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MEAFORD EXPRESS (Sept. 1972) - Mr. John Raymond, a pioneer resident of Meaford, died at his home here Tuesday evening, aged 89 years. Mr. Raymond came to Meaford 72 years ago and had resided here continuously ever since except for a short period in which he was absent from this town learning his trade as a carriage maker. Mr. Raymond was born in Brockville of a family of United Empire Loyalist stock. The original Raymond family which first came to Canada with the loyal citizens from the United States after the war of Independence was given by the Crown a tract of land upon which now stands the Canadian National Railway station at Brockville.
   When Mr. Raymond came to this district in 1855 the trip from Montreal to Toronto, was made by boat as there was not then a railway connecting the two big cities. He came by railway to Collingwood and thence by boat to Owen Sound. His father lived in St. Vincent Township on the 11th line for some time operating a saw mill as well as a small farm. Mr. Raymond started carriage making in Meaford in 1860 and worked right until the last although in late years the carriage end was a minor part. Mr. Raymond was never ill until his last sickness and died peacefully. He recalled distinctly when the present main street of Meaford was slash and bush lane and the business was done on what is now Bayfield Street.
   Mr. Raymond was a Methodist and a member of the church during his life time here. In politics he was a strong Liberal and supported that party through thick and thin. He was a reader of the Globe newspaper from the time it started publication. Mr. Raymond also took a quiet interest in municipal affairs and was for a short time a member of the town council.
   Mr. Raymond was married to Rachael Hagerman also of Brockville. Mrs. Raymond predeceased her husband by four years. Surviving are one son, Edward of Meaford, on daughter, Mrs. Lunan of Meaford; one granddaughter, Mrs. L.C. Sharpe of Boston, one grandson Raymond Lunan of Meaford, and one great granddaughter, Miss Helen Avery Sharpe, one brother Mr. E. Raymond, Mayor of Thornbury, and one sister, Mrs. Dean of Detroit.
   The funeral took place this afternoon from the late residence to Lakeview Cemetery at 2 o'clock.

Source: Meaford Express

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