News of Norfolk
Crowded Out Last Week
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
The funeral was held from
the home and was conducted by Rev. J. M. Smith, a large number of
people being present.