Sudden Passing of Peter Graham on Monday Afternoon was Great Shock to People of this District.
In the sudden passing on Monday afternoon, of Peter Graham, 26 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby Town and North Grimsby Township lost one of its very finest citizens. A man who at all times had the welfare of his community and the citizens at heart. He never was a man who seeked [sic] the spotlight, yet he took a deep interest in everything pertaining to the betterment of his fellow man and throughout his life worked in his own quiet way for the development of this district and the people who resided therein.
Peter Graham was born in Tapleytown on January 7th, 1873, a son of John and Margaret (Drummond) Graham. His father as a blacksmith by profession and Peter followed in his footsteps. For some years he conducted a blacksmithing and farm implement agency business at Grassie and was well and popularly known all through the southern section of Lincoln County.
Thirty-eight years ago he sold out his interests at Grassie and moved to North Grimsby, fruit farming on the Cline Road. He served School Section No. 3 for several years as a School Trustee and then branched out into the municipal field. He served as a North Grimsby Councillor for the years of 1931 and 1932 and then served as Deputy-Reeve for the Township under Reeve John E. Lawson in 1933-4-5-6. He moved to Grimsby town to reside 8 years ago.
In connection with his municipal life, ex-Reeve H.G. Mogg, now Assessment Commissioner of Grimsby, on Monday evening, paid him the following tribute: "The passing of Peter Graham removes from this district one of its finest citizens. One who was in the forefront of the advancement of North Grimsby Township and the Town of Grimsby. It was my privilege and my pleasure to occupy the chair at Lincoln County Council next to Peter Graham. His word was his bond. He was purposeful in all his actions. His passing removes one of the old school of thought which was characteristic of those of his day and generation, which built up this district's heritage of which we are so proud."
He was a member of Union Lodge, A.F. and A.M. and an adherent of Trinity United Church.
Surviving are his widow, the former Mabel Walker, two daughters, Miss Jean of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital staff and Miss Bessie of the staff of Grimsby Public School; two brothers, W.J. and F.S. of Hamilton.
Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 3:30 from the Stonehouse Funeral Home under Masonic auspices, with Rev. R.K. Lemkay of Trinity United officiating. Interment will be in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.