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MEAFORD EXPRESS (1929) -- The funeral on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 26, of the late George T. Knight, who passed away Monday evening at his late residence, Cook and Berry streets, in his 81st year, marks the passing of the founder of the Knight Manufacturing and Lumber Co. of Meaford, and one of the pioneers of the district.
   The deceased was born in Sydenham Township on the old Knight homestead, corner of town line, on April 9th, 1849. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Knight, and his passing is the first death in the family for over fifty years. The deceased had been ill about two weeks. On December 9th, he contracted a cold which turned to pneumonia from which death resulted. He had the use of all his faculties till the time of his death, was never addicted to the use of tobacco or strong drink, and most of his life enjoyed wonderfully good health. Last April, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, his 80th birthday was happily celebrated at his home.
   In 1870 the deceased opened a carriage shop at Woodford, making wagons, sleighs and cutters etc. In that shop his first power plant was a wooden windmill which he constructed and used to operate his wood-working machines. Coming to Meaford in 1880 his first carriage shop was opened in the park below Train's grist-mill, later owned by the Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company. When the dam broke the floods carried away his workshop. In the early 80's he operated a sawmill at Centreville. About then he moved to the present site of the Gospel Workers Church on Trowbridge street, where he carried on the manufacture of furniture until 1912, when the Knight Manufacturing and Lumber Co. was formed, he retired from active management. This was the nucleus of the present extensive Knight Manufacturing Company operated by his six sons now in the large plant formerly occupied by the Dominion Canners. About twenty-two years ago Mr. Knight built his commodious home at the corner of Cook and Berry streets.
   Deceased is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Sarah Bannan of Sydenham, and by their six sons; Reginald, Arthur, Frederick, Stanley, Howard, Hugh and one daughter Mary at home. He is also survived by two brothers, Edward of Montreal and Henry of Toronto. There are fifteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. In early life the deceased was a member of the Society of Friends Church. Since coming to Meaford he was associated with the Methodist, later the United Church. The funeral was largely attended. The officiating minister was Rev. Dr. Smith, pastor of Trinity Church assisted by Rev. Thos. Snowden. The pallbearers were Messrs. H.R. Cleland, W.W. Stephen, Wm. Gardner, Homer Reid, John Eaton and H. Richmond. Interment was made in Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford. Among the floral tributes of article missing.

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

George Thomas (a builder) 4.9.1849 - 12.24.1929
Sarah BANNAN Knight 5.2.1853 - 3.18.1932

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Note: A handwritten note on the original newspaper article says: 1 sister, Mrs. Emma Dean, Toronto.

Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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