Here is a brief biography of Alfred Hilton Lomas taken from Temple Lodge, No.33 records and from local newspaper reports of his death and funeral:
“….Application was received from Alfred Hilton Lomas aged 27 profession constable Residence Duncans. On motion it was received and the W.M. appointed Bros. Perry, Price and Jones as investigating committee…..”
(Source: Temple Lodge Minute Book, page 102-103, Regular Meeting of 11 February 1905)
“…..Committee on Wm. Hooper reported favourable. Committee on Hubert Keast reported favourable. Committee on A.H. Lomas reported favourable……..
Ballot was then taken on Wm Hooper and on examination was declared against the candidate. Ballot was then taken on Hubert Keast and on examination was declared favourable. Ballot was then taken on Alfred Hilton Lomas and on examination was declared favourable……..
The Lodge was then opened in the E.A.P. Degree to initiate Mr. Hubert Keast and the candidate being properly prepared was initiated in the E.A.P. degree…….”
(Source: Temple Lodge, No.33 Minute Book, Regular Meeting of 11 March 1905)
“….The Lodge opened in due and ancient form at 8:05. The Lodge was then called from Labour and resumed Labour at 8:25 when the R.W. W.J. Bowser, Grand Master of B.C. [note: the R.W. was a mistake by the Lodge secretary. It should be Most Worshipful for a Grand Master] with Grand Honors and the Lodge was then opened in the first degree for the purpose of initiating Mr. Alfred Hilton Lomas. After the ceremony the Lodge was closed in the E.A. degree and opened in the M.M. degree when the Grand Master made a very interesting speech on masonary [sic] which was much appreciated by the Lodge. Nothing further to be done the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form peace and harmony prevailing. After which a banquet was held in the Hall….”
(Source: Temple Lodge, No.33 Minute Book, Emergent Meeting of 22 March 1905)
Here is Alfred Hilton Lomas’ obituary from the Cowichan Leader newspaper:
“Alfred Lomas, 80, Born In Duncan
Born in Duncan 80 years ago, Alfred Hilton Lomas died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria, Thursday.
He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Lomas, Cowichan pioneers.
He served with the police force and was an Indian agent for this district, leaving to reside in Victoria in the 1930s.
A member of the Canadian Legion Branch No. 31, Mr. Lomas served overseas during the first world war.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda, Victoria, and two daughters, Mrs. F.P. Homer and Mrs. W.A. Barber, both in Victoria, and two grandchildren. One son, Norman Alfred, was killed November 17, 1930. One brother, E.S. Lomas, resides at Cowichan Lake.
Two sisters. Mrs. J.E. Clague, Victoria and Mrs. H.M. Prevost, Duncan, also survive. Three nieces, Miss Eileen Dwyer, Mrs. N. Nicolson and Mrs. P. Sunderland, reside in Duncan.
Funeral service was held in St. Peter’s Church, Quamichan, Saturday with Rev. W.E. Greenhaigh officiating.
Interment took place in the churchyard cemetery. Hayward’s Funeral Co., Victoria in charge of the arrangements.”
Alfred Hilton Lomas is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican cemetery.
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