Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

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Phil Plato
2017-04-24
Plato: Philip Alan After a courageous battle Phil passed away surrounded by the love and support of his family at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on Monday April 24th, 2017 at the age of 31. He was the cherished son of Alan and Patricia (nee Matthews). His sister Amanda (Joe Rowling) and nieces Julia and Caitlin are left with wonderful memories of a loving brother and uncle. Special thanks to the Candeloro family for all of their support. His large extended family includes aunt, uncles, cousins and many wonderful friends who knew Phil through his sporting involvement or his work at DJB as an accountant. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 5 until 9 pm. Services will be held in the Chapel on Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired contributions to a Scholarship Fund at Lakeshore Catholic High School would be appreciated by the family. Information available through the funeral home.
Dennis Kolpack
2017-04-23
Kolpack: Dennis Victor Passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by family on April 23, 2017. Born in N. Tonawanda N.Y. on May 7, 1945. Loving husband to Gisela of 50 years in September. Father to both Stefanie (Brett) Traves and Kirsten (Boris) Fijavz who were his pride and joy. Opa to Evelyn and Maiya who filled his heart with such happiness. Predeceased by his parents Emil and Helen, his brothers Emil and Ronald and his in laws Richard and Hilda Hennig. Sadly leaving behind his special bro Charles (Anne) Rittner and sister in law Ursula Richardson. Also Henrietta and Tim. Thought the world of his nephew Adrian (April) Rittner and special nieces and their spouses, Petrina (Bob) Istok, Katie (Marc) Begin, Charity Barbour in B.C. and Sara (Joey) Rittner. Dennie was overcome by the kindness of friends during the past seventeen months. He fought hard to stay with his loved ones who were inspired by his strength and courage and how he kept his sense of humour during these times. A huge thank you to Para Med, Elizabeth and Tanya and PSW Roseanne and Shelly for being there for us. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Tuesday April 25th from 530 until the time of services in the Chapel at 730 p.m.. The Lord is my shepherd Psalm 23. Together in heart til we meet again.
Joan Barton
2017-04-22
Joan was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, auntie and friend. She passed away peacefully at the Crescent Park Lodge on April 22nd, 2017 at the age of 84. Her legacy lives on in her children, Fred Leyland, Nicky Leyland, Cynthia (Michael) Bennett, Susie (David) Fyke, Paul Barton and Johnny Barton. She leaves lasting memories with her Grandchildren Richie, Lindsay, Jessica, Courtney, Alex, Brittany, Jackie, Davis, Ali and Harrison and with her 8 Great Grandchildren. Cherished sister of David Johns, Judi (Wayne) Spear and Joey (Vi) Johns. Joan is predeceased by her parents William and Rhoda Johns as well as her brothers Jim, Tommy and Mark and her sisters Betti Kraft and Rhoda Mangus. She will be missed by her large extended family and many friends. Joan believed in and found joy in helping others. As the first aboriginal court worker at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, and a founding member of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women and Ganawageh Urban Homes she touched countless lives with her spirit of compassion, kindness and love. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Thursday April 27, at 12:30 until the time of the service at 1pm. A reception will follow. If so desired, donations to the Niagara Chapter of Native Women would be appreciated by the family.
Margaret Braun
2017-04-22
Margaret passed away on Saturday April 22, 2017 in her 83rd year. She leaves behind her daughter Barbara (Wayne) Minor, her grandchildren Emily (Curtis), Rebecca (T.J.), Vaughn and Katie (Bryan) as well as five great grandchildren Hailey, Lauren, Luke, Kaitlin and Delaney. Margaret was born in Montreal, raised in Brantford, moved to Welland and finally Fort Erie. She owned Braun's Superette for 13 years and had many wonderful customers. She then worked at other retail stores and met many more great people. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother. Benner Funeral Services entrusted with Private Family services. The family wish to thank the Douglas Memorial Hospital nurses and doctors who have taken wonderful care of her. If so desired, donations to the Douglas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.
Phyllis Goulding
2017-04-18
Goulding: Phyllis D. K. Phyllis passed away at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on April 18th 2017 at the age of 95. Predeceased by her husband Gordon. She was a devoted mother to Gerald "Gerry" (Dianne), Reginald "Reg" and Trudith "Trudie" and they were by her side during these last difficult days. Much loved by her 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Survived by siblings Sydney Hughes and Ronald (June) Marwood. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer. Predeceased by her grandson Travis and brothers Edward (Teddy) and Thomas (Tommy). Family, Church and Community played important roles in Phyllis's life. Together, Gord and her ran the Fort Erie Driving School from 1956 to 2004. She was an active member of the United Church and the UCW. Her support of her family meant involvement in PTAs, the Boy Scouts and sports teams especially the Gordy Girdy Gang. Her community benefited from her time with among others Meals on Wheels. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9. Services will be held at the St. John's United Church in Stevensville on Monday morning with visiting beginning at 10 and the funeral at 11 o'clock. Interment to follow in McAffee Cemetery. A reception will follow. If so desired, donations to the St. John's United Church Stevensville, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Ronald E Smith
2017-04-13
SMITH, Ronald Ernest - On Thursday April 13th 2017, Ronald passd away at his residence at the age of 81. He is survived by his siblings Jacqueline Hunt, Edward Smith and Patricia Naylor. He will be sadly missed by his feline friends Dolly and Whiskey and by his wonderful nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his mother H. Patricia Hunt and his sister Sunny Winegarden. Ronlad was a memeber of the Niagara Action for Animals and a founding member of the Border Towne Co-Operative Homes on Nacny Road, Fort Erie, where he will be sadly missed by his extended family there. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements.
Torence David
2017-04-09
Torence passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family at the age of 51. Cherished husband of Dawn (nee Parkhouse). Loving father of Ra-shaun, Tori and Carlen. Sadly missed by his siblings Toby David-Tripp (Darryl), Beverly David-Lewis (Danny) and Joshua David (Brenda) as well as his many nieces and nephews. Torence loved his family, a good bbq and the Dallas Cowboys. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will hold a BBQ in Torence's honour at a time and date to be determined. If so desired, a go fund me page has been set up to assist the family, www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-david-family
Kathleen Oxford
2017-04-02
It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of Kathleen Oxford on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in her 68th year. Caring partner of the late Robert Cabanaw. Dear daughter of Stella Oxford and the late Jack Oxford. Loving mother of Paul Oxford (Kasandra) and Shelley (Chris). Cherished grandmother of Samantha (John), Kristen (Eddie), Kenny, Joey (Steph), Cameron and Alex and great grandmother of Lilly. Kathleen will be lovingly remembered by her sisters, brothers and many nieces and nephews. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive their friends on Friday, April 7th after 12 noon until the time of funeral services in the chapel at 2 o'clock. Private interment at a later date. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Association.