Frank Digweed, former worker for Larkin farms and NPC
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Frank Digweed, former NPC worker
Frank Digweed, a resident of Queenston for 75 years, died Monday at Niagara Hospital, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was 99 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday Nov. 27.
Born in Wallingford, England, he moved to the Virgil area when he was 15.
In 1906 he became foreman of Larkin Farms in Queenston, a job he held for 47 years. He also managed a dairy business for the Larkin family.
After the Larkins sold the business, Mr. Digweed went to work for the Niagara Parks Commission as maintenance man at Queenston Heights, a job he kept for 13 years.
By this time he was well over the mandatory retirement age, but instead of having him leave the NPC moved him in to the ivy-covered MacKenzie House as caretaker, where he remained until he went blind.
Mr. Digweed and his wife would often open their home to airmen and sailors during the Second World War.
He is survived by two sons, Harry, Queenston and Norton, Niagara Falls, and two daughters, Mrs. Jack Vicary (Edith), Niagara Falls and Mrs. Douglas Clement (Norma), Queenston.
He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Lizzie Williams), a daughter, Betty; a grandson, Christopher and two brothers, Harry and Ernest.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hetherington and Deans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
DIGWEED. Frank — On Monday, April 28th, 1986 at Niagara Hospital, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Frank Digweed, husband of the late Elizabeth Williams, dear father of Harry, Mrs. Douglas Clement (Norma) of Queenston, Norton Digweed, Mrs. Jack (Edith) Vicary, both of Niagara Falls, Ontario and the late Betty, brother of the late Harry and Ernest. Surviving are twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Digweed was predeceased by a daughter Betty one grandson Christopher.
Resting at the Funeral Chapel of HETHERINGTON AND DEANS. Victoria Avenue for service in the Chapel Wednesday. April 30th at 1 p.m. Interment in Fair-view Cemetery. In Memoriam contributions to the Equipment Fund of the Greater Niagara General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.
A distinctive honor has been awarded a local resident in the person of Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank) Digweed, whose name appears in the Dominion Day honor list, being awarded the M.B.E.
Mr. and Mrs. Digweed entertained thousands of air force, army and navy personnel during the war, when they held open house for the conducted tours from Toronto. Men from all over the Empire will have pleasant memories of a Sunday spent at the Digweed home. Mr. Frank Digweed is manager of the former Larkin Farm recently purchased by Auburn Holman B.Sc, Portage Road, Stamford and has been employed by Larkins for over 40 years.
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- Newspaper clipping (including obituary) about Frank Digweed, former employee of Larkin Farms in Queenston and Niagara Parks Commission, published in the local newspaper.
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- 28 Apr 1986
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- Huggins, Jean A. E. (1895-1989)
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