Obituaries from the Orangeville Sun for 1932


Source: Archives of Ontario - N258 Reel 31

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December 28,p.1: John Foley - Last week we carried a brief notice of the death of John Foley, editor and publisher of the Orangeville SUN, who passed away in Lord Dufferin Hospital about 5 o'clock last Wednesday afternoon, Dec.21st, after one week's illness from bronchial pneumonia. The late Mr. Foley, who was 62 years of age, was the only son of John Foley and Mary Meaney. His father, who was also a newspaper publisher, came to Orangeville from Whitby about 1860 and founded THE SUN, which was the first and for a number of years the only newspaper in Orangeville. An able editorial writer, a public speaker of no mean ability and a public-spirited citizen as well, the elder Mr. Foley too a prominent part in the public discussions and affairs of his day. He was one of the few men, whose efforts led to the construction of the old narrow gauge railway, which gave Orangeville and the country to the north its first outlet by rail. Following his death in 1882, the family assumed the management of THE SUN. After attending the Orangeville public and high schools, John Foley took over the management of the his father's paper at 16 Years of age. With the exception one year, which he spent in British Columbia when quite a young man, he has been in charge of THE SUN continuously during the intervening forty-six years. Having worked at the case in the days when typesetting machines were unknown, Mr. Foley was experienced in the mechanical end of the newspaper business. He was a good "job" man and took pride in turning out neat, artistic printing. He had given a good deal of attention to what is commonly termed the "cost system" and was quite expert at estimating the cost of all classes of work. As an editorial writer he wielded a facile open and could be caustic as well when occasion demanded. His comments on municipal and general politics were always well written, made interesting reading and exerted a wide influence. He had been urged many times to enter municipal life but always declined. Mr. Foley was a kindly man, with a keen sense of humor. His attitude toward his business competitors was tolerant and good-natured and his relations with his contemporaries have usually been most cordial. Mr. Foley was fond of children and there are a number of Orangeville lads, some of them grown to man's estate, who will not soon forget his cheery greeting and the coin that often accompanied the salutation. Mr. Foley was unmarried and is survived by three sisters Miss Margaret Foley and Mrs. A.L. Peters, of Vancouver, and Mr. J. J. Burton, of New Westminster, B.C. By these and a nephew, Mr. John Burton, who has been associated with his uncle in the business for the past eighteen months, will his loss be especially felt and to them our townspeople tender their sympathy in their time of bereavement.
The funeral was deferred until Monday morning to allow of the arrival of his sister, Mrs. Burton, who had left for Orangeville when advised of her brother's critical condition. Mrs. Burton reached Orangeville Monday morning and an hour later, at eleven o'clock, the funeral was held form the Turner's Undertaking Parlors to St. Peter's Church, where Rev. Father Caulfield celebrated requiem high mass. Many townsfolk and personal friends were present to pay their last tribute of regard. Following the service interment took place in the family plot in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Messrs. S.L. Island, C.A. Lamon, J.A. Arnott, T. S. Hewson, Dr. W.H. Riddell and A.D. McKitrick. Beautiful floral tributes were received from the following: The Perth, Dufferin and Wellington Newspaper Association, of which the late Mr. Foley had been a member for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Jas, Ingham, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gillespie, Whitby, Ont.; The Banner Staff. Mass cards were received from Mr. and Mrs. J. Dowdall, and Miss Shain. Expressions of sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. S. Dickens.

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Nov.17,p.4:Sarah (Gardner) King - Her circle of friends and neighbors were grieved by the news of the death of Sarah Gardner, widow of the late Charles King, onetime town engineer, which occurred on Sunday, November 6th, at the age of 71 years and 11 months. Mrs. King was a native of Leicester, Eng., whence she came to Canada with her husband about twenty-five years ago, making her home in Orangeville shortly afterwards. Since coming to this town she had been a staunch and consistent member of the Baptist church, where she was a regular Sunday worshipper. Her loss is mourned by a daughter, Florence, And a son, Harry, on Orangeville, a son, George and family, Santa Monica, Calif., a son, Charles Joseph and family, Birmingham, Eng., three married sisters, Nellie, Lily and Maude, and two brothers, Thos. and Jack, in Leicester, Eng., and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles King, Orangeville. The funeral service was held at the Funeral home Mill St., Tuesday afternoon by Rev. A.C. Whitcombe, with Rev. Robt. Pogue, assisting Interment was afterwards made in the family plot in Greenwood cemetery. Messrs. Geo. H . McLean, T.S. Parkinson, J.A. Arnott, F.A. Falconer, D.J. Torrie and W.J. Gillespie acted as pallbearers and Jas. A. Brown, D. Cameron, Howard Ramsay, William Reid, and H.S. Miles as the flowerbearers. Floral tributes were received from: Daughter and S on, Harry; Son Charles and family; brother and sister in England; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. King, Orangeville; John and Hilda Eydt, Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. King and family, Santa Monica, Cal.; Bell Telephone Co. staff, Georgetown; Orion Lodge, No. 109, I.O.O.F., Georgetown.; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Littlewood, Orangeville; Orangeville Chapter, No. 197, O.E.S.; Bell Telephone Co. Toronto, Suburban Plant Employees; Miss J. Jenkins, the White Shield Class and Miss Elma Jones, Orangeville; Supt. and Staff Dining Car and News Staff C.P.R.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Georgetown, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Parr, Georgetown; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Rispion.
Among the friends here for the funeral were: H.B. Miles, Supervisor, representing Mr. A.B. Smith, Supt. Sleeping and Dining Car Dept. C.P.R. Toronto; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Georgetown; Mr. J.A. Brown, Division Plant. Supt. Bell Telephone Co., Toronto; Mr. D. Cameron, Co., Toronto, Mr. Wm. Reid, Manager Bell Telephone Co, Brampton, and Mr. Howard Ramsay, Bell Telephone Co., Orangeville.

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Dec.1,p.5:Philip McGarvey - After an illness of six weeks, Philip McGarvey, lifelong resident of Dufferin County, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Fenn, of Toronto, on Tuesday Nov. 15th, in his 87th years. Mr. McGarvey was born at Victoria on November 6th, 1846, and at the ago of four years moved with his parents., the late Mr. and Mrs. Miles McGarvey, to Laurel, where he attended the pioneers school of the community. As a young man he bough lot 15 on the 9th line, Amaranth. This farm he chopped and cleared form the virgin forest. After selling this farm he moved to Jessopville and from there to Melancthon, where he farmed successful for a number of years. In 1914 Mr. McGarvey moved to Orangeville, where he followed the real estate business for a number of years. In 1886 the subject of our sketch was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Dixon, who predeceased her husband in 1908. Two sons, Frank and Pat, of Ottawa, and two daughters, Mrs. W.G. Fenn, of Toronto, and Mrs. John Fisherty, of Alton, survive along with nine grandchildren. A staunch member of the Roman Catholic church the late Mr. McGarvey died fortified and comforted by the last rites of his church. He was a lifelong Liberal.
The funeral was held form the residence of his sister, Miss Nancy McGarvey, William St., on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, when the large number present testified to the esteem in which the departed mans was held. Solemn requiem mass was celebrated in St. Peter's church by Father Caulfield. The pallbearers were the two sons, pat and Frank, two sons-in-law, W. G. Fenn and John Flaherty, , and John Schofield and John McGarvey. Interment took place in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Friends from a distance present were P.J. McGarvey, Toronto; Mrs. Ross Martin, Toronto,; Mr. Charles Weeks, Brampton; Misses Margaret and Elizabeth Weeks, Toronto; Mr. and Mrs. Culliton, Melancthon; Mr. and Mrs. A. Petch, Shelburne; Miss A. Dolan, Mr. T. McFadden, Mr. Jas. McManaman and Mrs. and Mrs. Jas. Dolan, Shelburne.

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Dec.1,p.5:Elizabeth (Partridge) Summerville - In the death of Mrs. Robert Summerville on Saturday, November 19th, the Hockley district has lost a lifelong and highly respected resident. The end came quite peacefully after an illness of one week, due to a severe stroke. Mrs. Summerville, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Patridge, was 62 years old and was a member of one of the early families in the east side of Mono. She was born and spent her girlhood a short distance from Hockley and settled in the same vicinity following her marriage to Mr. Summerville. She was a kindly warm-hearted woman, industrious in her habits, devoted to her home and family and entering fully into those duties and responsibilities that fell to her lot as a neighbor and member of the community. She was an esteemed and honored member of St. Paul's Anglican church, where she was a regular worshipper, and was also actively identified with St. Paul's sewing circle. A consistent Christian woman and a good neighbor, she will be missed by her church and the community at large. Her loss is mourned by her husband, two sons, Perry, and Harry, at home, two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Cooper, Orangeville, and Mrs. Theodore Parker, Relessey, a sister, Mrs. Thos. Dyson, Toronto, and three brothers, Richard Partridge, London, and William and Joseph Partridge, Brampton, There was a large attendance of neighbors and friends at the funeral, which was held from her late residence, lot 16, 7th line, east Mono, to St. John's cemetery, on Monday afternoon. Following a short service at the home, church, the edifice bring crowded to the doors. The service was in charge of Rev. E.P. Wood, the family rector, who paid feeling and impressive tribute to the worth of the departed woman. The pallbearers were Messrs Warren and John J. Summerville, Thos. Dyson, Hilliard Cotton, Richard and William Patridge. Among the flowers that told their mute tale of sympathy and regard were lovely tributes form the Campbell Co., London, St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's Ladies Guild and Messrs. Hilliard Garfield and Norman Cotton.

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Dec.1,p.5:Rebecca (Hamilton) White - This week we report with keen sorrow the death of Mrs. James White, a lifelong resident of Dufferin County, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Ritchie, lot 16,con 1, Amaranth, on Sunday, November 13th, in her 73rd year. Her death occurred after one week's illness from that dangerous malady, pneumonia. The late Mrs. White, whose maiden name was Rebecca Hamilton, was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton, early settlers in the Laurel neighborhood. She was born on lot 14, con. 4, Amaranth, on November 29th 1859, and was married on July 4, 1888. During the early part of their wedded life Mr. and Mrs. White resided on lot 20, 2nd line, Amaranth, later moving to lot 15, con.3, west, Mono, whence they came to Orangeville nine years ago. Mrs. White was a devoted and consistent member of Whittington church for 35 years and took an active part in church and community work. She served as President of the Ladies Aid and as Sunday School teacher for a number of years. Kindly, thoughtful and considerate, she was an ideal wife and mother and was held in affectionate regard as a neighbor. Since coming to Orangeville she had been identified with First Avenue United Church. Her loss is mourned by her husband, who has been confined to the house for nearly a year, tow sons, John on the homestead, and Ernest, with the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co, Toronto, three daughters, Mrs. John Greason (Elsie), Regina, Sask., Mrs. Morlely L. Veitch (Margaret) Toronto, and Mrs. John Ritchie (Gladys) Whittington, and two brothers, Messrs. Elijah and Samuel Hamilton, of Laurel.
The funeral which was attended by many friends and neighbors, was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie to Greenwood cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, November 15th. Following a private service in the home, a largely attended public service was held in First Avenue United church, with the pastor, Rev. R. Pogue in charge, assisted by Rev. W.J. Booth, Camilla, and Rev. Frank J. Dunlop, Laurel. The remains were borne to their last resting place by the two sons, two sons-in-law, M.L. Veitch and John Ritchie, and two nephews, John S. McGowan and Oliver Hamilton, Laurel. The flowerbearers were Messrs. J. A. Arnott, Dr. R. Belfry, Harold and Danby White, Harold Hamilton and Wilmer Ritchie. Among the floral tributes were: A Pillow, the husband; wreaths, the family; Whittingon Ladies Aid; Mr. and Mrs. S. Hamilton and family; Directors, Officers and Staff of Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co., Toronto; sprays, Life Dept. of Dominion of Canada Insurance Co.; Mr. and Mrs. E. Hamilton and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. White and family; Rose Greason; Miss Hannah Greason; Women's Missionary Society and One Bible Class, Orangeville; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hoare; Whittingon Threshing Co,; baskets, Camilla Women's Institute; Margaret Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Grey Hamilton; Mrs. Thos. Arnott, Florence Lester and Jim; Flavia and Rilla, (Mrs. King and Mrs. Gervis).

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