Etc. -- Henry R. Crabb's 1959 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 16 Mar 1959 Simcoe Reformer:

Retired Businessman, 
Noted Church Worker, 
Henry R. Crabb Dies

Active in the business life of the community for many years, a devoted churchman, Henry Reynolds Crabb, [63] Head Street North, Simcoe, died Saturday evening, 14 Mar 1917, in Norfolk General Hospital.

Retired manager of the local branch of Walker Stores Limited, Mr. Crabb was in his 88th year. He had been in failing health for some time.

Born at Round Plains, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Crabb, deceased was educated in Waterford Public School, his family moving to that village in 1892. 

He worked at the A. M. Little general store in Waterford until 1899 when he went to Port Dover to become a member of the staff of the Scofield and Co. general store.

In May 1900, Mr. Crabb came to Simcoe, having accepted a position as salesman with the Northway, Anderson and Falls Co., then located on the northwest corner of Norfolk and Robinson streets, the present site of the F. W. Woolworth Co. The firm later became the H. S. Falls Co., whose fine store at the northeast corner of the same intersection was destroyed by fire in 1937.

Mr. Crabb was appointed superintendent of the Falls store and staff in 1914 [sic] and served in that capacity until 1925, when he resigned and accepted a position with the G. C. Murdoch Co. That business was sold to the Gordon MacKay Co. of Toronto in July, 1925, and Mr. Crabb took over management of the store, retiring in July, 1950.

A devoted worker in First Baptist Church, he served as superintendent of the Sunday School for 33 years. He was chairman of the board of deacons and during the erection of the new church edifice in 1921-22, chairman of the building committee. A member of the board of deacons for many years, he was an honorary deacon at the time of his death. For some time he also served as church clerk.

A charter member of the Simcoe Lions Club, he was active in that organization and gave outstanding leadership as president in 1932.

Mr. Crabb was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for half a century and for many years was prominent in Simcoe Lodge, holding the offices of noble grand, secretary and degree captain.

He was a member of the Simcoe Town Council during 1918-1919 and had the distinction of have organized Simcoe's first hospital. During the influenza epidemic he organized an emergency hospital in the Norfolk Hotel for the flu patients.

Mr. Crabb was an honorary life member of the Simcoe Board of Trade, now the Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving besides his wife, the former Edith May Sovereign, whom he married at Waterford 56 years ago, are two sons, H. Lyall Crabb of Toronto and 
Jack M. Crabb of Simcoe; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ingleby of Galt and Mrs. Arthur E. Fort (Dorothy) of Port Colborne; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser of Rixford, Pa., seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Crabb is resting at the Marvyn M. Veale Funeral Home for family service on Wednesday at two o'clock, followed by public service in First Baptist Church at 2.30 p.m. with Rev. Dana H. Lamb officiating and interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Henry R. Crabb

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