Grimsby Newspapers
Flett, William James (Died on 13 Oct 1920)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 27 Oct 1920, p. 5

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As chronicled in these columns briefly last week, the death occurred early last Wednesday morning of William James Flett, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Flett, Main Street West, and one of Grimsby's younger generation of business men. "Bill", as the deceased was popularly known by everyone, had not been really well for nearly five years, suffering a bad breakdown then from which he never really recovered, although he was able to be around and to his many friends appeared to be all right again. About a month ago he had a relapse but no one imagined that his condition was as serious as it was, and consequently his early demise was a great shock to his friends and business associates. The deceased was born in Emsdale, Parry Sound district 32 years and 11 months ago and came to Grimsby as a lad with his parents about 25 years ago. He attended Grimsby schools and after leaving school took up the barbering trade with R.S. Lockwood. In the spring of 1912 he purchased the Lockwood business and property and has run it ever since. In the spring of 1914 he was married to Jessie Patterson Habkirk of Seaforth, and to this union two beautiful little children came, "Jack" and Mary who with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father and husband. "Bill" was well known all over the Fruit Belt especially in his younger days when he placed his name high in the niche in sporting circles by his wonderful work as a hockey goal tender. He always took a keen interest in sporting events of all kinds but hockey was his favorite and when quite a lad broke into the game as a goal tender under the tutelage of Brown-Smith. He soon became a star in his position and for years was considered one of the best net guardians in Ontario, and on several occasions turned down tempting offers to turn pro, preferring to maintain his amateur status. During all his long siege of sickness, he maintained a cheerful outlook on life, and always looked forward to the day when he would be well and strong again. During his worst attacks he was cheerful and fought his illness as gamely as he had played his favorite game. The funeral was held on Friday afternoon last under the arrangement of the I.O.O.F. of which deceased was a member, to Queen's Lawn Cemetery, Rev. L.H.Currie officiating at the house and graveside, while the beautiful funeral service of the Oddfellows was read by Brothers G.E. Miller and H.H. Marsh. The pallbearers were all brother Oddfellows, and two of them were old teammates of his in the hockey days gone by. They were R.H. Hughes, Harry Farrell, Edw. Mannell, T.J. Stephen, C. McCoy and Jas. Bird...Besides his wife and two little children, he leaves to mourn his loss a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. Flett; three sisters and two brothers, Misses Louise, Libby and Jeanette at home; Currie of Buffalo, N.Y. and Bert at home.

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum
Date of Publication:
27 Oct 1920
Date Of Event:
13 Oct 1920
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Flett, William James (Died on 13 Oct 1920)