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Wilbert A. Gofton
Male 1911 - 1951


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  • Birth  11 Nov 1911  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Interesting Life Story  Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    crime, murder, suicide 
    Misfortune  crime, murder 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-202089 
    Died  28 Jul 1951  Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Chesterfield United Cemetery, Chesterfield, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I202089  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  Andrew Gofton,   b. 12 Nov 1879, Of, Plattsville, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932 
    Mother  Elisabeth "Lizzie" Witzel,   b. 2 Aug 1884, Walkerton, Brant Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1959 
    Married  2 Feb 1910  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F46251  Group Sheet

    Family  Clara Kavelman,   b. 1915,   d. 28 Jul 1951, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Cecil Gofton,   b. 1943,   d. 28 Jul 1951, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Delores Gofton,   b. 1945,   d. 28 Jul 1951, Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Karl Gofton
     4. Elina Gofton
    Family ID  F56580  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Kills Wife, Two Children; Then Self

      A triple murder and suicide shocked the peaceful farming community two miles south of Haysville on Saturday, July 28th. Wilburt Gofton, 40-year-old farmer, of the Wilmot-Blenheim township line, shot his wife and two children to death with a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle and then killed himself with the same weapon. Left unharmed in a crib beside the lifeless body of Mrs. Gofton was an 11-months-old baby girl, Elina. A two-year-old son, Karl, was at the farm home of Hans Kondert near Haysville at the time.

      After shooting his wife, Gofton went to the bedroom where his children, Cecil, 7, and Dolores, 5, were sleeping, and sent two more bullets into the heads of the youngsters as they lay sleeping. He returned to the kitchen and turned the gun on himself, his body being found near that of his wife.

      According to police, the shooting evidently took place between 6.30 and 7.30 o'clock Saturday morning, but the bodies were not discovered until 4.20 in the afternoon when Lloyd Hart, Kitchener delivery man, made a regular call to deliver bread. He rushed to a farm home a short distance down the road to contact Police Chief George Thomas of New Hamburg.

      Cpl. Jack Munro of the Kitchener provincial police detachment investigated the triple murder and suicide, assisted by Constable Thomas and Constable W. A. Coxworth of the provincial police in Kitchener.

      Mr. and Mrs. Gofton and family occupied part of the farm home of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. D. Kavelman, who at the time of the shooting were on a trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y. in company with their daughter, Edna.

      The four bodies were taken to the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital morgue, Saturday and the next day were released to the Glendenning Funeral Home, Plattsville, where funeral services were held Tuesday, July 31. Interment was in Chesterfield cemetery.

      New Hamburg Independent, August 10, 1951

  • Sources 
    1. [S2173] Find A Grave, (2018). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 23 December 2018, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184573156.
      Wilbert A. Gofton
      BIRTH1911
      DEATH1951 (aged 39\endash 40)
      BURIAL
      Chesterfield United Cemetery
      Chesterfield, Oxford County Municipality, Ontario, Canada

    2. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Wilber A. Gofton b. 11? Nov 1911 Blenheim, s/o Andrew Gofton, farmer & Elizabetrh Witzel, married 2 Feb 1910 Wilmot Tp.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Nov 1911 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInteresting Life Story - crime, murder, suicide - - Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jul 1951 - Haysville, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Chesterfield United Cemetery, Chesterfield, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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