The following information about Thomas Roe as extracted from the "Descendants of John Roe" Website…which is based on some very thorough research and effort by Heather Roe. Thanks Heather!!!!
28 Dec 1900
Huron County, Ontario
DEATH OF MR. THOMAS ROE. — Mr. Thos. Roe passed away at his residence on North Main street, at 2:45 Christmas Day. Mr. Roe had been suffering for about a week from indigestion, but neighter the dorctor nor his family apprehended any immediate danger. He was down town as usual on Monday, and sat up with his family all the early part of the next day, thorugh suffering with severe pains in the stomach, and then, without a moment’s warning, slipped away to his heavenly home the immediate cause of his death being homorrhage of the brain. He was talking to his wife just a moment before, and the next instant he was not, for God took him. He will be greatly missed, especially by his family, and the church of which he has been a consistant member since early manhood — nearly all of that time occipyin gthe position of local preacher and class leader — missed, but to him has come the gladest Christmastide of all his life. He leaves a wife and a step-daughter, Miss Mabel Howell, in the home ; tow sons, Hector and Egerton, on farms in McKillop, and three daughers, one of them in Manitoba. Mr. Roe came to Canada from Ireland in 1849, when he was 19 years of age, and settled on the 9th concession of the township of Grey, where he cleared up a fine farm. He then removed to McKillop, where he remained for about 18 years. About six years ago, deciding to retire from the more active duties of life, he came to reside in Seaforth, and has been a resident of this town ever since. The remains were taken to Brussels for interment on Thursday.
10 Jan 1901
Brussels, Huron, Ontario
OBITUARY. — It was with deep regret that the people of this locality learned recently of the death of Thomas Roe, who died of apoplexy at his home in Seaforth on Christmas Day. The sad event was altogether unexpected for though he had attained to the age of 70 years and 11 months, he had always enjoyed robust health and having a much more than ordinary share of physical vigor and coming of a race of long lived ancestry, it looked so far as human eye could discern, as if he might reach well nigh to the century mark. His sudden and unlooked for demise again reminds us of the uncertainty of life. Mr. Roe was a native of Ireland and emigrated to America at 19 uncertainty of age, locating first in the state of New York. After spending two years there he came to Canada and settled on a farm in the township of Grey where he lived for about 20 years. Disposing of this farm he purchased another on the 14th concession of McKillop, on which he lived till about 6 years ago, when he retired to Seaforth, where he continued to reside till the time of his death. In 1854 he married Amy Dudley, of St. Marys, who pre- deceased him five and a half years ago. In the death of Mr. Roe the County loses another of that noble band of pioneers who transformed the wilderness of half a century ago into the well cultivated farms of today, and useful citizens, for he was a man who lived for others as well as for himself. Possessed of good business ability he had ere the prime of life accumulated a sufficiency of this world’s goods but while his life was a success from the material standpoint he was not less mindful of the Spiritual side. IN early manhood he became a member of the Methodist church, of which he was during the remainder of his life devoted. His labors in connection with the church are too well known to need any lengthy mention here. Filled with a zeal for furthering the kingdom of God; endowed with a strong mentality and a restless energy, he was not content to remain a silent member of the congregation but in prayer meeting, Sunday school, evangelistic work, in everything relative to the welfare and progress of the church he took a foremost part. A man of liberal and progressive views, his endeavors in spiritual work were not confined to that religious body in particular with which he was affiliated; and at the sick bedside, sick unfortunate, the indigent and the needy, to those in sorrow and distress he was ever ready to minister and lend a helping hand. Thus his life became an active influence for good among the people with whom his lot was cast. In the pioneer days of this section of the country he regularly officiated in regularly pulpits of the Brussels and Walton circuits. Having received in his youth a superior education, and by nature possessing a strong and vigorous understanding, combined with adequate powers of language, his discourses in form and finish fell little short of the efforts of college-bred men; and permeated, as they were, with the zeal and earnestness of the man, they never failed to appeal directly to the hearts and conscience of his hearers. A sketch of the solid and substantial personality of the man has been anticipated in what we have said of his work. The salient features of his character were rectitude of purpose, tireless energy, firmness of will, and Christian zeal. To these were added a fund of sympathy, a humanitarian spirit, and a due regard for the rights of his fellowmen. In short, he had the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up, and say to all the world, "This was a man." His second wife, a stepdaughter and a family of two sons and three daughters survive him. These are: Mrs. Roe and Miss Mabel Howell, of Seaforth ; Fletcher and Edgerton Roe and Mrs. S. Stitt, of McKillop ; Mrs. J. Jermyn, of Morris ; and Mrs. A. Morrison, of Brandon, Man. The funeral took place on Thursday, Dec. 27. The service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Russell, of Seaforth. Interment was made at Brussels cemetery.