Etc. -- James Leask died in 1917
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From  page 1 of the 8 Feb 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Death of James Leask

The sudden and unlooked for death of Mr. James Leask of Windham has greatly distressed his many friends.

He was one of the most popular farmers in this community, and although very close to the three score and ten mark, was particularly vigorous, both physically and mentally.

He was attacked by a very severe form of laryngitis and succumbed after only a few days' illness. 

A more extended account of his life will appear in a subsequent issue of The Reformer. 

From  page 1 of the 15 Feb 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

The Last James Leask

That "Jim" Leask was a modest man is in evidence to The Reformer. We were anxious to print a portrait of him in these columns and when we set out to find one, it was discovered that a posed portrait of the deceased gentleman was not in existence. He had, so far as known, never bothered about such matters. 

The one at the head of this article was enlarged from a small snap-shot of a family group in which Mr. Leask was sitting on the lawn in Port Dover, in a rocking chair. It was many years old. But is absolutely the best thing obtainable.

Mr. Leask, as we said last week, was one of the most popular citizens of this district and one of the best known. In the Township of Windham, among the members of the party to which he gave his allegiance, his judgment was looked upon as the final court for stage advice. And among political opponents no one was held in higher esteem.

Mr. Leask was born in the Orkney Islands, in Scotland, 16 Dec 1847. He was one of the sons of the late Captain Abram Leask, a one-time familiar figure in these parts. He came here with his parents.

In 1871 he was married to Miss Emory Annetta Boughner. He died after a very short illness on 
4 Feb 1917.

Besides his widow there survive the following children:
Mrs. J. Harris Woolley of Burford,
Mrs. Ada A. Cavers of St. Catharines,
Arthur Leask of New York,
James T. Leask of Sedley, Sask., and
Sergt. Lloyd F. Leask of the 215th Battalion.

Image from microfilm
James Leask

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