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Accidental Deaths

Contains articles on the accidental deaths within the Bradford and West Gwillimbury area

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Author of Marsh Study dead

"Dr. John R. Brown, a professor at the University of Toronto who studied the effects of pesticides on workers in the Holland Marsh, died Saturday at the age of 57. In April this year Dr. Brown warned than an important (missing part of the article). Dr. Brown qualified as a medical doctor in London, England, in 1953. He received a PhD in applied physiology. After coming to Canada in 1959 he lectured at the University of Toronto in science, environmental health, and industrial health. Dr. Brown was blind in one eye since childhood and became almost totally blind in 1969, but he continued to work with the help of his wife, Helena, and son, David Bartholomew. He was the author of four technical books, president of the Health League of Canada, and chairman of the national committee of employment for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind."

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Bohoniuk, Mushacio (Michael) obituary

Event Date : Saturday, June 13, 1936
Event Type : Death

Description : Bohoniuk, 25-year-old Ukranian, of Toronto, was drowned in the Holland Marsh irrigation canal, at the point where the canal skirts the rear of Mr. J. W. Wilson's farm. He had arrived in Bradford two days before and secured work with Anglo del Zotto and F. Bollsanelo, market gardeners. Having finished work, he decided to bathe in the canal. When he did not appear for supper, a search was instituted, police were called, and eventually his body was found in about nine feet of water. The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of T. Kilkenny & Son, Bradford. Coroner Dr. J. A. Cummings did not feel that an inquest was necessary.The brother of the dead man had the body removed to Toronto for burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Buys, Peter & Engelage, Jane

Event Date : Thursday, August 06, 1953
Event Type : Marriage

Description : Jane Engelage to Peter Buys. The wedding took place at the Christian Reformed Church.

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Cilipka, Andrew obituary

Event Date : Tuesday, February 04, 1997
Event Type : Death

Description : At Bradford Place. Of the Holland Marsh. Husband of the late Helen (Bugra). Father of Helen and her husband Peter Popijal of Agincourt, and Dorothy Cilipka of Bradford. Brother of John Cilipka of the Czech Republic. Grandfather of Diane Sherman of Clearwater, Florida, Vicky Al Joundi of Etobicoke and Andrew Popijal of Agincourt. Visitation and funeral service at the Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home, Bradford. Interment at York Cemetery, Willowdale.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

Collings, Benjamin Briton obituary

Event Date : Saturday, July 27, 1957
Event Type : Death

Description : The end came suddenly for Bradford's veteran, and well-known townsman, Benjamin Briton (B. B.) Collings, last Saturday morning. During the past year Mr. Collings had shown some signs of his advanced years, but the firm step, the indifference to weather conditions, and the ready reply to all greetings, remained with him to the last. He had not been well for a week or more, but on Thursday he was downstairs in his home and returned to his room unaided. Friday he acknowledged he was tired and stayed in bed and on Saturday morning he was dead. He never had pain. He kept going to the last, and just quit. B. B. Collings was looking forward to the Centennial celebration and meeting old friends, and to many who are returning, Bradford has lost one of the interests for them, in his passing. Few will disagree that he was the most colourful character in Bradford. He knew everyone, and everyone knew him. He had a greeting for everyone, a greeting which seldom was particularly complimentary, but because it was B. B. Collings' remark, it was accepted with a laugh. Few days passed that those whose duties caused them to be about the street, did not have a few words with B. B.
"Mr. Collings was born in Bradford on August 9, 1876 the youngest member of a family of sixteen. From childhood days he was working. He told stories of the days when Amsterdam was a thriving village with its mills and he was an errand boy down there. The Collings family was associated with the Holland Marsh and did a profitable business in cutting marsh hay and selling this hay for packing and mattress making. B. B. decided that if this hay was worth Toronto mattress makers transporting it to Toronto he better get into the business. In the 1890's he went to Toronto and learned the trade and came back to Bradford and opened a little mattress making factory here where he employed some of the lacrosse players of the day. Today it is common practice for sport enthusiasts to give employment to star players but B. B. Collings began that nearly 60 years ago. He then went into the furniture and undertaking business taking a course in embalming. Then back to the marsh hay business and commercial fishing and his final business venture was the draining of what was named the Colbar Marsh area a big portion of which is now Federal Farms' gardens and in this he was singularly successful. This last project was accomplished after he was in his seventies.Mr. Collings and his men were recognized in the Lake Simcoe district as an able life-saving crew. Their business as commercial fishermen took them to all parts of the lake and the river and they were familiar with the water. Few accidents or tragedies have occured on the river or lake to which Mr. Collings and his men were not called to lend their help and they have many rescues to their credit.Mr. Collings was always keenly interested in sport particularly lacrosse and had served in official capacity on various lacrosse clubs. But few sporting events occurred in Bradford throughout the years which he did not attend whether hockey ball or lacrosse.Mr. Collings served on the Bradford Public Utilities Commission for several years and also on Bradford Board of Education.In September 1902 Mr. Collings married Etta May Waldruff of Bradford who survives him with their family of two daughters and one son namely Bernice (Mrs. Gordon Crutcher) of Thornhill; Kathleen (Mrs. Ken Blevins) of Toronto and Norman E. of Bradford. Five grandchildren also survive: Gordon Stephen and Tony Crutcher Tom Collings and Mary Jane Collings. Of the family of sixteen only two survive Dan Collings of Bradford and Libby (Mrs. Selby) of Eston Saskatchewan.The funeral was held from Bradford United Church yesterday afternoon. The services were taken by Rev. F. G. MacTavish assisted by Rev. H. P. Maitland of the Presbyterian Church and Rev. H. G. Blake of Toronto. Interment was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The pallbearers were C. T. S. Evans, A. L. Veale, Fred Collings, Roy Collings, Phil Latchman and James R. Webb."

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Day, William Henry obituary

Event Date : Tuesday, July 05, 1938
Event Type : Death

Description : Passed away suddenly, in his 68th year, while working his land in the Holland Marsh. Husband to Ethel A. Williams. Was instrumental in establishing the Holland Marsh after moving to Bradford from Guelph where he was a professor at the Ontario Agricultural College.Is interred in Woodlawn cemetery in Guelph where Rev. Vaughan conducted the service.

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Devald, Louis death

December 30, 1994
Death
DEVALD, Louis - Peacefully at his home at R.R. #1, Kettleby on Friday, December 30, 1994, Louis Devald in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Maria Eek. Dear father of Jack and his wife Marie, Theresa and her husband Alex Makarenko. Dear grandfather of Amy and Ryan Devald, Matthew, Menjamin, Nathan and Jennesa Makarenko. Friends called at the Lathangue & Skwarchuk Funeral Home, 30 Simcoe Street, Bradford. Funeral Mass was held at the Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, Bradford on Tuesday, January 3, 1995 at 11 a.m. Interment at Holy Martyrs Cemetery, Bradford. Conations to the ALS Society or the Mjultiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated. To all those who gave your support, thank you so much.
"Your fight is over, your battle done, the time has come to rest.
We'll meet again on some future date to take up where we left [off]. We made our vows togeth and sait 'Till Death do us part'. When I look back on our life just one thing make[s] me glad; that you chose me to share with you those precious years we had."

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

Dudo, Emily Laurie Elizabeth birth

Event Date : Friday, January 09, 1976
Event Type : Birth

Description : A daughter to Ladislav and Margaret (nee Gres) Dudo, a sister for Steven.

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