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Read his personal letters here- The other original Almonte Doctor: John Frederick Hanly
by Linda Hanly Reid, May, 2009
The Almonte Gazette – Friday, March 4, 1927
Sudden Death Of Dr. Hanly Last Monday
Widely Known Medical Practitioner Passes As He Reaches His Home – Was Visiting Patients – For Thirty-Four Years He Was Prominent Citizen of Almonte
Dr. John Frederick Hanly, widely known medical practitioner, died very suddenly on Monday afternoon as he stepped from his cutter after returning home from visiting his patients. He was 58 years of age. His sudden passing stirred the community deeply. For about a year he had not been in the best of health. heart trouble was the cause. Early last summer he went to Toronto to seek the advice of specialists, and was warned that he would require to take the greatest care. For a time he did very little work, but he soon abandoned the life of ease suggested to hi and plunged again into the hard work in which he rejoiced. Dr. Hanly was a son of the late Dr. John Hanly of Waubaushene, on the Georgian Bay. He was a graduate of Toronto University, and for a time assisted his father in his extensive medical practice. It was a practice which involved arduous travel by land and water and often on snowshoes in winter. From boyhood up he was trained to feats of physical endurance. He became a skilful sailor, and preserved to the end a great love for the water. Last summer he spent a short time amongst the scenes of his boyhood and visited at Midland, his aged mother and his brothers. Thirty-four years ago Dr. Hanly came to Almonte and throughout that long period he occupied a prominent position in the community. Despite the exacting nature of a large practice he devoted a large amount of his time to educational matters. For many years he was a member of the Almonte Board of Education, of which he had been chairman, and he was a prominent member of the Lanark County Educational Association. He was a scholarly man, and he loved good books. he took a deep interest in the Public Library and was associated with it for a long time as a member of the board. he was himself possessed of a carefully selected library. Dr. Hanly was medical health officer for Almonte. There is no doubt that the strain and anxiety caused by the recent epidemics took a large toll of his strength. he was the local physician for the C.P.R. He took an active interest in the affairs of his church and for many years was secretary of Bethany United congregation. he was frequently urged to allow himself to be appointed an elder of the church, but always refused. In politics he was a strong Liberal. He attended the last Liberal convention at Lanark Village to nominate a federal candidate, but he was unable to be present at the convention to nominate a provincial candidate. This was the first convention he had missed in 26 years. Besides his wife and his widowed mother, he leaves two sons and a daughter to mourn his loss; Arthur, of New York; Lois, of Toronto, and Bruce at home. Two brothers, who reside at Midland, also survive him. Seven or eight years ago Dr. Hanly met with a nasty accident. he was coming down the steps of the R. M. Hospital in winter after visiting his patients, when he slipped on the ice, and fell heavily. His head was badly cut. Dr. Hanly in his younger days was a good athlete, and was prominent in sport while a student at Toronto University. he was particularly fond of cricket, and played for many years with the Almonte Club. he was a good skater and a good oarsman. he took a deep interest in the local hockey team and this was the first winter that he was unable to go to the rink to see a game. The funeral took place this Thursday afternoon from the family residence on Country Street to the Auld Kirk Cemetery. There was a very large gathering of mourners, one of the largest seen here in recent years. Rev. J. R. MacCrimmon, of Bethany United Church, conducted the service and the pallbearers were Messrs. T. J. Reid, Henry Brown, D. J. Dick, M. R. MacFarlane, W. West, and Adam Craig. Relatives present included Dr. Hanly’s two sons, Arthur and Bruce; his daughter, Miss Lois Hanly; and his two brothers from Midland. Among those from out of town were Mr. Robert Young, and Mrs. George Bennett, of Ottawa; Messrs. Robert Paterson, David Findlay, W. R. Caldwell, Dr. Downing and Dr. Johnston, of Carleton Place. There were many from the country round about. The members of the Board of Education and the town council where present in a body. The schools were closed In the afternoon and all the members of the teaching staff attended. The blinds of most of the places of business were drawn as the long funeral procession wended its way through the town to the last resting place of the deceased physician.