Vancouver Island Masonic History Project

Joshua Spencer Thompson, M.P. (1828-1880) was a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria and Cariboo Lodge No. 4 in Barkerville. In his professional life he used the name J. Spencer Thompson.

He served as a Liberal-Conservative Member of Parliament for Cariboo between 1871 and 1880. He died in Victoria on 20 December 1880 and was buried, with a Masonic burial ceremony, in Ross Bay Cemetery.

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Here is some brief biographical information on Brother J. Spencer Thompson, M.P., taken from contemporary sources:

“Funeral of the Late J. Spencer Thompson, M.P.

This funeral took place under the auspices of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No 2, A.F. and A.M. – Bro. Robert Beaven, M.P.P. (Minister of Finance) Worshipful Master. The remains left the temple at 3 p.m., services at the grave being performed by the Rev. Bro. Smith, Chaplain of the Lodge. The procession moved in the following order: Sojourning Brethren; Worshipful Master; officers and brethren of Victoria Colombia Lodge No 1, Bro. John Teague, W. M.; officers and members of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No 2, Bro. Robert Beaven, W.M.


The pallbearers: Bros. Judge Robertson, E.C. Neufelder, C. Thorne, H.F. Heistermann, Mayor Turner, R.P. Rithet, Jno. B. Lovell, N.F. Foster.

Mourners – Eli Harrison, Esq. senr., M.W. Grand Master; E. Crow Baker, Esq., V.W. Grand Secretary; Eli Harrison, Esq., jr., R.W. Grand Junior Warden.

Carriages containing Hon. J.W. Trutch, C.M.G., Dominion Government Agent, and H.S. Roebuck, Esq., Secretary; Hon. G.A. Walkem, Premier and Attorney General, and George Ferguson, Esq., M.P.P.; Dr. J.W. Powell, Indian Commissioner, and F.J. Barnard, Esq., M.P.; J.H. Todd, Esq., and a number of other influential citizens. His Honor the Lieut.-Governor and Capt. Tatlow, private secretary, joined the procession to Ross Bay cemetery where the remains were interred.”

Joshua Spencer Thompson is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria. We will get a photo of his grave and post it in the near future.

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