Mr. John Blayney died very
suddenly at his home in Windham, on Thu 5 Apr 1900.
Mrs. Blayney had a
quilting the afternoon previous and it was remarked that Mr.
Blayney never appeared in better shape and spirits. He ate a
hearty supper and retired.
About 3 o'clock Mrs.
Blayney awoke and thought she heard her husband breathing heavily.
She touched him and found that he was cold. She hastily called her
son Harry, and when he arrived at his father's bedside it was
discovered that he was dead.
The shock to the wife and
son was very great and much sympathy is expressed for the family
in their sudden bereavement.
It is only a little over a
month since deceased's youngest
daughter, Miss Eda Blayney, died after a few days illness at
the home of her sister in Tillsonburg.
Mr. Blayney was born in
the Province of Quebec and has bee a resident of Windham, where he
owned 600 acres of land, over 40 years, holding during that time
several prominent positions.
He was very highly
respected and took an active interest in the cheese and butter
business, often assisting in the conventions held in the interest
of that industry. He was a loved and honored member of the
Methodist church and always took a deep interest in the work of
A wife and six children
survive him. The children are: Ambrose of Vancouver, B.C., who
immediately started East upon receiving the message apprising him
of his father's death and arrived home on Tuesday evening; John of
Michigan; Oscar and Edward of Windham; Harry at home, and Mrs.
Chas. Burkholder of Tillsonburg.
The funeral took place on
Wednesday and was one of the largest ever seen in that section.
After the burial, a most
impressive memorial service was held in the Lynnville Methodist
church, which was packed to the door, the Rev. Mr. Bell preaching
a most eloquent and touching sermon.