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Elby Belmont Collingwood "Roy" Livingston
Male 1905 - 1961


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  • Birth  14 Aug 1905  Leamington, Essex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Misfortune  accident, story, drowning 
    Misfortune  1961 
    drowned 
    Name  Roy Livingston 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-342086 
    Died  6 Oct 1961  Muskoka District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  12 Oct 1961  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I342086  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Jan 2019 

    Family  Nellie Babey,   b. 21 Apr 1913, , Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1990, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Earl Livingston,   b. 23 Mar 1938, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1956, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F55810  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Community Shocked Double Drowning Tragedy - The Ayr community was shocked and saddened over the holiday weekend by the tragic boating accident which took the lives of two well -known residents, Roy Livingston of Ayr and John Murray, RR 3, Bright. The men were drowned in the Severn River, about midway between Orillia and Gravenhurst, on Friday night when their outboard aluminum boat capsized. The bodies were not recovered until Monday afternoon. The pair left Ayr on Friday afternoon for Mr. Livingston's cottage on the Severn, where they intended to hunt ducks. They embarked from Morrison's Creek Landing about 9.30 p.m. to make the three-mile trip downstream to the cottage. The boat was found capsized floating in the river about 11.30 by another cottage owner in the area, who towed it ashore. -

      Neighbors and Friends Assisted -

      Dragging and skin diving operations were commenced on Saturday morning by Ontario Provincial Police from Bala and Bracebridge. Several carloads of relatives and friends from this area drove to the scene to assist, and were instrumental in the recovery of the victims on Monday. - Bodies Recovered in 70 Feet of Water - The body of Mr. Murray was located about 1 p.m. in 70 feet of water, approximately a mile from the cottage. Mr. Livingston's body was recovered about four hours later, some 30 feet distant. The river, which is part of the old-Trent Canal system, widens and deepens at this point. The reason for the capsize of the boat could not be determined.

      Roy Livingston, 56 Years -

      Mr. Livingston, who was 56 years of age, was born in Leamington. He was engaged in tobacco farming in the Tillsonburg area for several years. He later took employment with Murphy Sheet Metal in Preston, where he worked for 14 years. He moved to Ayr about four years ago and commenced a heating and sheet metal contracting business. Mr. Livingston was an ardent hunter and angler. Only a few years ago he constructed the cottage on the Severn and made frequent visits to that area. He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Babbey; a daughter, Miss Rita, and a son, Donald, both of Galt; brothers, Percy of RR 1, Drumbo, and Fred of Windsor; sisters, Mrs. Ella Lane of Simcoe, Mrs. Blanche Wexler of Trenton, N.J., and Mrs. Ethel Kenyon of Delhi. -

      The Funeral -

      Funeral service was held this (Thursday) afternoon at the W. O. Ball Funeral Home, Ayr, with interment in Ayr Cemetery. Rev. W. J. V. Buchanan officiated. - - John F. Murray, 36 Years - John F. Murray, 36, was born in Drumbo, a son of W. S. Murray and the late Mrs. Murray. He had resided in that area all his life with the exception of service with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Since 1948 he had grown tobacco on a farm on the 11th concession of Blenheim with his father. The late Mr. Murray was a keen sportsman. In younger years he played goal for one of fine intermediate hockey clubs in Drumbo. He later took up curling and was a valued member of Ayr Curling Club. Mr. Murray was a member of the Canadian Legion. Surviving, besides his father, are three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Watters (Jeanette), Kingsville; Mrs. Donald Brooks (Ruth), RR 1, Drumbo, and Mrs. Clifford Arner (Kirk), Agincourt. A brother, MacBeth, was killed in World War II. - The Funeral - Funeral service was held on Wednesday at the Wilson Funeral Home, Drumbo, conducted by Rev. A. M. Manson. Interment made in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford. Pallbearers were district neighbors and friends: Russell Eaton, Hugh Guthrie, James McLaren, James Burgess, Otto Swiggum and Ronald Brooks.

      The Ayr News Oct 12 1961 pg 1

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 14 Aug 1905 - Leamington, Essex Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 Oct 1961 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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