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Dryden friends were shocked on hearing of the very sudden death of William Turnbull, a former Dryden resident, who died at Fort William Sunday afternoon. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Mr. Turn- bull visited here, the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Jas. Hatch, and at that time he appeared to be enjoying the best of health.
   The late Mr. Turnbull was a street car operator in Fort William and on Sunday was on duty when he suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away almost immediately.
   Regarded highly by all who knew him the late Mr. Turnbull’s passing will be mourned by a wide circle of friends in Dryden as well as at the Lakehead where he was widely known. He was 70 years old.
   The late Mr. Turnbull was born in Durham, Ontario, and came west more than forty years ago when he took a farm at Dryden. Here he lived for a number of years, and then left the farm to take a position with the Massey Harris Implement company. He spent in all twenty years in Dryden and went to Fort William as a representative of that company.
   In Fort William he joined the city street railway department in November 1916, so that at the time of his death he had all but completed twenty years of continuous service.
   He is survived by his wife, by one son Edgar, employed with the C.N. railway Transcona, Man., and one daughter, Mrs. Jas. Hatch, of Dry- den.
   The veteran tram conductor was a member of First United Church in Westfort, and also was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters.
   He was interested not only in the affairs of his own community but in world matters as well. He read widely, particularly on current events, and this factor combined with his own charm and personality delighted those who engaged with him in conversation.
   A funeral service was held at the Jenkins Funeral Home Tuesday evening, Rev. Dan McIvor, M.P., officiating and the body was then shipped to Dryden.
   On Thursday afternoon, Rev. McIvor, assisted by Rev. E. M. Carter, conducted an impressive funeral service at Dryden United Church. The local service was largely attended by old timers and friends of the family who came to pay their last respects to their esteemed friend, the late Mr. Turnbull.
   The pallbearers were Wm. Miller, Wm. Kerney, R. Trist, D. Reid, R. Barker and Wm. Richardson.


Former Bentinck Resident
Died at Fort
DURHAM, Sept 15. -- Mrs. James McRonald received word of the death of her brother, William Turnbull, on Sunday at Fort William. No particulars were received as to cause of death.
   Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Turnbull and was born in Bentinck, seventy years ago last March. He resided in Bentinck until about 40 years ago, when he moved to Dryden and then to Fort William. He was street car conductor in that city. He married Miss Jane Redford, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Redford, in Bentinck, the marriage taking place 46 years ago. Mrs. Redford and two of a family of three survive: Edgar in Fort William and Mrs. James Hatch in Dryden. There are seven grandchildren. Mr. Turnbull had four brothers and two sisters, three surviving being Thomas in Huntsville, George in S. Bentinck, and Mrs. James McRonald of Durham. James, John and Margaret predeceased him. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Turnbull visited relatives in Durham, Bentinck and Owen Sound.

Source: unknown newspapers from Dryden and Durham areas

Submitted by: Bea

Transcribed by: G. Dunnill

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Note 1: William Turnbull was my Grandfather.
Note 2: Second obituary hand-dated "Tues Sept 15 1936".

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