After a lingering illness of several years' duration, death came to George Edward Bolton early last Wednesday morning. He was in his 67th year.
Mr. Bolton, who was born in Smith Falls in 1875, was for many years a member of the audit staff of the Canadian Pacific Railway. His work took him to many parts of the Dominion, but nearly 30 years ago he retired to live in Grimsby. On his arrival here he took up residence on Maple Ave., moving some time later to the home in which he passed away on Robinson St. South.
After coming to Grimsby, Mr. Bolton took over the audit of the Town of Grimsby and the Township of North Grimsby. His friendly interest in the affairs of his friends and neighbours brought many to him with their individual problems, and his keen advice was sought by those wishing to make investments, or filling out their tax returns.
Prior to the illness which overtook him some 4 years ago, the deceased man was interested in sport, following the affairs of local hockey and baseball clubs with enthusiasm. He was also fond of bowling, and was for some time head of the Grimsby Lawn Bowling Club.
Last fall, when it became apparent to his many friends that Mr. Bolton's years as a business man were limited if not altogether finished, a few of his neighbours arranged for the collection of a testimonial purse by which he would be reminded of the esteem in which he was held. Without fanfare or publicity of any kind the fund soon grew to several hundred dollars, gifts from friends who wished in some way to show their appreciation of the many kindnesses they had received at his hands. The presentation of the purse was an event which greatly touched its recipient.
Funeral services will be held this evening at the Stonehouse Funeral Home, at 8 o'clock and tomorrow the remains will be taken to Kingston. Interment will be in the family plat at Cataraqui Cemetery, near that city.
Besides his wife, the late Mr. Bolton leaves two sisters, Mrs. W.H. Edwards and Mrs. Fred MacGonegal of Smith Falls, and one brother, Wesley, Toronto.