Etc. -- Dr. W. E. Smith's 1905 obituary
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A  transcription of a page 1 article in the 10 Nov 1905 Simcoe Reformer newspaper. 
[Some paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber] 

Death Calls Dr. Smith of St. Thomas
Brother of Dr. A. W. Smith, Simcoe
(St. Thomas Journal)

Deep regret will not only be felt in St. Thomas but all along the lines of the Michigan Central Railway and by employees of the road generally, to learn of the death of Dr. W. E. Smith, Surgeon of the Canada Southern Division of the M.C.R., and chief surgeon of the Railroad Hospital Association.

The doctor had been ailing for a long time, and for the past two or three days had been unconscious, passing peacefully away at one o'clock Wednesday morning.

He was a gentleman who was not only widely known in St. Thomas but all along the line of the M.C.R. from river to river.

A man of most sympathetic nature, gentle and kind-hearted, uniformly courteous and obliging and ever ready to sacrifice his own comfort and convenience for the good of others, he has endeared himself not only to all railway men but to all who knew him.

Dr. Smith was born in Charlotteville, Norfolk County and was a son of the late D. B. Smith. After attending the country school near Simcoe he became a pupil in Woodstock College. He graduated from Victoria College, Toronto, in 1863.

He commenced practice in Carlisle, where he remained ten years, coming to St. Thomas in 1872.

He was appointed surgeon of the Canada Southern Railway in 1872, when the road was being constructed. He was also chief physician of the Railroad Hospital Association and was consulting surgeon of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway ever since its construction.

Many an injured man owes his life or the saving of a limb to the skill and kindly attention of the doctor.

Besides his wife he leaves three brothers, Charles J. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 
Dr. A. W. of Simcoe, and L. V. of Bridgeburg, and three sisters, 
Mrs. G. F. Hayne of Port Stanley; Mrs. W. Addis and Miss Elsie Smith, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The funeral will take place this afternoon (Friday) at 3 o'clock.

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