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Obituary of David Russell Dobie

This is the obituary of D. R. Dobie, hand dated Dec. 26, possibly from the Owen Sound Sun-Times. Sent to me by Jay Nellis, March, 1997.


A life-long citizen who for over half a century was identified with the legal profession and journalism in Owen Sound, D. Russell Dobie, passed away at noon on Christmas day after a long illness. He was a man of wide interests in music and in military and fraternal affairs, and was 81 years of age.

David Russell Dobie was born in Owen Sound, the only son of the late D. R. Dobie, Sr. He attended the local Collegiate and Toronto University, from which he graduated in 1893. He then went to Osgoode Hall, was called to the bar in 1898. He practiced law in Owen Sound until 1906, when he joined the editorial staff of The Sun.

In 1912, in partnership with the late H. R. Moffat and H. P. Smithson, now of Detroit, he purchased the Owen Sound Advertiser, from J. H. Little, who founded it 50 years earlier. Mr. Dobie became editor of this pioneer paper. Later Messrs. Moffat and Smithson sold their interests to J. Dean Findlay and the firm of Dobie & Findlay published The Advertiser until it was discontinued in 1923. Mr. Dobie continued in the general printing business.

In 1934 he joined the Sun-Times staff as chief editorial writer, a post he held until his retirement in 1946.

As a young man Mr. Dobie was a member of the old 31st Regiment and in 1916 went overseas as a Major with the 147th. Battalion in the First Great War. He was always interested in music and was a member of the old Aeolian Chorus and the later Orpheus chorus and the Orpheus male quartette.

Mr. Dobie was a past master of North Star Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Preceptory. When the Kiwanis Club was organized in Owen Sound he was one of the charter members. He was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples).

In 1924, Mr. Dobie was married to Ruth Fleming of Owen Sound, who survives, together with two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Forester of Hamilton, and Mrs. A. S. Butchart of Beverley Hills, Cal.