Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For November 2017 – Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased Brother of the Lodge as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for November 2017 is Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968), who came to the Cowichan Valley with his family in 1921 and served as the local coroner.  Descendants of Alfred Edward Green are still living in the Cowichan Valley.

Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927
Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927 (photo copyright Temple Lodge, No.33)

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Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For October 2017 – Simon Leiser (1851-1917)

Each month our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project features a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Vancouver Island.

Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for October 2017 is Simon Leiser (1851 – 1917), a pioneer merchant of Victoria who also had commercial operations in Vancouver Island coal mining communities like Wellington and Cumberland.

Simon Leiser (1851-1917)
Simon Leiser (1851-1917)

Simon Leiser was a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria, as were his brothers Gustav Leiser (1856-1896) and Max Leiser (1862-1935).

For more information, see our webpage on Simon Leiser.

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Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For October 2017 – Thomas Anthony Wood (1857-1945)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased Brother of the Lodge as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for October 2017 is Thomas Anthony Wood (1857-1945), a farmer and Reeve of North Cowichan from 1896-1899.

Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899
Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899. (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)

Thomas Anthony Wood was also first president of the Duncan Board of Trade, now the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, being elected to that position in 1909.

For more information, see our webpage on Thomas Anthony Wood.

Thomas Anthony Wood is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican cemetery.

Thomas Wood, grave, St. Peter's Quamichan cemetery
Thomas Wood, grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan cemetery

Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For August 2017 – Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65)

Each month, as part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project, we feature a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic heritage and the contributions Freemasons have made to Vancouver Island.

Our featured deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for August 2017 is Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65), a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 who also served as Grand Master of B.C. in 1887-1888.

Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65) Grand Master - 1887-1888 (photo - Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)
Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65) Grand Master – 1887-1888 (photo – Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

The Milne Building on Johnson Street in downtown Victoria was built for Alexander Roland Milne by architect John Teague, who was also a Freemason.

The Milne Building, 546-548 Johnson Street, Victoria, B.C. Built for Alexander Roland Milne in 1891
The Milne Building, 546-548 Johnson Street, Victoria, B.C. Built for Alexander Roland Milne in 1891

Alexander Roland Milne is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65), grave in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
Alexander Roland Milne (died 1904, aged 65), grave in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

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Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For August 2017 – Alexander Chalmers Aitken (1868-1923)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features one of our Deceased Brethren as a way of highlighting Masonic heritage and the contributions our members have made to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for August 2017 is Alexander Chalmers Aitken (1868-1923), a farmer who served several terms as Reeve of North Cowichan. Alex Aitken Elementary School is named for him.

Alexander Chalmers Aitken, Reeve of North Cowichan 1909-1911, 1923.
Alexander Chalmers Aitken, Reeve of North Cowichan 1909-1911, 1923. (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)

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Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For July 2017 – George Henry Savage (1887-1959)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features one of our Deceased Brethren as a way of highlighting the contributions our members have made to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased Brother for July 2017 is George Henry Savage (1887-1959), who was Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge No. 33 in 1923 and served as Mayor of Duncan between 1943-1946.

George Henry Savage, Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1923. Mayor of Duncan 1943-46
George Henry Savage, Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1923. Mayor of Duncan 1943-46 (photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

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Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For June 2017 – James Grieg (1865-1954)

Each month we feature a deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 as a way of highlighting Masonic history in the Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for June 2017 is James Grieg (1865-1954), a Past Master of Temple Lodge No. 33 who also served as Mayor of Duncan.

James Grieg, Past Master of Temple Lodge, No.33, Mayor of Duncan
James Grieg, Past Master of Temple Lodge, No.33, Mayor of Duncan (Photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

James Grieg is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Cemetery.

James Grieg grave, St. Peter's Quamichan cemetery
James Grieg grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan cemetery

 

Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For May 2017 – Ormond Towers Smythe (1882-1948)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 featured a Deceased Brother as a way remembering our Deceased Brethren while highlighting the contributions Temple Lodge No. 33 members have made to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

The Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for May 2017 is Ormond Towers Smythe (1882-1948), one of the ten Freemasons who have served as Mayor of Duncan.

Ormond Towers Smythe, Mayor of Duncan 1914-16, 1923
Ormond Towers Smythe, Mayor of Duncan 1914-16, 1923 (photo courtesy of City of Duncan)

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Featured Deceased Brother for March 2017 – Douglas William Barker (1919-2003)

Each month we feature a Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 as a way of remembering our Deceased Brethren and highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our Featured Deceased Member for March 2017 is Douglas Barker, D.S.M. (1919-2003), who served as Mayor of Duncan. See our webpage on Douglas William Barker.

Douglas William Barker as Mayor of Duncan (photo by John Sargeant)
Douglas William Barker as Mayor of Duncan (photo by John Sargeant)

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Christopher Dobson – Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge For December 2016

Each month Temple Lodge, No.33 features a deceased member as a way of highlighting our Lodge history and the role Lodge members have played in the history of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

The featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge for December 2016 is Christopher Dobson (died 1937, aged 74), who was the first new member Initiated in Temple Lodge in 1900 after Temple Lodge was formed in December 1899.

Christopher Dobson came to Duncan in the 1890’s and built what is now 101 Station Street (currently occupied by Leaf and Petal florists) for his wheelwright and carriage repair business. It is one of the oldest existing buildings in Duncan.

101 Craig Street was built circa 1893 by Christopher Dobson for his wheelwright and carriage making business.
101 Station Street was built circa 1893 by Christopher Dobson for his wheelwright and carriage making business.

Christopher Dobson’s house is still standing at 220 Beech Road in Duncan.

Christopher Dobson house, 220 Beech Road, Duncan. B.C.
Christopher Dobson house, 220 Beech Road, Duncan. B.C.

Christopher Dobson was an excellent carpenter. In 1927 and 1928 he built the altars which are still in use in Temple Lodge, No. 33 and in Ashlar Lodge, No. 3 in Nanaimo.

Christopher Dobson, circa 1928
Christopher Dobson, circa 1928, with the altar he built for Temple Lodge. This altar is still in use today (photo copyright Temple Lodge, No.33)

 

Christopher Dobson is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican Cemetery.

Christopher Dobson grave, St. Peter's Quamichan Anglican cemetery
Christopher Dobson grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican cemetery