Citizens of Smithville and district were pained to learn on Sunday morning, September 28th, the sad intelligence that Mr. John B. Brant had passed away somewhat suddenly from a complication of ailments, the prime factor of which was a weakened heart following a severe chill received while in Dunnville on the previous Monday, he and his son, John, having spent the day fishing at that point. He will be sadly missed by a host of friends throughout the Niagara Peninsula. John Binfield Brant was born in the house in which he died in the year 1855 and had been an almost continuous resident of the village during all the 64 years of his life, with the exception of two years spent on a farm with his sister near the town of Dunnville. For some time he was engaged in the tinsmithing business with William Morgan, but the greater portion of his life was spent as postmaster of the village of Smithville, in which position he held office for 35 consecutive years. When 21 years of age he took an extended trip throughout Europe, visiting every country with the exception of Russia. He was accompanied on this splendid trip by William Foster, a celebrated artist, of Toronto. They engaged in a 200-mile tramp through the Alps, and visited Italy, France, Belgium and all countries worthy of note and it was his delight to entertain his numerous friends by stories of his travel.
On September 8th, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Ann Fullerton, of Toronto, who predeceased him February 25th, 1889. On December 4th, 1889, he was united in marriage to Miss Ada Victoria Kennedy, daughter of the late Squire Kennedy, his second wife predeceasing him April 15th, 1913. By his first marriage he is survived by three sons and one daughter, Mrs. F. D. Roxburgh, of Edmonton, Alta., and G.G. Brant, Smithville; G.W. Brant, Niagara Falls; and Wesley B., of Cypress River, Man. by his second marriage he is survived by one son and one daughter, Mrs. Jas. Copeland of Toronto and John Kennedy Brant, at home, recently returned from four years' active service overseas. Kenneth Bruce, another son, died in infancy. Deceased is also survived by one sister, Mrs. M. Bridgeman, of South Vancouver, B.C.
The late Mr. Brant was a man who loved travel and had visited all the shires of England with the exception of two, and he was passionately found of reading, being well informed on most any subject and the public questions of the day. For many years he was Secretary-Treasurer of the local School Board, and at the time of his death he was Treasurer of the Township. In matters of law he was practically well informed and his advice and sound judgment was much sought after by the people of the district. He was a notary public, conveyancer and commissioner, and did an extensive amount of writing, the drawing of wills, mortgages, deeds and paid special attention to Surrogate Court work. In politics he was a staunch Conservative. He was a man of generous impulses, kind and genial to all, and much beloved by a very wide circle of friends. He had filled the various relations of life, as son, husband, father, brother and friend, and filled them well. Who can do more?
He was a member of the Masonic Order, of the original lodge in Smithville, and of the Independent Order of Foresters at the time of his death. The funeral was held on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, with interment in St. Luke's Church cemetery, the Rev. John Radford officiating. The pallbearers were his three sons, G.G., G.W., and J.K. Brant, and his son-in-law, Jas. Copeland and the Messrs. R. and E.W. Murgatroyd, cousins of the deceased. - Smithville Review