Obituaries from the Orangeville Banner for 1920


Source: Archives of Ontario - N258 Reel #38

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May 20,p.2:Stephen A. Cunningham - After an illness of ten days from pneumonia followed by other compilations, Stephen A. Cunningham passed away at his residence, 64 Brookfield St., Toronto, early on S Sunday morning, May 2nd, Deceased was the eldest son of the late John Cunningham and Mrs. Cunningham, of Grand Valley. He was born in Peel township 59 years ago and with his parents moved to East Luther when a small boy. With them he endured the hardships and privation of the pioneer life and saw the dense woods that covered the country converted into fertile field. Mr. Cunningham followed farming in East Luther for a number of years, afterwards removing to Toronto, where he followed the trade of house carpenter. Deceased was a man of quiet disposition, who never sought public favors or desired to be in the public eye. He was never so happy as when in his home with his family gathered around him. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. His wife, who was Miss Ferrier prior to marriage, his aged mother, four sons and two daughters, and also seven brothers and five sisters mourn the loss of a loving husband, son father and brother.
The remains were conveyed to Grand Valley for interment. The funeral, which was held from the home of Mr. W.H. Mutrie, Mill St., on Tuesday afternoon, May 4th, was very largely attended by former friends and neighbors. The services at the house and grave were conducted by the Rev. Samuel Lundie. The remains were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery. The pallbearers were six nephews, Messrs. Robt, Jos. and Elgin Cunningham and Frank, Percy and Jos. Ferrier. The family are John, in Alberta, Mrs. J. McPherson, East Luther, Wilfrid, Leslie, Oliver and Grace, at home. The brothers and sisters are P.J. Cunningham, of Peel township, James, John and George of East Luther, Ed. and Fred, in the West, Abner, in Fergus, Mrs. Geo. Adair, in the West, Mrs. W.B. Dodds, Mrs. W.H. Mutrie, Grand Valley, Mrs. Irvine Crow and Mrs. W. Smale, Brantford. The many beautiful floral tributes bore testimony to the sorrow of those who had loved and lost their loved one.

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May 20,p.2: Mr. John Laverty - Mr. John Laverty, an old and highly respected resident of Mono, died very quietly at the home of his son, Mr. Robert G. Laverty, lot 20, con. 7, east, in that township, on Wednesday evening., May 12th. Deceased who was 90 years of age, was born and had spent the whole of his life on the farm where he died. Despite his great age, he had been bright and quite active until about two weeks before his death, when he became suddenly ill. His demise was not due to any particular ailment, but to the inevitable breakdown that is bound to come to the aged sooner or later. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Laverty, who were amongst the first settlers in the east side of Mono township. When a young man Mr. Laverty was married to Miss Margaret Lindsay, a daughter of Mr. King Lindsay, also one of the early settlers in the east of Mono. His wife died about seventeen years ago. Deceased is survived by a family of four sons and two daughters, namely, W.L. And Robt. G., farmers in Mono, Thos., of Orangeville, Richard and Mrs. R.J. Irwin, of Adjala and Mrs. J.J. Irwin, of Toronto. Mr. William Laverty, of Shelburne is the only surviving brother. The late Mr. Laverty was a member of the Anglican church, a conservative and had been a member of the Orange Order in his younger days. He was a quiet, industrious man, a successful farmer and was highly respected for his integrity and excellent qualities as a neighbor and citizen. There was a large attendance of the neighbors and friends at the funeral, which was held to Wesley Church cemetery on Saturday afternoon. Rev. G.W. Lynd, of Rosemont, conducted both services at the house and grave and Messrs. Sam K. Stinson, Geo. Lindsay, J.A. Marshall, John Solomon, R.J. Wilson and W.J. Bower officiated as pallbearers.

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May 20,p.2:Jas. B. Reid - James B. Reid, a former Reeve of East Garafraxa and for many years a prominent resident of that municipality, passed away at his late residence in the Jackson Block about two o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Deceased, who had reached the ripe age of 83 years and 5 months, had been in feeble health for the past year or longer and his death was by no means unexpected. Born in the township of Etobicoke, a short distance from Weston, in 1836, the late Mr. Reid came to East Garafraxa with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reid, in 1848 when a lad of twelve years. The family was one of the first to settle in the The Maples district. There were no school facilities in the community until six years later and as a consequence young Reid had little opportunity to acquire even an ordinary public school education. What education he did receive was picked up during a couple of winters in school when nearing young manhood. Notwithstanding this disadvantage, he was well informed on current events and topics and early in life manifested an active interest in the public affairs of his municipality. He was assessor of the township before its division into East and West Garafraxa, took an active part in the proceedings which culminated in the division of the municipality and was also active in the agitation, which resulted in the organization of the County of Dufferin out of portions of the counties of Wellington, Grey and Simcoe and the selection of Orangeville as the county seat. Mr. Reid acted as collector for East Garafraxa for a number of years and after he resigned this position was induced to enter the township council. He served as Councilor for several terms, and was then elected Reeve, which position he filled with credit to himself and to the advantage of the municipality. Later on he was appointed township treasurer and served his fellow ratepayers for several years in this capacity, finally retiring voluntarily from the office. Early in life the subject of our sketch married Miss Mary Hunter and about eh same time started farming on his own account on lot 6, con.18, East Garafraxa, where he lived until he retired form the farm and moved to Orangeville in 1903 Mrs. Reid predeceased her husband by about twelve years. Deceased is survived by a family of four sons and three daughters. These are Thos. W. Reid, Reeve of Amaranth, Matthew H. of Orangeville, J as. A. and Samuel J. of Melfort, Sask., Mrs. W.A. Donaldson and Mrs. Wm. Carroll, of East Garafraxa, and Mrs. R. Forgrave, of Orangeville. Mr. Reid was the oldest of a family of nine brothers and one sister. Five members of the family survive him, namely, County Clerk J.C. Reid, Mr. T.F. Reid and Mr. Joshua Reid, of Orangeville and Mr. Isaac Reid and Mrs. A.J. Simpson, of East Garafraxa. The late Mr. Reid was a member of the Methodist church, a Conservative in his political leanings, an Orangeman and a Mason. He had been an active member of Jordan Hall. L.O.L. No. 22 for 63 years and was an honored Past Master of the Lodge. As a neighbor and a citizen he was held in the highest esteem as was abundantly testified by the unusually large attendance at the funeral on Sunday afternoon. An immense concourse attended the service at the residence and there were nearly fifty motors in the cortege which followed the remains to their last resting place in Greenwood cemetery. A large number of beautiful floral tributes also bore testimony to the worth of he departed man. Rev. E.R. Young had charge of the services at the house and grave. Members of L.O.L No. 22 and other lodges to the number of seventy were present in full regalia and circled the grave while the impressive burial ritual of the Orangeville Order was read by W. Bro. J.A. Hughes, County Master of Dufferin and W. Bro. Rev. W.M. Morris, County Chaplain. The four brothers already named and two sons, Messrs. Thos. W. and M.H. Reid were the pallbearers.

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June 3,p.?:Margaret (Mara) Whitten - The news of the death of Mrs. J.C. Whitten, in the Toronto General Hospital on Wednesday morning of last week, following operation for internal trouble, was received with the greatest sorrow by her many friends. Mrs. Whitten was taken to the hospital about three weeks previous to her death in the hope of prolonging her life through an operation, but indications after same were performed but little hope for recovery. Mrs. Whitten, whose maiden name was Margaret Mara, was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mara of Orangeville and was about 60 years of age. In the year 1882 she was united in marriage to James C. Whitten, of Shelburne, who died very suddenly on June 22nd, 1918. After the death of her husband she spend some months with her now deceased sister, Mrs. Thos. Jennings, at Syracuse, N.Y. Returning to Shelburne in the following spring, she later disposed of her property and interests here and during the past winter made her home with Mr. and Mrs. T.Y McKay Second Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Whitten were both early resident of Shelburne, Mr. Whitten being elected a member of the first Council for Shelburne after is incorporation in 1878. The late Mrs. Whitten had a host of friends. She was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Church and on December 4th 1918 she was presented with a life membership in the Woman's Missionary Society in connection with that church.
Deceased leaves no family but is survived by three brothers, Thos. Mara, License Inspector for Peel County, Brampton, and Messrs. Geo. and Wm. Mara, of Sarnia. The remains were brought to Shelburne on the evening train on Thursday and the funeral took place on Friday from the Knox church, where service was held a two o'clock by the pastor Rev. A.E. Thornley, to Shelburne cemetery.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were the three brothers of the deceased, Messrs.. George and Wm. Mara of Sarnia, and Thos. Mara, of Brampton, and four nephews, Messrs. Russell Hewitt, of Windsor, Wm. Jennings, of Syracuse, N.Y, and Fred Mara and Mr. Joslin, of Toronto.

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March 11,p.7:Jane (Harkis) Widdis - Mrs. Jane Widdis, widow of the late William Widdis, died very suddenly at her home on lot 21 end line, east, Caledon, on Tuesday of last week. Deceased had been ill for two weeks with the flu, but was doing nicely and her p physician felt that her recovery was assured. The cause of her unexpected demise was heart collapse. The late Mrs. Widdis was 61 years and 10 months of age and was a daughter of the late George Harkies, Mono Mills, where she was born and spent her girlhood. She had lived in Caledon since her marriage n early forty years ago and enjoyed the goodwill and respect of a wide circle of friends and neighbors in that township. Her husband died very suddenly on June 15th last. The loss of both parents within such a short period of time has created widespread sympathy for the bereaved family of five sons and two daughters. These are Lorne, of Cleveland, Ohio; Fred, living in Brantford, Edward, of Cataract, Mrs. Arch. McArthurs, Cataract, Mrs. Clinton Thompson, Centre Road, Caledon and Cecil and Norman at home. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Frank Marshall, West Broadway. There was a large attendance of the friends and neighbors at the funeral, which was held from her late residence to the Forest Lawn Cemetery last Thursday afternoon. Rev. Jenkins Burkholder, of Caledon was the officiating minister and four sons, Fred, Edward, Cecil and Norman and the two sons-in-law were the pallbearers.

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