Etc. -- Charles E. Innes' 1937 obituary
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An edited transcription of a page 1 article in 30 Dec 1937 Simcor Reformer newspaper.

Death Ends Career of 
Noted Son of Simcoe 


Canada lost an outstanding industrialist, and Simcoe an esteemed native son in the unexpected death on Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, of Charles Edward Innes, vice-president and assistant general manager of the Canadian Canners Ltd.

Taken ill with a throat ailment about three weeks ago, Mr. Innes had submitted to an operation and was believed to on the road to recovery.

He was born in Simcoe on 22 Mar 1880, the son of the late William P. Innes and Marion Livingstone Innes and was educated in Simcoe public and high schools. His father was one of the founders of the canning industry in Canada and the deceased started his career in the business 30 years ago with the Simcoe Canning Company.

Later, after the amalgamation of the Canadian Canners Consolidated Company Ltd., Mr. Innes was appointed manager of the factory here, ably filling this post until he became supervisor of the Canadian Canners Ltd. factories in the Central Ontario district.

He became a director of the company in 1927 and two years later was elevated to the post of assistant general manager, moving to Hamilton at that time. 

As a tribute to the prominent and active part he played in the industry, he enjoyed the distinction of being selected as a director of the National Canners Association of Canada. In 1936 he was further honored by being elected vice-president of Canadian Canners Ltd.

A man of warm personality and sympathies, Mr. Innes was held in affectionate regard by his associates and the members of his staff. He was never too busy to listen to any one's problems, and always brought a helpful and sympathetic understanding to their solution.

Although his business required his absence from Simcoe for long periods, he and his family have resumed their residence here from time to time, and a wide circle of friends here will feel his loss very keenly, Only a few months ago he returned on the occasion of he first annual reunion of the 133rd 'Norfolk's Own' Battalion in which he was a Major, and none enjoyed himself as much as did Mr. Innes in his contacts with friends he had not seen for years.

He was a great lover of horses and was known the length and breadth of this province as a breeder of hackneys and driving horses which were raised on his farm here. He won many prized awards at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, and other prominent shows.

He belonged to the Hamilton club, the Albany club in Toronto, and the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, Simcoe, and was a member of Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, A.F. & A.M, Simcoe, and of St. Paul's Presbyterian church. For some time the deceased had been a director of the Pembroke Shook Mills Lid., and of Canners Seeds Ltd.

The death of Charles Innes leaves only one son, Mr. W. L. Innes of Simcoe, of the four male members of the family of the late W. P. Innes, all of whom achieved considerable prominence in their respective fields. Besides his parents, Mr. Innes was predeceased by his brothers, the late Robert L. Innes and the late Judge Hugh P. Innes.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Lella Nelles, a daughter, Mrs. Hartwell Schofield of Seattle, Wash., and a son, Edward P. N. Innes of Hamilton; a brother W. L. Innes of Simcoe, and two sisters, Mrs. W. R. Drynan of Hamilton, and Mrs. (Dr.) Howard Nelles of Toledo, Ohio.

Before a large concourse of friends and relatives, the funeral was held from St. Paul's Presbyterian church, Simcoe, on Tuesday afternoon with Rev. A. R. Ferguson in charge of the service. The cortege then proceeded to Oakwood Cemetery where interment was made.

The bearers were: Messrs. G. J. McKiee, Paul H. Donly, H. P. Innes and Douglas L. Innes, all of Simcoe; P. E. Innes, Waterdown; and Wm. Drynan, Hamilton.

[Compiler's Comment: long list of relatives, friends and associates attending the funeral was omitted from this transcription.]

Charles E. Innes

also see --
his 1924 profile


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