Port Rowan: The death
of Hedley Bowen Abbott of
Port Rowan occurred in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, 18 Feb 1960
in his 85th year.
He was a son of the late
Peter Abbott and Clarissa Bowen Abbott, one of the old families of
Norfolk, and was born at the family homestead near Erie View on 3
Mr. Abbott was with the
lifesaving station at the east end of Long Point for some time and
for several years sailed on the Great Lakes.
In the First Great War he
went overseas with the 133rd (Norfolk's Own) Battalion and saw
action in France, Belgium and Germany.
Surviving are three sons and
Clarie of Long Point,
Robert E. of Port Rowan, with whom he had made his home for the past
Lorne Ellis of San Francisco,
Mrs. Victor Thomlinson (Mabel) of Toronto,
Mrs. Muriel Brown and
Mrs. Jack Reeves (Bernice) of Port Rowan.
One sister, Mrs. Roy
Franklin (Evelyn) of Cleveland;
14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.
His first wife, Jessie M.
Overbaugh, passed away in 1932. He later married Mrs. Jane Farmer of
Toronto, who also predeceased him. A daughter died in childhood. Two
brothers and two sisters have also passed [away].
The funeral was held at the
C. L. Clark Funeral Home on Saturday 20 Feb 1960 at 2.30 p.m. with
Rev. Archie Forsyth of Port Rowan Baptist Church officiating.
The pall-bearers were Morley
Knowles, Fred Andress, Stanley Day, Maurice J. Brown Sr. and Leo
Olds, members of the 133rd Battalion, and Leighton Brown, a World
War 2 veteran, who took the place of his father, Blake Brown, who
was not well enough to act.
Interment was in the family
plot in Port Rowan [sic] Cemetery. Members of Canadian Legion
Branch 379 formed a guard of honor at the funeral home and conducted
a service at the graveside under Past President Fred Barry. Bugler
Frank Ebdon of Delhi sounded Last Post.
There were many floral
tributes and cancer donations.