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The death of James Turnbull, Ben- tinck's well known councillor, came as a sad shock last Thursday to a wide circle of friends. Though it was known his health was not good ever since an attack of the 'flu' last spring, his recovery was hoped for, and he was about until a few days previous to his death at 11.15 on Wednesday evening. He was confined to his bed for the last week or two and heart weakness, followed by dropsy, hastened the end.
   The late Mr. Turnbull was in his 69th year, having been born in June 1864, on the farm occupied by Joseph Reay on con 3, N.D.R., Bentinck. When 2 years of age, his parents moved to the South Line, Bentinck. While in young manhood, deceased bought the farm now occupied by his son George on 3rd con N.D.R. and in 1896 he was wedded to Margaret Hastie of Crawford, who survives him with their two children, George J. on the home farm and Miss Annie at home. Nine years ago Mr and Mrs Turnbull bought a smaller farm on the Durham Road, 3 miles west of Durham, where they have since resided.
   As a member of Bentinck Council for 12 years, the deceased became known township wide. He was first elected in 1914, and re-elected in 1915 and 1916, but lost out in a try for Deputy Reeve in 1917 in a four-cornered race. He again ran and was elected councillor in 1920, '21 and '22, then on moving to Durham Road, retired for two years. His friends again urged him on and he was elected in 1925, '26 and '27 concluding he had served his township several years, and would let others take his place for atime, he retired for two years, but on running in 1930, he was again successful and was returned by acclamation in 1931 and 1932. Though not in good health he had attended every Council meeting this year except the last.
   The late Mr Turnbull was a man of honor and integrity and of a kindly, generous disposition. He was well read and his sound judgment was valued by his various colleagues in Council as well as by his neighbors.
   In religion he was a member of Knox United Church, Durham and a regular attendant at its services.
   Recently he had planned to retire from farm life and remove to Durham, and had exchanged his property for a town residence, this summer. He purposed moving at end of October, but such was not for him, and now his widow and daughter will make the change, bereft of his genial presence.
   Other surviving relatives are one sister, Mrs Jas McRonald, Durham, and three brothers : Thos. in Huntsville; William in Fort William and George A. on south line, Bentinck and an uncle, John Milligan, also on south line.
   The home and surrounding lawn were thronged on Saturday afternoon, when a very large number of friends and neighbors gathered for the funeral service to pay their last respects. Rev W. H. Smith, his pastor, preached a comforting sermon, and the pall bearers were a brother, Geo. A. Turnbull, brother-in-law Dan Hastie, and six neighbors, David Donnelly, Wm McCulloch, Herb Hunt, Geo. Mighton, Wm J. Derby, Thos Milligan. Interment was made in Durham cemetery.
   Floral tributes were a pillow from the family, a wreath from Bentinck Council and sprays from Mr and Mrs David Donnelly, Mr and Mrs Seth Trafford and Mrs. McGirr. Four of deceased's colleagues of Bentinck council - Reeve McDonald, Dep.-reeve Grierson, Coun. McCaslin and Clerk Chittick, were the flower-bearers.

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Link to original obituary scan: James TURNBULL 1932

Submitted by: Bea [ James TURNBULL was Bea's great uncle ]

Transcribed by: G. Dunnill

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