The death occurred in Hamilton on Friday last of a former well known Grimsby resident in the person of John H.D. Walker, in his 79th year.
The late "Jack" Walker, as he was well and popularly known, was born in Smithville and as a youth learned the trade of blacksmith and carriage builder. Close to 50 years ago he came to Grimsby and purchased the property where the Stephens and McPherson blocks now stand. He moved the large frame house which was on the property up Mountain Street and erected the present blacksmith shop and cement block building on Mountain Street now occupied by Weiss and Son, and conducted business there for several years, moving to Hamilton in 1915, where he has been employed by the Steel Company of Canada for the past 20 years.
He will be best remembered by the older residents of this district for his great ability as a singer and as a member of the old 44th Regt. Band. He was a member of Union Lodge, No. 7, A.F. & A.M.
Surviving are his widow, the former Ada Durham, two sons, Kenneth L., and Harold H.D., both of Hamilton; two daughters, Mrs. Helen M. Reid, and Mrs. Henrietta J. Costie, both of this city; a brother, Norman M. Walker, of Hamilton; and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Adkin and Mrs. William Lounsbury, of Smithville.
The remains rested at the J.B. Marlatt Funeral Home for service on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in St. Andrew's Churchyard, Grimsby.