In failing health for a long time, the death occurred this morning of Rev. Edwin Burgess of Grimsby Beach. Rev. Burgess was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia in 1858. He began his ministerial career in 1889, after graduating from Auburn Theological Seminary, New York. On returning to Canada, he preached for a number of years in St. John's Scottish Presbyterian Church, Stellarton, N.S. After his mother's death in 1904, he left Nova Scotia and did considerable travelling and preaching in Western Canada and the Yukon Territory. Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian army and went overseas in 1915 as chaplain. He married his present wife in 1917 while still serving in England. After he came back from the war, he accepted a call to Zion Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ont., where he stayed until his retirement in 1928. After that he moved to Grimsby Beach, Ont., where he made his home.
When he was a young man he wrote a few religious books which were well received by the American press. During his lifetime he also wrote a great deal for the press on religious and temperance matters, including several poems. The last bit of poetry that he wrote not long ago is as follows:
"What matter whether foul or fine,
What signify the wind and weather,
If with His hand held fast in mine,
We walk life's way together."
He is survived by his widow, two step-sons, John R. and H. Leonard Douse, who are both in the army overseas, and one son, E.R. Gareth, who is in the Active Army in Canada. Funeral on Saturday, September 25th, at 3 o'clock in the Boy's Tabernacle, Grimsby Beach. Interment at Grimsby.