Etc. -- John Collett's 1919 obituary
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An lightly edited partial transcription of the News of Norfolk column on page 9 of the 20 Feb 1919 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

News of Norfolk 
Crowded Out Last Week

Port Rowan

Capt. John Collett died at his home in this village on Tuesday of last week and was buried the following Saturday in Bayview Cemetery.

Mr. Collett, some months ago suffered a paralytic stroke which left him partially disabled. A reoccurrence of the disease from which he never revived was the immediate cause of death.

Mr. Collett came from England with his parents when a lad 10 years old, and after living in this locality for a time the family moved to Port Burwell, where his parents died.

He chose sailing for a calling and followed that business most of his active life. He became a captain and owner of several vessels plying between Port Rowan and American ports before the days of the railway.

He married Miss Wilhelmina Ross, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ross of this village, and became a leader in all local affairs of the village. Since the death of his wife a few years after his marriage he has lived by himself.

He was a splendid neighbor and a true friend and had the unbounded respect of everybody. He was a faithful member of the Baptist Church and for many years an official.

He died at the age of 86 years, leaving to mourn his loss one son, Benjamin of Buffalo, who with his wife and young son was present at the time of his father's demise.

The funeral was held from the home and was conducted by Rev. J. M. Smith, a large number of people being present.

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