Grimsby Newspapers
Farewell, James M. (Died on 19 Feb 1944)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 24 Feb 1944, p. 8

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An interesting career, devoted to a wide variety of enterprises, was brought to a close Saturday morning in the passing of James M. Farewell, former well known realtor and automobile merchant, at his home, 158 Delaware Avenue, Hamilton. Mr. Farewell, who had not enjoyed good health for some time, was in his 65th year and was believed to be the last surviving Niagara district prospector to go the the Klondike in the gold rush of 1896. Born in Grimsby, the late James M. Farewell was a very young man when the gold lust struck him and he struck out for the Yukon. He did not strike a bonanza but did do fairly well in his mining venture. After his return he opened a coal business in town and for some time tried his hand at fruit farming. In 1913 he moved to Hamilton and engaged in the real estate business. With increased population in Hamilton and the city's rapid expansion toward the east. Mr. Farewell foresaw possibilities in King Street East as a business centre, and about 1918 he built the Strand block, which included a theatre, bowling alleys and stores. Some years later he opened Farewell Motors in this block, which resulted in a thriving and successful enterprise. A store, specializing in electrical equipment, was another of Mr. Farewell's undertakings that proved successful. As the result of his experience in the Yukon, Mr. Farewell suffered frequently from rheumatism, which necessitated his going south every winter to avoid the cold weather. He was particularly well known for his days spent in the Yukon and while there he was president of the Miners' Union. He was a member of the United Empire Loyalists and of the Acacia Lodge. Surviving the deceased are his wife, the former Eva Reid; a son, Marvin, in Hamilton; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Morris, Hamilton, and a brother, Edgar, Grimsby. Funeral services were held from his late home on Monday afternoon with interment in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.

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24 Feb 1944
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19 Feb 1944
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Farewell, James M. (Died on 19 Feb 1944)