Vernon, BC CAN
This obituary appeared in the local paper for John Richard Drake born Feb 9,1871 and died May 5,1943 in Kedleston Saskatchewan, son of William Henry Drake and Margaret (Docherty) Drake, Lot 49 Pownal.
JOHN RICHARD DRAKE
The funeral service for the late John Richard Drake took place at the Kedleston United Church Friday afternoon at two o'clock. Mr Gordon Wanless officiated. Pallbearers were George Bradley, C. Bradley, A. Wilke, J. Coles, W. Tindall and B. Foxon. Mr Drake was born in 1871 at Waterside, near Pownal, Prince Edward Island. In 1898 he married Miss Susannah Jane Drake at Cornwall, P.E.I. The family lived at Waterside untill 1911. Early that spring it joined George Drake at Strasbourg, Sask., and in the fall of the same year located on the farm three miles north west of Kedleston, which is still the family home. Beside Mrs. Drake three children survive: Russell and Mary at Kedleston and Mrs. W. Wheatley, Liberty. Mr. George Drake, a brother, lives in Saskatoon. Mr Drake was a member of the United Church and for some time was superintendent of the Sunday School at Kedleston. He was secretary and member of the local school board for about twenty-five years and served as the secretary for the local telephone company for about the same length of time. He has been in indifferent health for the past three years, although untill the past two weeks he was up and about. Another page in the history of Kedleston is written with the passing of a pioneer, who made his contribution to its development, to its gradual change from the unsettled prarie into an organized community. The West is not the country for weaklings or those who are afraid of hard work, who lack courage and perseverance. Men who made the West are those who stick to it, through thick and thin, through bad times and good times, through discouragements and drouths.