Dr. Dwyre was a well-respected and beloved physician who maintained a busy practice for 50 years.
Appointed coroner of Lanark County in April 1897,
he was also actively interested in education and was elected to the Board of Education in 1901, served as its chairman in 1915 and 1928 and was still a member
in 1935. He enjoyed politics and, at the urging of friends, entered the 1904 Dominion election, but lost.
He became a member of the Smiths Falls Council Knights of Columbus, Perth Lodge of Catholic Foresters and the Perth Board of Trade.
He remained on the executive of Liberal organizations and served on both the County and Eastern Ontario Liberal Federation.
He became closely acquainted with Sir Wilfrid Laurier during this period. He was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic parish. Dr. Dwyre was very interested in horticulture and maintained a beautiful garden next to his home and
enjoyed inviting visitors into it during summers. He also was known as an ardent supporter of amateur sports, guiding Perth's lacrosse and hockey teams in the early 1900s.
Dr. Dwyre was known to have a wonderful sense of humor and his geniality and enthusiasm were enjoyed by all who knew him.
According to some great-nieces and nephews who knew him in the 1920s & 30s, he maintained a positive, joyful and youthful outlook on life and had a very hearty booming laugh!
He loved dogs, horses and children, was interested in antiques, classical and Irish music and had an extensive library in his home.
A favorite small white dog was named "Smitty". Dr. Dwyre was one of the first to own an automobile in Perth.
The Golden Anniversary of his practice in the medical profession was celebrated on April 27, 1935 with a banquet in his honor at the Perth Hotel.
This event was attended by colleagues representing the County Medical Association, Dr. Hetherington, Dean of Queen's University and several other
physicians from the area who spoke of their admiration for Dr. Dwyre. He was presented with a gold-headed cane
on behalf of the Lanark Medical Society - the emblem characteristic of physicians.
A few days later an "at home" reception in his honor was attended by many friends.
According to one brief 1935 article about him, "Dr. Dwyre would probably be referred to as one of Perth's "grand old men" if anybody considered him old.
But nobody does because he is remarkably active and has still been able to retain a youthful
appearance. He has a voice like a booming bell, a smile that stretches from ear to ear, and a sense of humor that wins friends for him everywhere he goes."
Dr. Andrew Dwyre died April 27, 1939 in Perth and is Buried in the Dwyre family plot
in the Catholic cemetery in Philipsville, across the road from the former Church of the Japanese Martyrs.
- Oral history shared by my mother, Eleanor (Hamilton) Roach and her siblings who had the privilege of knowing their great-uncle "Doc" Dwyre.
- Descriptions of the Golden Anniversary celebration were obtained from family-preserved newspaper clippings from the local Perth newspaper and several unidentified other press publications.
- Original 1897 document of Commission as Associate Coroner of Lanark County.
- Original family photos in the possession of a great-great grandniece, Ann Kracke, who resides in Portland, Oregon.