In Memoriam

Harold Aage “Hal” Jacobsen

December 9, 1932 – June 24, 2021

On Thursday June 24th, 2021 Hal Jacobsen passed away peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, Ontario. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 67 years Thelma (nee Walls), daughter Lynn, son Ron (Sheila), grandchildren David, Amy (Justin), Kirsten (Scott), Eric, Michelle and 5 great grandchildren and survived by his sister Linda (Tom). He was born and raised in McCreary, Manitoba. In 1952 he began his career with RBC and was appointed many positions throughout Canada, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Nassau Bahamas where he retired as Vice President Bahamas and Cayman Islands in 1992. He then took on the position as Honorary Consul For Canada in the Bahamas until his return to Canada. He and Thelma took up residence in Cobourg where he enjoyed golfing at Dalewood.
Hal dedicated his life to service and was an active Rotarian, receiving the Paul Harris Award, past President of the Bahamas Club and actively participated with the Waterfront Festival and Ribfest.
In lieu of flowers donations in Hal’s memory may be made to Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice.

William (Bill) G. Copland

February 3, 1943 – March 7, 2021 We are saddened to say that Bill passed away from complications due to Parkinson’s on Sunday, March 7, 2021. He will lovingly and forever be remembered by the angel in his life, Susan, his wife of 54 years. They experienced and admired the world together – near and far places – and always as a team. Devoted, supportive and fun-loving father of Heather, Meagan, Andrew (and Becca), his late son, Ian and his daughter-in-law, Jenn. Cherished Gumpa/Grandpa to his gaggle of grandchildren, Wilson, Parker, Samantha, Matthew and Elwood Bill, a proud Prairie boy, spent the majority of his professional life with Richardson Greenshields and the Royal Bank of Canada. He conducted himself with integrity, unequaled ability to capture the details, and always a zest for the subject. Bill regaled us all with his knowledge of everything (even when he stretched the facts!). His love of laughter, dancing, and spending time with family and friends will be indelible in all of our hearts and minds as we think and remember him with vividness, warmth and honour. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made in his name to Parkinson’s Canada, or to the charity of your choice.

Courtenay Ponting

Sadly we lost our friend Courtenay Ponting on January 10th. Below is his obituary. We will definitely miss you on the links and your upbeat companionship.

May 3, 1937 – January 10, 2021 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Courteney Leonard Ponting on January 10, 2021 in Florida after a brief illness. He was 83 years old. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eleni and sister-in-law Dee. He is survived by his brother, Stuart Ponting, bothers in law, Jim Anton (Wendy) and Dean Anton (Janet), nieces Jennifer Davison (Kevin), Helen Barnes (Jon) and Nicola Mortimer (Roger), nephews Michael Anton, Jason Anton and Rodney Anton and eight great nieces and nephews. Courteney will be remembered for his great sense of humour, his amazing ability to bring a joke to life and, with Eleni by his side, a love for entertaining family and friends at their home. He was an avid golfer and will be missed at Dalewood GC in Cobourg and Seminole Lakes GC in Florida. Courteney loved music and he and Eleni enjoyed many years singing and acting in amateur Gilbert and Sullivan performances. Travel with Eleni, family and friends played an important role in Courteney’s life. He will be missed. If so desired, a memorial contribution may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg at “nhhfoundation.ca”.

Sadly, we lost our friend Barry Clayton on June 14, 2020. Our members celebrated Barry this month at a Golf Day in his honour and raised almost $1,500 for Operation Springboard in his name.

Barry Western Clayton

December 25, 1946 – June 14, 2020

Peacefully, on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg, in his 74th year. Eldest son of the late Ernest Western Clayton and Shirley Belle Robinson, Barry grew up in Scarborough, attending Victoria Park High School, and later, the University of Windsor. After earning his Chartered Accountant designation, Barry worked his way through the ranks at Ernst and Whinney. Eventually, Barry went into business with childhood friend Garry Culverson; together they owned and operated Law Chambers until Barry’s retirement.
Barry volunteered his time with the Leaside Hockey Association, Montcrest School, and the Special Olympics. Inspired by his father’s career as a police officer, Barry worked with, and eventually chaired the board of directors of Operation Springboard, a non-profit organization that assists at risk youths and adults transitioning from correctional facilities through education, job placement and other services.
A devoted big brother, father, and grandfather, Barry was routinely front row centre for his children’s games, plays and recitals. An avid golfer, he never missed a chance to regale his golfing buddies, and his girlfriend Linda Stephen, with tales of his grandchildren’s exploits.
Barry is survived by his children Dennis (Emily) and Nancy (Hugh March); brothers Donald and James (Lynore), and sister Judith (Mark Hutchins); and two grandchildren, Evelyn and Henry March. He was predeceased by a son, Matthew, in infancy, and a sister, Nancy, in childhood. Barry is fondly remembered by friend and ex-wife Mary Wallace.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be planned for a later date, when Barry’s many friends and family can safely gather and properly celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations to Operation Springboard would be appreciated by the family.