Etc. -- Alfred T. Hitchcock's 1935 tribute and obituary
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A transcription of a page 1 article in 12 Sep 1935 BSimcoe Reformer newspaper. 
[Compiler's Comment: author was
Bruce M. Pearce, editor/publisher of the Simcoe Reformer.]

"Alf" Hitchcock -- A Tribute
by B.M.P

Alf Hitchcock, as he was familiarly known to a host of friends, was one of the bestloved personalities in Simcoe during the past quarter century. His sparkling wit and inexhaustible font of humor were a constant source of delight to his friends. He was a talented platform reader and his intimitable impersonations brought enjoyment to countless gatherings. In this respect, as in all others, he was most generous and gave freely of his time and talent to promoting the happiness of others. His was a life of service, to the church, the lodge, the club, in fact to the general community life.
As a member of The Reformer staff for the past two years, "Alf" Hitchcock had made his place secure in the affections of every one of his associates, by all of whom he will be profoundly missed. We can readily testify to his sterling character, his exceptional ability, his unfailing cheerfulness and his readiness at all times to lend a helping hand when his services were needed. Courtesy, urbanity and an infectious humor was blended in a singular charm which won for him the admiration and respect of all who came in contact with him. [Compiler's Comment: last two sentences omitted -- not readable on source microfilm.]

A transcription of a page 1 article in 12 Sep 1935 BSimcoe Reformer newspaper. 

Sudden Passing of Alf. Hitchcock

Following a serious operation on Saturday last, the death took place at the Norfolk General hospital yesterday afternoon of Alfred Thomas Hitchcock, one of Simcoe's most popular citizens, in his 45th year. His passing came with shocking suddenness to a wide circle of friends, as only a few were aware of the serious nature of his brief illness.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hitchcock, Talbot street south, he was born in Eng-land 44 years ago and came to Canada with his parents as a young man. For many years both before and after the Great War, he was a member of the Canadian National Express office staff in the employ of Mr. R. W. Wallace. He went overseas with the 133rd Battalion in the year 1916, and served for the duration of the war. Upon his return he resumed his former occupation which he followed until two years ago, when he became a member of the Reformer staff. He was also associated with the firm of Martin Brothers as accountant.

He was a prominent member of Simcoe Baptist Church and took a keen interest in many phases of its activity, especially the BYPU, whose members will surely miss his valued assistance. Likewise he will be missed in the Simcoe Lions Club of which he had been a member for the past year, and in Simcoe Lodge I.O.O.F. to which he had belonged for many years. An accomplished elocutionist his services were in wide demand by various organizations in Simcoe and district.

Besides his parents and his widow who was formerly [Rena] Slaght, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Bruce Thompson and one aunt Mrs. A. Outerberg of Simcoe all of whom have the deepest sympathy of the community in their great loss.

The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon with service at the home, 574 Norfolk street north at 2 o'clock and interment in Oakwood cemetery. 

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