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Publication: Westmount News add link
Issue: 5 May 1911



The death occurred very suddenly on Monday evening of Mr. James Bell, an old and honored employee in the home of Mr. A.P. Willis, 382 Oliver avenue. Mr. Bell had been in excellent health up to the day of his death but on that morning complained of not feeling quite up to the mark, gradually becoming worse and taking to bed during the afternoon, but not before he had completed his duties, one of which took him to the City Hall at 3 p.m. Death came about nine o'clock in the evening, the doctors giving the cause as heart failure.

Deceased, who was fifty years of age, had been in the employ of Mr. Willis at his residence for sixteen years and in that time had made himself invaluable, by the way in which he managed the multitude of affairs entrusted to him, both here and at the summer home in Lacolle. His loss is deeply felt by every member of his family and also by those by whom he was employed. He was ever a kindly man and his sympathetic nature led him to many a bedside with good cheer in the shape of flowers or plants, the raising of which he was passionately fond and adept.

Diseased was a member of Seaforth Lodge No. 232 C.O.F., and for nearly eighteen years chairman of the Hospital Committee of St. George's Men's Society at the General Hospital. A widow, three sons and a daughter are left to mourn his loss.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon from the Willis residence to St. Matthias Church, thence to Mount Royal Cemetery. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. There were a large number present to pay their last respects.

Floral tributes were received from the following:-Mrs. J.R. Wilson, Mrs. T. Castle, St. Thomas Chancel Guild, The C.O.F. Court Seaforth, The Willis Family, Mrs. John Archibald, Wm. E. Hurst, Mrs. Chas. Stroud, Mr. and Mrs. Grafftey, Mrs. and Miss Hurst, Army Medical Corps, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Willis, Church of the Advent Choir, Mrs. and Miss Smith, Westmount News and Staff, Gutta Perch Rubber Co. Ltd., Standard IV. Queens School, Mrs. Rondeau and Family, Mrs. Stack and Family, Mrs. Bottomly and Family, Mrs. George Hartt, Mrs. Gordon Cushing, Jean and Matthew Alexander Willis, Mrs. Ollerhead, Mrs. Roger sister of the deceased, and Miss Rogers, niece of the deceased, Mr. Rogers brother-in-law, Mrs. N. Ohman.

(Pasted in the scrapbook of Albert Parker Willis, 1892-1970)