Death of Retired NRPS Officer (Sgt.) Bill Pitkin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, William Pitkin on April 14, 2022. He died peacefully with his family by his side.
He will be missed by his children Christine (Mark), Mike and Bob. Proud Grandfather to Laura (Craig), David, Julia (Kevin) and Mikayla (Chris). Great Grand Pappy to Anna, Owen and Jack.
He is predeceased by his wife Sherry, daughter-in-law Leanne and his sister Mary Ellen. He is survived by sister Kathryn (Art) and brother Eric (Wendy).
He was a proud member of the Niagara Regional Police for 30 years. After retirement he followed his passion for horses and successfully ran Twin Forks in Fenwick hosting many events there. In later years that passion changed to fishing and Barry’s Bay became his summer home for over 20 years.
As per Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.
Published by St. Catharines Standard on Apr. 19, 2022.
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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt.) Teasdale ‘Dick’ Colledge

COLLEDGE, Teasdale ‘Richard’ – Retired Niagara Regional Police Sargent born January 13, 1940 passed away April 07th, 2022.

He was proud to say he was a police officer serving this Region for 29 years and of fulfilling a life long dream by obtaining a BA in English from Brock University, after retirement.

His greatest achievement however, he would recite, is his family; wife Carol of over 60 years; children, Catharine (Peter Wells), Christine (Trevor) Cooper and Rick (Tara); grandchildren, Shanyn, Richard, Paul, Pandora, Rachel and Benjamin; great grandchildren, Scarlett and Kali and ‘like sons’ James and Robert. Richard will be sadly missed by his siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

He has now been reunited with parents, his sister Dale and brother Robin.

His family extends a sincere ‘Thank You’ to his PSW Amber and the health care team on 5B at the St.Catharines Hospital.

In keeping with Richard’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his Life will be held at The Salvation Army Citadel (400 Niagara St. St.Catharines) on Thursday April 14th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Salvation Army – St.Catharines will be appreciated by his family. You are invited to share valued memories and condolences on-line at

‘We will miss you’

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (Sgt) Todd Blair

 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved son Todd Douglas Blair at the age of 56. Todd passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 6, 2022. He leaves behind his grieving father and best friend John, his mother (Micki) Millicent (nee, Doucet), his wife Vanessa (nee Walsh), Fenwick ON, Todd’s children, Kathleen (Vaughn) Noonan, Thorold, ON, Daniel, Thorold, ON, Grace and Jack, Fenwick ON., and his cherished granddaughter Sienna Noonan. He also leaves behind his sister Mary (Asad) Elbana and niece Letty Williams, all of Florida, and aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Todd was a recently retired Sergeant from the Niagara Regional Police Service where, amongst other duties, he served as a member of the dive team and the ETU team.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County would be appreciated.

A celebration of Todd’s life will be held at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, (519-969-5841) at a later date. For more information please call Families First.

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Death of PPAN Member – (Cst) Henry (Hank) Cookson

Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones, after several months of declining health. Born April 3, 1934 and died peacefully at his home on March 7, 2022. Henry is leaving behind the love of his life Carmel after 66 years of marriage. Loving father of Doug, Donna (Allan), Glen ( Carolyn) and Mark who passed away on February 19, 2020.  Predeceased by his parents George P. Cookson and Edith Cookson. He is also predeceased by his siblings George, William, Cecil, Edward, Hugh, Peggy, Pam and Dorothy. Poppa will be missed by his 4 lovely grandchildren; Carly, Briar, Trey and Caleb. Henry adored his grandchildren immensely. Henry started working on the Railroad before entering into a career as a Police Officer. He started on the Grantham Township Police and retired a Niagara Reginal Police Officer after 35 years of faithful service. Henry often reminisced about his time with fellow officers, Danny Stones, Tom Yablonski and Cor Vandermeer. Henry was a long time hockey fan and was a diehard Chicago Black Hawks fan. He also enjoyed his Hamilton Ti-Cat Football team. Henry coached the St. Catharines Novice All Star team alongside his good friend, the late Bill German Sr. His proudest moment was the Silver Stick Hockey Tournament in Sarnia, Ontario where his son Mark won the award for the most outstanding goalie in the tournament. This was a very proud moment for him. Henry also enjoyed going to St Catharines Falcons games to see his son Glen play. He also loved doing his yard work with his wife making sure his yard was immaculate with his music playing. Special thanks to the Ridgeview Gang who Henry had many fond memories with. Thanks to the staff of Paramed, P.SW.’s Ziggy, Lovelin, Clayton, Sarah and all. Thank you to Shannon, his nurse; for her compassion and kindness. Also thanks to his nephew Bill Bartle for his visits and caring and his niece Nancy for her visits and kindness that always put a smile on his face.  Henry loved the movie Brian’s Song and the theme to the movie. Quote from Brian’s Song: ” He also left a great many loving friends who miss and think of him often. But, when they think of him, its not how he died that they remember, rather how he lived.” Henry was a loving and generous man. Henry will be missed as husband, father, grandfather and a friend. God Bless him. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Hanks’ Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society and would be appreciated by the family.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer (Cst.) Dave McCart

McCART, David ‘Dave’ Passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side, on the morning of Monday, February 7, 2022, at the age of 86. He is now reunited with his wife of 60 years, “the love of his life”, Betty (2019).

Dearly loved father of David (Maureen), Colleen (Bryan), and Shawn (Rose Ann). Cherished grandfather of Kristen (Rick), Sarah (Lucas), and Joshua (Sydney). Special great-grandfather to Magenta, Melena, Zeke, Isabella, and Luca. Dear brother of Bill. Predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth, and his sisters Violet and Peggy. He will be sadly missed by his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Dave, who grew up in Guelph, Ontario began his policing career with the Welland Police Department in 1957, until retiring as a Constable with the Niagara Regional Police Force in 1987. He was a founding member of the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band.

After retiring, he worked part-time as a shuttle driver for David Chevrolet in Welland. He also worked as an Usher and Security representative with The Welland Pirates and The St. Catharines Stompers Baseball Teams. He was the life of the party and an avid lover of music, sports and animals. Most importantly, he was a people person who cherished every new friendship that he developed.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Mueller, as well as Paramed nurses Colleen and Jocelyne, for the compassion and support they showed Dave over the past few weeks. The family will receive relatives and friends at the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland, on Tuesday, February 15 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at Wesley United Church, 244 First Avenue, Welland on Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, along with proof of vaccination required for attendance.

The service will also be live streamed and family and friends, who are unable to attend, are invited to watch the service on the Wesley United Church Welland, YouTube Channel. The video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time and will remain on the channel for future viewing. Interment will follow at the Pleasantview Cemetery.

In memory of Dave McCart, donations to the Welland Humane Society or SickKids Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Due to the funeral home’s capacity, lining-up and cycling of guests will be managed by the funeral home staff, both indoors and outdoors. Online condolences available at

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Death of Active NRPS Member (Civilian) – James ‘Jamie’ Berg

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of James Berg on Thursday December 23rd, 2021, at the age of 53. Gone too soon, James was called into the arms of his Lord. James was a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother, and great friend to everyone he met. James will be forever loved and dearly missed by his wife of 29 years Carolyn and his three children Mackenzie, Madison, and Mitchell; his father Henry and his mother, the late Irene Berg (1984); his siblings Judy (Don) Bateman, Sharon Berg, Carolyn (Darryl) Mathieson, and Brian Berg; his sister-in-law Linda (Karl) Friesen, brothers-in-law Harry (Carolyn) Loewen and Greg (Jennifer) Loewen, his nieces and nephews, family, friends, and everyone in the community.

James truly was a man of many hats. He was a handyman, fixing and building his dreams into reality, a commercial painter, real estate agent, purchaser at Bosch Rexroth and finally a Quartermaster for the Niagara Regional Police. James was selfless with his time and spent countless hours volunteering and contributing to his community.

James cherished every aspect of life from work to friends, sports and most importantly his family. He enjoyed spending time and making memories with his family and friends. He loved to be at his family’s cottage, where his greatest talent was water skiing or using the board. James loved to plan family vacations where spending time together was his utmost priority. James was very supportive of his children in every passion they had. Whether sports, school, or extra curricular clubs, he was always there. James knew someone everywhere he went, was best at the name game, and made a lasting impression on everyone he encountered.

James was a man of faith and knew that when his time would come the Lord had a place in his home for him. Until we meet again in his arms, may we always remember him.

For all those attending either the visitation or funeral a self screening form needs to be filled out and brought with you to the service.

Please click HERE to access it.

A personal viewing and cremation have taken place. The family invites everyone for visitation at Niagara United Mennonite Church (1775 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake) on Thursday January 6th, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pre-registration is required follow this link to register. Visitation – James Berg

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday January 7th, 2022, at 11:00 am. Pre-registration is required through this link. Funeral Service – James Berg  For those wishing to view the livestream please follow this link.  Livestream – James Berg

Due to COVID, mask and social distancing must be followed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Red Roof Retreat or Hospice Niagara.

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Death of Past PPAN President Erville Amos

Erville Charles Amos passed away peacefully, on December 27, 2021, in his 89th year at the United Mennonite Home, Vineland, Ontario. He was the dear husband of the late Laura Pearl (2010). He is lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Heather (Ron) Franklin, Karen (Norm) Vandenberg and Jennifer Amos (Greg Brown); his eight grandchildren, Adam, Martha, Rachel and Susannah Franklin, Alexander and Andrew Vandenberg, Laura and Michael Andreychuk and great grandson, Levi Franklin. He will be missed by his extended family and friends in Grimsby, Sudbury and New Brunswick. In 1955 Erville began his policing career in Copper Cliff, Ontario continuing in Grimsby until his retirement in 1997. He actively participated in the Niagara Region Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario and the Police Pensioners Association of Niagara and Ontario until 2015. His dedication and commitment to his fellow officers was clearly demonstrated in the committees he chaired and served. A special thank you to all the staff at United Mennonite Home for their ongoing tender love and care.
Cremation has taken place with arrangements entrusted to STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, GRIMSBY, 905-945-2755. Donations to United Mennonite Home, Vineland, Ontario, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Sgt.) Barry McDowell

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Barrie’s passing on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in his 73rd year with his angel, Szu-Ying, by his side. Predeceased by his loving parents Roy and Esther (Hettie) McDowell. Cherished father to Jason and Justin (Kimberly) McDowell. Special Poppa to Meghan, Alexandra and Ashley. Barrie will be deeply missed by his sister Trish (Terry) Riva and brothers Robert (Maryanne) and David (Heather) McDowell. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. Barrie had a distinguished career with the Niagara Regional Police for over 30 years. In his retirement he enjoyed buying vehicles (“GM only, goddammit”), golfing, and running his fingers over his goatee. In keeping with Barrie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and private family burial will be held at VICTORIA LAWN CEMETERY. Memorial donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society in St.Catharines will be appreciated by his family. You are invited to share memories and condolences at the Royal Canadian Legion, where Barrie was a member, at 2 Chestnut St E, in Merritton on Sunday, December 12th between 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.. The Royal Canadian Legion requires all guests to provide proof of vaccination and identification upon arrival.

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FYI – Going To USA via the Land Crossings Soon for the 72 Hour Limit?

Don’t think you can come back to Canada is as easy as providing your vaccination proof at the point of entry.

All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, continue to be required to submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.

Bottom line, you’ll need to submit your vaccine information, within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada, in the ArriveCan App.

HERE is the link that will guide you through the process.

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