Etc. -- James McBurney Jr.'s 1920 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 6 article from 5 Feb 1920 Simcoe Reformer newspaper. 

The Late Jas. McBurney Jr.

The following is from the Widdifeld correspondent of the North Bay Times:

A gloom stands over our little burg today, such as is not often experienced. Mr. James McBurney Jr. left home for the bush this morning in his usual health, the writer meeting him on the way. 

The usual salutation, with a little pleasantry thrown in, passed between us, little thinking it was the last time we would meet here, but a very short time after, the sad news came to us that he had been accidentally killed by a falling tree. 

It is only a mild statement when I say that the whole community was almost paralyzed by the shock. Mr. McBurney has been here so long that it seems hard to believe that he is gone forever from his place amongst us.

The writer has known him for a good many years and always found him a kind hearted and ever ready to help sort of man, never given to gossip or backbiting. A well informed man on many subjects, a little time once in a while was well spent with him. He will be very much missed here and I am very much mistaken if he leaves one enemy amongst us.

 
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