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Former Publisher and Proprietor of the
Meaford Monitor Passes Away
MEAFORD EXPRESS (April 7, 1914) - It is our sad duty this week to chronicle the death of Mr. Alex Sunter, for many years an esteemed resident of our town and one who was to some extent closely identified with the means employed from time to time to promote its best interests and welfare. Mr. Sunter's illness covered a period of about two years, during which time he never lost hope of recovery, though feeling resigned to the certainty of death which he knew would sooner or later overtake him. Until attacked by the illness that was resulted in his death at his home on Tuesday forenoon, the deceased enjoyed the best of health, and to the fact as well as to his abstemious and exemplary habits may be ascribed the advanced age which he attained -- eighty-one years.
   The deceased was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to Canada at the age of fifteen, settling in the township of Eramosa county of Wellington, where, in 1862, he was married to Margaret Oliphant, daughter of the late David Oliphant. About 43 years ago Mr. Sunter moved to St. Vincent, where he engaged in farming and which occupation he followed until he came to Meaford and thirty years ago and embarked in the newspaper business in partnership with his brother-in-law, the late Wm. McCartney. Subsequently the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Sunter taking over the business in his own name, and for 17 years the Monitor was published by him as an exponent of Liberalism and of intellectual freedom. He was fluent and fearless writer, his aim in all his articles being to better the conditions which make for the elevation of making the world over and also for the purity, peace and happiness of the home life. That principle of democracy which stands for equality in all things had in him a faithful, never failing friend. As an employer of labor he was kind and considerate, always willing to overlook and to forgive mistakes of the head rather than of the heart. In all his dealing with the public he was honest and upright almost to a fault. Like other men, he had his convictions, particularly with respect to the philosophy of life, and held firmly to the belief that virtue will have its just reward both in this world and in the world to come. With him, an intellectual conviction was not a sin, but rather the product of a free, enlightened conscience seeking only the truth amid an atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty. The Deity he regarded as being too good to err and too just to be unkind. His gome he esteemed as the most cherished spot on earth, and it was there that his care and solicitude enabled him to spend the eventide of his long life contentedly in the bosom of his family.
   The deceased was a member of the S. of S. and also of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, under whose auspices the funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday) afternoon to Duxbury's Cemetery. Surviving him besides his widow are six daughters; Mrs. George Deegan, St. Vincent; Mrs. Wm. M. Stewart, Grimsby; Miss Bertha, Collingwood, and Misses Annie, Louisa and Sophie, at home.

Duxbury Cemetery St. Vincent Twp, Ontario tombstone inscription, from BGOGS :

Alexander Sunter 1823 - 1914     Margaret Sunter 1842 - 1914
Annie O Sunter 1864 - 1936     Bertha Sunter 1878 - 1954

For complete cemetery transcriptions, please contact the
Bruce Grey Ontario Genealogical Society

Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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