The Rock Chapel community on the Ridge Road, as well as numerous friends in the Niagara district suffered a severe loss Tuesday morning in the death of Mrs. J.J. Bowslaugh at her home here following a lingering illness, the result of a major operation two years ago.
Mrs. Bowslaugh was formerly Miss Clara Walker, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Walker of Stoney Creek, and had lived in that village and in North Grimsby township all her life.
Her activities in the life of the neighbourhood were numerous. She was a member of the Rock Chapel United Church and Sunday School, and had served as treasurer of the W.M.S. of that church for the past 11 years.
An ardent lover of flowers, she had taken a keen interest in the Horticultural Society of Vinemount of which she was also treasurer. As district secretary of the South Wentworth Women's Institute, she had charge of the fund for the memorial portrait of Mrs. Hoodless, founder of the Institute, and her name was well known in Institute circles over the province in that connection.
But it is in the social life of the community that her loss will be felt most keenly, her home having been always open to her neighbours and young people especially.
During the last few months she won the admiration and respect of everyone to an unusual degree by her patience and industry under adverse conditions.
Left to mourn her loss, besides her husband, are two daughters, Reita and Orpha, and one son, Ralph, all at home; two brothers, J.A. Walker of Stoney Creek, and Dr. F.M. Walker of Alliston;, and three sisters, Mrs. Hamilton Lee of Stoney Creek; Mrs.G.A. Meed of Bay City, Mich., and Mrs. W.M. Aikenhead of Smithville.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from her home, thence to Queen's Lawn Cemetery for interment.
Grimsby Independent 14 April 1937: Funeral service for Mrs. J.J. Bowslaugh was held from her late residence, Ridge Road, North Grimsby on Thursday afternoon last, an exceptionally large number of friends and relatives being present. Rev. Dr. W.H. Graham of Stoney Creek assisted by Rev. A.Roy Johnson, of Merritton, a former pastor at Tapleytown, conducted the service.
The pallbearers were: Clarence Lee, George Lee, Ira Lee, Basil Hopkins, Neil Hopkins and Donald Walker, all nephews of the deceased. Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery, Grimsby.