Ill for only two days, death removed, early Wednesday morning, one of North Grimsby's best known and well liked residents. Robert James Cosby, was born in the township of Caistor, December 12, 1856 - 82 years ago- where in his young manhood he took up farming and moved to the top of the Grimsby mountain over half a century ago, to follow agriculture. He was always recognized as a high type farmer and stock raiser, particularly horses. He continued to direct operations on his farm up until three years ago when he moved to Mountain Road to reside.
A;though never a seeker or a holder of municipal office, he always took a keen interest in township affairs and was always ready to support a progressive, business-like council. In politics he was a staunch Liberal with a broad viewpoint.
He married Rachael Dean, who survives him, three sons and two daughters, Omar (Chief of Police), Beamsville, Oscar and Orrin of North Grimsby; Mrs. Murray Hainer (Melissa) at home and Mrs. Thomas Guy (Clara) of St. Thomas. The remains are resting at Merritt & Son's funeral home, Smithville, where services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow, with interment in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Grimsby Independent 30 December 1937: There was a large number of friends and relatives in attendance at the funeral of Robert J. Cosby, which was held from the Merritt and Son Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. Allan Ballard of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Grimsby, officiated at the service. Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
The pallbearers were: Messrs. R.O. Smith, W.E. Smith, William Mitchell, John Hilts, Isaiah Piett and Albert St. John.