The entire Grimsby district was grievously shocked to hear of the tragic death of one of its most prominent citizens last Friday afternoon, when Carman D. Millyard died of injuries sustained when his car crashed into a tree on No. 8 Highway, 3 miles west of town.
Alone in the vehicle, Mr. Millyard apparently lost control of the auto while swerving to miss a basket truck travelling in the same direction, and making a left turn into a fruit stand. The car dropped over the four-foot shoulder of the highway, and travelled nearly 100 feet along the sidewalk before the right front smashed into a tree with sufficient impact to throw Mr. Millyard through the right windshield. He suffered severe head injuries and died en route to Hamilton General Hospital in an ambulance.
Stuart Lawrence, driver of the truck, owned by Oakville Wood Specialties, Ltd., told investigating Ontario Police Officer G.W. Green, that he had been gradually edging over to the left to make a turn, and said that he had looked in his rear vision mirror and saw no approaching cars. Lawrence said that the front wheels of the truck were on the gravel of the driveway when he heard the sudden squealing of brakes. There is a curve in the highway where the fatal accident occurred. Dr. James H. MacMillan attended the victim at the scene.
Mr. Millyard has lived in Grimsby since 1928, operating a drug store on Main Street - a street on which he has played an active and vital role. A successful businessman, he found time to help promote much toward the betterment of the town, and his passing has created a void that will be difficult to overcome.
He was president of the Grimsby Lions Club in 1948-49, and although not a charter member, he was a key man in this organization. He was also a former president of the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce and of the Business Men's Association.
A member of the official board of trustees of Trinity United Church, he was finance chairman of the building fund committee for the recent addition to the church, and took a prominent part in all church activities.
He had served as a member of the Grimsby Board of Education for several terms, and often went out of his way to assist the students of the local high school in promoting many enjoyable events. His interest in sports was great, and through this interest many junior and juvenile boys benefited.
During the war years he shouldered the burden of handling the cigarette fund for the boys overseas and while this was a tremendous task he very cheerfully did the job. Under his guidance, over a million cigarettes went overseas to Grimsby boys during the war.
In his 47th year, he was born at St. Thomas on May 8th, 1904, a son of the late Rev. Joseph Edwin James Millyard and Clara Bertha (Bingham) Millyard. As the son of a United Church minister, he had lived in several places including London, Listowel and Sarnia. He graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1926. He was a member of the Ontario Druggists' Association.
Mr. Millyard was married twice. His first wife, the former Margaret Stone, died in 1942. He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Macpherson; a daughter, Marilyn, and a son, John; also 3 sisters, Mrs. Francis Davies, of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Wylie Theal, Welland, and Mrs. C.A.Willoughby, London.
On Sunday evening the Grimsby Lions Club attended in a body at the Stonehouse Funeral Home to pay their last respects to a departed member. Prayers were offered by Rev. E.A.Brooks of St. Andrew's Church, and the Lions Code was read by Mayor P.V. Smith.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon in Trinity United Church by Rev. R.K. Lemkay, assisted by Rev. Leonard A. Griffith, of Chalmers United Church, Ottawa, a former pastor of Trinity United. A very large assemblage of citizens from all walks of life attended at the services and at the graveside in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J.H. MacMillan, Dr. A.F. McIntyre, Dr. J.C.Christie, Dr. B.T. Rogers, Harold Jarvis, Archie Aiton, W.H. Kelterborn, Earl Riggs (London), Wm. Shafer, Harold B. Matchett, Robert Johnson, M.A. Johnson, Kenneth C. Baxter, Earl J. Marsh, Robert C. Bourne.
Casket bearers were Irwin Phelps, Wm. Hewson, Dr. Aubrey Crich, Leonard Eames, Dr. Gordon Sinclair (Toronto) and E.J. Gordon.