Death of Mr. David Gibbard
One of Southampton's fine old residents passed away on Wednesday Jan. 22nd, in the person of Mr. David Gibbard, in his 86th year. He had been ill for some time.
A native of Padbury, Buckinghamshire, Eng., Mr. Gibbard came to Canada in 1885 with his wife and settled at Palmerston where he was employed with the old Grand Trunk. In 1888 he was transferred to Southampton and continued to work with the company until 1901, when he took up farming in the township of Saugeen, just east of Southampton, Ill health forced him to retire in 1929, and he came to Southampton, making his home with Mrs. W. Huether, his first wife passing away in 1892, and a daughter, Caroline, in 1911. His second wife, the former Sara Tranter, predeceased him in 1921.
The late Mr. Gibbard was a man of high character and a wide circle of friends will mourn his passing. He was an active member of the Methodist Church in his earlier days, and in politics was a staunch Liberal.
Funeral services were conducted at his late residence on Friday by Rev. H.C. Harris of the United Church and interment took place in Southampton Cemetery. Those acting as pall bearers were Messrs E. Cook, C. Dawson, A. Eby, T. Darlington, W. Tranter and R. Trelford.