Source: National Library of Canada - N258 Reel #31
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Apr.16,p?:J.F. Howard - There have been comparatively few deaths in Orangeville that have caused such general sorrow as that occasioned by the demise of Mr. J.F. Howard, reported in last week's issue. The untimely event took place at the home of the young man's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Howard, Church St., on Tuesday evening, April 7th and the funeral was held to the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Friday afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday hundreds of citizens visited the home to express their sympathy with the heart broken parents and family and to view for the last time the mortal form of one who in his lifetime was loved and esteemed by all who knew him. The large attendance at the funeral representing as it did all classes and creeds in the community, was in itself ample evidence of the high regard in which the young man was held and the general sorrow over his departure. The service at the house was conducted by Rev. G.A. Rix, rector of St. Mark's Church, assisted by Rev. Dr. Turnbull, pastor of Bank St. Presbyterian church, Ottawa, and Rev. A.L. Burch, pastor of St. Andrew's Church, Orangeville. The remains were borne to their resting place in the cemetery by Messrs. V. Tansley, Arthur Newman, P. McGarvey, James Jarvis, S.H. Carson and M. Grimes. The many beautiful floral tributes, which bore mute but eloquent testimony to the love friends and comrades included a broken wheel from Lodge No. 25, Brotherhoof of Railroad Trainman, a wreath from the young man's fellow employees on the Parry Sound Dividion of the C.P.R., a wreath from the Toronto Construction Company, a pillow from the Orangeville Station staff, sheaf of roses and carnations Mrs. Foley and family, sheaf of roses Mr. and Misses Dodds, carnations from three girl friends, a broken column from the parents and a pillow from the sister and brothers. Representatives of the Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers, Locomotive Firemen, and Railway Trainmen and the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, to the number of forty or fifty, attended the funeral in body. The Railway Trainmen held the burial services of their Brotherhood over the open grave. Among the many friends from outside points who were present at the funeral were Messrs. Wm. and George Church, of Essex; Joseph Church, Toronto; Thos. Church, Thorold and Albert Church, Cataract, all uncles of the deceased, Mrs. Church, Cataract, an aunt; Mrs. and Mrs. Jos. Howard, Toroto; Mrs. and Mrs. R.W. Burrell, Caledon East; Messrs. T. McNichol and Edward Morris, Erin, and James Caslor, Toronto Junction, and Messrs. J.L. Dodds and Thos. Smith, Caledon. Mr. P. McGarvey, Parry Sound, who was one of the pallbearers, was the young man's train mate and Mr. James Jarvis was his conductor. Both men spoke in the highest terms of Howard and were much grieed over his death.
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