The passing of Dr. Joseph Rymal Smith, for upwards of 30 years a practising physician here, has occasioned widespread regret in the community in which he was one of its prominent citizens who enjoyed in large measure the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens.
His death which occurred at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday afternoon last, after a brief illness of a week, came as a shock to many of his friends, who were unaware of the seriousness of his indisposition.
The late Dr. Smith who was in his 68th year was born in Mount Hope, being a son of the late Dr. Lafayette Smith. He received his education in the public and high schools at Caledonia after which he entered Victoria College from which he graduated in medicine in 1892. After his graduation he took a post graduate course in the New York Graduate Medical School following which he practised for a number of years in New York State. In 1904 he returned to Grimsby where he had since followed his profession, being very well known in the town and throughout the district.
A leading horticulturalist of the town and district, and an active member of the Grimsby Horticultural Society of which he was a former president, the late Dr. Smith was a lover of trees, flowers and shrubs, which was reflected in the beautiful surroundings of his spacious home, corner of Main and Paton Street. His garden was an especially attractive one and here in season was to be seen a profusion of bloom which was much admired.
Educational matters also much interested him and he was for years an active member of the Board of Education of the town, being associated with that body at the time of his death. At the last municipal elections he was returned by a large vote, indicating the acceptance with which he had served on that important board.
The late Dr. Smith was a member of the Trinity United Church, of which he was an elder. Prior to church union he was on the Board of Stewards of the former Methodist Church.
In politics he was a Liberal, and fraternally he was a member of the Union Lodge, No. 7, A.F. & A.M., the Canadian Order of Foresters and the Independent Order of Oddfellows.
There survive besides his widow, two sons and two daughters: L.G., of Toronto; Newel, at home; Ruth, of Toronto University; and Penelope, at home. Four brothers, C.F. Smith, Harrow, Ont.; W.L. Smith, Mount Hope; E.L. Smith, Hollywood, Cal.; J. Smith, London; and four sisters, Mrs. A. Bensley, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. John Sharpe, Elva, Man.; Mrs. J. Marr, Glanford, Ont.; and Mrs. N. King, Wainwright, Alta., also survive.
The funeral was held from his late residence Paton St., on Wednesday afternoon and residents of the town of Grimsby and surrounding community were present in unusually large numbers to pay their final tribute of respect and regard to an estimable and worthy citizen.
An impressive service was conducted by Rev. E.A. Earchman, minister of Trinity United Church, of which the late Dr. Smith was a leading member, assisted by Rev. J.A. McLachlan, of Hamilton, minister for some years of the former Methodist Church here, Rev. W.E. Hazard, of Toronto, and Rev. Harvey Merritt, of the Grimsby Baptist Church. High tribute was paid to his sterling qualities of character and to his valued service to the community during his long residence here.
Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
The Honorary pallbearers were: Dr. R.N. Calder, St. Catharines, Dr. J.N.E. Brown, Dr. Gordon Bowles, Dr. J. Evans, Dr. B. Kilbourne, Toronto, Dr. W.O. Stevenson, Hamilton and Dr. D. Clark, Grimsby. The active pallbearers were: A.M. Shaver, W.L. Smith, J.B. Puddicombe, A.P. Henry, James Theal and C.W.F. Carpenter. Organizations of which he had been a member as well as numerous friends sent beautiful floral offerings.