Calls Dr. Smith of St. Thomas
Brother of Dr. A. W. Smith, Simcoe
(St. Thomas Journal)
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.
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.
commenced practice in Carlisle, where he remained ten years, coming to
St. Thomas in 1872.
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.
an injured man owes his life or the saving of a limb to the skill and
kindly attention of the doctor.
his wife he leaves three brothers, Charles J. of Brooklyn, N.Y.;
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,
funeral will take place this afternoon (Friday) at 3 o'clock.