Death of PPAN Executive Board Member – Carol Berry

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Carol Marie Berry (née Rhodes) on August 27, 2022, at the St. Catharines hospital, surrounded by her loved ones. Carol is survived by her husband of 42 years Mark, son and wife Paul and Katarina Berry, daughter and husband Natalie and René Romero, grandchildren Lukas, Sophia, Michael, William and Claire, mother Margaret Rhodes, siblings, nieces, nephews, and many great friends.

Carol was born in Liverpool, England, to Denis and Margaret Rhodes. Her family moved to Canada in 1973, where she met her husband Mark and began a successful career at the Niagara Regional Police Service, proudly serving her community for 40 years. Her sparkly and bubbly energy lit up every room she entered. She loved Christmas, dancing, singing, and spending time with her friends and family. She was deeply loved and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday September 6th from 2-4 and 6-8pm at George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St. St Catharines, ON, L2M 4Y1 (905)-937-4444, with memorial mass at St Alfred Church,  272 Vine St, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4T3 on Wedensday September 7th at 11am.  At Carol’s request cremation has taken place.  If so desired donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Retirement Celebration for Scott Johnson – September 15/22

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – William Duchart

Duchart, William John

Passed away peacefully in his 93rd year at the Woodlands of Sunset, August 17, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of 72 years to Irene (Hegedus), loving father to Sharon Porter (John Miller).

Predeceased by his father, John Bain Duchart and his mother Anne McCullough Duchart, his brother Douglas and sisters Barbara and Margaret.

Cherished grandfather of Christopher Rocco (Anne Hu) Michelle and William Duchart. Great grandfather to Preston, Justin and Joshua.

Born in Toronto 1929, the family later settled in Fort Erie. Bill began working for the CNR in Fort Erie. He joined the Bertie Township Police Force in 1958 and retired from the Fort Erie Detachment of the NRP in 1989 with 28 years of service.

The activities which gave him the greatest sense of pride were those related to the Military. Bill was a very proud veteran and began his service in 1947 and ended in 1979. Bill was Chief Warrant Officer, CD, Regimental Sergeant Major, Royal Canadian Artillery and R22 ER. He was a generous, kind, and thoughtful man who gave his time and wisdom freely.

Bill was a lifetime member in the Royal Canadian Legion and was a Freemason with the Palmer Lodge, Fort Erie, for 60 years.

He was active with the Meals on Wheels Program after his retirement. He was immensely proud of being a Canadian and his Scottish Heritage.

The family wishes to send a very special thank you to the staff at Lundy Manor and Woodlands of Sunset for their excellent care and compassion. Bill loved them all dearly!

We will keep his memory alive and honour all he believed.

And just feel so grateful for all his love we received.

Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who follow in their footsteps.

We will always love you and miss you with every passing day.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Benner Funeral Services.

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Death of PPAN Member – (Sgt) Peter Ruch

Peter passed away suddenly on July 13, 2022.  Beloved husband of Darlene (nee Lake) for 56 years.  Loving father of Corrine Dawn Ruch (Chris Tanz) and Steven Wayne Ruch (Wendy Miller).  Grandpa Pete to Brayden Tanz (Brianna Meyers).

Predeceased by his parents Harold and Bernice Ruch.  Sadly missed by brother Robert (Joan) Ruch and sisters Christine (Ted) Piuni and Karyn (Jim) Lidbetter.

Peter was a member of the Niagara Regional Police Service for 30 years and President of the Niagara Regional Association for many years retiring in 1996.

He dedicated his life to Wado Kai Karate, teaching for over 45 years.  He was an avid boater and woodworker.  He truly loved his 22 winters in Mexico with his extended family.

He was a generous man who gave his time and wisdom freely, leaving behind an inspiring legacy with his lifetime achievements.

Williams Funeral Services, Ridgeway entrusted with private funeral arrangements.  If you wish to make a contribution to honour Peter, please consider Shintani Wado Kai Karate P.O. Box 20028 Grantham, St. Catharines, Ont. L2A 7W7 or etransfer to

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Death of Retired NRPS Officer – (Cst.)Tom Prentice

THOMAS PRENTICE  -Passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the age of 65. Survived by his sons Scott and Christopher. Dear brother of Ron (Josephine) Prentice and Lois (Howard) LeMesurier. Predeceased by his sister Joyce. Cremation has taken place. In memory of Thomas, donations, in honour of his career as a Niagara Regional Police officer, to Niagara Beyond the Blue would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences at


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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.

Livestreaming and a recording of the service will be available at the following
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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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