I have always felt that the humblest among us has it in his power to do something for his country by doing his duty, and that there is no better inheritance to leave his children than the knowledge that he has done so to the utmost of his ability.
Sandford Fleming died in 1915 in Halifax, at the home of one of his daughters. He was buried in Ottawa at Beechwood cemetery.
During his lifetime, he had received many honours. In 1877, he became a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; in 1897 he was knighted. He was given honorary doctorates by the University of St. Andrews, Columbia University, the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.
He spent his entire life working to unite the colonies of the British Empire.
He undoubtedly viewed with pride and joy the achievement of three great projects that he had ardently defended: construction of the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway, laying of a communications cable between Canada and Australia, and, finally, the adoption of a universal system of time zones.
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