Etc. -- Grover C. Murdoch's 1940 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a pages 1 and 8 article in the 8 Apr 1940 Simcoe Reformer.

G. C. Murdoch passes
away in 58th year

For many years prominent in the mercantile and educational life of Simcoe and a citizen highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends, Grover C. Murdoch passed away at his home here on Friday morning, 5 Apr 1940, 
in his 58th year.

He had not enjoyed good health for the past few years but had been active until a fortnight ago when stricken by a recurrence of his former illness, resulting fatally.

Though not a native of Norfolk, the late Grover Murdoch had spent the greater portion of his life in this county 
and contributed in many ways to the furtherance of community welfare and progress.

Born in Perth, Lanark County, 29 Aug 1882, he was a son of the late Rev. Andrew Murdoch and Henrietta Hayward. His father was for several years pastor of Waterford Baptist Church.

Spending his boyhood years in Waterford, Grover Murdoch received his early education in the public and high schools of that village.

After one year at McMaster University, Toronto, he entered the School of Dentistry at Buffalo, N.Y., from which he graduated, afterwards practicing his profession for several years in Jamestown, N.Y.

Coming to Simcoe in 1909, he took over direction of the former Sovereen Store, which had been established by Leamon G. Sovereen, pioneer Simcoe business man, and later carried on by his son, S. M. Sovereen. The shop was operated by G. C. Murdoch Co. until 1925, when the business was sold to the Walker Stores.

During his active business career in Simcoe, the late Grover Murdoch was prominently identified with many community organizations.

He served for about 10 years as a member of the Simcoe Board of Education, of which he was Chairman in 1921-22. During his tenure of office the Simcoe schools system made noteworthy strides, including the building of the South Public School and acquisition of the property where North Public School new stands.

He had a leading role in the establishment of the Norfolk General Hospital, being a member of the original committee and one of the most active workers in the campaign to raise funds. He was one of the original members of the Board of Governors of that institution.

He was also a member of the High School Committee in connection with the erection of the Norfolk Soldiers' War Memorial.

He was an adherent of Trinity Anglican Church. He was also a charter member of the Simcoe Rotary Club. In numerous other phases of community life he established himself as a useful and valued citizen of Simcoe.

During the past 15 years, the late Mr. Murdoch had spent the greater part of his time in Toronto. He organized a syndicate which built three large aparemt houses in that city, over which he had supervision.

Following his illness he returned to Simcoe to take up residence with his family here.

The late Grover Murdoch was an ardent sportsman and lover of the outdoor life. Trout fishing was his chief hobby. He lso gave active support to Simcoe hockey teams and other athletic bodies.

Besides his widow, who was formerly Lena J. Sovereen, he leaves two sons, Grover M. and Paul, two brothers, John of Woodhouse and Andrew of Oshawa, and two sisters, Mrs. P. Geo. Pearce of Waterford and 
Mrs. J. Hazen of Tillsonburg.

The funeral is being held this afternoon, with service at his late residence, 94 Norfolk Street North, at 2.30 o'clock and interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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