Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John McColl

Male 1819 - 1879  (60 years)


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  • Name John McColl 
    Born 1819  [1
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-399081 
    Died 5 Apr 1879  [1
    Buried 8 Apr 1879  [1
    Person ID I399081  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2021 

  • Notes 
    • Terribly Sudden Death - We regret to be compelled to chronicle the very sudden death of our old and esteemed citizen, Mr. John McColl, a farmer living near Branchton, who dropped dead in the Central Hotel here on Saturday afternoon last. The deceased though not enjoying the best of health had been able to attend to his business duties and accompanied by his wife and a daughter had driven to town but a short time before his death. It appears that at almost three o'clock of the afternoon mentioned he entered the Central Hotel and was in conversation with Mr. Barton, of Roseville, who noticing him in the act of falling supported him while Mr. Colwell who was present summoned Mr. Vandon, who, appearing immediately, pronounced him dead. On the same evening an inquest was held by Coroner Philip, and several witnesses examined, whose involvement to show that deceased had been in poor health for some time, and to corroborate the facts above stated. The death being so awfully sudden, and no assignable cause appearing, it was decided by the Coroner and Jury that a post-mortem examination should be made, and Dr. Vardon and Lundy were annotated to perform that duty. The evidenced of Dr. Vardon went to show that the plural membrane covering the left lung was firmly and uniformly adherent to the wall of the chest, that the lung was much reduced in size, flattened and completely impervious to air, that the right lung was normal in size and healthy, with the exception of a cicatrix in its apex, both of these conditions being attributable to disease of some distant period of his life; that the pericardium when opened contained a pint and a half of clotted blood, the result of a rupture of the aorta about half an inch after it left the heart. This rupture was the result of a disease of the vessel known as the aneurism and was undoubtedly the immediate cause of death. This evidence was fully corroborated by Dr. Lundy. After being addressed by the Coroner the jury returned a verdict of "death from natural causes." The deceased, who formerly lived near Haysville, was in the 60th year of his age, and his many acts of kindness and urbanity of manner will not soon be forgotten by those who knew him best. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sudden bereavement. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon last and was largely attended.

      Galt Reporter Apr 11 1879 pg 2

  • Sources 
    1. [S1338] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), Obituary of John McColl - 11 Apr 1879.