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

Francis Richard "Dick" "Richard" McGrogan

Male 1883 - 1958  (74 years)


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  • Name Francis Richard "Dick" "Richard" McGrogan 
    Born 21 Dec 1883  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story, sports 
    Name Dick McGrogan 
    Name Richard McGrogan 
    Occupation 1905  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moulder 
    Thomas Watson's Foundry
    Thomas Watson's Foundry
    Tweedsmuir Ayr, Volume 5
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-338517 
    Died 1 Jun 1958  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Cause: Heart Attack 
    Buried 4 Jun 1958  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I338517  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Family Agnes Jane Reid,   b. 21 Apr 1878, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1916, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1904  , Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Harold Reid "Bunny" McGrogan,   b. 26 Jul 1905, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1991, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F247723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Francis Richard (Dick) McGrogan Passes - Francis Richard "Dick" McGrogan, one of Ayr's best-known and most popular citizens, died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday. He was a passenger in a car with other Ayr friends returning from Brantford when he was stricken, and expired before reaching this village. Born in Guelph 74 years ago, he learned the moulding trade in that city before coming to Ayr in 1904. He was a skilled moulder at the Watson foundry for some 40 years, leaving to become caretaker at Ayr Public School. He held the latter position for about 11 years before retiring some five years ago. He had been in indifferent health for some time and returned to Ayr a few months ago after convalescing from surgery at the home of his son, Harold, in Ottawa. Mr. McGrogan's innate cheerfulness, a characteristic undoubtedly inherited from his Irish forebears, endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. Probably his greatest interest was in the younger generation of the community, and the young people who knew him affectionately as "Dick" are legion. These friendships developed over the years invariably lasted a lifetime. It was impossible not to acquire the friendship of this man, small in stature but great in heart. Up until advancing physical age finally prevented it-although the spirit still remained - Mr. McGrogan took an active part in the youth sports program here. Long before the era of organized minor sports in Ayr, Mr. McGrogan was teaching youngsters the rudiments of hockey: He was an excellent mentor, not because he was expert in the technicalities of the game but because he understood what sportsmanship meant. Any boy who played under his guidance played fairly and learned to be a gracious winner or a good loser. Back in earlier years he was a player in his own right, tending goal for an Ayr team when he had long since reached the age at which most retire. Mr. McGrogan took an active part for many years in the life of Knox United Church. He was treasurer of the Sunday School for a lengthy period, held various church offices and eventually was appointed an elder - a position he valued highly and upheld in an exemplary manner. Mr. McGrogan was a welcome figure in nearly all community social activities and was the life of many a bowling game or other function. His interest also extended to fraternal organizations, and he was a member of both Ayr Masonic Lodge and Dolman Lodge, I.O.O.F. He is survived by a son, Harold, of Hurdman's Bridge (Ottawa), and three grandchildren. His wife, the former Agnes Reid, predeceased him 42 years ago. A combined Masonic and Oddfellow service was held at his late residence on Tuesday evening. The largely attended funeral service was held at Knox United Church today (Wednesday), conducted by Rev. R. D. Thompson. Interment was made in Ayr Cemetery.

      The Ayr News Jun 5 1958 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      McGrogan/ In Loving memory of/ F. Richard McGrogan/ Dec. 21, 1883 - June 1, 1958/ Harold Reid McGrogan/ July 26, 1905 - May 29, 1991/ Mary Margaret McGrogan nee Turner/ May 29, 1928 - July 11, 2006/ At rest

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Francis R McGrogan Age: 21 Birth Date: abt 1883 Birth Place: Guelph Marriage Date: 5 Dec 1904 Marriage County or District: Brant Father: James McGrogan Mother: Mary Wright Spouse: Aggie J Reid Spouse's Age: 23 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1881 Spouse Birth Place: Ayr Spouse Father: Andrew Reid Spouse Mother: Isabella Johnson

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Dec 1883 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Dec 1904 - , Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Moulder - 1905 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Heart Attack - 1 Jun 1958 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Jun 1958 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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