April 17, 1913

April 17, 1913

Mr. George Loomer

The Penticton, B.C., Herald of April 5th contains the following report of the death of a former resident of this county.

Penticton’s rapidly diminishing circle of pioneer residents was again depleted on Saturday, march 29th, when Mr. George Loomer passed to his reward. Mr. Loomer was born in Hillsboro, N.B. in 1838, and when of age at once ranged himself on the side that he thought best in life. In 1867 he married Miss Elizabeth Killam, second cousin to Sir Chas. Tupper and to them were born three daughters and four sons, Mrs. Rines, of Summerland, Miss Gertrude, teacher at Peachland, Miss Aimee, at home, Arthur of the S. S. Okanagan and George of Summerland. Two sons predeceased their father, one at Summerland, the other in the Cariboo country where he was drowned in making a dangerous river trip.

The respect in which Mr. Loomer has always been held is shown by the fact that the church elected him an elder forty-five years ago.

As a churchman Mr. Loomer was invaluable and ever ready to take part in the work he loved. Many a sick one learned to look forward to his helpful visits and wise counsel.

When a young man Mr. Loomer took an active interest in military affairs and was lieutenant in the militia at the time of the Fenian Raid in 1866. The young lieutenant eagerly responded to the call to arms though his regiment never happened to be actively engaged. According to the interpretation likely to be put upon the Fenian Raid Bounty Act passed at the last session of parliament, Mr. Loomer’s heirs will be able to qualify for the grant.

The funeral services were held in St. Andrews Presbyterian church on Monday morning by Rev,. J. Fergusson Millar. The funeral cortege then drove to Summerland where interment took place.