Crown Attorney and Clerk of the Peace
in Ontario -- Was Native of
Uncle of Dr. D. A. Bowlby of Simcoe
Kitchener, Jan. 8 -- The death
of Ontario's oldest crown attorney and clerk of the peace, Ward
Hamilton Bowlby, M.A., K.C., took place at his residence here this
evening after an illness of about one week from from acute
indigestion, which later developed into pneumonia.
He became seriously ill on
Saturday, and sank rapidly during the last two days.
He was an uncle of the late
Major G. Herbert Bowlby, who was accidentally killed near Brighton,
Eng., a few weeks ago.
Born on October 4, 1834 in
Waterford, Norfolk County, the son of Adam and Elizabeth (Sovereign)
Bowlby, he was educated in a private school and Woodhouse rectory,
near Simcoe, and in the grammar schools of St. Thomas and Streetsville,
and the University of Toronto.
He won the degree of Bachelor
of Arts in 1857 [sic], Master of Arts in 1857, and Bachelor of
Laws in 1858, taking the Jamieson gold medal in Arts in 1856 and the
University gold medal in 1858.
He entered upon the active
practice of his profession in this city in the spring of 1858, and for
many years was a prominent barrister in the community.
In December 1867, he was
appointed by the first government of Ontario crown attorney and clerk
of the peace for the county of Waterloo, which offices he held till
the time of his death.
He retired from practicing law
in the firm known as Bowlby & Clement in January of 1903.
His death leaves Mayor Bowlby
of Brantford the only survivor of the large family of Adam Bowlby.