the Weekly Guide Friday April 19, 1907
Late George M Healy
Passed Away This Morning — An Old Respected
A great number of our aged residents have died during the past two years, and last Friday our old friend, George M Healy, was called to his eternal reward.
Deceased was born at Healy's Falls, near Campbellford, on the 31st of December, 1819. His father's name was Alrah Healy, and the name of the Falls perpetuates the family
name. He was at one time a Captain and sailed on Lake Ontario for several years. He afterwards became accountant in the old Bank of Upper Canada, which occupied the present
Guide Office building, and when that Bank failed he passed into the service of the Ontario Bank. Upon the removal of that Bank from Port Hope, Mr Healy was appointed Treasurer
of the town in April 1878, and held the office until October 1897. Since then he has lived in a quiet and retired manner at his house on Bruton Street.
Some years ago he wrote:— "I have distinct unbroken memory of events occurring early in March 1824, from which date, including transient periods of absence, I have always
considered Port Hope my domicile. Joined the Methodist Church March 5th and converted March 12th, 1843." Since that date he was class leader and local preacher in the Methodist
church, and for years active in the Sunday School and musical interests. He was subscriber to the Christian Guardian
from its first number, some sixty years ago.
Deceased was married three times, his first wife being Margaret Robinson, of Cobourg; his second wife was Ellen Syer, of Port Hope, and his third wife, Caroline M Fox, of Port
Hope, who predeceased him in 1904.
One son, G. R. Healy, who is somewhere in the far west of the United States, survives him.
George Millman Healy and his third wife Caroline Margaret Foxcursor over or tap a facefrom
The Guide Saturday March 26, 1853
Mr. Geo. M. Healy, having gratuitously taught a juvenile class in vocal music, here, during the past winter, with a devotion and self-denial truly characteristic
and praiseworthy, a number of his pupils last week presented him with a fine copy of Webster's Dictionary, which bore the following inscription:
Mr. G. M. Healy, by a few of his grateful Pupils.—Port Hope, March.
The following is Mr. Healy's reply—Master Thomas Harris:—I beg
through you, to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of Webster's Dictionary, Unabridged, purporting to be presented by a few of my grateful pupils. I feel gratified to know that
my services have been appreciated, and return my warmest thanks to all who contributed toward this beautiful and valuable present.
No choice could have been made to
suit me better. I regret not having an opportunity to make a public acknowledgment, and trust you will make this expression of my thankfulness known, to all concerned, as
far as circumstances will permit.
Geo. M. Healy.from
The Times Thursday November 12, 1891 page 6
Port Hope's Punster.—Mr.
Healy, the town Treasurer, has a wide reputation as a punster. The other day a party of gentlemen, amongst them Mr. Healy, were conversing on Walton Street, when suddenly a
pane of glass fell from an upstair window with a crash into the street. "Ah," remarked Mr. Healy, "One can see glass go (Glasgow) without going to Scotland."
the Evening Guide Nov 9, 1897
Mr. Geo. M. Healy, late town treasurer, wrote as follows: "With much pleasure, and no less grateful appreciation of the
generous action of your honourable body, I beg herewith to acknowledge the receipt of a cheque in my favour for the sum of $200 in accordance with a resolution passed at
your last meeting, and presented distinctly as an "Honorarium"—a term at once euphonic and much more appropriate in significance than the statutory, formal "gratuity." The
noble majority will please accept my thanks for the just and liberal consideration accorded me. In leaving the service of the Corporation, I desire to place on record the
very agreeable association had with Mr. James Evans, tax collector, the courteous deportment of Mr. John Wesley Sanders, town clerk and of Mr. John Gamble, market clerk,
through successive years."from
a letter written by
George Robinson HealyBorn 1851 Port Hope
father George Millman Healy
mother Margaret Robinson
married Dec 20, 1871 Port Huron, Michigan
born c1856 Port Hope
father Thomas Warren Hastings
mother Ann ?
A son, Alrah George Healy
, was born May 29, 1876 in Port Hope, died March 26, 1877 in Toronto.
George was a Printer by trade. He probably died in California. No other factual
evidence regarding George Healy, Jr., has survived.
What does remain is this letter through which we have a more detailed glimpse into his personality and character
than mere statistical data could afford.
DETROIT, GRAND HAVEN & MILWAUKEE RAILWAY
Detroit Dec 15, 1885
My Dear Father,
Letter with enclosure to hand tonight. Note what you say in regard to ??? and "frills" out west. Will attend to the former
when I get settled, and the latter I will leave in Detroit until I return. Am getting two colored flannel shirts and expect to be prepared to rough it when I get there. Sent
postal last night saying I had concluded to stay till Monday next, as by doing so I thought perhaps they may give me a full month's salary for Dec. I mentioned the matter to
Murray this evening and he said he would see McQ and thought it would be OK. He will interview him in the a.m. and I will advise you of result tomorrow evening.
Leaving here on Monday p.m. at 4:30 will bring me in Chicago 8:10 a.m. following morning, leave C. 12:19 p.m. due in Omaha 10a.m. Wednesday. The overland mail leaves O. at 8:10
p.m. and if all connections are made I will be due in B.C. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. By this you will see I have 10 hours in Omaha to get through my business with U.P.R. people. Will
see M. or McQ. in a.m. about sending letter (or copy) ahead, and if they will certify to same—ahead she goes. Fortune's title is sort of assistant manager, but I do not know if
correspondence is addressed to him as such. He is Spicer's confidential man: a letter addressed to Gen. Manager's office will reach him. His initials are J.W., and I enclose
herewith the correspondence in reference to the first application for a pass.
As to enclosed draft—for which please accept my sincere thanks—I will negotiate with
McEver in the morning, and if there is is any demurring I will advise you alone. But I do not anticipate any trouble as McE will only be too glad to do me a favor. I am told that
Callaway's chief clerk is a Detroit man, and Murray says he is positive I will get a pass whether C. is home or not,—and he will probably be there at the time I am due in O.—so
Rest assured I will be chary with my wealth—shall not spend one cent foolishly, and shall return this loan as soon as circumstances will permit.
As I will have so much time in O. I will be able to see Howell and Montgomery who ought to do the "decent" for a PH boy in the way of introductions to officials—that is,
if they (officials) are not too haughty to be approached—G.T.R. beauties, for instance.
As for Xmas presents the thought of purchasing such has not entered my mind—have
better use for my money this Xmas.
Reynold's nephew only gets $42 per month—this is all he has received since he came back from the Hoosac Tunnel Line office.
Will see J.S.F. before I leave and give him an idea as to the treatment I have received.
Have told you all tonight.
Letter from B. this p.m. No change!
Will write again tomorrow and will keep you posted on my movements in daily postals up to the time I start.
Am well and in good spirits, and hope to be in good trim
for my journey.
Hoping this will find you well I say good night.
Your affectionate son
George M Healy
Port Hope, Ont
pen I wrote this with is Esterbrook's "Old Dominion"—nearest to gold I have used.