Paul H. Donly Dies,
President of Textile
Company in Simcoe
Paul H. Donley,
president of the Brook Woolen Company and a prominent figure in
Simcoe's community life for many years, died suddenly on Saturday, 9
Jan 1960 at
San Francisco, where he and Mrs. Donly were spending a vacation with
members of their family. He was 57.
A native of
Simcoe, he was born here 8 Sep 1903, the younger son of Hal B. Donly,
for many years publisher of The Simcoe Reformer, and Emma Brook
Simcoe public and high school, he graduated from the Philadelphia
Textile School and assumed the post of assistant manager of the Brook
Woolen Company, of which his father was then the president.
One year later, in
1925, he became manager of the company following the tragic death of the
then manager George Templeton. Mr. Donly continued as manager of the
plant until 1946 when he succeeded the late Harry J. Brook as president
of the company. He occupied this office until the present time.
lengthy service with the company under his astute management it
prospered and developed a wide market for its products across the
Dominion. One of Simcoe's oldest industries, it also became one of its
largest and gave employment to a large number of Simcoe residents. The
plant was modernized and much new textile machinery added from time to
time. The guiding hand of Mr. Donly will be greatly missed at the
Brook Woolen Company.
unostentatious, though very effective way, Paul Donly gave much
unselfish service to this community.
A valued director of the Oakwood Cemetery Board, his wise leadership
contributed in a notable way to the excellent condition of Simcoe's
cemetery. During the war years he was an active member of the Simcoe
War Fund executive. He was a director of the Norfolk Golf and Country
Club and of the Eva Brook Donly Museum Commission. He was a
charter member of the Simcoe Rotary Club and a member of Trinity
Besides his wife,
the former Margaret Innes, whom he married in 1927, he leaves three
children: John B. Donly of Simcoe, Hugh H. Donly and Miss Paula Donly,
both of San Francisco. There are three grandchildren. He also leaves
one brother, James F. Donly, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Thayer,
both of Mill Village, N.S.
the funeral service in Simcoe had not been completed at press time.