Excerpt from Eighth Annual Report: March, 1913
During the year we have sustained a. Great loss in the death of our honoured vice-president, Mr. P. D. Crerar, one who from the first had taken a deep interest in the affairs of the Association. Indeed, it is conceded that he was the one who gave cohesion to the idea of a local sanatorium for Hamilton, and almost to his last day on earth he was found at the post of duty he had set for himself and which was fulfilled with fidelity to the end. Endued with that special quality of mind and disposition which knew how to restrain and when to encourage, his professional ability enabled him to advise on any question submitted in the interest of the Association. A good man and friend has entered into his re'st. Rest would be to him, methinks, amplitude of service for the good of others.
Soon after our last annual meeting, we suffered the loss of our laundry and barns by fire. Being in the depths of winter, it occasioned much inconvenience to the staff, but very soon the friends of the Association. Aided by our city newspapers, were busy soliciting subscriptions from our generous citizens. A sum sufficient to build a fire-proof laundry and to equip it. With improved machinery was soon obtained, the laundry is in perfect working order to-day, and is much appreciated by the Association.
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