Alfred Carlisle, the subject of this memoir, was born in Hastings County in the year 1862 of English descent, of the good old U.E. Loyalist stock. His grandfather was in the War of 1812 and figured in those battles along the American frontier, in which Laura Secord played such a prominent part by apprising the British, after a very long and lonely walk through the bush, of the intended secret attack of the American Army on the Canadian frontier. Mr. Carlisle was a carpenter by trade and a good practical workman. Last fall he did some heavy work in connection with his trade and the doctors said it had impaired and weakened the working of his heart, from which he suffered a great deal during the last few months of his life. All was done for him that medical skill could do. A specialist visited him a short time before his death and when asked for his opinion in the case, he said it was a very grave one indeed, and so it proved.
During the Christmas season Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle spent a very pleasant time of several weeks in visiting friends and relatives in the Northern part of Ontario and around Belleville and while there he began to feel sick and poorly and hastened home. During the winter months he was in poor health, often finding it very difficult to get his breath, and as the springtime came on he gradually grew worse until life faded away as the sun went down behind the western hills, at 6:30 o'clock on Thursday evening, April 6th. He left behind him all cares and suffering and entered into a new life of blissful immortality with Jesus his Saviour and loved ones gone before. Mr. Carlisle was a faithful and consistent member of the Beamsville Methodist Church, whose members will miss his presence from amongst them from time to time. Mr. Carlisle was in temperament of a jovial nature and greatly enjoyed a good joke and laugh. Grimsby East has lost a good, faithful, genuine citizen that we can ill afford to lose, and we as a community would express our sincere and heartfelt sympathy for the dear companion and relatives he has left behind. He was a true, faithful and loving husband, and may the God of all grace comfort and sustain the widow in her affliction and bereavement, and all the members of the family.
Gone to the grave is her loved one, Gone from her hearth and home; Gone to that bright forever, Where sorrow is unknown.
A. Greenwood, his friend.