cable TV show reviewing books and interviewing Canadian authors, and as a home freelance writer contributed many articles and book chapters on local culture and history.
Karen and Peter returned to their hometown of Port Dover in 1999, building a retirement home on Lake Erie where the old Kolbe cottage once stood, soon filled again to the rafters with tall stacks of books of all kinds, teetering from every near-horizontal surface in the house. Karen there also deepened her love of painting; many of her bright watercolours of flowers and sailboats hang in the Hospital in Peterborough, and in private family galleries in Montreal, Sydenham, and Port Dover. Her kind and gentle nature, witty sense of humour, and cheerful outlook will be missed by everyone who knew her.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held. A celebration-of-lives for both Karen and Peter is planned in Peterborough for Saturday, September 28th, 1 p.m., at All Saints’ Church and Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an Art Gallery of your choice, or to your local chapter of the Children’s Aid Society. Karen and her family will always be extremely grateful to the wonderful staff of Dover Cliffs Nursing Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, and on-line donations/condolences can be made at:


Published September 4, 2019

Daisy ‘D’ Brown
BROWN Daisy (D) passed away suddenly on August 28, 2019. Dear mother of Maurice Beckford, Kirk (Dee-Anne) Lunan of Port Dover, Orville (Sonya) Lunan of Toronto, Kareem (Adrienne) Lunan of Whitby and Diana Beckford of Scarborough. Much loved grandmother of Kiona, Lucky, Briana, Renee, Shamala, Troy, Aliyah, Kayla, Stephnie, Kayden, Kashana, Kamari, and Kvonn. Sadly missed by numerous great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by brother Leslie Brown and sister Olive Brown both of Jamaica. D loved to cook and dance, she was also devoted to God and found strength through prayer. Cremation has taken place with a private gathering to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Mike Evans

EVANS, Michael Thomas – Suddenly, at his home in Port Dover on Friday, August 30, 2019. Mike Evans, beloved husband of Linda (nee Stallwood), in his 70th year. Loving father of Corey Evans, Jennelle Evans, Nicole Rutherford and the late Duane Evans (2009). Stepfather of the late Angela Dolbec (2018), Nicole (Sasha) Dolbec, Brian (Amber) Dolbec, Justin Dolbec. Dear grandpa of Lily and Victoria. Brother of Arlene (Watson) Kwan, Robert (Elizabeth), Bradley (Diana) and cherished uncle of Cole. Friends were invited to call at Cooper Funeral Home, 19 Talbot Street West, Jarvis on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m. The funeral service for Mike will be held at Cooper Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 at 11 am. Cremation to follow, with interment of cremated remains in Port Dover Cemetery at a later date. If desired, donations, in memory of Mike, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at
James Hunter
HUNTER, James Douglas –passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Stedman Community Hospice in his 88th year. Loving husband of Flora, dear father of Dan (Mary Ellen) of Newmarket, Dale (Rhea) of Hamilton and Doug (Felicity) of Bolton. Grandfather of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sadly missed by brother-in-law Charles (Rose) McIntosh and cousins Jean Lowe (late Sonny) and Doug (Peg) Reid. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Ivy and daughter Donna and his cousin Donna Ivey. James employment took him all over the globe holding positions as President of the International Transport Workers Federation, National President of Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Transport & General Workers, and various positions in the CAW and CLC. In keeping with James wishes, cremation has taken place with no services or visitation. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at
Elsie Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Elsie Irene (nee Quanbury) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Parkview Meadows Retirement Village in her 99th year. Loving mother of Joan (Adam) Rupert of Alberta, Mary Parker of Port Dover, Robert (Susie) of Port Dover, William (Heather) of Vittoria and Todd (Mary) of Delhi. Sadly missed by her 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by her husband Ken, parents John and Gertrude, siblings Ray (Laura) Quanbury, Jack (Betty) Quanbury, Ernest (Dorothy) Quanbury, Evelyn (Allan) Wight and Betty (William) Buck. Elsie lived a full life, she was a long time member of Grace United Church, she belonged to the Women’s Institute, was a volunteer at the arena concession booth. Elsie also enjoyed knitting, painting, playing bingo and euchre and was an avid Blue Jay fan. The family wishes to thank the staffs at Dover Cliffs LTC and Parkview Meadows Retirement Village for their excellent care and consideration to Elsie. Friends were invited to meet with family to share their memories of Elsie on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Ave., Port Dover (519-583-1530). A Service to Celebrate Elsie’s life was held Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Church corner of St. George and Chapman Sts. Port Dover. Reverend Kathryn Vance officiated. For those wishing, donations to Grace United Church would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at www.thompsonwatersfuneral
Anita Lipohar
LIPOHAR, Anita Rose, 56, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Born December 8, 1962, in Kapuskasing, ON to Stefan and Margaret (Beck) Lipohar, Anita spent most of her youth in Port Dover, ON. She worked in various professions over the years but her most joy came from being a member in several bands over her lifetime including The Misery Goats and Too Many Daves. An avid musician, she was a valuable member of each band, adeptly displaying her mad keyboard abilities. Anita truly lived her life to the fullest and on her terms. She enjoyed simple pleasures, which included spending time and chatting with her friends and family. Her greatest passion came from writing and playing music; she loved to play the keyboard and later the accordion. You could often find her busking along the Halifax waterfront or at the Saturday market in Port Dover, playing her brand of music for locals and tourists alike. Anita had a quirky fun loving attitude and was a gentle soul who genuinely cared about the people in her life. She is survived by daughter Sara, siblings Susan, Christine, Steve (Sue), Mick, and Peter as well as niece Rose and nephews Jacob and Nicholas. She is predeceased by her parents and nephew Isaac. A special thank you to the staff at the VG Palliative Care ward 7A. You truly brought light into her last days. Thank you to all the nurses who took the time to chat with Anita and show pictures to her, sharing snippets of their lives with her. She loved imagining the adventures you would all take and would often talk about you and what you were doing as if you were a family member. Anita had the best and most loving doctors and nurses she could have asked for. A special thank you to David Maginley for the support and spiritual guidance you provided for Anita, who had a great curiosity about what was next, and to Anita’s friend Leila for the incredible help and support you provided to our family over the past several months. You were an angel to Anita. Cremation has taken place and an intimate celebration of life will take place at a future date. Those wishing to make a donation in Anita’s name are asked to consider the Victoria General Palliative Care ward ( or a charity close to your heart. Words of condolence for the family may be left at:
Judge John A. Pringle
PRINGLE, Honourable John Abercrombie Pringle Q.C., B.A., B.C.L., late of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Court North West Territories – surrounded by his loving family, at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in his 96th year. Beloved husband of 67+ years to Barbara (nee Sloan) Pringle of Simcoe. Loving father of Beth Pringle-Hodgins of Simcoe and Fraser “Ooggie” Pringle (Joan) of Port Ryerse. Cherished grandfather and great-grandfather of Sarah Morrison (Todd), children Violet and Benjamin; Amanda Hodgins; Caroline Marisett (Adam), son Fox; Jillian Hodgins, sons Wesley and Avery; Sunnie Pringle; and Bowman Pringle (Sinead). Predeceased by his siblings Constance Wright, James, Robert and William Pringle. In 1943, John joined the Royal Cdn. Air Force – Bomber Command. From 1945-1952, he attended the University of Toronto and the University of New Brunswick graduating with his B.A. In 1952, he was called to the Bar where he practiced in Belleville. In 1958, he was appointed Crown Attorney in Hastings County. In 1966, he received the Q.C. designation (Queens Council). In 1970, he became the Hastings Law Association President. In 1973, he was appointed to the county court of Norfolk where he became Local Judge High Court Justice. In 1974, he was appointed to the Royal Commissioner Land Mark Enquiry. In 1986, Judge Pringle was named Simcoe Citizen of Year. In 1991, he was named Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. In 1999, Judge Pringle retired with an Honorary Life Membership to the Norfolk Law Association and then established the Justice Pringle Award, which is an award given yearly to a Norfolk secondary student in recognition of scholastic excellence. Friends were invited to share their memories of Judge Pringle with his family at the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe for visitation on Sat., August 31, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 80 Colborne St. S., Simcoe on Thurs., Sept. 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating. Private interment of Ashes: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate in memory of Judge Pringle are asked to consider the Honourable Mr. Justice Pringle Scholarship Fund or the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation. Personal online condolences at 519-426-0199.
“Illegitimus non carborundum”
Gary Reid
REID, Gary – On Tuesday August 27, 2019 in his 71st year, Gary joined our Lord and Saviour with his family by his side. He will be deeply missed by his wife Sharon of 50 years, his children Melissa (and Aaron), Jenny and his fur baby Preston. He leaves behind his three sisters Sharon, Donna and Susan, his mother-in-law Joyce, sister-in-law Kathleen, brother-in-law John and his nieces Jill, Jessie, Tammy and Nicky. He was the owner operator of Waterford Hardware & Appliance for 47 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for 27 years, Past President of Chamber of Commerce and worked with Crime Stoppers and volunteered on many occasions. He has touched many people in the community and will be missed by all. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Laura Abbott, the team of PSWs from VON, his nurses, the special people who helped with Gary’s care, especially Linda and John who were there every day to help. Also we would like to thank Gary’s special friend Ted for all the car rides and everything else he did; also Scott and Wayne for many car rides, our neighbour Matt who came many times in the night to help me get Gary up when he fell; and my sister for, as Gary called her, his Meals on Wheels. Friends and family were received at Thompson-Mott, Waterford, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Simcoe Gospel Chapel on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations to ALS Society and Lyme Disease would be appreciated.

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