Miss Sophia Mary Reid, 80 year old retired school teacher was fatally injured on Saturday in a fall down the cellar steps of her home, Park Road, Grimsby Beach, where she resided alone since last summer.
Becoming alarmed at not having seen Miss Reid around during the day, Mrs. George Wilcox, next door neighbour, went in the house about 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon and found the aged woman lying on the cement floor of the cellar at the foot of the steps. Miss Reid was still alive and Dr. B.T. Rogers gave medical aid. She died an hour and a half after being found, however, without regaining consciousness. It is thought she may have fallen while going to fix the furnace in the morning and had lain there most of the day. Coroner Dr. C.W. Elmore, of Beamsville, and Provincial Constable Ernest Hart, Grimsby, immediately commenced an investigation. The body was removed to Stonehouse funeral home, where a postmortem was performed by Dr. Lorne Whittaker, county pathologist, of St. Catharines. Cause of death was given as cerebral hemorrhage due to fractured skull.
Miss Reid, a cousin of Lady Eaton, was born at Raeboro, Ont., and had taught school for half a century in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She came to Grimsby Beach from Toronto. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Alex Nugent, of Ottawa. Mrs. A.H. Haworth, Nelles Road, is a cousin, and Rev. Charles Donaldson, of Ottawa, is also a relative.