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Here’s a photo from the August 31 1931 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a couple who had just celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

As usual when I find one of these, I indulge my morbid curiosity and look in the Toronto city directories to find out how much longer they lived. Henry C. Roxborough is indeed listed in the 1931 Toronto city directory at 494 Hillsdale Avenue East, and was working at the Bank of Toronto as suggested in the caption. (I did wonder whether there was someone named Hillsdale living on Roxborough Street, but there was no one named Hillsdale in the directory.)

Mr. Roxborough is listed in the 1936 directory at the same address, but no longer has a listed occupation, which suggests that he was retired. He last appeared in the 1941 directory. His wife was not listed in the 1942 directory as his widow as far as I could tell – 494 Hillsdale East had another resident – so it appears as though Mrs. Roxborough passed away first.

The sportswriter son mentioned in this photo was Henry Hall Roxborough. I couldn’t find out much about him, other than that he was the author of The Stanley Cup Story, published in 1968, The Beginnings of Organized Sport in Canada, published in 1973, and Canada at the Olympics, publication date unknown. One link indicated that he was born in 1891, so he turned to authoring books about sport at the end of a long life.

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