On Friday, October 3rd, while sitting at his evening meal, death's messenger summoned one of Smithville's pioneer residents in the person of Mr. Isaac Wardell, who was in his 93rd year. Although suffering at times from slight cause, through old age, Mr. Wardell had never suffered any serious sickness during his long life, and the end came with great suddenness, although not altogether unexpected.
Deceased was born in Clinton township in the year 1832, his parents being the late Isaiah Wardell and Elizabeth Tinlin. He was one of three boys in the family, Cyrus, James and Isaac and by his father's second marriage he had a number of half-brothers and half-sisters. His brothers predeceased him years ago. Two half-brothers predeceased him in August of this year, George, of Dundas, and William, of Duluth. Richard, of Beamsville, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Jane Price and Mrs. Martha McCollum, both of Hamilton, survive.
Mr. Isaac Wardell was married in 1855 to Miss Isabel Meredith, one of the old pioneer families of the district. They had no children. His wife predeceased him about 4 years ago.
Mr. Wardell for many long years was engaged in the wholesale cattle business and was well known all over the western section of Ontario. He lived at various times in St. Catharines, Rainham and Bothwell and was in the latter place at the time of the oil boom. The past 52 years of his life were spent as a resident of Smithville, where he has been well and favorably known and highly respected by a very wide circle of friends. In politics Mr. Wardell was a life-long Liberal, and in religion was a member of the Smithville Disciple Church.
The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence, to the Union Cemetery, Smithville for interment, Messrs. Keffer and Tallman officiating. The pallbearers were six nephews: Messrs. Stephen, Robert, Alvin, Frank, Melvin and Theodore Wardell. Many floral tributes from friends were placed on the casket of the deceased as a tribute of love to one who was respected and much beloved in life.
Friends from a distance were present from Toronto,Hamilton, Beamsville, Cayuga, Dunnville, Dundas, Forest and Clifton Springs, N.Y.