William B. Smith, for 55 years connected with the Grimsby volunteer fire department, and former Grimsby waterworks superintendent, died on Friday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Pettit, at Wilsonville. Born in England 75 years ago, he had lived at Grimsby for 65 years before moving to Wilsonville recently. He had been an employee of the waterworks for over a quarter of a century when he resigned through illness in January, 1943.
When he first became a member of this old Grimsby Volunteer Hook and Ladder Company in 1887, water to fight fires was pumped from wells along the street and the equipment consisted of a hand pump, called the fire engine, and a hook and ladder outfit. During his time in Grimsby he saw the town's waterworks system brought up to its present high standard, and the fire department's equipment change from the old hand pump to the modern fire trucks of today. For 35 years he was an honorary member. He was chief of the old brigade for many years.
When he first came to Grimsby, he often recalled, there were only a couple of stores on what is now the main street, and many of the town's residential streets of today were bushland then.
He was a member of Union Lodge No. 7, A.F. & A.M., of Grimsby, and of Hindoo Koosh Grotto, of Hamilton.
Surviving, besides his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Pettit, is a step-sister, Mrs. Effie Clausen, of Hartford, Conn., and two grandchildren. Miss Willa Pettit, R.N., Hamilton General Hospital, and Donald Pettit, O.A.C., Guelph. Funeral service was held in Grimsby Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon. Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.