Grimsby Newspapers
Remains of Jas. Brodie laid to rest in Queen's Lawn
Grimsby Independent, 21 Feb 1917, p. 1,5

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21 Feb 1917
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Brodie, James ; Brodie, Charles ; Brodie, George ; Brodie, Ballantyne ; McFarlane, Mrs.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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It was a large and representative assemblage of people that attended the last obsequies over a true and faithful servant on Friday afternoon last when the remains of Mr. James Lawson Brodie, Grimsby's highly respected official was laid peacefully to rest in Queen's Lawn Cemetery, the beautiful God's Acre of his own making. Service was conducted at the house and grave by the Rev. T. Radcliffe of the Baptist Church. The pallbearers were the municipal officers of Grimsby; Rev. Farrell, Councillors W.F. Randall, H. Hillier, H. H. Marsh, A.B. Bourne, and Clerk C.H. Bromley. ... The late James Brodie had been connected with the educational, literary and municipal affairs of Grimsby for nearly half a century. He had resided in Grimsby for over 43 years, coming here in 1874 to take the principalship of the Public School, and from that time until the time of his death, he was closely connected with the village institutions...The late James Brodie was born in...the West Indies...He had four brothers and one sister, two of the brothers Charles and George died in Trinidad some time ago and the other two, Robert and Ballantyne are still living, one in Scotland and the other in England. His sister was Mrs. McFarlane, of Trinidad...When quite a young man Mr. Brodie was sent to Toronto University to take a degree and in the fall of 1861, while on a visit to a friend of the family in Peel County, he was offered the position of teacher in a school and accepted it and continued to teach in that school and in another one nearby until 1874 when he came to Grimsby....While teaching in the county of Peel he was married to his wife, Miss Mary Burrell, in 1868 and she survives him...When he came to Grimsby he became principal of the public school at a salary of $500.00 per year and this fact is in striking contrast with the high salaries of from 12 to 15 hundred dollars per year that are paid to public school principals at the present time. About 1884 he gave up teaching in Grimsby and being of a mechanical turn of mind commenced to work for the Mechanic Institute Library and in 1886 he was appointed librarian and became a director on the Board and he held the position of librarian up to a few years ago when advancing age compelled him to resign as the multiplicity of duties involved in municipal and cemetery work became a burden to him....In 1897 the council decided to establish a public cemetery in Grimsby and the late Duncan Forbes and W.B. VanDyke, being on the cemetery committee along with Mr. Brodie laid out the beautiful grounds that Grimsby is so justly proud of and that are being used by people far and near us as a resting place for their dead...

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Remains of Jas. Brodie laid to rest in Queen's Lawn