William Francis Gibson dies at his home in Grimsby - Prominent in sporting and militia circles - Built much on cement walks of the town.
The death occurred on Wednesday, March 15, 1922, of one of Grimsby's prominent men when William Francis Gibson succumbed to an illness of long duration. Mr. Gibson was born in Grimsby in March, 1874, the third son of Robert L. Gibson and Francis Thompson, and had resided in Grimsby and vicinity all his life. He took a practical course in stone cutting and dressing in the quarry of his cousin, the late Senator Gibson, and then took up contracting and building though most of his work was done on his own houses. He took a keen interest in the Canadian militia and attained to the rank of major and was a regular attendant at Niagara camp with the 44th Reg. A few years ago he bought a large fruit farm in Vineland, but failing health forced him to quit the farm and he sold out and removed to Grimsby. Surviving to mourn his loss are his wife, daughter Helen and son Robert, two sisters and three brothers: Mrs. David Allan of Grimsby; Mrs. Albert Gray of New Orleans, La.; George of Grimsby, Robert A. of Beamsville and John H. of Grimsby. The funeral took place on Friday, March 17 to Queen's Lawn Cemetery, the Rev. L.H. Currie, assisted by the Rev. Dr. McRobie (former minister at Vineland) conducting the services. The pallbearers were C.W.F. Carpenter, Dr. D. Clark, W.W. Ferris, J.S. Fielding, E.G. McCallum and E. Turner.