Residents of Grimsby as well as a host of friends throughout the surrounding community and province were shocked to learn of the sudden passing of the late George B. McConachie, barrister, town solicitor for many years and one of Grimsby's most prominent and best known citizens whose death occurred suddenly at his home early Saturday morning in his 59th year.
Although not in good health for some time he was on the bowling greens the previous evening taking an active part in arranging for the reception of the visiting bowlers to the fruit tournament, being an ardent lover of the game, and his sudden death occasioned general regret.
The late Mr. McConachie who was born in Norfolk County, near Caledonia, was a graduate of Toronto University and had practiced law in Grimsby for 27 years, being called to the bar in 1904.
In fraternal circles the late Mr. McConachie was widely known. He was an active member of the Masonic Order, and a past District Deputy Grand Master of Hamilton Masonic Lodge No. 7, A.F. & A.M. of Grimsby and past first principal of Grimsby Chapter No. 69, Royal Arch Masons. He was also past president of the Hamilton Past Masters' Association and a member of the Scottish Rite, Hamilton.
An enthusiastic follower of the game of lawn bowling, Mr. McConachie took a keen and active interest in that pastime, being a former president of the Grimsby Lawn Bowling Club and was one of its most active members. He was well known throughout the province as a bowler, having taken part in many tournaments.
He was a past chairman of the Grimsby Board of Education of which he was a member for some years.
Surviving besides his wife, the former Ethel Arrell, are two sons, Douglas and Jack, and one daughter, Jean. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. A. McConachie, of Caledonia; one sister, Mrs. Sydney Katt, Caledonia, and two brothers, James R. McConachie, Caledonia and A.T. McConachie, Kingsville.
A representative gathering of citizens of the community and surrounding district and members of the legal profession and Masonic Order from out of town was present at the funeral which was held from his late residence, Mountain Street, on Monday afternoon.
Rev. J.A. Ballard, rector of St. Andrew's Church, conducted the services at the home and at St. Andrew's churchyard where interment was made.
There was a profusion of beautiful floral tributes including wreaths from organizations with which he had been identified.
The pallbearers were: Dr. D. Clark, Arthur Henry, Albert Phipps, Charles T. Farrell, C.W.F. Carpenter and A.R. Globe.