Laidlaw, Alexander R., Dr. (Died)
appeared in Canadian Champion (Milton, ON), 9 Feb 1865, p. 2, column 3
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Death has taken from amongst us another highly esteemed and worthy member of society in the midst of a life of much public usefulness. At nine o'clock on the night of Friday the 3rd inst., Dr. Alexander R. Laidlaw breathed his last, at his residence in this town - disease of the Kidneys ended his days. Although for several months he felt the symptoms of this incurable malady, he still attended to the duties of his profession; and even till within two weeks of his death, answered in sympathy the sufferes' call, when his own disease had become truly alarming, and when he himself was indeed the greater sufferer.
Our tender sympathies are with those most deeply bereaved; the youthful widow and fatherless child.
Dr. Laidlaw was the second son of Walter Laidlaw, Esq., one of the first settlers in the Scotch Block, Esquesing. He was born on the 9th of March, 1835, and in the spring of 1857 took the degree of M.D., at Queen's College, Kingston, with marks of special distinction conferred on him by his professors. Since that time he has been practising his profession with increasing success - for the past year in the town of Milton, and previously in the village of Norval - and has been well known throughout this County as a physician of acknowledged ability and skill.
In the character of him whose early death we now lament, there is much that will deepen in our minds a sense of the loss we sustain, and much indeed on account of which we shall ever hold his memory dear. To the public he was known as a kind, attentive, and skilful physician, of an amiable, unassuming, retiring disposition, always conducting himself with the prudence and gravity that marks the man of real worth.
To those more intimately acquainted with him, he was known not only as a kind husband and father, and a warm-hearted friend and wise counsellor in every relation of life, but also as a man of superior powers of mind, possessing qualities of disposition and intellect, fitted to raise him to the highest rank in society.
Owing to a naturally feeble constitution, during the whole of his short life, he was by no means a stranger to personal bodily suffering, and in his case the furnace seemed to do its work of refining well. During his last illness he bore up under a weight of peculiar suffering, and met in perfect consciousness the certain approaches of the last enemy with a cheerful calmness and Christian resignation, that may well bid his sorrowing survivors not sorry as those having no hope. Shortly before his death he expressed the wish that his body should be laid beside his mother's grave, in the burying ground adjoining Boston Church, where he was accustomed to worship in his earlier years; and on Monday the mortal remains of our departed friend were followed to this, their last resting place, by a company of mourners well becoming the universal respect in which he was held by all classes of the community. A deeply impressive funeral sermon was preached in Boston Church by the Rev'd James Mitchell.
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