Mr. T.C. Hewitt, one of Grimsby's best known and most highly respected citizens, passed away at Deer Park Farm, the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Wouters, on Monday, May 12th, 1924, at the age of 78 years, after an illness of about 8 months, part of which time was spent in Vancouver, B.C. and the balance at the home of his daughter.
The late T.C. Hewitt was born in 1846 at Beechwood, near Woodstock, Ont., and was the youngest son of Thomas Hewitt and Mary Combaught. He came with his family to Grimsby at an early age and attended the Grimsby school until he was 17.
He was a travelling salesman in Canada and the United states for many years, residing in Brantford and London. In London he took an active part in municipal politics and was a member of the Water Commission and city council several years. After leaving London he resided in Grimsby a year and a half and then west to Chicago in 1892 where he joined his brother, John, who just at that time had purchased a controlling interest in the Miehle Printing Press Manufacturing Company, which afterwards became so successful financially. In 1893 the brothers built and ran the Colonial Hotel, which was the headquarters for Canadians during the World's Fair.
About 15 years ago Mr. Hewitt gave up business in Chicago and came to Grimsby to reside, spending the summers here and the winters in Venice, California. While on a trip from Venice to Alaska, in 1923, he was taken ill at Vancouver, B.C., and he has been confined to his room almost continuously up to the time of his death.
Several months ago he came to Grimsby, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Wouters, Dr. McLay, of Grimsby, and a nurse, in the hope that a change of climate would be beneficial, but he gradually grew weaker and passed away at noon on Monday.
His son, Edgar, came on from California a short time ago and spent a couple of weeks at his father's bedside. He reached home at Glendale, California, the morning that his father passed away.
The deceased gentleman was the last surviving member of a large family - four boys and four girls. They were: John, William, Simeon and Thomas C., Mrs. Andrew Carpenter, Mrs. Marshall Bancroft, Mrs. Harry Bridgman and Mrs. Thomas Gagan, Sr.
He is survived by one son, W. Edgar Hewitt, of Glendale, California, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Wouters, Grimsby, and Mrs. G.B. Fleming, of Glendale, California. His wife predeceased him about a year. In religion the deceased was an Episcopalian and in politics a Liberal. He was a member of Nilestone Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of London.
The funeral is taking place to Queen's Lawn Cemetery today.