Deceased Brethren – Chemainus Cemetery
Robert Bulmer Waldon (died January 1954, aged 57) was Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No. 33 in 1934. He was also a member of Fellowship Lodge, No. 137 in Burnaby.
We note that a Brother who went from Entered Apprentice to Worshipful Master within six years in a Lodge whose membership included many of the leading figures in local politics and business must have had some clearly recognized talents.
Wor. Brother Waldon was also a member of Fellowship Lodge No. 137 in Burnaby, B.C. Fellowship Lodge was warranted on 12 February 1949 but surrendered its Warrant to the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon in 1998. Having surrendered its warrant, Fellowship Lodge no longer exists.
Here is a brief biography of Robert Bulmer Waldon taken from local newspaper reports of his death and funeral:
“Waldon – A former Duncan and Chemainus resident who grew up in this district, Mr. Robert Bulmer Waldon, aged 57, died suddenly at his home in Vancouver on Thursday. He suffered a heart attack.
Born in Ripon, Yorkshire, England, he came to Cowichan with his parents, the late William and Mrs. Waldon, in 1911, sharing the trials of their early years on the pioneer Waldon Jersey farm at Glenora.
He was educated at University School, Victoria, and prior to the outbreak of World War 1, served at the former Bank of British North America.
In the lumber bureau, Mr. Waldon saw service at the former Genoa Bay mill of the Cameron Lumber Co. He left there in 1921 for Chemainus where he continued in the bureau, his promotions culminating in 1934 in his appointment as superintendent of the B.C. division, with offices in Vancouver.
Mr. Waldon was a past master of Temple Lodge, No. 33, A.F. & A.M., Duncan and a member of Fellowship Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Vancouver.
Mr. Waldon is survived by his wife, the former Grace McInnes, Chemainus; one brother, William, Duncan; and one sister, Mary, Glenora.
His efficiency and popularity were attested to on Monday afternoon at his funeral, attended by a large gathering representative of the lumber industry and other industries.
Cremation followed the service. His ashes will be deposited around Big Bar Lake, in the Cariboo.
Pallbearers were Messrs. L.R. Andrews, B.M. Hoffmeister, J.A. Humbird, E. Lehman, O. Lauritzen and W.M. Thomas.”
Although Worshipful Brother Waldon’s obituary (see above) says his cremated remains were scattered around Big Bar Lake in the Cariboo region of British Columbia’s Interior, there is a grave marker for him in Chemainus Cemetery. We cannot say with certainty whether Worshipful Brother Waldon’s remains are interred here or whether they were, as noted in his obituary, scattered at Big Bar Lake in the Cariboo. All we can say is that there is a grave marker for Worshipful Brother Robert Bulmer Waldon in Chemainus Cemetery.
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