The Last James
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
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
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.