John B. Puddicombe, one of this district's most widely known fruit growers and shippers, died suddenly at his home, Maple Grove Farm, Winona, last Wednesday evening.
Active in the fruit growing business for many years, he was a former director of the Niagara Peninsula Fruit Growers' Association, and a member of the Southern Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Shippers' Association, and the Winona Fruit Growers' Association.
Fifty-nine years of age, he was born at New Hamburg, a son of the late Robert and Jane Puddicombe. After graduating from Ridley College, St. Catharines, he entered the hardware business with a brother, Robert, at Ayr, later moving to Toronto where he was on the staff of Aikenhead Hardware Limited.
On discharge from the Army at the end of World War I, he came to Winona and took up fruit farming. In 1922 he married Miss Clara B. Henry, of Winona, and much of his experience in the fruit farming industry was gained through association with his father-in-law, the late J.E. Henry.
He was a member of the New Dominion Lodge, A.F. & A.M., No. 205, of New Hamburg, and of Hindoo Koosh Grotto, of Hamilton. He was a member of St. John's Anglican Church, Winona, and a former people's warden of that congregation. In politics he was a strong Conservative.
He was an all-round athlete in his younger days and for several years had played in OHA senior hockey circles at Toronto, as well as in the old mercantile loop. He was one of Winona district's strongest sports supporters.
Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Lewis and Edgar, both of Winona; also three sisters, Mrs. H.W. Smith, Toronto; Mrs. F.A.Ernst and Miss Florence Puddicombe, both of New Hamburg; and one grandson.