The Niagara Peninsula has lost one of its pioneer sons in the passing of Harold C. Woolverton, who died suddenly on Sunday at his home in North Grimsby Township. Although in ill health for the past 2 months, he was thought to be well on his way to recovery, and his passing came as a shock to the many friends and acquaintances in Grimsby and the entire Niagara area.
Harold Woolverton was the son of the late Edgar John and Cecilia (Nixon) Woolverton, one of five sons and a sister, Mrs. Hamilton Fleming, who survives. Born in North Grimsby, he attended Grimsby schools, and continued his education in a Woodstock College. Before completion of this course, however, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps, and so entered the fruit industry, in which his father was already successful and highly regarded. The Woolvertons have long associated themselves with the growing of Niagara type fruit, and also the growing of oranges in Redlands, California. It was to California that Harold Woolverton treked and became associated with his father's orange grove. Here also he met and married his wife, the former Elizabeth Lodge Woolverton, who predeceased him earlier this year.
After a stay in California he returned to Grimsby and Echo Hall, the Woolverton Homestead. Soon he erected his own home on the Echo Hall property, and assisted his father in managing the 50 acre farm and also a fruit shipping company, which was one of the first in Southern Ontario.
When E.J. Woolverton retired, Harold and his brother, Theoron, stayed on to manage the successful farm and shipping business, considered as one of the best in the entire Niagara Fruit Belt. Harold bought out the company following the passing of his brother some 15 years ago.
For many years he has resided alternately in Grimsby and California, for at Redlands, Cal., he bought out the 35 acre orange grove of Mrs. Harold Woolverton's father.
His active life brought him in contact with many persons who will deeply mourn his sudden passing. He found time for other interests, being associated with the Grimsby Lions Club, and a member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. For 10 years he has been the capable president of the Southern Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Association, from which office he retired this spring.
He is survived by one daughter, Miss Margaret Woolverton, and a sister, Mrs. Hamilton Fleming, both of Grimsby.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. G.F. Scovil on Wednesday afternoon in St. Andrew's Church, where a profusion of floral tributes spoke silently of the esteem in which the deceased was held by friends and business associates. The ashes were interred in St. Andrew's Churchyard.
Honorary bearers were Messrs. John VanDuzer, Hugh Whyte, Hugh Campbell, Robert Smith, Norman Nelles, William Geddes, Major Baker, James Hogan, Archie Dixon and John Bryan.
Active bearers were Mayor Clarence W. Lewis, Earl J. Marsh, Fred Knox, George and Malcolm Nelles and Bruce Geddes.