Thomas W. Allan, who retired from municipal life in North Grimsby Township at the end of last year after 50 years' service as member of council, reeve, warden of Lincoln County, and of which 35 years was as township clerk and treasurer, died on Christmas day. He had been in failing health for some time.
A son of the late David and Margaret Allan, he was born in Halton County, and was 86 years of age. He had resided in North Grimsby for 60 years and was a well-known fruit grower.
He was first elected to North Grimsby Township Council in 1898. He filled the office of reeve in 1902 and 1903 and again from 1907 to 1911. He was warden of Lincoln County in 1909, and was appointed as township clerk and treasurer in 1912. He was an expert on municipal law.
In politics he was prominent in the interests of the Conservative Party and, in the 1923 Ontario election, was standard bearer for that party in this riding, being defeated by the U.F.O. candidate.
His wife predeceased him in October 1946, and his only survivors are nieces and nephews.
Mr. Allan rested at the home of his niece, Miss Margaret Allan, 66 Main Street East, Grimsby, where funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in Fifty Cemetery, Winona.
Archdeacon Scovil conducted the service. Pallbearers were Malcolm Nelles, John Aikens, Gordon Metcalfe of Grimsby; Harold Lake and Earl Kenny, of Winona.