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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Dec 1910

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Dec. 27, 1910



An Aged Citizen Passed To Rest On Sunday.

On Christmas Day, one of Kingston's oldest and most loved citizens passed to his rest, in the person of Ira A. Breck, in the eighty-sixth year of his age. Mr. Breck had been in failing health for some time. The end was peaceful, and came at noon on Sunday, at the residence of his son, I.H. Breck, Barrie street. The news of the passing away of Mr. Breck was heard with great sorrow throughout the city.

The late Mr. Breck was born at Burlington, Vermont, on Sept. 1st, 1825, and was the son of Henry Breck, druggist. His mother was a sister of the late Judge Collamer, postmaster-general of the United States and also senator for Vermont. He came with his parents to Cape Vincent, N.Y., in 1834. Afterwards he was clerk in O.P. Stanley's general store at the Cape for four years. Then he came to Garden Island, in February, 1849 ?, and entered the employment of Calvin and Cook as clerk of that old and well known business firm. On the retirement of Mr. Cook, in 1849, Mr. Breck became a partner with D.D. Calvin, and the firm afterwards was Calvin & Breck. This firm engaged in the handling of oak and other kinds of timber and staves in western Canada, Ohio and Michigan for the Quebec market. It also engaged in the rafting business from Garden Island to Quebec. For several years the firm were contractors with the Canadian government for providing a steam tug service for vessels and barges between Kingston and Montreal.

Mr. Breck retired from business in 1880, and came over to Kingston to reside. Here he spent the remainder of his days. He was too active and public spirited a man, however, to live a retired life, and became interested in some of Kingston's industries and enterprises, a promoter of and president of the Kingston Street railway company, the Kingston Light, Heat and Power company and the Kingston Foundry company. He was a benefactor of the Kingston General Hospital, and was a life governor of that institution, in which he took the greatest interest.

Mr. Breck was twice married. His first wife was Edna Potter, niece of the late D.D. Calvin and by her he has two children living, Luther Breck, now of British Columbia, and Mrs. William B. Lesslie, of Kingston. His second wife was Jessie Fenwick, sister of the late Rev. Thomas Fenwick. Of this marriage, one son, I.H. Breck, survives, and with him he made his home for some years past.

The deceased was a cultured gentleman, fond of books and of outdoor life, a familiar figure on the streets of Kingston, for everybody knew and had a kind word for Mr. Breck. The deceased was a warm friend of the late Mr. Pense, proprietor of the Whig, and for many years seldom a day passed that Mr. Breck did not pay a call to this newspaper building.

The funeral took place this afternoon, and was attended by many old friends of the deceased. Rev. Dr. Mackie, of St. Andrew's church, officiated at the burial service. The pall-bearers were Hiram A. Calvin, M.S. Sutherland, W.F. Nickle, B.W. Folger, Howard S. Folger and Collamer C. Folger. Many beautiful flowers were placed by sorrowing friends around the casket, which contained the remains of one of the noblest of Kingston's citizens.

To Raise John Sharples - A contract has been awarded to the Reid Wrecking company, of Sarnia, and Horace Baker, of Detroit, to raise the steamer John Sharples, wrecked near Stony Point. The company will send its wrecking outfit to the scene, as soon as possible, and start on work.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Dec 1910