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Robert Cromwell Lossing
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1853
Oxford County Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jun. 23, 1937
Grande Prairie Census Division
Alberta, Canada

Robt. C. Lossing Another Pioneer Crossed The Bar

Another Peace River pioneer has crossed the bar. Born at Norwich, Ont. on January 26, 1853, Robert Cromwell Lossing died June 23 in his comfortable Beaverlodge home at the age of 84, predeceased exactly 2 years and 7 months by his wife. Twenty-eight years ago he was on the Grouard trail en route to the Peace.

Tracing on his maternal grandmother's side kinship with General Sir Isaac Brock the late Mr. Lossing was of mixed Teutonic and Scotch extraction, his mother's people belonging to the Society of Friends. He himself early joined the Methodist Church but came in contact with the Christian Association in which he adhered for the remainder of his life. In 1879 he married Mary Ann Avey, who bore him two children, Mrs. W.D. Albright and Clarence F. Lossing, both of Beaverlodge.

An indefatigable worker, with abounding vitality and a fertile mind of practical bent, he delighted in accomplishment for its own sake rather than for gain. He engaged in various occupations but chiefly farming and market gardening, showing genius in everything to which he turned his hand.

Joining the trek to Peace River, he with his wife and son were of the party that left Edmonton in April, 1909 with 18 teams of oxen on a three months trail trip to Beaverlodge, which was reached July 14.

Here he found a permanent home, throwing himself into pioneering with all the seat of renewed youth, proving up as a South African Veteran's script, the half section on which the Beaverlodge Experimental Substation (though first called Redlow). For years he carried the mail between Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge, never leaving his driver's seat to walk in the coldest weather. Afterwards he became agent for the Massey-Harris company, having, it said, the reputation of placing more machinery than any other agent they had had in the North.

Acquiring townsite property when the railroad established the new town of Beaverlodge, he moved there but returned some five years ago to his original building site on the hill, where he planted one of the most attractive homes in the countryside.

Public causes found in him a true and ready friend. He helped to open up the trail which is now the highway between Beaverlodge and Lake Sasketoon, did much as a councillor and as a private citizen to improve the town property and streets and was always looking for a chance to develop something. His genial smile and twinkling eye won a host of friends.

On June 10, while retiring about 10 p.m. he was taken with a stroke which paralyzed the left side though sparing the power of speech.

At 84 he still found zest in living. Though by no means afraid to die he remarked hopefully, "I like this country. I'd like to stay in it a while longer." By such as he is a country really built.

He is survived by his two children, five grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. F. Lyon, Tillsonburg, Ont., and Mrs. R.H. Kent, Pellston, Mich.

The funeral services were held in the Victory Hall at Beaverlodge, which was filled to capacity. Services were conducted by Mr. E. A. Smith assisted by Rev. George Shields. The casket was banked with flowers and places of business in Beaverlodge were closed. Interment took place in the Beaverlodge cemetery.

Pall bearers were: Messrs. J. M. Miller, A. Miller, Gordon Sherk, V.C. Flint, Earl J. Jones and W.G. Johnson.

- Published in The Northern Tribune, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Thursday, July 1, 1937 
Family links: 
  Henry Cornell Lossing (1829 - 1902)
  Sarah Ann Clark Lossing (1827 - 1899)
  Mary Ann Avey Lossing (1859 - 1934)
  Eva Belle Lossing Albright (1887 - 1978)*
  Clarence Fletcher Lossing (1895 - 1976)*
  Elizabeth K Lossing (1851 - 1858)*
  Robert Cromwell Lossing (1853 - 1937)
  Mary Lossing Mabee (1855 - 1934)*
  Sarah Eliza Lossing Murray (1857 - 1931)*
  Elma L Lossing (1863 - 1878)*
  Velma D. Lossing Kent (1863 - 1940)*
  Lillie Lossing Lyon (1865 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Beaverlodge Cemetery
Grande Prairie Census Division
Alberta, Canada
Created by: Red
Record added: Jun 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 131139496

- Red
 Added: Jun. 9, 2014

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