Etc. -- Dr. Walter John McInnes' 1919 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the Thursday 6 Mar 1919 Simcoe Reformer. 

The Late Dr. McInnes of Vittoria

After a long busy life of usefulness, Dr. Walter J. McInnes of Vittoria passed away after an illness of only a few days from influenza, followed by pneumonia, aged 76 years. 

During the influenza epidemic of last fall, Dr. McInnes worked ceaselessly in fighting the disease, and recently too has been going both night and day. Consequently, when the disease attacked him he was too exhausted to put up a winning struggle. It was, however, only about three days before his death, which occurred on Tuesday, that he yielded so far as to take to his bed.

Dr. McInnes leaves his wife, formerly Miss Miller of Toronto, and seven* children: Gordon of Hamilton; Robert, overseas; Mrs. Ralph Mason of Toronto; Miss Edith of St. Williams, and Miss Eva at home.

Mrs. Alex McCall, wife of Senator McCall of Simcoe, and Mrs. Dawson of Paris, are sisters, and Dr. Andrew McInnes of St. Williams, is a brother.

Deceased was born in Vittoria, his parents being Andrew McInnes and his wife, formerly Miss Clark, and lived all his life in his native village.

His medical education was received at McGill University, Montreal. He has been a very successful practitioner, and was greatly beloved by his neighbors, among whom he carried on his profession of healer of disease for so long.

He was always interested in the welfare of the community and for many years was member of the local Board of Health. He was an earnest member of the Anglican Church, and the Conservative party has lost a good worker in its behalf.

Quiet and unassuming, and reserved to a degree, he yet held a secure place in the hearts of the villagers. As a mark of their regret at his passing, the school flag is at half mast.

The funeral takes place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, with Rev. M. J. Johnson, his rector, conducting the last ceremonies. Interment will take place in Port Dover Cemetery.

* [Compiler's Comment: another son, Dr. Norman Walter McInnes, predeceased his father]

 
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