Twenty-five years ago there came to Grimsby Mr. Robert Harvey, Mrs. Harvey and Miss Eva Harvey, to spend the remainder of their days in a pleasant home at the foot of Maple Avenue, and to bestow upon old friends and new a charm of gentle hospitality of the rarest kind. A younger daughter, after a course at Queen's University, had become the wife of the Rev. M.N. Omond, graduate of that same well-known seat of learning. And now, after the departing, one by one, of the residents of the Maple Avenue house, the death of Dr. Omond adds another and a sad chapter to the record of the family of Harvey.
Dr. Omond's career, too brief by many days, was one of brilliance and usefulness. He took a year of post-graduate study in Germany, also spending some time in the classes of eminent teachers in Britain. Back in Canada, he held for a time a chaplaincy in his own College, touching the lives of students of all faculties, and making religion a thing of strength and beauty for young men whose academic pursuits were far removed from the beaten track of Church and Bible. In more recent years he was minister of the Presbyterian congregations of Prescott, of New Liskeard, and of the United Church in North Bay. And in the last of these places his able ministry has now come to an end. On Wednesday of this week he was buried in the Queen's Lawn Cemetery here, at the close of a service conducted by his friend of many years, the Rev. Neil M. Leckie, and the Rev. A.L. Griffith.
It is little more than a year since Dr. Omond was given the degree of Doctor of Divinity, after many years of highly intelligent membership in the governing board of his College. He had been President of the Toronto Conference of the United Church, having a place also in important central committees of his Church. But his chief work had long been that of an untiring and devoted minister, priest, teacher, friend of his own people; and many instances are remembered of the loyalty of his congregation when they began to be aware of his waning strength.
Dr. and Mrs. Omond, and their young daughter, Sheila, it is understood, had been planning to come to Grimsby at an early date, and to reopen the Maple Avenue house, to live a life equally useful, but less exacting, but the sad event of this week has made a change in this outlook for the coming days; yet adding if that were possible to the affection and compassion felt for these two ladies and other members of the families now suffering this bereavement.
The gentleman assisting Mr. Stonehouse and Mr. Curtis in the burial were Messrs. C.M. Bonham, J.O. Moore, E.J. Muir, W.A.McNiven, H.V. Betzner and P.E. Wilkins, some of whom were fellow-elders with the late Mr. Harvey.
[Ed. - date of death found in an Ottawa Journal article]