In the death of Robert George Hughes, in West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, on Sunday morning last, Grimsby lost a highly respected and industrious citizen, after a very brief illness.
Mr. Hughes had been at work as usual on Wednesday morning and suffered a seizure from which he never rallied despite the efforts of his doctors and nurses.
A son of the late George Hughes and Ann Millgate, he was born in Grimsby and had resided here all his life. He was in his 74th year. His wife, the former Elsie Hannigan, predeceased him in April of 1950.
In his youth "Bob" Hughes was of an athletic nature and was a member of the first Peach Kings hockey team to bring a championship to Grimsby, the old Niagara District Hockey Association championship, back in 1903.
Back in 1916 when the late Hugh D. Walker was starting what has since become the Metal Craft Co., "Bob" joined the organization and for 36 years witnessed this firm growing to the proportions that it is today and had a very integral part in the growth. Out of respect to him the plant was closed yesterday.
"Bob" Hughes was a conscientious athlete, a sincere workman who took a pride in his work and in the development of the company that he worked for; a home loving man and a man who enjoyed seeing Grimsby grow as it has since his early youth.
He as a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and of St. Andrew's Anglican Church.
Surviving are one son, Ronald of Grimsby and two sisters, Mrs. Louisa Durham of Hamilton and Mrs. Ida Tufford of Dunnville, also 3 grandchildren.
The body rested at the Stonehouse Funeral Home where services were conducted yesterday afternoon by Rev. Arch-Deacon Scovil. Interment was in the family plot in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Wm. Fisher, Sr., and five fellow workmen, Wm. Morison, Roy Piett, Gordon Hilts, George Hildreth, Edw. Hunter.