Grimsby Newspapers
Prominent citizen enters into rest
Grimsby Independent, 3 May 1922, p. 1

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3 May 1922
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26 Apr 1922
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Calder, William Beamer
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William Beamer Calder had lived in this section all his life - prominent in church and business circles - Masonic funeral. A life long and highly respected resident of Grimsby passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 26, 1922, in the person of William Beamer Calder, in his 60th year. Mr. Calder was the second son of the late Ira F. Calder and Margaret Beamer, and was born at Mapleton Lodge (at the top of the Grimsby Mountain). He received his early education at what has been known for three quarters of a century as Calder School and later at the Grimsby high school. Ira F. Calder had been in the insurance business for many years and at his demise W.B. carried on the business and extended the clientele until it became necessary to open offices in Grimsby, and he has resided in the town since. In addition to his own business he paid a good deal of attention to the Grimsby Horticultural Society, acting as secretary for several years, and was also active in other organizations. In about 1902 when the county councillors...divisions, Mr. one of two members...division of Lincoln which comprised North and South Grimsby, Grimsby village and Caistor, which division he represented until the repeal of the system in 1907, and in 1905 he was warden of the county.[newspaper torn] He took a keen interest in educational matters and was trustee of section No. 13 North Grimsby (Calder School)for a number of years, and after removing to the town was for several years a member of the board of education. Though in public life his activities were outstanding, his work in the Methodist church will stand as a monument for those who knew him. Mr. Calder had filled every lay office in his church - oft times appointed trustee, recording secretary of the Quarterly Board, and many years superintendent of the Sunday School. On November 12, 1891, Mr. Calder was made a Mason, and in 1908 was Worshipful Master of Union Lodge No. 7, Grimsby, and was also a member of Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, R.A.M. of which he was a past First Principal. About two years ago Mr. Calder was attacked with a rare disease known as progressive muscular atrophy, which had advanced gradually until some months ago when he was forced to relinquish his official activities, and his life was extended by his unfailing cheerfulness and strength of will in face of the insidiousness of paralysis against which medical aid was powerless. Surviving to mourn his loss are his wife, one son Roy C. Calder, barrister, of Grimsby, a daughter, Miss Margaret at home, two brothers, Newman F. of Winnipeg, Dr. R.M. Calder of St. Catharines, and one sister, Mrs. (Rev. Dr.) Fred A. Hawke of Manhattan, Kansas. The funeral took place on Saturday, April 29, to Queen's Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Irwin conducted the service at the residence, assisted by Rev. Dr. C.L. McIrvine of Winnipeg, Rev. C.L. Morrow of Hamilton (who also officiated at the funeral services of Mr. Calder's father in 1836), and Rev. J.A. Jackson of Stoney Creek, and the impressive Masonic ceremony being performed at the graveside. The honorary pallbearers were: C.T. Farrell, Robert Harvey, George Luno, Albert Terryberry, Charles W. VanDuzer, Fred W. VanLuven; and the regular bearers were: David Allan, A.F. Hawke, R.M. Hazlewood, Thomas Liddle, James I. Theal and J.H. Wells. Out of respect to Mr. Calder as ex-warden, the flag on the county building of St. Catharines was at half mast for three days.

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Prominent citizen enters into rest