As part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project, with its sections on Vancouver Island Cemeteries – Masonic Interments and Deceased Brethren, here is a page on Andrea Astrico, who is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
At this point we do not know a lot about Andrea Astrico, who died on 15 February 1879, aged 55. He was a member of Quadra Lodge, which merged with Vancouver Lodge in June 1877 to form Vancouver & Quadra Lodge, No. 2.
We also know that Andrea Astrico was a native of Caino, Italy and operated a hotel in downtown Victoria.
The Vancouver & Quadra Lodge, No. 2 membership records show only “Astrico, Andrew, Hotel-Keeper.”
The contemporary newspaper reports shown below also refer to him as “Andrew” so it appears he also used the name “Andrew” as an anglicized version of his own name, Andrea.
Here are the reports of Andrea (Andrew) Astrico’s death and funeral taken from contemporary Victoria newspaper reports:
The funeral will take place from the Masonic Temple on Tuesday, 18th inst., at 2 p.m. Friends are invited.”
(Source: Daily British Colonist, 18 February 1879, page 3, column 1, under Deaths)
“The late Andrew Astrico’s funeral will take place to-day. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows’ Orders and the Pioneer Society. A full representation of all these organizations will follow the remains to the grave.”
(Source: Daily British Colonist, 18 February 1879, page 3, column 3)
“The funeral of the late Andrew Astrico took place from the Masonic Temple yesterday afternoon. It was numerously attended by Masons, Odd Fellows and Pioneers. The cortege was headed by Haynes’ band, and the remains were interred in Ross Bay cemetery. W. Bro. R.B. McMicking read the funeral service of the Masonic Order.”
(Source: Daily British Colonist, 19 February 1879, page 3, column 4)
Andrea Astrico is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
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