Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Cameron, Donald Boyd, Rev.
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 27 Feb 1890, p. 3, column 2

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Death of Rev. D. B. Cameron.
"God's finger touched him and he slept."
The Rev. Donald Boyd Cameron died on Tuesday forenoon at the residence of Mr. Peter Mann. For some days anxious friends had been calling in great numbers at the home of Mr. Mann, to enquire after the condition of the patient sufferer and when his death was announced the whole vicinity mourned; for all felt that a good man had been taken from among us. Congestion of the lungs, following a severe attack of la grippe, which had seized him while in Toronto a few weeks previous, was the cause of his death. The deceased was born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, in the year 1817, and thus died at the ripe age of 73 years. His early education, like that of the youth of his day, was received at the Parish School, after which he attended a higher schol of learning where he obtained while yet young first-class honors. He then for some years engaged in what has proved to be a very common experience for those destined to be ministers of the gospel, namely, the work of teaching. A longing for more knowledge soon led him to seek admission into the University of Edinburgh, where he pursued his studies in the two special departments of English literature and classics, though at this time no thoughts of being a minister of the gospel had entered his head. He left the University with considerable proficiency as a linguist, being versed in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Gaelic and French. Once more he took the ferule in his hand, and continued to teach till he came to Canada about the year 1837. For two years the current of his life was changed from the customary educational channel, and the student and teacher became a dry goods merchant. The atmosphere of the store proving uncongenial he returned again, as might have been expected he would, to his previous calling. While he taught he studied, labor omnia vincit being his motto. In due time he began the special study of theology and on the completion of his course became for a short time one of the student missionaries of the Presbyterian church in this country. His talents were soon appreciated, however, by the congregation at Bradford, Ont., where he was ordained and inducted on the 16th day of December, 1869, where he remained till the year 1875, when he was called and inducted into the pastorate of Knox church, Acton. Here he continued to labor in the Lord for a period of two years when he retired from the continuous work of the ministry, giving occasional services to needy fields, but being specially employed in writing his works, entitled "Discourses on Ephesians" published in one volume of 570 pages in 1885, and his more extended labors on "Discourses on the Hebrews", consisting of two large volumes, which were just issued from the press last year. As can plainly be seen from this short history of his life, our departed friend was a man of great energy, of strong will and indomitable perseverance. To those who knew him well he was a much appreciated and warm hearted friend, but to others, his matter-of-fact views which were ever stated in the most direct and positive language, caused the timid to shrink and the bold to be combative. He was a typical Scotchman. The warmest of hearts often beats where brusqueness of exterior might not lead us to expect it. His labors are over; he has entered into his rest. A good man, if not a great one, has passed away. The influence of his life will still be ours, and those who have listened to his voice as a minister, and those who have read his sermons, will continue to speak of him as a deep thinker, a clear reasoner, and one who with earnestness and faithfulness pointed to them the Way of Life.

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Cameron, Donald Boyd, Rev.