One of Stratford's well-known residents, James Fenton Smith
died in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto on Monday at noon, in
his 84th year. Mr. Smith, who had been making his home recently
with his son Melville, Toronto, had been a patient in the hospital for
the past ? weeks.
Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, he married the former Mary Watson,
in Aberdeen, Scotland on July 4, 1884. The couple came to Canada 55
years ago,first living in Avonton, where Mr. Smith farmed for two years.
On removing to Stratford, Mr. Smith first worked at McEwen's Bakery,
later at the former G.T.R shops, and then at Whyte Packing Company,
where he was employed as a stationery engineer. For many years
he was caretaker at Romeo School. He retired about 14 years ago.
He was the oldest member of Stratford Lodge, Sons of Scotland and was
also an active member of the Canadian Order of Foresters serving as
financial secretary for many years.
Mrs. Smith died in August, 1939.Surviving are two daughters Mrs.
Robert Alexander, Hamilton; Mrs. Jessie Berkircher, Toronto;
sons, James and Melville, Toronto; Albert,Winnipeg; Ralph,
Sault St. Marie; Captain Harold, Serving overseas as a Y.M.C.A
supervisor; Stanley, 100 Church Street; one sister, Mrs. W.M. Morrison,
Welland, and one sister and one brother in Aberdeen, Scotland; also 15
grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
The body is resting at the Hornbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert street,
where the funeral service will be held on Thursday afternoon, at 2:00
o'clock. Rev. F.G Hus*** pastor of Grace Chapel, will officiate, and
interment will be made at Avondale cemetery.
I would like to thank my Cousin, Ralph Smith who sent this to me the other day, up until then I knew very little about my Great Grandfather, other than basic information of where he was born and died. But after reading his Obituary I now know that not only was he a hard worker but that he continued to farm after he left Scotland, a least for awhile, he was also a Baker,a stationary engineer, worked for the Grand Trunk Railway and finally the caretaker of the school my Grandfather attended working there until he retired at the age of 70. A member of the Sons of Scotland and The Canadian Order of Foresters , involved in his community and in organizations dedicated to helping others this tells me he was a compassionate person who was loved and respected by his family and all who knew him. A lot of wonderful information from such a small piece of paper, I wish that I had known him while he was alive.