The sudden death of Charles H. (Chuck) Walker, one of the town's well-known and highly respected residents, saddened this community last Wednesday afternoon. Victim of a heart attack, Mr. Walker died while at his work as office manager of the Clarence W. Lewis and Son firm.
A son of the late Hugh D. and Fedora Jane Walker, he was born at Smithville on February 17, 1892, and was in his 58th year.
When a young lad he moved with his family to Preston where his father established the present Preston Metal and Siding Co. Leaving Preston, the family moved to Windsor where the father became connected with the stove industry and in 1904 the father moved the Walker Steel Range Co. to Grimsby. "Chuck" had resided in our midst since then.
His father, after disposing of the stove firm to Hall-Zyrd Co., became interested in the manufacturing of hospital equipment and "Chuck" was intimately connected in this work. That firm is today the Metal Craft Co.
Upon the death of his father the firm changed hands and "Chuck" became connected with other firms until he finally became office manager of the Clarence W. Lewis and Son firm.
Ever since he was a kid he was a jovial, well liked boy and man and commanded respect and made friends wherever he went or with whom he came in contact He will be greatly missed in the life of this district.
Prominent in the work of the Masonic Order, he was a past master of Union Lodge, A.F. and A.M., No. 7, G.R.C., past grand director of ceremonies, Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario; and a past first principal of Grimsby Chapter No. 69, Royal Arch Masons.
A veteran of World War I, he had taken an active interest in West Lincoln Branch of the Canadian Legion. He attended the Grimsby Baptist Church in which he had held various offices.
Surviving, besides his wife, the former Elsie Culp, are two brothers and three sisters: Edward Walker, of Little Current; Thomas Walker, of Hamilton; Mrs. Harry Astle, Grimsby; Mrs. T.A. Flett, Grimsby, and Mrs. Currie Flett, of Huntsville.
Funeral services were conducted from the Stonehouse Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon and were very largely attended by friends and business associates from throughout the Niagara Peninsula.
Services were conducted by Rev. George McLean of Grimsby Baptist Church, and Rev E.A. Brooks of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, and by the Masonic Order.
A guard of honor from West Lincoln branch, Canadian Legion, under the command of Col. Chetwynd, attended the obsequies.
Casket bearers were Mayor Clarence W. Lewis, James L. Dunham. Cecil Gowland, Earl J. Marsh, J.E. Easson and Fred Bivand.
Interment was in the family plot in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.