One of the most popular police officials who ever served the people of Grimsby passed to his last reward on Tuesday morning in the person of James Marvin Wentworth, at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Ralph Locke, Clinton township.
Deceased gentleman was born in Grimsby 73 years, 3 months and 9 days ago, the son of the late Amos Wentworth and Katherine Wentworth, and lived all his life in Grimsby.
During that period of time he served the people of Grimsby in many capacities. As early as the Boer War, 1899-1901, when he served as a night watchman for the then village, as the people in those days were more scareable than today. He was a cement and concrete building contractor and many foundations and buildings standing in this town and district are his handicraft.
But it was as police officer and truant officer that he really made his mark. He was a man who did not have much early schooling, but as the late Dr. Frank J. McLay once told The Independent, he was a "natural" police official.
He served this town for many years both on night and day duty. He was popular with his people, he was particularly popular with visitors from other provinces and the United States, and he had the uncanny knowledge of being able to trace down petty crimes in a miraculously short space of time. In fact, he knew his town.
Among men and women of all walks of life, he was just "Jim". He liked them. He loved them. He protected them. And they in turn respected him.
As a truant officer he had no equal. Every kid knew him by his first name, and he liked it. At Christmas time he never failed to send candies and oranges to the Public School to the kids. As Public School Principal Ken Griffith once remarked to The Independent, "I never knew a truant officer that had so little trouble and was so highly respected by all the children."
"Jim" suffered a bad fall on icy sidewalks one night in January, 1935, and from the effects of this retired from active police duty on May 1st, 1935, at which time our present Chief of Police, W.W. Turner, joined the force. Since that time he has assisted the municipality and various organizations in special police duties.
Several months ago he was taken ill and despite expert medical aid gradually grew worse until his demise on Tuesday morning. The Town is the better that "Jim" Wentworth lived.
He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters; a past member of the Ontario Police Association; an adherent of Trinity United Church.
His wife predeceased him in 1941. He is survived by one son, Marvin "Cyclone" Wentworth, well known ex-professional hockey player; two daughters, Mrs. H.H. Bristol, and Mrs. Fred Winther, both of Lynwood, Cal.; two brothers, Amos in Owen Sound and William Adolphus in Hamilton; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Haines, in Pennsylvania.
Remains are resting at the Stonehouse Funeral Home where services will be held this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, by Rev. W.J. Watt. Interment will be in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.