Sad Death in
of popular Simcoe boy
Word was received early on
Friday forenoon by Mr. and Mrs. Angus M. Munro, Talbot Street south,
that their son, Mr. Lornie Munro of Titusville, Pa.,
had passed away at the John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., that
While the best had been hoped
for, the news was not entirely unexpected, as the family had known
of a serious operation that had been performed a few days previous.
For about nine months Mr.
Munro had been in failing health, and had been treated by a local
practitioner in his home city. Growing worse, he was admitted to the
John Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore, on 11 Mar 1923.
His wife and his sister, Mrs.
Mabel Brown, were with him at the hospital until his death.
The physicians at this
institution diagnosed the trouble as cancer, with an operation as
the only means of saving the patient's life. This operation was
performed on 31 Mar 1923.
The diagnosis proved to be
correct, but the malignant growth was found to be an unusually grave
one. Starting in the intestines, it had penetrated into the stomach.
It was the only one of its kind ever treated in the hospital.
From a surgical point, the
operation was a success, as the growth was all removed. But
notwithstanding all the skill of the surgeons and the devotion of
the nurses of this, perhaps the most favorably known institution of
healing in America, the shock proved too much for the frail system,
and the patient passed away early on Friday.
The remains, in charge of Mr.
C. E. Foster of Philadelphia, arrived in Simcoe on the forenoon
Wabash train on Saturday. In addition to the family, they were met
at the station by members of Norfolk Lodge of Free Masons, under
whose sucpices the funeral was conducted from Mr. Munro's home on
Sunday at two p.m.
Rev. D. E. Foster of St.
Paul's Presbyterian Church was the officiating clergyman at the
house and at the grave.
There was the largest
gathering of Masons seen here for years, under the direction of Mr.
Stanley L. Krompart, the Master of the Lodge. The following
brethren, who had been selected by Mr. Munro himself while in the
hospital, officiated as pall-bearers: Messrs. Harry A. Pursel,
Murray Hamilton, Charles A. Martin, Roy Sutton, Harrison Stringer
and Arthur Peachey.
the Masons there was a large gathering of friends of the deceased,
many of whom had known him for years, at the house. Interment took
place in Oakwood Cemetery.
following officials of the Crow-Levick Company and the Dominion
Natural Gas Company attended the funeral:
C. E. Foster, comptroller, Crew-Levick, Philadelphia, Pa.;
W. V. Geer, sales manager, Crew-Levick, Warren, Pa.;
H. K. Dorrance, general superintendent of the oil refineries of
the Crew-Lewick Co., Warren, Pa.;
J. W. Griswold (and Mrs. Griswold), superintendent of the Crew-Levick
oil refineries at Titusville, Pa.;
J. A. Ritchie, secretary-treasurer of the Natural Gas Properties
of New York State and Ontario, Buffalo, N.Y.;
H. W. Braden, general superintendent of the National Gas
Properties of New York State and Ontario, Buffalo, N.Y.;
Friend Fair, superintendent of New York State Properties, Buffalo,
C. G. Roberts, superintendent of Ontario Natural Gas Properties,
Roy Lindsay, assistant superintendent of Ontario Natural Gas
J. E. McCrimmon, leaser, Dominion Natural Gas. Co., Brantford;
J. D. Hoover, superintendent, Measurement Dept., Dominion Natural
Gas Co., Brantford;
Ross Brady, chief clerk, Dominion Natural Gas. Co., Brantford;
George F. Brown, cashier, Brantford Gas. Co., Brantford;
C. H. Lutz, local superintendent of the Simcoe Division of the
Dominion Natural Gas Co., Simcoe;
George Bingleman, meter superintendent of the Dominion Natural Gas
following from out of town were also present:
A. A. Adams, Albert Challen, Albert Adams, and Mrs. George E. Dell
of Hamilton; William R. McBride, Grimsby;
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Hall and John Brown of Dunnville;
Mrs. John Irwin of London; and Edmond McBride of Port Huron.
floral offerings sent by friends of Simcoe and elsewhere were many
and remarkably fine. Flowers of the season such as roses, lilies,
sweet peas, lily of the valley, hyacinths, carnations, snapdragon,
etc., made up with artistic skill, laid on and alongside the bier.
This is a partial list:
Pillow, Henry L. Doherty Co., New York City;
anchor, Doherty Men's Fraternity, Buffalo;
wreath, Warren Plant, Warren Pa.;
wreath, Philadelphia office of the Crew-Levick Co.;
pillow, general manager, Crew-Levick Co., Philadelphia;
basket, Cleveland, Ohio office of the Cities Services Co.;
wreath, Dominion Natural Gas Co., Brantford;
spray, office staff, Simcoe division, Dominion Natural Gas;
wreath, Norfolk Lodge No 10, A.F. & A.M., Simcoe.
these, there was a considerable number of floral offerings sent
from the United States that were received in time.
Lornie [sic] Munro was the only son and eldest child of
Angus M. Munro and his wife, Mary M. McBride. He was born 23 Apr
1883, in the house from which his burial was conducted.
over 16 years he was in the employ of W. Y. Wallace, as a clerk in
his store. About 12 or 15 years ago, he entered the office of the
Dominion Gas Company in Simcoe. He succeed in his new position so
well that he was eventually promoted to the position of Traveling
Auditor of this company, and was transferred to the offices of the
big Titusville Oil Refineries of the Crew-Levick Company in 1917,
where he ultimately became the head of the office staff.
appeared to be [specially] well adapted for this place, and Mr.
Foster, the head of the firm, says it will be impossible to fill
the position that he held.
may say here that the Crew Levick Company and the Dominion Natural
Gas Company are two of the many subsidiary companies operated the
Cities Service Company, managed by the Henry L. Doherty Company of
New York City. This is one of the largest oil and gas companies in
America, ranking second to Standard Oil.
Munro was a director of the Crew Levick Co. He was not only a
favorite in his own office, but was well-known and liked by those
in other offices of the Consolidated Companies and when it is
considered that a man like Mr. Foster, the comptroller of the Oil
Company, with all of its management on his shoulders, was in
Baltimore every day with the patient in the big hospital, it shows
the esteem and appreciation that is evidenced by his employers.
Munro was a married man, his wife being Ethel Hall, a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Hall of Dunnville. There are two children,
Margaret Hall, 5, and William Donald, 1. Two sisters, Louise and
Jessie predeceased him. There is one surviving sister, Mabel, wife
of George T. Brown of Hamilton. While in Simcoe he was for some
time the secretary of the Simcoe Hockey Club and of the Simcoe
Munro was a highly-esteemed member of St. Paul's Presbyterian
Church, and always took an active part in the various
organizations while in Simcoe. Latterly he had become one of the
active leaders in the Presbyterian Church at Titusville.
is another example where a Canadian, a Simcoe boy this time, went
out into the big world of commerce and in face of the strongest
competition by sheer merit alone, made good. This loss will not
only be felt in the home circle, but by a very large number of
friends. The sympathy of the public is extended to those who