Elijah Benson Merritt, one of Caistor Township's most successful farmers, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Monday, following a brief illness.
In his 71st year, he was a son of the late Valmer and Mahala Merritt, and was born in Caistor Township where he had resided all his life. He was a member of Ker Untied Church in which he took an active part.
Surviving, besides his wife, the former Sarah Packham, are two sons and four daughters, Lyall, of South Grimsby; Stanley, at home; Mrs. Alex Young, Smithville; Mrs. Sterling Pollitt, Hamilton; Mrs. Graham Cosby, Smithville; and Mrs. Harold Martin, Hannon; also two brothers and a sister, Frank and John Merritt, of Grimsby, and Mrs. Curtis Swayze, of Caledonia.
Remains are resting at his late residence until Thursday afternoon when funeral service will be held in Ker United Church. Interment will be made in the adjoining cemetery.