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Publication: Unknown (possibly Pictou Advocate)
Issue: December 1901
Title: Death of Mr. James Willis
Death of Mr. James Willis
Mr. James Willis, of Mount Dalhousie, Pictou County, passed away on the morning of Saturday last, in the eighty-ninth year of his age. His life was as useful as it was long. He was of United Empire Loyalist stock, and a man of a great deal more than average ability. He was an ardent advocate of the free school system of Nova Scotia, and did a great deal in the making of suitable divisions in the scattered parts of Pictou County. He was well known as a public speaker of much force, and gave great encouragement to the young in establishing debating societies for the discussion of subjects of public interest. He was a Conservative in politics, and lived and died peaceably with all men. He was a consistent member of The Church of England, who used his influence as a magistrate in the way of making peace among the people who sought his advice. He leaves three sons, Mr. A.P. Willis, of Montreal; Mr. J.F. Willis, of Halifax, and Mr. J.H. Willis of Stellarton, and two daughters, Miss Jennie Willis and Mrs. Chateauvert, who were with him at the last.