Ellwood Nathan Comfort, a member of the teaching profession for nearly half a century, died Thursday at his Grimsby Beach home. He was 71.
A native of Gainsboro Township, Mr. Comfort began his teaching career in Beamsville just after the turn of the twentieth century. After teaching at Beamsville for 6 years, he moved to Saskatchewan where he taught for 13 more years.
He returned to Beamsville in the early twenties as principal of the Lower Thirty Public School, a post he held until his retirement in 1947.
Keenly interested in choral music, he had trained hundreds of students in vocal and instrumental music. He was one of the founders of the Lincoln Music Festival and donated a cup for competition at the festival.
His own pupils won the three-room school division of the competitions 8 times in 15 attempts. He was presented with a silver tray by officials of the festival when he retired.
A member of Trinity Church, Beamsville, and the church choir, he was also a member of the Session. He belonged to the Oddfellows Lodge and the Canadian Order of Foresters.
Surviving besides his wife, the former Lottie May Moyer, are four sons, Roger of St. Catharines, Maurice of London, Ralph of Toronto, and Clarence of Rockwood; two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Arthur of St. Catharines, and Mrs. C.F. Moyer of Rockwood; and one brother, Hugh, of St. Ann's.
Services were held at the J.W. Buck & Son Funeral Home, Beamsville, on Monday at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was in Mount Osborne Cemetery.