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MEAFORD EXPRESS (Sept. 9, 1929) - Mr. A. McKinnon Cameron of Meaford, who passed away on Thursday in his 74th year at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. (Dr.) J.A. Macleod, Toronto, was buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, on Saturday afternoon, September 7th, 1929, on arrival of the 1:25 p.m. Train from Toronto.
   The late Alexander McKinnon Cameron was born at Mull, Argyllshire, Scotland, Sept. 11th, 1855. At the age of nineteen he went to India, where he was manager of a large tea plantation for four years. He came to Canada in 1879, going to Ottawa as a personal friend of the Marquis of Lorne, then Governor-General of Canada. He then went West and joined the North West Mounted Police for a few years, where he was Indian Agent as well. During this time he met J.G. Sing, D.L.S., who was engaged in surveying near Qu'Apelle. On one occasion it happened that Mr. Sing was in difficulty with his Red River cart and practically without food. Mr. Cameron got food and assistance for Mr. Sing and his survey party of three. Later he came to Meaford with Mr. Sing, where he met Lila M., youngest daughter of Ex-Reeve C.R. Sing, later Warden of the County and was married in 1883. He returned to Regina for about a year, then came back to Meaford.
   At this time Mr. C.R. Sing resigned as customs collector and Al McKinnon Cameron was appointed in his place in 1885 or 6. He was chosen Mayor of Meaford on two occasions, during which time waterworks and electric lights were installed in the town. He was secretary of both High and Public School Boards for many years. On leaving Meaford he was made an appraiser of Customs in Winnipeg. Later he was appointed appraiser to Toronto, where he remained until superannuated.
   Deceased returned to Scotland for a few years and came back to Canada in 1923, residing with his daughter, Amy Macleod, until his death. During the last five years of his life he was connected with the Willson-Neely Corporation, Toronto.
   The deceased is survived by daughter, Mrs. J. A. Macleod (Amy), and two grandchildren, Marjorie Southard and John Cameron Mcleod.
   The remains were interred at Meaford in the family plot beside the Sing Family vault, the pallbearers being Dr. Oliver (who joined the Mounted Police 50 years ago with Mr. Cameron): Mr. Garrow, appraiser of Customs, Toronto; Lieut.-Col. H.R. Cleland and Mr. Wm. Gardiner, Meaford; John C. Macleod, grandson; and C. Frank Moore, nephew, Toronto.
   The service at Baycroft's Chapel, New Toronto, Friday evening Sept. 6th, was conducted by Rev. Mr. Fingland, Rev. J.R. Morden, B.A., B.d., Minister of Erskine Church, Meaford, read the funeral service at the grave side. Scotch Piper Macpherson of Toronto playing "Flowers of the Forest" and "Lochaber No More" led the funeral march and played the Farewell at the grave. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. A large number of friends drove from Toronto to attend the funeral. The late Mr. Cameron was a member of the Pythagoras Lodge A.F. And A.M., Meaford; Canadian and Independent Orders of Foresters and I.O.O.F., Meaford and the Gaelic Society, of Toronto.

Source: Meaford Express

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