appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 19 Sep 1889, p. 2, column 2
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DEATH OF WM. GOODERHAM.
A Good and Generous Christian Man Died in
The whole country was moved last Friday morning when the news was spread that Mr. William Gooderham, the well-known Christian worker and philanthropist, was dead. He had attended the Exhibition in the afternoon in company with a party of ladies and dined at home at 6.30. Then he visited the Haven in Seaton street, where he was wont to conduct a religious service every Thursday evening.
He complained of feeling tired and requested Rev. James Matherson to open the service. Mr. Matherson was reading the Scripture when he noticed that Mr. Gooderham was ill. Mr. Gooderham closed his eyes, threw back his head and slipped from his chair to the floor. Dr. J. E. White was summoned, but his services were of no avail as Mr. Gooderham expired almost immediately. The body was removed to the residence at Sherbourne and Carlton streets, from whence the funeral took place on Monday. The cause of his death was heart disease.
In his death Toronto loses one of her foremost philanthropists and prominent workers, and many charities and religious bodies in the city will miss a warm and influential friend. A very wealthy man, he was in a position to give, and he gave with unstinting hand. Churches, mission halls, homes for the fallen and many other institutions engaged in reclaiming the lost profited by his contributions, and several of them were almost entirely sustained by him. The Christian Institute erected him a year ago at a cost of $25,000 is a monument to his christian generosity.
The wealth of the late Mr. Gooderham of Toronto, is reputed to be at least $1,000.000. He was the eldest son of a family of thirteen. He refused to go into the distillery business, established by his father, and never had any connection with it. On the contrary, all his life he was a consistent advocate of temperance. His wife died about four years ago. He leaves no family.
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