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MEAFORD EXPRESS (July 29, 1929) - While walking down Trowbridge Street, Friday evening, J.G. Sing, D.L.S., O.L.S., of Toronto, one of Canada's best known civil engineers, suddenly collapsed and expired of heart failure. He had been District Engineer for the Department of Public Works, with headquarters in Toronto, for the past eight years.
   Deceased was born in Meaford on September 3, 1857, the eldest son of Cyrus R. Sing, of Swarthmore Hall. During his career he has carried out numerous commissions of outstanding importance. In 1881 he was appointed by the late Sir John A. Macdonald to survey the Dominion Government lands in the Northwest Territory along the line of the C.P.R. Later he surveyed for the Department of Indian Affairs the islands along the northeasterly shore of Georgian Bay. The following works were designed by him and carried out under his supervision: Western Channel, Toronto; harbour improvements, Port McNichol; terminal C.P.R. on Georgian Bay and at Tiffin; harbours at Midland, Hamilton, Cobourg, Owen Sound and Sault Ste Marie.
   He was in charge of the proposed new harbour at Toronto, and, with the consent of the Department of Public Works, was retained as Consulting Engineer to the Harbour Commissioners, Toronto. He was also one of four commissioners' experts, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Commissioners, to examine into and report on present and future needs and supply of pure water for the city of Toronto.
   In addition to being ex-President of the Engineers' Club, he was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, Toronto Board of Trade, and the Ontario Land Surveyors' Association.
   Mr. Sing is survived by his widow and one daughter, who reside at 77 Roxborough street, Toronto. The only surviving brother is William H. Sing, Meaford, Warden of Grey County, and the only surviving sister, Mrs. W.T. Moore, of Meaford.
   The funeral was held from the residence of Mr. W.T. Moore on Monday morning and interment was made in the family vault at the Meaford Cemetery.

Source: Meaford Express

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