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WEIR, Ald. J.
Another of our old well known and most respected citizens has passed away. Yesterday the entire community was grieved on information of the demise of Ald. J. Weir which occurred Saturday night at 7 o'clock. For the past two months he has been confined to his bed and during the last week dissolution was momentarily expected. Deceased, a little over two years ago, while engaged working in his foundry, had his right eye penetrated by a piece of steel necessitating its removal. A little over a year ago while crossing Main street he was forcibly knocked down by a wagon, the wheels passing over his back. The injuries sustained on both occasions referred to are said to have broken his constitution thus causing his death. Deceased was born near Glasgow, Scotland in 1824 and at the early age of 7 emigrated with his parents to Nova Scotia and settled down on a farm near Pictou. When well on to manhood he went to Merigomish where he learned the MACHINIST TRADE at which afterwards proved to be very efficient. After acquiring his trade he returned to Pictou and worked on the construction of Davis' foundry. In 1851 he moved with his family to Moncton and erected the foundry on Foundry street, in which he has during the past few years made many valuable acquisitions in the shape of new machinery and the enlargement of the main building. At the last city councillor's election, he was chosen to represent ward 2, which he did satisfactorily up to the time of his illness. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church here, and was one of the first to generously subscribe to the fund for the erection of the old church on the Mountain road, the building of which was being contemplated upon his arrival here. He was a staunch adherent TO PRESBYTERIANISM and on many occasions demonstrated the same. In business matters he was affable and courteous which characteristics combined with honesty and an enterprising spirit contributed greatly to his success in life. A little over a year ago old age preventing his giving proper attention to his business he took his son John into partnership and since the firm was called J. Weir & Son. Deceased leaves a widow, five daughters and two sons. His daughters are Mrs. Norman Sinclair, Mrs. Wm. Crockett, Jessie and Aggie of Moncton, and Mrs. James Bayne of Truro. His sons are John and Allen. The numerous friends and acquaintances of the afflicted family sympathize heartily with them in their sad affliction. The funeral took place at 15 o'clock this afternoon from his late residence on Foundry street, and was largely attended, some eighty sleighs joined in the procession. The pall bearers were Dr. Ross, John H. Marks, Daniel McBean, Patrick Hopper, Jas. McAllister and Charles Mellish. The services were conducted at the house and grave by Rev. J. M. Robinson.

[Moncton Daily Transcript, January 23, 1893]

Compiled by: Garry Weir

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