Montreal man drowned at Maple Avenue beach
Grimsby Independent, 13 Aug 1942, p. 1
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13 Aug 1942
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13 Aug 1942
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Thompson, Cecil ; Thompson, Marilyn
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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FLASH: - At ten minutes to three Dr. A.F. McIntyre pronounced life extinct.

While swimming with his daughter, Marilyn, in the lake adjacent to his cottage near the foot of Maple Avenue, Cecil V. Thompson, Montreal, suffered a seizure and was nearly drowned. The stricken man was pulled from the water by his daughter, who shouted for help at the same time. Mrs. Thompson assisted in bringing her husband to shore, and called Dr. J.H. MacMillan.

A call was put through to Stoney Creek which resulted in Chief G.R. Depew and members of the Stoney Creek fire department rushing to the scene with an inhalator and first-aid equipment. At the time of writing - 2 p.m. - they had been working for over an hour and a half in an attempt to restore breathing. Dr. A.F. McIntyre, who took over from Dr. MacMillan at 12:30, stated that chances of recovery while slim still existed.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson and daughter were staying with Mr. Thompson's sister at the R. Harvey cottages, just east of Hand's fishing shack.

Mr. Thompson was secretary-treasurer of the Eastern Dairies Limited, and was well known in eastern Canadian business circles.

Members of the Stoney Creek fire department, who answered the call, arrived at the Beach, where Mr. Thompson's body had been brought to the shore. In relays, they worked for a period of nearly two and a half hours, while Dr. McIntyre continued to apply stimulants intravenously. For a while it appeared that these injections might help, for, according to the doctor, this type of injection is harder to successfully accomplish than the intramuscular type.

Rev. M.N. Omand, of North Bay, one of the first on the scene after Mrs. Thompson and Marilyn, had brought hot coffee and sandwiches, as did other cottagers living nearby.

With Chief Depew were the following firemen: Tom Boden, Charles Boden, Dick Millen, William Stewart, Garret Luey and William Woodcliff. Constable Ferguson also accompanied the firemen.

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Montreal man drowned at Maple Avenue beach