Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday’s Obituary ~Alvin Alexander July 1948

 Young Workman Fatally shocked in T.H.& B. Shop
                  Fail To Revive Alvin Alexander

A 2,200 volt shock electrocuted Alvin Alexander, aged 30, of 230 Macaulay Street East, as he worked on a defective electric motor in a pump house at the T.H. and B. Railway roundhouse yesterday afternoon. First aid and artificial respiration was administered by a newly graduated railway first-aid crew, a fire department crew from Bay Street and a Hydro first aid squad but at 5:45 p.m. he was pronounced dead by the doctors in attendance.
Worked With Father
Robert Alexander,49 Melbourne Street,father of the deceased man and a T.H. and B. employee since 1913, said that his son and he had been working together during the morning. One of the electric motors driving the diesel pumps gave trouble around noon and electricians were called in to inspect it. He believed that his ( bottom line is cut off)

motor and had been shocked by a current in it. Found by J.G. Stonehouse, 87 Carbury Street, the victim was brought to the pump house. He was still breathing, though stertorously, at the time , his father said, then he had turned  blue. Dr. W.E. Glass, railway physician, was called and at first,  Mr. Alexander said, it was believed that his son had suffered a heart attack. However, on inspecting his hands, he found deep burns on them and it was realized that he had been the victim of of a violent electrical shock.
Tribute to the work of the railway, fire department, and Hydro crews was paid by Mr. Alexander, :They worked really hard and did everything possible. They were wonderful" he declared.
Dr. J. Heurner Mullin, Chief coroner, was called at four o'clock and he appointed Dr. Chilvers Gooch as coroner to open the investigation into the accident.
           Served In Navy
Alvin Alexander had worked for the T.H. and B. Railway Company since he was 16. Serving three and one half years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he rose to the rank of Petty Officer and took part in the landing on Normandy. He attended the Earl Kitchener and Westdale Schools before serving his apprenticeship with the railway.
He joined the Navy in Hamilton at H.M.C.S. Star and served three years overseas, part of the time in the destroyer, Kootenay.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander;his wife, the former Mary Fiddler, of Hamilton, who was reported yesterday to be holidaying in the Haliburton Highlands; four brothers, Robert,Clarence,Sidney and Cyril; and three sisters, Mrs. John Parker, and Mrs. James Hyslop, both of Ancaster, and Audrey at home.
Mr. Alexander was a member of Trinity United Church, and of Local 1260 of the International Association of Machinists, A.F. of L.
The remains are resting at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home for service on Thursday afternoon at 3:30. Interment will ( rest is cut off).
Alvin  James Alexander my 1st Cousin 1x Removed 
Obituary from Unknown Newspaper

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