Thomas DEARING was born on 12 Jul 1856 in Trafalgar Twp, Halton, Ontario, Canada. He died on 19 Jan 1940 in Erin Twp, Wellington, Ontario, Canada. He was buried in The Grove, East Garafraxa, Ontario, Canada.
The following report from the Fergus New Record is provided in the Mann family website:
Golden Wedding Celebration of Orton couple -- Held at Their Home on August 2nd -- Over One Hundred Friends Assembled.
Saturday, August 2nd, 1930, was one of many pleasant occasions in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dearing at Orton, it being the assembling of over one hundred of their many friends to congratulate them upon the celebration of their golden wedding. Friends were present from Forest, Galt, Hamilton, St. Catharine's, Toronto, Palermo, Shelburne, and Fergus. Letters and t elegrams of congratulations or regrets at being unable to be present were received from friends in Minnesota, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, California, Michigan, North Bay, Hamilton, Toronto, Shelburne and Halifax.
Fortunately, the family were all able to be present namely, Norman, of Orton; Edward, of Toronto; William, of buffalo; Fred, of Toronto; Stanley, of Los Angeles; Harve, on the old Homestead; Mrs. Fred McCutcheon, of Acton; and Mrs. William Ballantyne, of Erin Township. At 6 o'clock the tables were set on the spacious lawn in front of the house, where about 60 sat down a nd enjoyed the many good things provided. After this Rev. Dr. Spence took the chair and called upon Mr. Norman Dearing to read an address from the family, in which they said many kind things about their parents, and concluded by handing them a purse of gold containing $100.00 or a dollar for each year of married life of each.
The toast to the bride and groom of 50 years was then proposed and drank and before the groom could rise to reply, the happy couple were showered with confetti to the great amusement of those present. after the groom had replied in his usual cheerful way, short speeches were made by John Dearing of Palermo; Frank Sifton of St. Catharines; William Donaghy of East Garafraxa; W.A. Dearing of Toronto; Mark Dearing, of Hamilton; and Lorne McNally of Toronto.
The presents were numerous and valuable, showing the great esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Dearing are held by their many friends, among the lot being another $40 in gold. -- Fergus New Record.
Obituary (origin unknown) from the Mann family website:
Thomas Dearing was Fine Citizen: His Passing at Orton is Much Regretted -- Jan. 19th, 1940.
Orton, February 1st -- There passed away quietly on Friday morning an aged and much esteemed citizen of Orton in the person of Mr. Thomas Dearing in his 84th year. He was the last of a family of several being the son of the late Edward and Mary Dearing, from Devonshire, England.
Born July 12th, 1856, in Trafalgar Township, he moved to Erin at seven years of age. He was married to Annie Collier 60 years ago last December 31st. He was an active member of the Masons for 33 years, and also a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters, Court Shakespear, No 7331.
Mr. Dearing in his younger days was a successful farmer on the 4th line of Erin, where his father erected the house. His son, Harvey, is living at present on the old homestead. In religion he was a faithful member of St. John's United Church, and until a few years ago, before becoming hard of hearing, was a regular attendant. He was a great baseball enthusiast and only last summer eagerly watched the ball games at Orton field day. Mr. Dearing served on the first school board of Orton, functioning from 1892 with the late Tom Ballentine and Warren Jestin. For many years, he served as reeve, councillor, Erin Township assessor and was justice of the peace for several years.
The sympathy of many goes out to the bereaved widow and family of this grand old man. Services were conducted at the house on Sunday at 2 p.m. by Rev. A. L. Atton.
Messrs John and Haines Root sang a request duet, "Good-night Here and Good Morning Up There " after which the Masons took charge. The pallbearers were Brothers Herb Lyons, Dr. Abbott , Geo Lacey, Burt Deyer, Earl Moore and Roy Laughlin.
The flower-bearers were four grandchildren, Harvey McCutcheon, Lloyd Dearing, Jack Dearing and Kenneth Ballantyne. Flowers were sent from the family, the United Church Wellington Lodg e No 271, employees of general superintendents's office, CNR, Toronto; Lorne McNally, Toronto ; Joe McNally, Toronto; Corbett, Henderson and Armstrong, livestock commissioners, Toronto . Interment took place in Grove Cemetery.
To mourn his loss he leaves his wife and eight children, Norman, Harvey and Mrs. Ballentyne (Mary of Orton); Mrs McCutcheon (Annie of Orton); William of Detroit; Stanley of Los Angeles ; Fred and Edward of Toronto and 18 granchildren and one great grandchild also survive.
DEARING -- in loving memory of Thomas Dearing, who died January 19th, 1940.
Remembrance is a golden chain, death tries to break, but all in vain,
To have, to love, and then to part is the greatest sorrow of one's heart.
The years may wipe out many things but this they wipe out never --
The memory of those happy days when we were all together.
But still the empty chair reminds us of the face, the smile, of one who once sat there.
From daughter Mary, Will, and Family.
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