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March 12,p.?: Alpha Henry Dales - Residents of the community were shocked by the sudden death of Alpha Henry Dales on Saturday, March 7th, 1942. Mr. Dales, who had been in excellent health, was stricken with heart trouble about a week before his passing.
Born in Maryborough, Wellington County, on June 15th, 1870, he was in his 72nd year. He was the son of Edward Barrie Dales and Equilla Anne Gillrie.
In 1874 he and his parents moved to lot 23, con. 7, East Luther, and on Sept. 27, 1899, he married Rachel Hammond of East Luther. In 1903 he purchased the farm owned by his father and in 1916 built a new home on the homestead. During the years 1903 to 1907 he was an active member of the East Luther Council. He was one of the men who canvassed East Luther Township for the establishment of Rural Mail Delivery. In March, 1926, he moved to his present residence, previously owned by his father, on Amaranth street, Grand Valley, to live retired.
He is survived by his wife, four sons, Clifford William, on the homestead; Barrie Lawrence, of Kitchener; Henry Oliver, of Hamilton; Frederick Russell, of Grand Valley; and one daughter, Mrs. Lorne Jelly (Verna Beatrice), of Woodstock, and seven grandchildren. His only brother, Robert, who resided in Fergus and later in East Luther, predeceased him in August 1938.
Deceased was a member of the Grand Valley School Board from 1932 to 1941 inclusive. He was an active sports fan and attended most of the hockey matches.
A member of Trinity United Church congregation, the funeral was conducted from the church by his minister, Rev. J.A. McDermid, on Tuesday afternoon of this week.
The pastor was assisted at the home and church by Rev. M. Sellar, of Glenmount United Church, and Rev. J.E. Mitchell of Kingston Road United Church, Toronto, former pastors of the deceased in Grand Valley.
The pall-bearers were Wm. Woods, William Clayton, Geo. Bruce, J.H. Duffy, W.J. Watt and H.H. Hilborn.
The flower-bearers were Messrs. Bill Sime, Don Smith, Lloyd Stanley, John Talbot, E.A. MacIntyre, Bud Landsborough and Earl Jeffs.
(obit donated by Kathy Sadler)
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