Laman, Archer Pete


(January 19 – February 14, 2024)

“Archie” was born January 19 at 1:48 p.m. to parents Taylor and Elijah Laman in Brantford. After 26 days of perfection, he passed peacefully into the arms of our Heavenly Father in the early morning of February 14. In his brief life on earth, Archie touched countless lives through his sweet smiles and love of cuddling. Although we miss him dearly, his memory lives on through the donation of his heart valves to a baby in need. Archer is greeted in Heaven by his two siblings and many cousins gone too soon through miscarriage and illness. Although we mourn here, Heaven rejoices! We can rejoice also, knowing that it is only “Goodbye” for now.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Friday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. at Cedarview Church (20 Cedar St, Paris), with interment to follow.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, we invite donations in Archie’s memory to SHYP House (Supportive Housing for Young Parents), a local Brantford foundation in support of young mothers and their children. (Visit – please note “In memory of Archie”)

Please keep the precious baby who received the organ donation in your prayers, that they may heal and thrive, and the Lord will give them a beautiful life.

“He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart” – Isaiah 40:11

Howe, Brian W.

With heavy hearts and deep sadness, we announce the passing of Brian W. Howe (August 21st, 1959) on Tuesday, February 13th peacefully in his sleep.

He leaves behind his granddaughter, Grace, his daughter, Shayla (Dallas), his son, Tyler (Sarah), and his loving wife and partner in all, Louise. He also leaves behind his parents, Leona and Archie, his sister Bonnie (John), brother Gord (Sheila) as well as many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and nieces.

Brian was employed (and occasionally worked) at Stelco Hilton Works when he wasn’t pulling pranks or just having fun from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. Once retired and a short stay at home, he was given the opportunity to work for TOA and travel the world working as a consultant at steel plants installing processing lines.

Brian’s sense of humour and good-natured personality will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation and Service will be on Saturday, February 17th at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, ON. Visitation from 1- 3 pm, and service at 3 – 4 pm.

We will be having a Celebration of Life for Brian on July 6th. Details will follow once confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, please send your donation to the Rockton Lions Club.

Beatty, Stephen (Steve)

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Stephen (Steve) Charles Beatty at the age of 64. Steve passed peacefully at his residence in Dundas, Ontario on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Born on April 11, 1959, Steve was raised in Woodstock, Ontario, first born son of the late John (Jack) Beatty (1991) and Rose (Laskoski) Beatty.

Steve is survived by his wife and best friend, Tracey Harrod, and her children Ashton and Keaton Hunter. He was the proud father of Alexandra (Jake) Murray and Jack (Samantha) Beatty, and loving Grandfather to the light of his life, Noah Beatty. He is also survived by his mother, Rose Beatty, his brother Bill (Maria) Beatty, niece Brittany (Ryan) Napman, and great niece Maddie Napman. Steve is also survived by Mitzi Beatty, Steve’s former partner and mother of Alexandra and Jack.

Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, with a focus on International Relations. He competed on the world stage in the sport of rowing, representing Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He continued with cycling, raising money for charities and golfing with his friends.

Steve’s unparalleled dedication and work ethic transcended his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, son and brother. A lifelong competitive athlete and well-respected businessman, his competitive and hard-working spirit throughout his life was instilled in his children as they both excelled athletically and professionally.

His career as a financial planner with Beatty Financial Solutions (Sun Life Financial) with his son and partner Jack, created lifelong friends and colleagues. He was planning on retiring this year, to be able to continue to travel and explore the world with Tracey.

If you were fortunate enough to meet Steve, you would know how hard working, thoughtful, loving, generous, fun, and inspirational of a man he was.

Keeping with his wishes, a celebration of life will be held on Friday February 9th at 2pm to 4pm for friends and family at the Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club at 10 Woodleys Ln, Dundas, Ontario L9H 6Y6.

If you wish to show support, Steve was a lifelong supporter of the Ronald McDonald Foundation. Donations in Steve’s memory can be made at

If you wish to show support by sending flowers please send them to the celebration of life on Friday at the Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club at 10 Woodleys Ln, Dundas, Ontario L9H 6Y6

Dingman, Evelyn (Williams)

Dingman, Evelyn Rose (nee Williams) – Passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 in her 71st year. Beloved wife of Sonny for over 47 years. Loving mother to Jeremy and Jason. Caring grandmother to Ella, Oaklynn and Faith. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Evelyn worked at Flamborough Downs as a cook for many years. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Donations can be made, in memory, to the Canadian Cancer Society.

DeBruin, Maria

Maria Adriana DeBruin (nee VanDÿk) passed away peacefully at Wentworth Lodge on January 27, 2024.
Loving wife of Jacobus (Jake), mother of Julie Ann, Michael (Andrea), Jim (Susie), Jeff (Rachael) and Heather. Devoted grandmother to Jacob, Leah, Aaren, Sam (Kate), Evan, Joel, Hannah, Spencer, Taryn, Joseph, Grace, Ella, Nathan, Jerry, Everett and great grandmother to Luke.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jerseyville Baptist Church.
A small family service will be held in the spring.

Wiersma, Jan (John)

Died peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, after a battle with cancer. Loved and supported by his wife, Jannie (Jane) Wiersma nee ter Steege, to whom he was married for 55 years. Caring father to Paul Wiersma (Daphne), Philip Wiersma (Carrey) and Joanna Wiersma (Darryl) and proud Pake to Eve, James, Kay, Kaitlyn and Matthew Wiersma. Brother to Sylvia. Predeceased by: his parents, Willem and Ebeltje; and his brothers, Elco (Ann) and William ‘Bill’ (Magda). Ever the hard-working and dutiful provider, John was most in his element while painting, constructing ‘Popular Mechanics’ perpetual motion machines, helping his kids with their math homework and maneuvering his 18-wheeler through impossibly tight corners. John explored his musical talents by picking up the accordion and organ, and contributing his second tenor voice to the Ambassador’s male chorus for many years. Ever the pragmatist, there was little he couldn’t fix with a vice grip, hammer and a spike. As a devoted servant of the church, John faithfully served as deacon, ministered to long-term care residents and is fondly remembered as ‘Big John’ by the Friendship Group. John’s family will receive visitors on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 7 pm – 9 pm at First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, 181 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton, ON. A funeral service will be held (and live-streamed) on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 10 am at First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, 181 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton, ON, followed by refreshments and a family interment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Cancer Assistance Program.

Atkinson, Patricia (Hunter)

Peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Patricia Joanne (Hunter) Atkinson passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Loved and loving mother of Beth.  Pat was predeceased by her husband James, infant son Daniel, her parents Allan and Elizabeth Hunter and brother Brian Hunter. 

She is survived by her sister Susan Hill (late Jim), her niece Patricia and nephews Ted (Liz), Chris, Wes (Martina) and Dale.

Pat was a dedicated employee of St. Joseph’s Villa for thirty years and a Guider for forty years with the 1st Greensville unit.  She will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives she touched.

One of Pat’s greatest pleasures was crafting plastic canvas creations that she gifted to family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas on Sunday January 28th, 2:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M., and funeral service will be held Monday January 29th, at Christ Church, 92 HWY 8, Dundas at 11:00 A.M..

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation or Girl Guides of Canada.

Hall, (Ada) Joan

(Ada) Joan HALL (nee Tennant)

1930 – 2024

Joan passed away on January 20th, at the age of 93, from complications of Alzheimer’s. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, Ken, her children Cheryl Hoffmann and Cameron (Julia), her four grandchildren, Leda Hoffmann (Katherine Simon), Paul Hoffmann (Annie Collier), Chloe (Alex Nelson) and Alexa (Alex Konjikusic), and the many people whose lives she touched over the years. She is predeceased by her brother Walter Tennant (Sylvia).

A woman of her time, Joan was a devoted wife and mother, had a long teaching career and was involved in many community activities. Joan was born in Hamilton and grew up on Tragina Ave N. She attended Delta Collegiate where she excelled at everything she did and captured the heart of Ken at the age of 16! Joan and Ken recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She will forever be his “high school sweetheart”.

Joan taught for more than 30 years in the Hamilton Board of Education. Respected by her peers, she was selected to speak on behalf of the retiring teachers in 1987. “Mrs Hall” will be remembered best for introducing Grade 1 students to the joys of reading. She loved to hear stories from her former students as they made their way in the world. Joan took advantage of every opportunity to pass on her love of learning to her own children and grandchildren, as well as any child who crossed her path. In 1969 she graduated from McMaster University as a “mature” student, taking night classes while teaching and tending to her family. Later, she achieved an MA in Education from Niagara University.

As a mother and grandmother, Joan instilled a love of words in us, often praising us, in her beautiful handwriting, for accomplishments from cleaning up our rooms to crossing the monkey bars. She painted Christmas cards for her family and included expressions of love that we will treasure always. In later years, Joan’s role in the McMaster Alumni Gallery was to apply the words of famous people to the accomplishments of inductees. It has been particularly difficult to watch Alzheimer’s steal her ability to use her words, through which she once conveyed such poetry.

Joan diligently volunteered for many organizations, including Spartan Track and Field Club, the Dundas Historical Museum as a board member, the Stoney Creek Battlefield House, the McMaster Alumni Association, the Giant’s Rib Association and many more. Over the years, she knit for preemies, proofread newsletters, learned to paint, gave talks at the Dundas Women’s Travel Group, curled and had a full-time role supporting all of Ken’s many community outreach projects. Joan’s life was rich in responsibilities, caring, and a great deal of happiness.

Joan loved to travel the world (especially when she could visit her grandchildren). She also enjoyed time spent at the cottage, built by her father on Orr Lake. She spent many a summer there orchestrating the visits of friends and family. As she guided each of her grandchildren, in turn, to join in family board games, she created a pattern of love and acceptance and left a warmth that will live in our hearts forever.

The family would like to thank the kind people at Amica Dundas, and especially the staff of Memory Care, for their compassionate support. Thank you to all of you who have helped us through this time with friendship and love.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a visitation on Monday, January 29th 2-4pm at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St, Dundas. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the “Dr Ken Hall and Joan Hall Endowment Fund” at McMaster University in support of Joan’s passion for education.

Scargall, Mark

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Mark Scargall, have to announce that he passed away in his sleep on January 19th, 2024. He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 36 years Susan Scargall ; his children Alanna Michelle , Mike Scargall, Bryan Scargall (Aimee), and Bobbie Lynn Scargall (Tom) ; grandchildren, Erich, Ella, Damien and Gwen; his mother Patricia Scargall; his sister Lisa Eves – Burton (David) , Scott Scargall and all his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and friends. He was born in Hamilton, ON and grew up in Dundas, ON where he played on many sports teams and went to St. Mary’s high school. We will be having a Celebration of Life that will be announced at a later date.

Pipe, Joan

Joan Pipe, aka Mom

With heavy hearts and deep love, we announce the passing of the world’s greatest mother and friend, Joan Margaret Pipe (nee Homer), on Thursday, January 18, 2024.  Born in Hamilton on July 7, 1941, she passed peacefully at the home she cherished, surrounded by her family and her grand-dogs.  Predeceased by her parents, Bob and Margaret Homer, and her sister, Merle, Joan was a loving mother to Janet (James), Jim (Donna) and Bob (Amy), and a wonderful grandmother to her many grandchildren: Jamie, Simon, Greg, Adam, Mathew, Sarah, Charlie, and Tommy. A wonderful friend and confidant, always able to offer kindness and wisdom over tea or wine, Joan was like another mother to many neighborhood families and to her own children’s friends. Greatly involved in her community of Rockton over her lifetime, she leaves more friends than we can possibly name here. Joan deeply valued her independence, and her family is thankful that she was able to pass as she lived, making her own decisions on her own terms. The family offers deep gratitude to the MAID team for their kindness and compassion. Joan enjoyed a life well-lived and well-loved and left no regrets. She was a crossword connoisseur who easily tackled the toughest puzzles, here’s one: a three-letter name for unconditional love and kindness: MOM.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Turner Funeral Home in Dundas, Ontario. A private ceremony for family will be held the Spring. In lieu of flowers, Joan has asked that monetary donations in her honour go to the Rockton Lions Club, as their support was essential in helping her remain independent when she faced (and conquered) recent mobility issues.