Etc. -- Arthur Wellesley Smith's 1933 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article from the 19 May 1933 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

dr. a. w. smith was pioneer citizen

Death in 86th year removes reserved personality 
-- Established first dental practice in Norfolk 
-- Active in many walks of community life.

Fitting tribute was paid yesterday to the memory of one of Simcoe's oldest and most beloved citizens, the late Arthur Wellesley Smith, who passed away Sunday last in Alymer in his 84th year and who was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery following a service at his former home here. Citizens of all walks of life assembled to pay their final respects to a man who filled a long and useful career in this community.

Rev. F. H. Wentworth, pastor of Simcoe Baptist Church was in charge of the service which was under Masonic auspiices. Rev. C. K. Masters, pastor of Trinity Church, also took part in the service and made feeling references to the many fine qualities of the late Dr. Smith as a man and a citizen of the community. The deceased's roots were deeply embedded in the community, he remarked. 

"His forefathers were among the pioneer builders of this district and his career was one of unselfish service. He was a gentle, kindly personality and the eminence attained by his sons indicate the influence for good which he exercised in the family circle."

Following the service at his late residence, the remains were conveyed to Oakwood Cemetery for the interment, where the Masonic Lodge rites were administered, 
Wor. Bro. R. B. Kent, Master of Norfolk Lodge, presiding. The bearers were Messrs. Chas. H. Martin, Chas. Misner, H. L. Selby, R. W. McCall, J. H. Waddle and John Stalker.

The late Dr. A. W. Smith was a native of Norfolk County and had lived in Simcoe about 53 years. Born in Charlotteville township, on 25 Aug 1849, he was of United Empire Loyalist stock, a grandson of "Uncle Billy" Smith, Norfolk's first white settler, and on his mother's side a grandson of Rev. Eli Chadwick who founded and conducted the Chadwick Academy a few miles south of Vittoria.

After graduating from local schools, he became a teacher for a short period and then went to Waterford where he was articled to a dentist. In 1872 he moved to Cayuga where he opened a dental office and began the practice which continued for half a century. 

When the Royal College of Dental Surgeons came into being, he was one of the first to try to examinations and was granted his certificate in 1874. He came to Simcoe the following year and established the pioneer dental practice in Norfolk County, continuing in active work until the year 1923. He was ambitious in his profession and introduced the first gold crown and bridgework in this district.

When he first came to Norfolk he bought a farm property known as "Hillside," about two miles west of Simcoe where he introduced small fruits and made a hobby of fancy poultry with which he took many prizes at shows in Toronto, Hamilton and other cities. Afterwards he sold the property and came to reside in Simcoe.

The late Dr. Smith was identified with the Conservative party throughout his lifetime and he was a prominent Mason, having been a member of Norfolk Lodge No. 10 and of Ezra Chapter R.A.M. He was for many years a deacon in Simcoe Baptist Church and teacher of the boys' class in Sunday School. He served six terms as a member of the Simcoe Board of Education.

In 1872 he married Ellen Hayne, who predeceased him by four years. In August 1922, they celebrated their golden wedding. To them were born four sons, three of whom survive: Dr. Percy M. St. Clair Smith of Toronto, Leslie V. Smith, well-known Toronto artist, and 
Capt. Ralph Smith
, who is now a missionary in India and who for about two years served as editor of the Simcoe Reformer. The fourth son, Arthur F. Smith, served as a collegiate institute teacher in Toronto until failing health compelled him to retire to a farm near Simcoe where his death occurred a few years later.

Surviving him also are two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Addis and Miss Ella Smith of Aylmer, with whom he had resided for the past two years.

Arthur W. Smith


see his 1924 profile

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