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Was in 86th Year In Business  
Here For 58 Years
MEAFORD EXPRESS (Oct. 1932) -- William Butchart, leading citizen and veteran business man in Meaford, died Tuesday evening at his home, Trowbridge St. Mr. Butchart was in his 86th year and although he had been in failing health for some months died practically while still actively engaged in business. He was at the store to within a day or two of his death.
   Mr. Butchart came to Meaford and learned tin smithing and hardware business with the late James Cleland. He was engaged in the Cleland store for several years until 58 years ago when with the late Lochland Hunter he purchased the hardware business of A. Milne and Sons. The firm was then known as Butchart and Hunter and continued until the death of Mr. Hunter.
   Mr. Butchart then formed a company with Mr. John Jay and Mr. George Jobe known as Butchart and Co. This company has carried on ever since.
   Mr. Butchart was the last surviving member of his family. The late Mrs. James Cleland was a sister and the late David Butchart a brother. In April 1903 Mr. Butchart was married to Edith Cooper daughter of Mr. Jos. Cooper. Mrs. Butchart survives with one son Donald.
   Few men held the respect of the community as did Mr. Butchart. For 58 years he held the confidence of the people of Meaford and a wide district around. Never was there any wavering in that confidence as Mr. Butchart was a man of very high character and honor, trusted by every one he came in contact with.
   Mr. Butchart never sought political or municipal honors.
   Mr. Butchart, was however appointed to many several offices which he discharged with credit. He was a member of the Library Board for some times and for many years a member of the High School Board. He took a keen interest in affairs, of the High School. He was a great reader and well informed on many subjects. Politically he was a staunch Liberal and in religion a Presbyterian. Although the public had little knowledge of it, Mr. Butchart gave very freely to charity and scores of persons have been helped on their way by his generous assistance. He disliked any mention of this matter, but many a Meaford person knows of his practical kindness. In his passing Meaford loses a link with the older generation and a man who although unobtrusive, played a big part in the life of the community.
   The funeral will take place from the family residence to Lakeview cemetery Friday afternoon.
   Mr. Butchart was the last survivor of the list of business men compiled in Smith's Gazetteer in 1865. There are only three business institutions in Meaford than the Butchart business. They are Barber and Sons Foundry, Cleland's Hardware and the Paul House. All these are still operated by descendants of the original families. The Butchart business is still in the same location on Sykes street in which it started, but in a new building built after fire destroyed the original rough cast building.


MEAFORD EXPRESS (Oct. 3, 1932) - The death of William Butchart on Monday evening removes the head of one of Meaford's oldest business houses and a man who was widely known and highly respected and one whose integrity was always above reproach. Deceased was in the store on Saturday evening, and on Sunday afternoon he was taken seriously ill and his death followed some twenty-four hours later. He had been in failing health for some time but was determined to keep going unmindful that some day the silver cord would break.
   The late Mr. Butchart was a most interesting personage. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, and at the early age of nine years came to Canada with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Butchart, and settled in Keppel township. As a youth he came to Meaford and was apprenticed to the tin smithing and hardware business with his brother-in-law, the late James Cleland. Fifty-eight years ago Mr. Butchart and the late Lockland Hunter entered partnership and bought out the hardware business carried on in the general store business of the late A. Milne & Son. The business was carried on under the firm name of Butchart & Hunter until the death of the latter, when the subject of this sketch later formed a partnership with his staff, Messrs. John Jan and Geo. Jobe and carried on business under the name of Wm. Butchart & Co. until his death.
   It is hardly likely that there is another man in Ontario who can equal the record of Mr. Butchart in being present at the opening of his place of business each morning during the past half century. He was diligent in business and made it a success. He was of a quiet disposition and served the municipality as High School trustee for some thirty years. He was a Presbyterian in religion and his long life was tempered with moderation and restraint. During our lifetime in Meaford his name and actions were never under criticism, and his dealing were such that he retained a host of friends.
   In 1903 he was married to Miss Edith Cooper, daughter of Mr. Joseph Cooper, of Meaford, who survives with one son, Donald, of town, a graduate of Queens University Kingston.
   The funeral will be held from his late residence, Trowbridge street, on Friday afternoon to Lakeview Cemetery.

Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, Ontario tombstone inscription, from BGOGS :

William 1847 - 1932 his wife
Mary Edith COOPER 1878 - 1974
Donald Butchart 1904 - 1952 his wife
Fern Elda STUART 1910 -

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Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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