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Henry Griffin
Male 1884 - 1958


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  • Birth  17 Sep 1884  Burnley, Lancashire Co. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1907  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1911  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Moulder - Foundry 
    Religion  1911  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Methodist 
    Elected Office  1930  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Elected Office  1951  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Military  WW1 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-194898 
    Died  25 Sep 1958  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  29 Sep 1958  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I194898  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  John Griffin,   b. CALC 1 Apr 1859, Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1935, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F186699  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Fawcett,   b. 24 Aug 1882, Blackburn, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1969, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1907 
    Family ID  F186698  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Henry Griffin, Ex-Reeve of Ayr, Passes

      Henry Griffin, a man whose life was closely integrated with Ayr's municipal development over the past 30 years, passed away suddenly at his home early Thursday morning following a lengthy period of indifferent health.

      Devoted Lifetime to Municipal Government

      Aged 74 years, Mr. Griffin had devoted much of his lifetime to municipal administration here - some of these years as reeve, and later as an observant ratepayer who exereised his privilege to comment on village affairs, backed by long experience on council.

      Built Ayr's Paved Roads


      Mr. Griffin first was elected to Ayr council in the mid 1920's and rose to the reeveship in 1928. A man of keen foresight, he recognized the necessity for cement pavement on Ayr's main thorough-fares as a requisite for the village's development. Although this plan was not without opposition, he was successful in seeing it completed in 1929. During the following three decades Mr. Griffin was often to hear ratepayers comment that it was one of Ayr's best investments and outstanding features.


      An Adroit Election Campaigner

      An Adroit Election Campaigner A man of great vitality and drive, Mr. Griffin caught the public fancy and was returned as reeve term after term. In those years Ayr was a hotbed of municipal politics and every election was keenly contested. Mr. Griffin thrived on such election battles and his adroit and able campaigning is still referred to locally as a classic example.


      Moved to Toronto

      During this early period he was Customs officer in Ayr, but when the Department decided to close the office here prior to World War II he was transferred to Toronto. He regretfully resigned the reeveship to follow these instructions.

      Returned as Ayr's Post-war Reeve

      On his retirement from the service in 1947, the family returned to Ayr and Mr. Griffin once more entered the political arena. He was elected reeve on his first attempt and carried on until defeated at the polls in 1952. Although he was unsuccessful in subsequent efforts to regain office, his keen observations and recom-mendations as a ratepayer commanded considerable attention from those in authority. Only a few years ago his criticism of high hydro Tates here resulted in a reduction at the insistence of the Ontario HEPC.


      Led Community Centre Campaign

      In 1948, during his second tenure of office, the campaign for the Community Centre commenced. Mr. Griffin stood solidly behind the and chairman of the building committee saw the plan materialize. His work on this project required, at various times, a high degree of diplomacy and even political skill which he demonstrated most aptly.

      Twice Warden of County

      The highlight of his career was the fact that he was twice warden of Waterloo County Council, in 1930 and 1951. This honor has never before or since been. accorded the same man twice. While Ayr's representative on county council, he served on numerous committees, including the county representative on Western University senate.

      Consideration for the Less Fortunate

      His colorful and oftimes turbulent reeveship was featured by a forthrightness of action which usually ended with success of the project at hand. When he was convinced of the correctness of his views he was uncompromising in carrying them to conclusion. Opposition, large or small, was met with the same stalwart defence - or aggressiveness. Throughout his career, however, he had utmost consideration for the people of modest means and often squeezed the tax rate down a mill or two to make it more acceptable to these residents.

      5-Year War Service

      Born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, he came to Canada in 1903 and arrived in Ayr shortly after. He worked as a moulder in the Watson foundry until the outbreak of World War I. As a British reservist he answered the call to colors in 1914 and served for five years with a signals unit of the Royal Engineers, seeing action in France and Belgium. On his return here he became librarian and Customs officer.

      Ex-Zone Commander of Legion

      His war service left a deep impression on him and interested him in rehabilitation of veterans. He was instrumental in organizing a Canadian Legion branch here and until leaving for Toronto was a devoted worker in solving veterans' problems. He rose to the office of Zone Commander.

      A Strong Conservative

      On a national level Mr. Griffin was an old line Conservative who headed the party's local organization for years. Ile was intimate with many of the party's officials who were high in praise of his work.

      Former Methodist S.S. Superintendent

      In religion he was a Methodist, and prior to church union was superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School here. Mr. Griffin was a long time member of the Canadian Order of Foresters and took an active part in its affairs during the period a lodge existed here.

      Door Always Open to Aid Seekers

      As a man who could implement action from many government bodies, he was continuously visited by local residents seeking assistance in pension arrangements, welfare problems and even personal troubles. In all these instances Mr. Griffin did not make a token gesture of assistance - he made a wholehearted effort.

      He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and a son Harry, of Ayr; a brother, William of Port Hope, and a sister, Anne, in Leakburn, England.

      The Funeral

      The largely attended funeral service was held at the W. O. Ball Funeral Parlor on Monday, con-ducted by Rev. W. J. V. Buchanan and Rev. J. W. Currie. Ititermeni was made in Ayr Cemetery.

      The pallbearers, all World War I veterans, were: Albert Upton, James Burton, A. J. Hadfield, Harold Cornford, Lloyd Markle and Dee King. Flower bearers were: Harold L. Charles, G. H. Lawrence, Harry Boulton, Brantford; Jack Swan, Reg. Parker and Floyd Carothers. In attenth,nce were many representatives of organizations with which Mr. Griffin was associated, including William Anderson, M.P.; Ray M. Myers, M.P.P.; James Johannes, Waterloo County warden, and County Clerk Charles Stager, as well as members of Ayr Council.

      The Ayr News Oct 2 1958 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S1282] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1911, p 2.

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Griffin/ In Loving memory of/ Henry Griffin/ Sept. 17, 1884 - Sept. 25, 1958/ his wife/ Elizabeth Fawcett/ Aug. 24, 1882 - July 6, 1969/ Rest In Peace

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    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1907 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Moulder - Foundry - 1911 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1930 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1951 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Sep 1958 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 Sep 1958 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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