Death Notices – September 2020


Published September 30, 2020

Allan Mason
MASON, Allan – With great sadness, we announce that Allan Mason passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24, 2020 after a long illness. Allan was in his eighties. Cherished husband of Beth Mason for over 60 years. Allan was a licenced pilot and travelled extensively. A carpenter by trade, Allan retired from Hamilton and took residence in Port Dover with Beth in 1991. Allan made many friends in Port Dover and will be sadly missed. He leaves behind one sister and her family, as well as sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Allan’s wishes, cremation has taken place with no public visitation or services. Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home,102 First Ave. Port Dover (519-583-1530). For those wishing, donations to the charity of your choice in memory of Allan would be appreciated. Online donations and or condolences can be made at

Robert Sinden
SINDEN, Robert Douglas –passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, September 25th, 2020 in his 57th year. Loving husband to Judy Sinden (nee MacLaughlin) of Walsh, whom he met 38 years ago and was married to for 31 years. Loving father to Amanda Sinden (Jesse Boughner) of Walsh and Jeremy Sinden of Walsh. Beloved son of Harold Sinden of Port Dover and the late Betty Sinden (2001). Dear brother of Dale Sinden (Helen) of Walsh, the late Cheryl Ryerse (2004), the late Gary Sinden (1976). He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rob was born and raised in Port Dover and began working on the tugboats as a fisherman in his early years. He then worked at Dufferin Concrete for 33+ years, 25 of those years were spent driving a cement truck. He enjoyed travelling with his family and could always be found outdoors either working on a project, tinkering on old cars, biking, or on his Harley Davidson when the warm weather came. He was the jack of all trades with a sweet tooth for ice cream. Family was most important to him and he will be greatly missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel, 689 Norfolk St. North Simcoe N3Y 3R3. Those wishing to donate in memory of Rob are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or the Simcoe & District Humane Society. Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199.

George William Lewis
LEWIS George William
June 7, 1947 – September 17, 2020
Your life was a blessing,
your memory a treasure,
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.

I wish to thank the oh so many people who have offered condolences, support, prayers, flowers, cards, and treats through my brother’s illness and passing.
It has been truly appreciated.
Yvonne and Earl Morris

Published September 16, 2020

James “Jamie” Nunn
Nunn, James Stewart “Jamie”
July 25, 1925 – September 2, 2020
In his 96th year. Married to Jean Gilmour, who predeceased him on July 29, 2020. Survived by daughter Shelley Nunn and son John (Adrienne). Predeceased by brothers John (Bettie and family Penne); Mac (Marg and family Peggy & Cim); Scott (Elvira); and brother-in-law Charles Simmons. Survived by sister Mary Elizabeth Simmons (Chuck and family Rebecca & Yvonne).
Jamie had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, an elder and part of the church music program. We made many trips to church in Brantford to hear “Uncle Jamie sing”.

Terrance Joseph McPhail
McPHAIL, Terence Joseph passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at Norfolk General Hospital in his 90th year. Husband of Patricia for 61 years, beloved Father of Claire Ferguson (Calum) and much loved Grandfather of Kirsten and Abbey Ferguson. Predeceased by his parents John and Ann, brother George and sisters Margaret, Rita and Norah. Survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was an avid sports fan especially for his hometown Hamilton Tiger Cats. The family would like to thank the staff at Dover Cliffs LTC for the care they had given Terry.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover, 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Simcoe and District Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published September 9, 2020

Robert “Fabe” Giles
GILES, Robert “Fabe” of Port Dover, passed away peacefully at Stedman Community Hospice, Brantford, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 in his 70th year. Cherished husband of Brenda. Loving father and father-in-law of Shawn and Jenn and Jamie and Kim. Proud grandfather of Jordyn, Avery, Camryn, Oliver and Jack. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Raymond and Liz, Gordon and Ron and Henny. Predeceased by his brothers Rick and Joe and his furry sidekick Chewie. Robert retired from the Grand Erie District School Board after 27 years of service employed as a carpenter. He also served on the Port Dover Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. In his spare time he loved restoring classic cars and was known to do a little fishing. In keeping with Robert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing donations to Stedman Community Hospice would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Marjorie Kathleen Schneider
SCHNEIDER, Marjorie Kathleen (nee Essig) passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs LTC on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in her 101st year. Predeceased by her husband, Harold (1988) and son, Anthony (Tony) Douglas (2016). Survived by daughters Patricia Ann Courtnage and Andrea Gay Brzozowski and son Bruce Andrew Schneider. Marjorie leaves grandsons Bruce Courtnage (Tammie), Tony Schneider Jr., Andrew Schneider (Pam) and Louis Brzozowski Jr. (Jodi-Anne). Great-grandchildren Brandon Schneider, Kylie Schneider, Alexis Schneider, Abigail Schneider, Katie Brzozowski, Evan Brzozowski, Skylar Johnson, Ashley Courtnage and Brooke Courtnage, Jack Crickmore and Olivia Crickmore. Great-great-granddaughter Lyric Schneider. Also lifelong friends Laverne Wilson of Port Dover, Mariette Cornelius of Wallaceburg and Deanne Cassibo, ‘partner-in-crime’ and confidant.
Marjorie was born November 10, 1919 in Seaforth, Ontario and grew up in Galt, Ontario. Marjorie met a gentlemanly, young hotel man, Harold Schneider from Waterloo, Ontario, whom she married in 1937. When Harold joined the navy in 1941 to serve in WWII, Marjorie, with two small children in tow, had to take over the role as manager of the Wallaceburg Inn from Harold for the duration of the war. While Harold was in service during WWII, Marjorie was to search out possible locations for a future hotel of their own. When they discovered the only affordable option was the war-weary Erie Beach Hotel in Port Dover, Harold had misgivings but they were overcome by Marjorie’s optimistic vision. Harold later conceded that Marjorie had indeed brought her vision to fruition. The two then spent a wonderful 50 years of marriage prior to Harold’s passing in 1988. A natural talent in the kitchen, Marjorie introduced her unique celery bread to Port Dover, an Erie Beach treat popular to this day. Marjorie also capitalized on Lake Erie’s natural bounty of fresh water pickerel and perch. They continue to be a mainstay of the Erie Beach’s menu today. After many years of old school hard work, the team of Marjorie and Harold sold the popular and prosperous business to son Tony and daughter-in-law Betty in the early 1970s. Tony and Betty continued in the preceding generation’s footsteps for three decades before selling the business to their son, Andrew and daughter-in-law Pam thus making Marjorie’s grandson, Andrew, the third generation to own and operate the beloved Port Dover institution over the last 75 years. Marjorie served as the long-term matriarch of the Schneider family, the Erie Beach Hotel and indeed the business community of Port Dover.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions all services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home 519-583-1530. For those wishing, donations to the Port Dover Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online donations and/or condolences can be made at

Published September 2, 2020

Ron Butler
BUTLER, Ron of Port Dover passed away peacefully at Dover Cliffs LTC on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in his 89th year. Predeceased by his wife June (Reid) (1998). Loving special friend and companion of Bessie Smith. Dear brother-in-law of Mary Cromwell and Marlene and Fred Bridgwater. Loving uncle of Roy and Andrea Powell, Cindy Snively and Pork Chop, Steven and Deb Butler, Lynn and Steve Thurman, Wayne and Deb Butler, Rory and Pam Butler, Rob and Debbie Cromwell, Christie Mark and Victor Powell, Colleen and Don Erwin, Curt and Sherry Bridgwater and Cara and Wayne Montour. Survived by many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Will be sadly missed by his dear friends Everett and Jen Faulkner and everyone at the Dairy Bar. Predeceased by his parents Oscar and Adelaide Butler, all of his siblings, and nieces and nephews.
Ron was owner/operator with his brother of Butler Fencing for many years. He was an avid woodworker and spent many hours with Harley creating projects. Ron loved to travel, one of his favourite destinations was Hawaii. He was a long-time member of Knox Presbyterian Church, which he helped build with his dad and brother. Ron was also a member of Erie Lodge # 149 A.F. & A.M. Ron served as a Port Dover volunteer fireman and as an executive of the Port Dover Junior Hockey Club.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the visitation and services will be private. Cremation will take place and a graveside service will be held at a later date. Pastor Pam Hogewoning officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. For those wishing donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. On-line donations and/or condolences can be made at

Rosemary Mitchell
MITCHELL, Rosemary Zoe (nee Morris) –
March 16, 1932 – August 28, 2020
At West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville, on Friday, August 28, 2020 Rosemary Zoe Mitchell of R.R. 5, Simcoe in her 89th year. Daughter of the late Samuel and Frances (Slocomb) Morris. Rosemary was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Clarence. She is survived by her children; Rosalee (Ron) Mitchell Spohn of Scarborough; Martha (Kevin) Mitchell-Birtles of Simcoe; Charles of Simcoe; Louise (Terry) McKnight of Port Dover. Loving grandmother of Nathaniel; Krista; James and Jonathan; Christina (Dave), Spencer and Brody; and much-loved great-grandmother of Lexi, Claire and Jack. Rosemary is also survived by brother Stan (Ione) Morris of Port Dover, brother-in-law Ken Painter of Port Dover and sister-in-law Eleanor Fisher of Welland. Predeceased by brother Archie (Georgina) Morris, sister Georgia Painter and brother-in-law Orlin Fisher. Rosemary is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rosemary was born in Port Dover. After her wedding in 1956, she was whisked away to the country to live the rest of her life on the Mitchell dairy farm where she embraced rural living. She was a past president of the Renton Women’s Institute and an adherent of Knox Presbyterian Church in Jarvis. Rosemary was an avid gardener. “One is Nearer God’s Heart In a Garden Than Anywhere Else On Earth”.
Friends were invited to meet with the family on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Thompson Waters Funeral Home, 102 First Avenue, Port Dover. There was a private funeral service with interment in Port Dover Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice. Online condolences at

David John Nigh
NIGH, David John – Passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 in his 82nd year. Dave is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn (Wicker) to whom he was married for 58 wonderful years. Devoted father of Peter Nigh and Laura Murphy. Loving Papa to his five grandchildren who were his greatest joy. David, Ryan and Katie Murphy and Eric and Sofia Nigh.
Predeceased by his parents Rev. Paul and Lucie Nigh as well as his brothers Walter (Diane), Howard (Elinor), Wray (late Jean), Melvin (Bettee) and brother-in-law Barry (Carol) Wicker. Survived by his sister Norma Sherk (Maurice), and his brothers Arnold (Marlene) and Robert (Debbie). David will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
David was born on March 20, 1939 on the family farm in Springvale, Ont. After graduating from Hagersville High School he studied accounting and began work at Cayuga Quarries. His next employment was with Day and Campbell of Hamilton. He then moved to Blackwood Hodge in Toronto and later managed Suntract Rentals at Hamilton and Waterloo branches where in 1971 he met his future business partners Boyd Bell and Jack Reid. Together they started BNR Equipment Rentals in 1975. After eight years, Jack retired, and Boyd and Dave continued their successful and rewarding business venture until its sale in 1998. With their true entrepreneurial spirit, they opened several other businesses and remained partners and great friends for 49 years.
Throughout his life, he had a great love of many sports. In younger days, Dave played briefly with the Tiger Cats. In 1971 he joined the YMCA and took up running with a great group of guys. Another passion was downhill skiing and he travelled yearly out West and to several European countries. He enjoyed these group trips immensely. Great times were spent sailing and boating on the Great Lakes and Atlantic and cycling from home and on tours. David was a member of Deer Ridge Golf Course for 25 years and enjoyed many golf games each summer, especially treasured playing rounds with his grandsons.
Dave and Marilyn both enjoyed travel and were able to visit many places including the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico. A favorite spot was Bucerias, Mexico which they visited several times.
David was the strength and mentor to the family “our rock”. He was the “go to” person we all relied on for advice and guidance. Special times he treasured were family dinners and holidays, especially Christmas. He will be sorely missed.
The family would like to give thanks to Dr. Danielle MacNeil and her skilled oncology team at Victoria Hospital in London. They tried their best to rid him of cancer and we appreciated their care and compassion.
David’s family will receive relatives and friends at visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday, Sept. 4, at the Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. South, Waterloo. The funeral will be held at the Erb and Good Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 at 11 am in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at Parkview Cemetery, 335 University Ave. East, Waterloo. To attend the visitation and/or service, everyone must wear a facial covering, observe physical distancing, and RSVP to the funeral home at or by calling 519-745-8445. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be live streamed at

Peter Van Paassen
VAN PAASSEN, Peter – Born in Helmond, the Netherlands on April 13, 1923, he immigrated to Canada in 1952 with his new bride Dora Gubbels (1996) and together they started their new life as tobacco farmers in Norfolk County. Survived by their children Wilma, Peter and his wife Joyce, Willy and his wife Nancy, Leonie and her husband Duncan, Chris and his wife Trudi and Jennifer and her husband Ken. Predeceased by his daughter Louise (2006) and infant son David (1969). Peter is also survived by his many loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and his large extended family. A lifetime farmer, Peter also had a passion for the outdoors and spent as much time as possible hunting and fishing or just enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. He had a special place in his heart for the cottage on Mayo Lake and all the great friends and neighbours from McArthurs Mills with whom he was able to share his love of the outdoors. He also spent many days at the “Hunt Camp” teaching his grandchildren and many of their friends all he knew about nature. Visitation will be held at The Ferris Funeral Home, 214 Norfolk St., S., Simcoe on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors must call or email the funeral home to book a time to visit. ( Face masks are mandatory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at ST. CECILIA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, PORT DOVER (BY INVITATION ONLY) on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Father Alan Dufraimont, celebrant. Interment Port Dover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Online condolences at




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