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.
with a throat ailment about three weeks ago, Mr. Innes had
submitted to an operation and was believed to on the road to
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.
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.
a director of the company in 1927 and two years later was elevated
to the post of assistant general manager, moving to Hamilton at
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comment: long list of relatives, friends and associates attending
the funeral was omitted from this transcription.]