WILLIAM BRUCE POWEL
Wor. Brother William Bruce Powel (1889 - 1965) ran a mens' clothing business, Powel's Men's Wear, in downtown Duncan for many years. After W.Bro. Powel's death in 1965, the business continued until 2004.
Over the years Powel's Men's Wear was in business it occupied several sites, at various times, in downtown Duncan including the Whittome Building, 45 Craig Street (see Fig. 2 below) and 25 Craig Street (see Fig. 3 below).
Here is a brief biographical sketch of Worshipful Brother Wiiliam Bruce Powel, taken from his obituary in the Cowichan Leader newspaper:
“W.B. Powel, clothier, dies at 75
In the mens’ clothing business in Duncan for nearly 50 years, William Bruce Powel, aged 75, died suddenly last Wednesday in King’s Daughters’ Hospital.
Mr. Powel would have celebrated his golden jubilee in the clothing business this year.
Born at Vittoria, Ont., October 25, 1889, he came to Duncan with his parents in 1907. He learned his trade with the former Cowichan Merchants Ltd. And subsequently entered business in a series of partnerships and then on his own behalf, in stores which played a leading role in this field in the community.
In his younger days he played on early Duncan basketball teams and later became a leading member of the old Cowichan Golf Club.
Predeceased by his first wife, Veda, in 1960, he is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Mrs. G. Lock (Aileen), Courtenay; Mrs. F. Irwin (Doris), Maple Bay Road, and Mrs. J. Pepler (Elizabeth) Nanaimo; one stepson, Leslie Atchison; five grandchildren, two brothers, Henry and Duncan Powel, and one sister, Miss Elizabeth Powel.
Funeral services were held Saturday from Hirst Funeral Chapel, Truck Road, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, friends were invited to send donations to B.C. cancer Society, through G.D. Allester, local chairman.”
Source: Cowichan Leader, 15 September 1965