Past President of Jaycees Killed in Mine Accident
Grimsby Independent, 7 Aug 1952, p. 1,5
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7 Aug 1952
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Aug 1952
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Cole, Douglas
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Douglas Cole Buried Under Tons of Rock While visiting The Underground Workings of Malartic Mines - Was One of Grimsby's Most Popular Young Businessmen.

A vast company of people from this community and from distant points attended funeral services for one of Grimsby's most prominent young men Monday afternoon, when Douglas Cole was borne to rest.

The simple, but inspiring service, was held from Trinity United Church, and was conducted by Rev. Dr. R.C. Duncan, who said at one stage, "the floral tributes and the great number of people who have come to pay their respects marks the high esteem in which the deceased has been held far better than any words. His tragic death at the age of 24 was keenly felt by young and old, and certainly this community has lost one of its favourite and most enterprising sons."

Surviving to mourn the loss of a son and brother, are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cole, a brother, Hugh, and two sisters, Barbara and Katherine; also his grandfather, Albert E. Cole, all residents of Grimsby.

Casket bearers were James O'Brien, Robert Becker, William Fisher, Donald Riches, Harry Levine and Douglas Bedford. Burial was made in the family plot at Queen's Lawn Cemetery.

News of the tragic death of Doug cast a pall over this entire district, and shocked many who learned of the tragedy while enjoying a vacation. And it was while on vacation himself that deceased was instantly killed while inspecting a portion of the Canadian Malartic Mines, at Malartic, Quebec, where he had gone to visit a former school chum, Douglas Bedford, now employed at the mine.

Reports from Malartic said that the two men had gone into the mine at noon hour, and that Cole had been standing on rock covering an ore pass. Bedford beside him, but just off the chute. Neither man knew, Bedford stated, that Cole was standing on the chute. Two men who might had warned them were away at lunch, when a skip tender on another level, unaware that lives were in danger, tipped the chute. Cole was dropped several feet down the chute and was struck by tons of rock. He was killed instantly, reports said.

Deceased was born here and attended local schools, following which he had gone into greenhouse work, joining with his family in the well known Cole's Florists Limited. Last year he had served most capably as president of the Grimsby Junior Chamber of Commerce, and had taken a special interest in the industrial promotion of Grimsby and district. In this regard he had just recently been successful in bringing a new industry to Grimsby, and was to have entered the employ of this company this month.

He was a director of the Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, a member of Trinity United Church, where he had long been associated with the younger church groups. In sports, deceased had followed football to a considerable degree, and was an enthusiastic golfer.

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Past President of Jaycees Killed in Mine Accident