Grimsby Newspapers
Chas. Bromley called home
Grimsby Independent, 5 Dec 1946, p. 1,13

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5 Dec 1946
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4 Dec 1946
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Bromley, Charles
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Charles Bromley is dead. While news of his death did not come as a distinct surprise to his great legion of friends and acquaintances throughout, not only the Fruit Belt, but through other sections of Ontario, still it had a numbing effect....Early Wednesday morning he suffered an attack and ...passed to his Maker. Born in Waterford, Ireland, on February 10th, 1866, he moved to England with his family when still just a child and as a youth, decided that his spot was in the Fourth Estate, and he therefore, secured himself a job as a "cub" reporter on the Evening Standard of London, England. That he was a good newspaperman was proved by the fact that when The Standard decided to send a correspondent to cover the Russian-Japanese war, Charlie Bromley was picked for the assignment. Always of an engineering turn of mind, he decided after the cessation of hostilities to come to Canada and try and put his construction ideas to work. Through the good graces of the late Rev. John Muir, Charlie and Mrs. Bromley and the three little Bromleys landed in Grimsby in the spring of 1905. Shortly afterward he went to work for the late Col. Parmeter, on his fruit farm, just east of Park Road, on No. 8 Highway. He stayed there for some years, all the time studying engineering. He finally took his course with the Institute of Engineers of London, England. The family then moved into Grimsby and Charlie became the Town Engineer and eventually Town Engineer and Clerk. It was under his supervision that the first paved street in Grimsby was constructed, Mountain Street. That street was laid in 1914, at the same time that the present Number Two Highway between Hamilton and Toronto was being laid. It was the first concrete paved street in Ontario in a town the size of Grimsby. He was the engineer that rebuilt the present waterworks system. The first electric centrifugal pumps were installed under his guidance and the present filtration system was his idea. He put the first big pier out into the lake and had, the then, government engineers listened to Charlie Bromley a lot of needless expense in the years to come would have been averted...After leaving the employ of the Town of Grimsby, he was employed on several engineering projects and in 1931 went to Hamilton, Bermuda, where he was engaged in engineering work, mostly harbour and naval construction...Early in life he was married to Eliza Vousden, who survives him. From this union were three children, Major L.A. Bromley, Postmaster of Grimsby, Wallace of Kincardine, Miss Doris of Toronto...Interment will be in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.

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Chas. Bromley called home