Grimsby yesterday lost one of its most highly respected citizens in the sudden passing of Dr. W.A. Brownlee, who died from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza contracted a few days ago. The late Dr. Wallace Allan Brownlee was born in Wellesley, Ont., 71 years and 7 months ago, a son of the late Robert and Eliza Jane Brownlee. He was one of the oldest practising dentists in Ontario. He received his degree of licentiate of dental surgeons in 1879 and also the honorary degree of master of dental surgeons in 1885 from the School of Dentistry in Toronto. He served as a member of the Royal College of Dental surgeons from 1894 to 1898. He practised his profession in Mount Forest a number of years, then came to Grimsby 21 years ago, where he resumed practice and operated a fruit farm. He had been in practice for almost 50 years and was at his office daily up to a few days before his death. In politics he was a life-long Liberal and in religion a staunch Baptist, being actively engaged in church work. He was a member of the local Baptist church and one of the deacons. He had also filled the office of clerk for the local church for the past 20 years. His chief hobby in life was the study of horticulture and of late years he had specialized in the growth of prize dahlias. He was one of the hardest workers in the Grimsby Horticultural Society.
He was predeceased by his wife, who died on October 1920. Surviving are one sister, Agnes, who shared his home in Grimsby; one brother, Dr. M. Brownlee, of Woodstock; three sons, Dr. B.E.Brownlee, of Winnipeg; Dr. H.G. Brownlee, of Grimsby, and H.M. Brownlee, B.A., of Cleveland; also one daughter, Mrs. H.V.Snook, A.T.C.M., of Toronto.
Funeral will be held from his late residence on Livingston Ave. at 2 p.m., Monday, December 31st, with interment at Queen's Lawn Cemetery. Rev. James Taylor, assisted by Rev. Dr. Cline, will have charge of the services.
Ed. note: according to his death record, Dr. Brownlee died on 28 December 1928.