Event Date : Wednesday, May 06, 1953
Event Type : Death
Description : In the passing of William Curry last Wednesday morning, May 6, Bradford lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens. Hospitalized since last February, his condition grew steadily worse, until death came as a result of heart failure. Mr. Curry was born on the 13th Concession of West Gwillimbury, on the farm now occupied by Mr. W. J. Dales, and lived there as a boy, attending Steele's Corner school. The family moved to a farm in St. Vincent Township, near Meaford, for a few years and then returned to West Gwillimbury to the farm now occupied by Mr. Ernest Kneeshaw. It is interesting to note that Mr. Curry's grandfather, John Curry, occupied the farm on the south side of the 13th, opposite the W. J. Dales' farm during Wm. Curry's youth, and the barn which he used is still being used. This means that this building is at least 150 years old. When a young man, Mr. Curry came to Bradford and learned the carpentry trade with his brother, John Curry. He married Matilda Archer and lived in Bradford for the balance of his life. An industrious and conscientious man, he built many homes and buildings in this vicinity, among them being the local hockey arena, known at that time as the Marathon Rink. He lived a quiet life, his chief interests being his home and his work. He was a Presbyterian by faith, and for some years was a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He is survived by one brother, George of Bradford; one daughter, Jessie (Mrs. A. B. Gardiner) of Meaford, Ont., and a son, Harvey, of Bradford. His wife predeceased him in February of 1952, and an infant daughter, Gladys, died at the age of 14 months. The funeral service, which was held from his late residence on Holland Street, on Friday last, was conducted by Rev. John McGillivray of Bonar Presbyterian Church, Toronto. The pallbearers were friends and relatives of the family: Chas. Evans, Bradford; Brock Evans, Bradford; Arthur Fell, Bradford; Alex Spence, Bradford; George Stoddart, Toronto, and Russell Lowery, Stroud. Interment took place at St. Paul's Cemetery, Coulson's Hill.