Montreal Gazette, 13 March 1878, page 4


The Late HL Routh, Esq


It is our sad duty to announce this morning the death of this well known and much esteemed citizen, whose name appears at the head of this paragraph.  Mr Routh has passed away at the comparatively early age of 68, after an illness which, though painful, was not of long duration. About three weeks ago he was in his accustomed place, transacting business at the office of the Royal Insurance Company, of which he was the chief agent for Canada.  At one time Mr Routh was one of the most prominent merchants in Montreal, and has always been highly respected as an upright and straightforward business man.  Descended from an old English family, he came to Canada at an early age and has ever since been remarkable for his patriotic devotion to its interests.  During what was commonly called the “Trent” difficulty he raised the 5th Battalion (Royal) Light Infantry, of which he was the Colonel for many years.  We believe he was also out at the Fenian Invasion.  Colonel Routh was universally popular in the militia volunteer force of Montreal.  In private life he was beloved by all who knew him, for his singularly amiable and courteous disposition.  He was a fine specimen of a polished and cultured gentleman of the old country type, whose social and kindly qualities made him a welcome companion wherever he went.  In politics he was a consistent and decided Conservative.  The British Constitution and the close connection of Canada with the Empire had no warmer supporter. A deeply-attached member of the Church of England, he regularly served as a delegate at the meetings of the Synod of that Church, held in Montreal.  St George’s Church of this city, where he was a constant and faithful worshiper, will sorely miss his presence and sympathy.  It is not too much to say that that the whole community will greatly regret his loss.  Not least will the Montreal General Hospital and the House of Industry and Refuge, of both which institutions he as a Governor, feel that by his death they have been deprived of a wise adviser and sincere friend. Mr Routh was twice married.  He leaves behind one son by his first marriage, and a widow who is extensively known in connection with several of our charities as a most active and much-honored Christian worker.  His funeral takes place on Friday afternoon from his late residence, thence to St George’s Church and Mount Royal Cemetery.