A Sense of Duty to the End
In the winter of 1919, Laurier was 77. His age weighed heavily on him, as did the cumulative years of fatigue. Ever the Liberal Party leader and proud Member of Parliament representing Québec-East, he agreed to slow down somewhat, but refused to withdraw from political life. This man of duty defended his electors right up to the last days of his life.
On February 15, alone at his office, Wilfrid Laurier suffered a first attack that left him unconscious. Believing the problem to be an accumulation of chronic fatigue, he returned home to rest. The next morning, he suffered another attack that caused a brain hemorrhage and left him paralyzed. He died the next day at 2:50 p.m. February 17, 1919.