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MEAFORD EXPRESS (1918) - After a few days illness from pneumonia, the death of Edward Sewell occurred at the family residence, Trowbridge street, on Saturday evening at seven o'clock. His death is deeply regretted by many friends and removes one of Meaford's oldest and highly respected business man. Coming to Meaford in 1869, deceased has been identified with the business life of the town, ever since. Few men were as active, conscientious and straightforward. Physically he enjoyed nature's highest blessing - health - and for thirty years never lost a day on account of sickness. Strong and robust in body, temperate in all things, he enjoyed a free and contented mind, which served him wisely and will in all his undertakings.
   The late Mr. Sewell was born in Euphrasia in 1845 and claimed the distinction of being the first white child in the township. In his early life he was apprenticed to the blacksmithing trade at Blantyre. Upon his marriage in 1867 to Miss Sarah Parkins, he commenced a blacksmithing business at the Ninth Line corner, known now as Bethesda. After a year or so he moved to Meaford in 1869 and commenced a general store business on the site where the Merchants Bank now stands. In those days when the business section consisted of a few frame buildings, he crossed the street after two or three years in order to secure more suitable quarters for carrying on his increasing business. In the big fire of 1883 he received a setback for a time which finally resulted in the purchase of the store he occupied up to his death. His determination to succeed knew no bounds and he not only made a success of his dry goods business, but he was deeply engaged in other activities which were made the better through his careful guidance and counsel. For twenty years he served the town as councillor and held the position of Chairman of Finance. He guarded the “big purse” with the same exactness as he did his own and gained for himself the credit of having the affairs of the town in the best possible shape at all times. He was in the council when the elevator was built and the station moved to the water's edge and was one of the "Old Brigade" that put the "pep" into Meaford.
   Mr. Sewell's energies did not end in the commercial welfare of the town and he always found time for the spiritual development of the commercial welfare of the town and he always found time for the spiritual development of the community as well as his own. As a member of the Methodist Church since early life, he was an ardent and courageous worker. He assisted in nearly every department of the church, was a good speaker and took part in the services as well as rendering assistance in the country when asked to do so. For a great many years he acted as treasurer of the Methodist Church and looked after its financial difficulties as though they were his own. He was a man of strong convictions and would hold to his judgment until thoroughly convinced that he might be wrong.
   Deceased was appointed a member of the Military Tribunal and his deliberations in that connection were a constant strain upon his energy and a worry, which is claimed undermined his health and was largely responsible for the sickness that caused his death.
   The late Mr. Sewell is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters, Leonard, of Meaford, and Arthur, of Vancouver, B.C., and Mrs. J.W. Bridgett, Toronto, and Mrs. S.A. Gray and Mr. O. Abbott, town. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon to Meaford cemetery. Service was conducted in the Methodist Church by Rev. Mr. Walwyn, in which deep reference was made to the life of the deceased. The pall bearers were Messrs. Homer Reid, Dr. Culbertson, W.W. Stephen, F. Abbott, O. Boden and G.T. Bissell.

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

Edward 1845 - 1917 his wife
Sarah PARKIN 1849 - 1923 their son
Arthur W Sewell 1883 - 1939 their daughter
Arleen ABBOTT 1888 - 1932

Leatice CLARKE wife of
Harry Sewell 1908 - 1942

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Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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