James Maxwell Roulston, aged 24, a resident of Grimsby, died almost instantly Friday morning, when the auto he was operating crashed head-on into a cement culvert on the Grimsby Mountain Rd., in North Grimsby Township.
After striking the culvert, the auto flipped over on its left side, then bounced again, coming to rest in an upturned position. Roulston was pinned in the wreckage, and was dead when Dr. A.F. McIntyre of Grimsby arrived at the scene.
Provincial Police officers Corporal W. Coles and Constable J.S. Kennedy investigated the fatal accident, and in reconstructing the events leading up to the crash, are of the opinion that Roulston was asleep at the wheel. Wheel marks indicated that the vehicle gradually eased over to the right and travelled some 290 feet before hitting the culvert.
Friends of the deceased at Smithville, whom Roulston had left at about midnight, told police that he had complained of "feeling tired". Earlier in the evening, Roulston had officiated at investiture ceremonies of the Canadian Order of Foresters, for which organization he was an insurance agent and a leading figure in the district. No inquest was held into the fatality.
Deceased was born in Norfolk County and resided in St. Ann's for a number of years before coming to Grimsby. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Roulston; one brother, Frank; and three sisters, Marie, Eileen and Bernice.
Impressive funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Stonehouse Funeral Home, Mountain Street. The home was filled to overflowing, and floral tributes were in great abundance, speaking as silent tokens of the esteem in which the deceased was held by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
A special group of flower bearers, comprised of members of the Foresters, as well as a 30-man guard of honour, took part in the observance of final rites for the deceased. Rev. W.H. Gross, Campden, officiated at the funeral home and at Hagersville Cemetery where interment was made.
Casket bearers were Messrs. Norman L. Robins, Eric Duliban, W. Ward, Jack Sweet, Harry Shantry and Harold Manley.