Death of PPAN Member – (Sgt.) Douglas Pay

DOUGLAS PAY – Passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at the age of 92. Adored husband of 48 years to Janice. Dearest father of Gail (Ken) Davidson and Daniel (Lynne) Pay. Beloved grandfather to Diana Pace and Dana and Curtis Pay. Great grandfather to Leo Pace. The Pay family will receive visitors at PLEASANTVIEW FUNERAL HOME 2000 Merrittville Highway Thorold on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. until the Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel. Private interment to take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Niagara or the Rose Craig Foundation. Please share your condolences, photos and memories at

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Retirement Celebration – Mark Thompson – June 30th

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PPAN members qualify for a discounted NRPA Member price only – $125.00

The tournament is already starting to fill up, contact Lynn Dowding at NRPA to reserve your spot!

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Death of Active NRPS Officer (S/Sgt.) Romolo “Rom” Di Egidio

Di Egidio, Romolo “Rom” – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Rom, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the age of 54.

He has gone to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart and loving wife Tara (nee MacLeod) in whom he shared 36 wonderful years with.

Cherished father to Noah and Matthew.

Loving son to Egidio and Maria Di Egidio and son in law to Steven (Mary) MacLeod and Ivy MacLeod.

Rom will live in the memories of his siblings Mark (Michelle) Di Egidio and Nadia Di Egidio and brother-in- law to Brett (Tanya) MacLeod, Drew MacLeod and Allyson (Nate) MacLeod.

He will be forever missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Rom worked for the Niagara Regional Police for 27 years and held the rank of Staff Sergeant. His passions were traffic enforcement and the implementation of the police motorcycle program. Rom was the district commander for both Port Colborne and Grimsby. He was also the Staff Sergeant who oversaw both the training and traffic unit during his time with the police service.

Rom was an avid collector of watches old and new and he could often be found shining his motorcycle.

If so desired and in lieu of flowers donations in Rom’s memory can be made to Pathstone Mental Health.

Rom’s family will receive visitors at PLEASANTVIEW FUNERAL HOME (2000 Merrittville Highway – off the corner of highway 20) on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 3-7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Kevin’s Church (303 Niagara Street, Welland) on June 2, 2022 at 11a.m. A reception following the Funeral Service will take place at Casa Dante Lodge (34 Lincoln St, Welland). Interment to follow at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens at a later date.

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (S/Sgt) Eric Howlette

Eric Howlett, longest living member of the Howlett family, passed away at the age of 96, on Friday, May 20th at Douglas Memorial Hospital, Fort Erie.
Beloved Husband of Rosemary and the late Stella (1995), Father of David (Sue Joyce), Patricia Predel (Victor), Susan Dubiel (Rick), Step-Father of Pam Paulo (Kevin), treasured Grandfather of Eric Howlett, Amanda and Victor Predel, Cassandra and Sarah Dubiel, Lindsay Emmerson (Charlie Lynch), Robbie Emmerson (Christa) and Lexi Paulo.
Eric was born in Mexborough, England on December, 17, 1925 and came to Niagara Falls in 1927 with his parents and his older brothers, Ralph and Harold. As a young man he served in wartime with Canada’s Merchant Marine. He joined the City of Niagara Falls Police Department in 1947, beginning a career in law enforcement that lasted 38 years.
Eric was graced with a warm, outgoing personality and a rich capacity to see the humour in the situations around him. He was loved and respected by family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. His legacy leaves all of us with a profound appreciation of his nature, character and the times we have been so richly blessed to spend with him.
The family would like to extend thanks to the nurses and medical staff at the Welland and Fort Erie Hospitals for their care and support and special thanks to Katie in Fort Erie for her thoughtfulness.
A private family ceremony and celebration of Eric’s life will be conducted at his interment in Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls.
Published by St. Catharines Standard on May 25, 2022.
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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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