His many friends in this district were shocked on Friday morning to hear of the death of Robert Neale, at his home on Paton Street, following a sudden heart seizure. Deceased had been in his usual good health and carrying on with his guard job at a Welland war industry. Robert Neale was a veteran of two wars, having served with the Imperials in South Africa and in the Great War. He had farmed a large estate in England and had on more than one occasion ridden to hounds with the Prince of Wales.
He came to Canada some 16 years ago and up until two years ago farmed in North Grimsby. He then moved into town and for some time was connected with the local police force. He was a member of West Lincoln branch, Canadian Legion and St. Andrew's Anglican Church.
He is survived by his widow, three sons and five daughters: Sapper Alex Neale and Pte. Godfrey Neale, overseas; Robert, at home; Mrs. Frank Woolcott, nursing in England; Mrs. Gordon Lawson, St. Catharines; Mrs. Robert Cosby, Grimsby; Mary and Alice at home.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon under auspices of the Legion, from the Stonehouse Funeral Home to St. Andrew's church where Rev. J. Allan Ballard conducted service. Interment was in the Soldier's Plot, Queen's Lawn Cemetery. Medals of the deceased were carried by Sergt. Geo. Warner.
The casket bearers were Stephen McLachlan, Hamilton; Horace Woodley, Winona; Wesley Gallichan, George Spencer, S.G. Clay, Bruce Murdoch, Grimsby.