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September 1,p.?: Robert A. Dales, highly respected citizen of Fergus and former Guelph Township resident, passed away at his home in Fergus on St. Andrew's Street, on Sunday, August 21st, following a prolonged illness. He was in his 65th year.
Born in East Luther Township, near Grand Valley, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dales, pioneers in that township. Mr. Robert Dales also took an active part in clearing the bush in his younger days. In 1906 he married Ella Wilson of Thornton, Ont. He was born and grew up on the farm now occupied by his nephews, Clifford Dales. When married, he settled on the adjoining farm now owned by Edward Townsend, a great part of which was cleared by him. Later he sold out and bought a farm down in Guelph Township, where he lived for seven years.
Nine years ago he retired and moved with his family to Fergus, where he had many friends. Since going to Fergus he had been connected with the Tweedie Chick Hatchery in the busy seasons and became very interested in the chicken business. He was a keen member of the Thistle Curling Club and took an active part in the sport and organization as long as his health permitted.
Mr. Dales was of a quiet disposition, loved his home and was a devoted husband and father. He was a member of Melville United church. In politics he was a staunch follower of the Liberal party. He enjoyed reading and delighted in telling of his experiences when a young man in clearing Luther, of which he knew every corner. Surviving are his wife and a family of five: Maurice and Kenneth, at home, Mrs. Frank Gourley (Elsie), Damascus; Dorothy, Orillia, and Clarence, Windsor. He is also survived by one brother, A.H. Dales, Grand Valley.
The funeral service, which was held at his late residence on Wednesday afternoon August 24th, was largely attended by relatives. It was conducted by Rev. A.O. McDonald of St. Andrew's Church, in the absence of Dr. C.W. Bishop. Mr. McDonald spoke very kindly of Mr. Dales' sterling character. During the servcie, Miss Libby Anderson and James Finnery sang "The City of Gold," accompanied softly by Miss E. Anderson.
The pallbearers were his three sons and three nephews: Maurice, Kenneth, Clarence, Clifford, Barrie and Henry Dales. The bearers of the beautiful flower tributes were Fred and Melville Dales, of Grand Valley, Wilson Cunningham and Jim Wilson, of Drayton, Victor Findlay, Toronto, and Fred Dunn, Kitchener.
Interment took place in the Union Cemetery, Grand Valley.
Friends and relatives attended the funeral from Hamilton, Guelph, Port Colborne, Kitchener, Mitchell, Drayton, Moorefield, Chatsworth and Grand Valley."
(obit donated by Kathy Sadler)
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