Vernon Barrick, 60, of R.R. 3, Beamsville, a former resident of Grimsby, was killed instantly before 6 p.m. Sunday, when struck by a car on the Queen Elizabeth Way between Elizabeth Street and the Ontario Street bridge, Grimsby.
His car was found later, out of gas, on the shoulder of the westbound traffic lane, near where he was killed.
Police believe he was going for assistance when the accident happened. He had been en route from his farm to Grimsby, where his wife had been spending the day with relatives.
Grant Pratt, 22, of 760 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, driver of the car involved, told police that he was passing another car on the westbound land when he suddenly saw the pedestrian in front of him. He applied brakes but was unable to avoid the accident.
This was born out by occupants of a car on the eastbound lane, who heard the screech of brakes and saw the impact.
The accident was investigated by Provincial Constables D'Arcy Garrett and Robert Pettigrew, under the direction of Chief Constable R. Johnston, of Grimsby.
Dr. A.F. McIntyre, of Grimsby, Coroner, was also at the scene. He ordered removal of the body to the Stonehouse Funeral Home.
Mr. Barrick, a veteran of World War One, was born in Welland County. For many years he had been an employee of the J.H. Gibson Coal firm. Later he took up farming near Beamsville.
Surviving, besides his widow, the former Marjorie Hurst, are a son, Franklin Barrick, of Grimsby, and two daughters, Mrs. Jack Miller, of Beamsville, and Miss Mary Barrick, of Clinton Township; his mother, Mrs. Lily Minor, of Hamilton; three sisters, in the United States; and a half-brother, Reuben Minor, of Hamilton.
Funeral services were held from the Stonehouse Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. J.P. McLeod officiating. Interment was made in Queen's Lawn Cemetery, Grimsby.