Grimsby suffers loss of valued citizen - Burton W. Shantz had been ill for 16 months - came to Grimsby 26 years ago - operated West End Motors.
A patient sufferer for the past 16 months, Burton Willard Shantz, prominent Grimsby and district businessman, was taken home to his Maker on Tuesday afternoon.
Deceased was born in Waterloo county and after spending some years in Western Canada came to Grimsby in 1921 and in company with Edward Brubaker purchased the garage sales and service business of the then County Motors, situated where the Bourne and A. & P. stores now are. Later they operated the garage that is now the Home-Town Motors and then constructed the fine garage and service station that is known as West End Motors. Three years ago Mr. Shantz took over the interests of Mr. Brubaker and continued to operate it until the time of his demise.
Burt Shantz was a man with a pleasing personality and great sales ability and his success in life was due solely to his own efforts. He was extremely well read and a deep thinker and could converse on any subject most intelligently that came up in any group or gathering.
A year ago last February he was stricken and since that time has been confined to his home, a silent and patient sufferer.
Surviving are his widow, the former Olive Roose, of Waterloo; his mother, Mrs. Lydiann Shantz; two sisters, Winifred and Susan, all of Kelowna, B.C.; two daughters, Betty and Cairine at home.
Remains are resting at his late residence, 22 Nelles Boulevard, where services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo.