Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Waldie, John
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 20 Jun 1907, p. 2, column 3

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One of Halton's First Citizens For
Many Years Suddenly Called
to Rest.

Many people throughout this county will regret to learn of the death of Mr. John Waldie ex-M.P., the well-known lumber manufacturer, which occurred last Wednesday afternoon at his home, "Glenhurst," 75 Park road, Toronto. Mr. Waldie had been ill only a week, during which time he suffered from a heart affection. He leaves a widow, five sons and five daughters. The sons are: Messrs. William, who is in the mining industry in British Columbia; F.N., successor to his father in the lumber business; Robert S. of the law firm of Messrs. Meredith, Cameron A. Waldie; W. S. and C.P., in the lumber business in Toronto. The daughters are Mrs. (Dr.) C. A. Temple, Mrs. R. C. H. Cassels, Mrs. G. E. Spragge, Ottawa, and Misses Marion and Lillie, at home.
The late Mr. Waldie was born at Hawick, Scotland, on April 22, 1833, and when a youth he came to Canada. His commercial career began at Burlington, where he dealt in grain, had a general store, and was interested in shipping industry, which at that time was of considerable magnitude. He was enthusiastic in the interests of Burlington, and he was instrumental in having it incorporated as a village. He was honored by being elected its first Reeve. His love for Burlington remained with him throughout a busy life, and even though engaged in a number of large enterprises, he kept the village in mind and made a number of valuable gifts to it in an unostentatious manner, the last being the beautiful new library building and its site. He was Reeve of Burlington for five years, Reeve of Nelson township for two years, and Warden of Halton county for two years.
The deceased sat for Halton in the Dominion Parliament, from 1887 till 1891, and he figured in four election contests in this constituencey, being defeated in several elections by Mr. D. Henderson, the present member. He was a Liberal in politics.
He engaged first in the lumber enterprise about twenty years ago, and was very successful therein. He was President of the Victoria Harbor Lumber Company, Limited, with headquarters in Toronto. A little more than a month before his death he purchased the business of Cook & Bros. Lumber Company, Limited, whose mills were at Spragge, Ontario, for $2,000,000, and the name was changed to that of Waldie Bros., Limited.
The deceased was a director of the Bank of Toronto at the time of his death. He was Vice-President of the Landed Banking & Loan Company, Hamilton; President of the Magnetawan Tanning and Electric Company, Burk's Falls, and also of Tobley, Limited, Collingwood, both of these being leather concerns. He was a director of the Toronto Paper Company, Limited, and of the Canada Coating Mills, Limited, at Georgetown.
For twenty-five years the late Mr. Waldie has been a resident of Toronto. He was a life-long Presbyterian, and was a member of Westminster Church. During his residence in Halton he was an active Sunday School worker, and was President of Halton Sunday School Association back in the eighties.
The funeral took place at Burlington on Friday, the remains being conveyed to Knox Presbyterian Church from the special train which brought the cortege from Toronto, where services were conducted by Rev. R. N. Grant, of Orillia, assisted by Rev. D. Anderson, pastor of the church; Canon Cody, Toronto; Dr. McNair, Oakville, and Rev. Mr. McIrvine of the Methodist Church.
The remains were conveyed to Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a large number of his old friends, among whom from outside points were noticed Mr. David Henderson, M.P., Hon. W. A. Charlton, Hon. Thomas Bain, Mr. John R. Barber, ex-M.P.P., Mr. Barker, M.P., Mr. Wm. Laidlaw, K.C., Sheriff Clemens of Milton, Sheriff Middleton of Hamilton, Mr. Peter Ryan, Registrar, Toronto, and Dr. Robertson, Registrar County Halton.

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Waldie, John