Charles Eastlake

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December 22,1949


The funeral for the late Charles Henry Eastlake was conducted from the Locke and Company Funeral Home, Ridgetown, Wednesday, December 21st. at two o'clock with Rev. T. Owen Hughes, minister of Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, Ridgetown in charge.

Mr Eastlake passed away at his family residence. He was in his 88th. year.

The late Mr Eastlake was in business in Ridgetown for more than 60 years prior to his retirement in 1945 from the firm of Bawden and Eastlake.

In January of 1885, Mr Eastlake entered in business as a clerk in the David Logan Dry Goods store. After three years with this firm, he took over a similar position with the Craig Brothers, General Merchants. In 1902, he entered in a partnership which was known as Bawden and Eastlake with the late Mr John Bawden. This business was brought to an end by dissolution of their partnership in October 1945.

Throughout his life Mr Eastlake took a keen interest in sports and he was responsible for bringing Lacrosse to Ridgetown in the year 1880. He was a member of the Ridgetown Lacrosse team for a number of years. He was an ardent bowler and was the first secretary of the Ridgetown Bowling Club. He was also responsible for introducing Curling in Ridgetown. He was the owner of the first pair of Curling stones in the town. The Curling rink was adjoining the Baptist Church grounds. He was Chairman of the Parks Committee for 23 years. For 35 years he was a member of the Ridgetown District Fair Board, and nine years President of the Horticultural Society. He served as a member of the Public School board for 21 years and was 38 years Secretary Treasurer of the Rod and Gun Club. In 1930 he was treasurer of the Old Boy's Reunion. During the first world war he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Soldiers' Aid Committee and in 1921, as a memorial to the fallen, he built what is now called, the Soldiers' Plot in Greenwood Cemetery. For 21 years he visited this plot each week and placed at each cross, flowers. He was a life member of Howard Lodge N.391,A.F. and A.M. Ridgetown and also of the Canadian Legion.

The late Mr Eastlake was married twice. He was married to Ellen Niven McPherson on November 28, 1888. She predeceased him in 1924. In 1925 he married Margaret Mann. Surviving are his daughter, Helen (Mrs Edward Casey) of Royal Oak, Michigan and two sons, William of Montreal and James of Boston, Mass. His youngest son Mack paid the supreme sacrifice in the first world war. One sister, Mrs C. Lamb of Ypsilanti, Michigan, also survives. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery.

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Transcribed from the records of Mrs. Geo. S. Brien, Rural Ridgetown Women's Institute.