With an unexpected suddenness that shocked the whole community, the death occurred in West Lincoln Memorial Hospital early on Tuesday morning of James Gordon Gowland, a well-known and popular resident of the Grimsby district since he was a little kid.
Deceased had been in good health and had been around town on Saturday afternoon and evening as was his usual custom. On Sunday morning he suffered a seizure and was rushed to West Lincoln hospital, where despite the very finest of medical and nursing care he passed away early on Tuesday morning.
He was born in Blackheath on January 29, 1889, and therefore was in his 60th year. He was the oldest son of the late David and Mary Gowland, the oldest of 5 sons in a family of 10, five sons and five daughters. When still a little fellow the family moved to Grimsby and he has resided here ever since.
"Jim" Gowland was a man of very fine personality. A big, jovial, hale fellow who had a legion of friends and not an enemy in the world. After leaving school he learned the painting trade with the late W.L. Haist and then in later years connected with Farrow Brothers. For well over 40 years he was a painter and a mighty good one. He never worked on a job that he was not able to go back to that same place to do another job.
He was an ardent sportsman and was a particularly strong supporter of Peach King hockey and softball teams. He loved his home and he loved children and it was only on Saturday evening that he took two little nieces to the picture show.
Surviving are his widow, the former Lottie Teeter; four brothers, Clarence, William, Harold and George, all of Hamilton; four sisters, Mrs. George Dalgliesh, Niagara Falls, Ont.; Miss Margaret and Mrs. Clare Patterson of Hamilton, and Mrs. Austin Louks of Los Angeles, Cal.
The remains are resting at the Stonehouse Funeral Home from where funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. E.A. Brooks officiating. Interment will be in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.