RIP - Wayne Hill

Wayne Hill

From Howie Hill, Wayne's son... I wanted to let your organization know that my father, Wayne Hill, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a battle with multiple myeloma. He cherished the relationship he had with all of you as players, rink staff, management and officials. He was happiest when he was either with his family or on the ice. He was such a good man and such a dedicated referee and called a game with such skill, grace, poise and unique, yet subtle flair. I remember going to many games just to watch him. Who goes to a game to watch a referee? He was worthy of spectators.

Thank you for being such an important part of his life. Howie Hill


RIP - William (Bill) MacLean

Bill MacLean

Sad news guys - We received a message that William (Bill) MacLean died Wednesday morning. He played in BOHC and in BOSL for a long time. Bill's wife Fran wanted us to be informed of his passing. He played last about 15 yrs ago and was at one point a Co-convenor in our White division.


RIP - Bernie Porter

Bernie Porter

Sad news guys - wish I had a photo of our good friend BERNIE PORTER. He had a great love of sports and dedicated many years of his life as a player, coach and avid spectator. Hockey and golf were his passions. He was a 39-year member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club and served 5 years on the Board of Directors. He also enjoyed many years coaching Oldtimer and youth hockey and greatly enjoyed attending the various sporting events played by his grandchildren, no matter how many kilometers he logged travelling from venue to venue. Bernie was known for his friendly nature and he will be sadly missed by the many friends he made through the years. Gone, but forever in our hearts. Cremation has taken place and, in accordance with Bernie's wishes, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jun. 20, 2020.


RIP - Bert MacDowell

April 12, 2020

Bert MacDowell

Sad News -- Albert (Bert) MacDowell - 2 août 1943 - 12 avril 2020

Bert's rookie season with the Burlington Oldtimers as a defenseman was in 1987. He was a huge supporter of our club and an advertiser for many years. Our thoughts are with his family right now.

It is with the greatest sadness that our family has lost our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. Bert passed after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Walli, daughters Lynne, Cheryl and Jenny, son Kevin. Grandfather to Tabitha, Myles, Logan, Macauley, Bree, Erielle, Kennedy and Jordan. Great-grandchildren Brayden, Aliveah, Carter, Jaxon, Elias and Deklyn. Brother to Gail Macdowell. Uncle to Robert, Stephen, Randy and Melissa. He was the proud owner of MacDowell Insurance Brokers and worked honorably helping his clients. Bert enjoyed curling, golf and hockey, playing for the Burlington GrandDads for many years. He travelled to his Florida home in the winter months and enjoyed his friendships in that community. Bert was the man who helped everyone, a true gentleman who will be missed by family and friends.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to Bay Gardens Funeral Home, Burlington. Regretfully due the Covid-19 isolation, a Celebration of Life will be announced on a future date.

Signer le livre d’or Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Albert MacDowell 2 août 1943 12 avril 2020.


RIP - Larry Baker

February 29, 2020

Larry Baker

Sad News -- Larry Baker, brother of Paul Sinker, passed away last night after a lengthy illness. Larry was a goalie in the gold division for quite a few years and played with the old-timers slow pitch. Paul of course payed in the gold division as well and was one of the founders of the Gold'n Grey tournament group.

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Larry passed away peacefully at home. He leaves behind his loving wife Linda of 54 years. Loving dad of Shelly and Corey (Fiona). Cherished Grampa of Tyler and Papa of Bo. Larry will be missed by his brother Paul (Linda) and all of his extended family and friends. Predeceased by his sister Conny (John). He took great pride in his work at Firestone and Jarvis B. Webb. He loved sports and was loved by any who met him. His humour and laughter made him a special person to all of us. Larry was a long time member of Burlington Old Timers Baseball and Hockey.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Larry on Sat., March 14th at Gator Ted's on Guelph Line between 1 & 6 pm - cash bar. Larry was a good friend of the owner and this is his tribute to Larry.

Please check for more details.

Those wishing to make a donation in Larry’s memory are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the SPCA. (Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, 905-632-3333)

RIP - Richard Ward

January 22, 2020

richard ward

Sad News -- Richard Ward passed early this morning January 22nd.

Passed away at his residence on January 22, 2020 at the age of 71. Predeceased by is beloved wife of 43 years, Joan Ward (nee Smith). Loving father of James Ward and his wife Kim and Tiffany Ward and her husband Philip Cummings. Cherished grandfather of Logan and Hailey Ward. Predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Louise Ward. Richard is survived by his brother Paul and sister in law Sharon. Richard was a member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey and Softball Associations.

Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:30-9p.m.

Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 1p.m. Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Richard to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.


RIP - Dave Langdon

January 7, 2020

Dave Langdon

David Langdon passed away tuesday at noon. He is resting at Smith’s funeral home. Visitation has yet to be determined. Dave won our Club's HECTOR AWARD in 2016 to recognize a member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club who has given unselfishly of their time and energy off the ice to help enrich the true spirit of participation and camaraderie so unique to Oldtimers.

Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 3-5 and 7-9.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:30am, followed by Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Reception at the church for 12:30pm.

RIP - Ralph Deblauw

December 13, 2019


Sad news guys - Ralph Deblauw passed away last Sunday. His body has been donated to McMaster University. Brenda is trying to get a notice in the paper for Saturday. we will post details here when we can... A celebration of life may occur on Jan. 11th. Please forward to whoever you feel appropriate. We have lost a great Oldtimer here. 😞 Ralph won the Gold division's Jim MacKay Award in 2009-10, presented to the Gold division player who best exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship, attitude and genuine love for the game.

His passion was playing hockey. He was a long-time member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club and also played pick-up hockey a few times a week at Carlisle Arena. He was often the first person to volunteer if help was needed.

A remembrance celebration will be held on January 11, 2020 at Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, Burlington at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to share stories and visit from 12 noon until the start of service. Donations would be welcome and appreciated at McMaster Education Program in Anatomy.


RIP - Mark Cockshutt

October 2, 2019

Mark Cockshutt

COCKSHUTT, Colin “Mark” -

Unexpectedly as the result of a workplace accident, Mark passed away surrounded by his loving wife and good friend Paul Kitchen at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the age of 69. Devoted and loving husband of Karen (nee Smith) for 33 years. Proud father of Meredith Johnston, Chelsea Cockshutt and Rhonnie Cockshutt (Shane Larose). Grandfather of Cherilee Johnston. Cherished son of Stewart Cockshutt (Heide) and the late Joyce Cockshutt (nee Sohm). Dear brother of Jim Cockshutt, Catherine Cockshutt, Nikki Scarborough (Sean McGrath), and Susanne Scott, and brother-in-law of Rhonda Ryan (Eamonn) and the late Matthew Smith (Dianne Campling). Also mourned and missed by his mother-in-law Carol Smith (late Ron), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be fondly remembered by his co-workers, numerous friends and the Burlington Old Timers Hockey Family.
As per his wishes, Private Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering will be held at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON, 905-632-3333, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 4-7pm. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mark to The Burlington Old Timers Hockey Club Charities (the Carpenter Hospice or the Burlington Food Bank) would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

from Pat McCourt - We held a short toast to Mark Oct 3 at Hector's. 

I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for the incredible support yesterday to pay tribute to Mark on such short notice.  There were a lot of faces from other divisions I didn't recognize so I know there was a lot of effort put in by everyone to make this happen.  I have never been so proud to be a part of this organization.  We are truly family.  Special thanks to Gunther and Buck!!!

Mark was great Oldtimer who was a credit to our division.  He will be sadly missed. 

RIP - Lloyd Nicholson

 June 6th, 1947 - September 25, 2019

Lloyd Nicholson

Seventeen years after heart surgery (thanks to Dr. V. Chu) and two and a half years post stroke (thanks to Dr. L. Catanese), Lloyd (Lloydie) reluctantly left us on September 25, 2019. Born to Jim and Sadie on June 6, 1947 in Stanchel, PEI. Survived by his brother Lowell (Tyler James, deceased). Survived by his loving wife Suzy (Sue Syer). Proud dad to Rhonda, Tracy (Jay), Jodi (Darryl), Kyle James and Erin (Camiel). His grandkids were very special to him: Lindsey (Jesse), Katie, Dana, Lauren, Hannah Jaymes, Cammy, Lyla and Rylee. Lloyd loved his motorhoming across North America, especially his summers on PEI and his winters at Tropical Palms, Kissimmee, FL and his many special family and friends there. He loved his home, shop, golf buddies at Beverly G&CC, Burlington Old Timers, car racing, classic cars and horses. The enormous number of people that contributed to his good health is too many to mention; Dr. Tim Cuddy, Dr. B Stevens, Dr. J. Healey, Dr. M. Garland, nurses Gail and Petrina. We thank you for your compassion. We came full circle and are eternally grateful. Lloyd was a self-made man, owner of Nicholson Rollforming Inc., who passed his strong work ethic on to his children.

He lived by the motto: your word is your bond and a handshake seals the deal. Although family and friends alike will miss Lloyd, his last words were “It’s been a great ride!”. As Lloyd loved a great party and a good cigar, please join us to celebrate on October 12th from 1 – 4pm at QB Sports Bar on Fairview St, in Burlington.

RIP - Brian Wilcox

September 25, 1960 - June 25, 2019

Brian Wilcox

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of Brian on June 25, 2019 at the age of 58. Devoted husband of Anne Ramsay of Burlington. Loving father of Lindsay (Zachary) Pollari, Colleen (Jeffery) Hammer, and adoring grandpa to Jason. Beloved brother of Brad (Lynn) Wilcox of Port Elgin and Brenda Taylor of Heathcote. Brian will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Brian was born in Meaford, Ontario on September 25, 1960 to Lloyd and Bernice (d.) Wilcox, and stepson of Nora Wilcox.

The family welcomes guests to Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Drive, Burlington on Wednesday July 3, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Service in the funeral home chapel will take place on Thursday July 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Brian’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, or a charity of your choice. Please sign the on-line book of condolences at

RIP - Jerold "Jerry" Norris Large

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jerry Large

LARGE, Jerold Norris "Jerry" With great sadness we announce the passing of Jerold Norris Large, 82, peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Joseph Brant Hospital surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judith Thomas, his step-children and grandchildren, sisters and brothers, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brother and step-daughter. Jerry worked as a gas inspector at Union Gas for 35 years until he retired in 1996, where he enjoyed golfing and going to watch the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Toronto Blue Jays. He was a member of the Burlington Slow Pitch Baseball League, Burlington Old Timers Hockey Club and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60, where he received Member of the Year Award for 2018. He was also a member of the Halton Naval Veterans Association. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A special thank you to the Doctors and staff at Joseph Brant Hospital as well as the staff at the Food Basics Pharmacy on Fairview Street in Burlington.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin Street Burlington Ontario at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29th.

A Celebration of Life to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60, 828 Legion Road, Burlington.

Donations in Jerry's memory may be made to the Ontario Lung Association. Miss Me a little, but not too long And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me - but let me go.

RIP - Michael Patrick Downey

mike downey

way to go White Div! Diane, the girls and friends were very moved by the thoughtfulness of your minute of silence and post game toast for Mike. This picture really captured the moment well. This from Mike Amormino

Born: Sunday, July 14th, 1957

Died: Friday, February 15th, 2019, Burlington, ON


Thursday, February 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line

1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 2S7

One stoplight north of QEW

Service Information

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 11:00am

St. Paul The Apostle Roman Catholic Church

2265 Headon Rd, Burlington, ON

RIP - Craig Addison

Craig AddisonJanuary 19, 2019 - Our sincere condolences to Louise Addison and family for the recent passing of husband Craig. Craig passed away Saturday evening due to a heart attack while blowing snow at his home.
Craig's wife Louise is a BOWSER Babe. 

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Craig on Saturday January 19, 2019 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Louise for 50 years. Loving father of Rick (Mary), Johanne (Duane) and the late Robi. Cherished grandfather of Jessica (Greg), John, Brett, Nicole, Katie (Cam), and Laura (Tyler), and great-grandfather of Killian. He is survived by his brother John (Lynne) and his nephew Craig and his niece Amanda. He was an employee with Casey Buynink Haulage for 30 years and retired from Thompson Metal in 2011. He was the best defender with the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey League for over 25 years. A celebration of life will take place at the Burlington Oldtimers Club (3521 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A9) On Sunday January 27, 2019 from 1- 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Online condolences to


RIP - Jeff Armour

December 24, 2018 - Our sincere condolences to Pauline Armour and family for the recent passing of husband Jeff Armour. Jeff was very well known and well liked by many in the BOHC. Jeff was currently the 1st-place goalie in the grey division of BOHC. Jeff was a valuable volunteer helping our BOHC advertising committee each year getting sponsors and helping out the booklet committee. He was an athlete and a gentleman and will be sadly missed.


Friday, December 28th, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line

Service Information

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 1:00pm

Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line

1167 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 2S7


Hello all. This is Jeff’s daughter Hayley. Thank-you for all the kind words. In terms of donations we have decided as a family that he would want to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 18 years and he has always worked hard to support a cure. We will keep you all posted on the funeral once we have more details.

More details to follow. visitation Friday and Service on Saturday at Smiths on Guelph line


 RIP - Paul Ritchie

August 27, 2018 - Visitation for Paul is Friday, Aug 31, 3-5, and 7-9 at Smith’s on Guelph Line, one block north of QEW.

Our BOHC family lost another friend today. For those of you that didn’t know him he was the kindest, nicest man, one hell of a teammate. Our deepest sympathies goes out to his family, friends and loved ones.

RIP Normy (Norman Hewitson)

Hewitson, Norman

Passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital, on August 20, 2018, at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late O. Ruth Hewitson (nee Purkis). Dear father of Tim, Dan, and Robert (Stephanie). Cherished grandfather of Hayden and Brighton (Josh) and great grandfather to Zaedon and Zane. Norm is predeceased by his siblings Tom Hewitson, George Hewitson and Audrey Maine.

Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Sunday from 3 -5 and 7 - 9 where a Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:30a.m. Interment Burlington Memorial Gardens. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Canada and the Arthritis Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.