DRAPER, Robert George of Paynes Mills, passed away on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, at the L.H.S.C. (Victoria Campus), in his 71st year (three score and ten). Son of the late Gerald and Thelma (Styles) Draper and dear brother of Ron Draper (Elaine) of Beachville and the late Marion (late Jim) Young. Dear uncle of Julie Winger (Chris), Michael Draper (Jennifer), Peter Young (Simone) and Jim Young. Sadly missed by 4 great nephews, a number of aunts and cousins. Bob was born in St. Thomas on September 10th, 1942. He farmed all his life. He was a member of St. John’s Anglican Church. Bob was a member of the St. Thomas Gun Club, a 35 year member of the Maple Syrup Producers, a former member of the St. Thomas Curling Club and the Junior Farmers.
Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society
The Williams Funeral Home was founded in 1893 by P.R. Williams and is one of the oldest Funeral businesses in the province. Over the next seven decades the business was passed down through several generations in the Williams Family. In the eariler years they occupied a number of different buildings along Talbot Street and in 1929 they purchased the building at 45 Elgin Street, from which they still operate.
In 1966, Gordon Hughson, who had operated the Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for the previous twenty one years, purchased the funeral home and continued the long tradition of dedication and service. Currently, the funeral home is operated by his sons, Allan and Gary Hughson.