Etc. -- Ai Abbott died in 1932
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From Marston Personals column, on page 2 of the 20 Oct 1932 Simcoe Reformer:

A few from this neighborhood attended the funeral of Mr. Ai Abbott, which was held in Simcoe on Saturday. He has been living the past year with his sister Mrs. James Brayley of this place. The family has the sympathy of the neighborhood.

From Port Royal Personals column, page 2 of the 20 Oct 1932 Simcoe Reformer:

The funeral of the late Ai Abbott took place in the Port Royal Cemetery on Saturday.

An Editorial Comment from page 11 of the 20 Oct 1932 
Simcoe Reformer

Ai Abbott -- A Tribute

Ai Abbott is gone! That simple message brought back a host of memories for his many friends in Norfolk County. Ai was something of a landmark in this district. Not only had he lived here for about three-quarters of a century, but he was the possessor of an unusual personality, one that commanded the attention of the people among whom he mingled.

The last time we saw Ai Abbott was at the directors' luncheon at the Norfolk Fair. 
He was engaged, as usual, in entertaining the chaps at his table. A whimsical humor and a rare ability in telling stories made him a favorite at each and every gathering.

Some people may have looked upon Ai Abbott 
as a clown and he was just that at times. 
But underneath the layer of fun and joviality, 
he carried a great measure of commonsense 
and a vast store of information. In his head he carried a treasurehouse of early incidents of Norfolk County and he could relate them at length. 

He gave long and devoted service to the calling 
of schoolmaster in rural schools of Norfolk and 
he was a conscientious Justice of the Peace.

As correspondent of The Reformer for Rowan Mills over a long period of years, his bright and newsy budgets commanded wide attention. 
He also wrote feature articles, one of which he brought to The Reformer office for submission 
to the editor just the other day.

His wide circle of friends and acquaintances will miss his cheery countenance and his ubitiqutious smile. It was a pleasure to have known Ai Abbott. He made the world happier for his presence and now he has gone to his just reward.

Image from microfilm
Ai Abbott passed suddenly.

Well known citizen of south Norfolk, who died suddenly
of a heart attack at the 
Norfolk fair grounds
last Thursday evening.

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