Cunningham, George Torrance (1889-1965)

Alderman George Cunningham of Cunningham drug chain, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 42557; Date: December 13, 1957; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/520/42557.jpg

Alderman George Cunningham of Cunningham drug chain, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 42557; Date: December 13, 1957; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/520/42557.jpg

George Torrance Cunningham was a druggist who lived at 1825 Robson Street in 1913 and 1914. His first store was at the corner of Nelson Street and Denman Street. He later operated a large chain of drug stores in British Columbia and Alberta.

George Torrance Cunningham was born in North Dakota in 1889. His father was James Alexander Cunningham (1859-1945). His mother was Helen Torrance (1865-1939).

By 1891, George and his family had arrived in New Westminster, British Columbia.

In 1904, he began working as an apprentice druggist in Woodward’s Department Store in Vancouver.

He also worked at William M. Harrison’s drug store and post office, which was at the corner of Pender Street and Granville Street.

Pender Street at Granville Street, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 7023; Date: 1906; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/70/7023.jpg. “Looking west along W. Pender from east of Granville. Harrison's drugstore is left and the post office is across the street with other buildings behind.” [Also available at Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-629 - Pender Street at Granville Street, showing Post Office; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/pender-street-at-granville-street-showing-post-office.]

Pender Street at Granville Street, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 7023; Date: 1906; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/70/7023.jpg. “Looking west along W. Pender from east of Granville. Harrison’s drugstore is left and the post office is across the street with other buildings behind.” Also available at Vancouver City Archives, CVA 677-629 – Pender Street at Granville Street, showing Post Office; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/pender-street-at-granville-street-showing-post-office.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 622

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1908, page 622

In 1909 George graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy. He later continued his studies at New York and Chicago.

By February 1911, George was back in Vancouver. He opened “Store Number One” at the corner of Nelson Street and Denman Street.

After he returned to Vancouver, George lived at the following addresses.

1912 738 West 16th Avenue
1913 and 1914 1825 Robson Street
1915 1266 West 13th Avenue
1916 to 1918 1998 Matthews Avenue
1919 to 1921 1319 West 11th Avenue
1922 to 1949 3690 Cypress Avenue
1950 to 1959 2070 Southwest Marine Drive

On June 15, 1915, in Vancouver, George married Myrtle Willena Thornton (who was often called “Willena”). She was born on December 18, 1890, in Kendall, Ontario. Her father was William Andrew Thornton (1865-1929). Her mother was Mary Carscadden (1867-1958).

George opened more stores in Vancouver, including this one at the corner of Hastings Street and Granville Street.

Cunningham Drugs, 1920s, Williams Building, Hastings and Granville St., Vancouver B.C. [detail], Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1399-390; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/uploads/r/null/1/0/1031879/a01455e3-4e89-48a4-ac8a-dcf54d0aba5e-A38704.jpg

Cunningham Drugs, 1920s, Williams Building, Hastings and Granville St., Vancouver B.C. [detail], Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1399-390; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/uploads/r/null/1/0/1031879/a01455e3-4e89-48a4-ac8a-dcf54d0aba5e-A38704.jpg

He later expanded the chain to include stores throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

In 1939, he bought the 23-store chain of Vancouver Drug Company’s stores from George Harvey Worthington.

Chilliwack Progress, September 27, 1939, page 5; http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43169445/

Chilliwack Progress, September 27, 1939, page 5; http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43169445/

In the Lower Mainland of British Columbia alone, there were 34 Cunningham stores by 1954:

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1954, page 173

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1954, page 173

Along with George’s drug store business commitments, he was also involved in many other activities, including clubs, local politics, and support for all levels of education.

He was the president of the Point Grey Golf and Country Club and the local Kiwanis Club.

He became a member of the Vancouver School Board in 1932, and he was the chairman of the board in 1934.

In 1948, the Independent Retail Drug Association of Montreal named George as its “Man of the Year.”

He was an city alderman in Vancouver from 1955 to 1957.

He was a member of the board of governors at the University of British Columbia from 1935 to 1965, and he was the chair of the board from 1963 to 1965.

George died in Palm Springs, California on March 7, 1965.

He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in May 1965.

The George T. Cunningham Building was the home of UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1961 to 2012.

George T. Cunningham Elementary School, at 2330 East 37th Ave., Vancouver, BC, is named after him.

Willena died in Vancouver on June 28, 1978.

 

George and Willena had the following children.

 

Beverly Kathleen Cunningham

Beverly Kathleen Cunningham was born in Vancouver on May 16, 1916.

She attended the University of British Columbia.

On September 16, 1938, in Vancouver, she married John Macdonald Lecky, who was an advertising representative. He was born in London, Ontario, about 1913. His father was Harry Charles Lecky. His mother was Eva Marguerite MacDonald.

Beverley died in Vancouver on June 13, 1988.

 

Ralph Torrance Cunningham

Ralph Torrance Cunningham was born in Vancouver on October 10, 1918. He became president of Cunningham Drug Stores. He was married to Norma.

Ralph died in Vancouver on December 20, 2003.

 

Patricia Cunningham

Patricia Cunningham was born in Vancouver. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1945.

Patricia married John Stuart MacKay (often called “J. Stuart Mackay”), who was a radio announcer and broadcasting executive with All-Canada Radio Facilities Limited and Selkirk Communications. He was born in 1918. His parents were Ewen and Margaret MacKay.

Stuart and Patricia lived in Toronto after 1949. Patricia wrote scripts and acted in radio shows for the Junior League of Canada.

Stuart died in 1986.

 

Sources

 

James Alexander Cunningham (father of George Torrance Cunningham)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMV7-VMS : accessed 26 April 2016), James A Cunningham and Ellen Torrence, 11 Jan 1888; citing registration , Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,222.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-RXT : accessed 26 April 2016), James A Canningham, New Westminster City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148092.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-F7G : accessed 26 April 2016), James Cunningham, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SXDW : accessed 26 April 2016), James A Cunningham, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1921 Canada Census, James Cunningham, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Richmond, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 14; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2P-LK8 : accessed 26 April 2016), James Alexander Cunningham, 1945.

James A. Cunningham, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 10, 1945, page 14; Vancouver Sun, January 10, 1945, page 15: “Cunningham—Jan. 9, 1945, James A. Cunningham of 1562 Williams St., in his 86th year. Survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Peter Blanche, city; 3 sons, George T. of Vancouver, Robert P. of Seattle, and James Alvin, Los Angeles; also 1 sister, Mrs. J. Fairbanks of Mission, and 3 brothers, Tom of Vancouver, Robert of Port Elgin, Ont., Dr. W.F. of Seattle. Funeral service at 1949 W. 10th Ave., Thurs., Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m. to Ocean View Burial Park. Mount Pleasant Undertaking Co., directors.”

 

Helen Torrance (mother of George Torrance Cunningham)

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-RXY : accessed 26 April 2016), Ella Canningham, New Westminster City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148092.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-F7P : accessed 26 April 2016), Helen Cunningham in household of James Cunningham, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SXD4 : accessed 26 April 2016), Helen Cunningham in entry for James A Cunningham, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

1921 Canada Census, Helen Cunningham in household of James Cunningham, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 17; Census Place: Richmond, New Westminster, British Columbia; Page Number: 14; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2L-XML : accessed 26 April 2016), Helen Cunningham, 1939.

“Mrs. Cunningham, City Pioneer, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, March 14, 1939, page 17:

“Mrs. Helen Cunningham, 74, resident of British Columbia for almost half a century, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Blanche, 1990 Quilchena Crescent.

Mrs. Cunningham was born in Ontario. She came to the Pacific Coast 49 years ago, and had spent the last 40 years in Vancouver.

Surviving are her husband, James A. Cunningham; three sons, George T. Cunningham, Vancouver; James and Robert; two daughters, Mrs. C. O’Connor and Mrs. Blanche.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Mount Pleasant Undertaking Co. chapel; interment, Ocean View Burial Park.”

“Pioneer Resident Died Here Monday,” Vancouver Province, March 14, 1939, page 24:

“Mrs. Helen Cunningham, wife of James A. Cunningham and mother of George T. Cunningham, former chairman of the Vancouver School Board, died Monday at her home, 1990 Quilchena Cresecent.

Mrs. Cunningham, well known in pioneer circles here, was born in Ontario seventy-five years ago. She came to British Columbia forty-nine years ago and had lived in Vancouver for forty years.

Besides her husband and son George, she leaves two sons, James A. and Robert P., both of Vancouver, and two daughters, Mrs. C. O’Connor and Mrs. Peter Blanche.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. Mount Pleasant Undertakers are in charge.”

Helen Cunningham, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 14, 1939, page 13 [in alphabetical order under “P” for “passed away”]; Vancouver Sun, March 14, 1939, page 13: “Cunningham—Passed peacefully away March 13, 1939, Helen, beloved wife of J.A. Cunningham, aged 74, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Blanche. Survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. O’Connor of Hawthorne, Nevada, and Mrs. Peter Blanche, 1990 Quilchena Crescent, City; three sons, R.P., Seattle, Wn.; J.A., Los Angeles, Cal.; Geo. E. [sic, in Vancouver Sun; T. in Vancouver Province], of this city; three sisters also survive. Funeral service Wednesday, March 15th, at 4:14 p.m., from Mt. Pleasant Undertaking Parlors to Ocean View Burial Park. No flowers by request.”

 

George Torrance Cunningham

George T. Cunningham, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_T._Cunningham.

George T. Cunningham: An Early West End Entrepreneur; http://westendbia.com/george-t-cunningham-an-early-west-end-entrepreneur/.

George Torrance Cunningham, The Greater Vancouver Book (Chuck Davis, editor-in-chief); Surrey, British Columbia, Linkman Press, 1997, page 816.

George Torrance Cunningham, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/george-torrance-cunningham_93973665: “Born. George Torrance married Myrtle Willena Thornton and had 3 children.”

History of UBC Pharmacy, December 10, 2013, https://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcpharmsci/history-of-ubc-pharmacy/: “From 1961 to 2012, the Faculty’s permanent home was in the George Cunningham Building until the new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building was opened in September 2012.”

George Cunningham Building, University of British Columbia; https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/bldgs/georgecunningham.htm. “This building is named after Dr. George Cunningham in honour of his significant role in the development and establishment of Faculty of Pharmacy. It is also referred as Pharmaceutical Sciences Building.”

Cunningham Elementary School, Vancouver School Board, http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/cunningham/Pages/default.aspx

Cunningham Drug (Canada), Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cunningham_Drug_(Canada) [note: the article says that he was a New Westminster native. He was actually born in North Dakota.]

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKS-RXB : accessed 26 April 2016), George T Canningham, New Westminster City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148092.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-F75 : accessed 26 April 2016), George T Cunningham in household of James Cunningham, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MP4V : accessed 26 April 2016), George Torrance Cunningham, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZJ-ZHD : accessed 26 April 2016), George Torrance Cunningham and Myrtle Willena Thornton, 15 Jun 1915; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11378, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,706.

Myrtle Willena Thornton and George Torrance Cunningham, wedding description, Vancouver Province, June 16, 1915, page 8: “One of the prettiest weddings of the season took place last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Thornton, Fairview, when their daughter, Myrtle Willena, was united in marriage to Mr. George Torrance Cunningham, also of Vancouver. . . . The bride . . . was attended by her sister, Miss Jetta Thornton . . .. The groom was supported by Mr. Bertrand Bampton of Vancouver. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham left by motor for Seattle, whence they will sail to San Francisco and other southern points. . . . “

Myrtle Willena Thornton and George Torrance Cunningham, wedding description, Vancouver World, June 16, 1915, page 5. [Similar to wedding description in Vancouver Province, June 16, 1915, page 8, above.]

1921 Canada Census, Geo T. Cunningham, [indexed as Geo. T. Cummingham]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 8; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Cunningham Store Anniversary,” Vancouver Province, December 2, 1936, page 8.

“Owner Widely Known in City; Geo. T. Cunningham Was Schoolboy Here,” Vancouver Province, December 2, 1936, page 8.

“Efficient, Loyal Staff Cunningham Feature; Many Employees Have Long Record of Service With Pioneer Vancouver Firm,” Vancouver Province, December 2, 1936, page 8.

Cunningham Named ‘Man of the Year,’” Vancouver Sun, February 20, 1948, page 17 [includes photograph of George T. Cunningham.].

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP4N-44Y : accessed 26 April 2016), George T Cunningham, 08 Mar 1965; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“Geo. Cunningham Dies in California,” Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1965, page 1 [includes photograph of George Cunningham.]; page 2:

“Vancouver businessman and community leader George T. Cunningham died suddenly Sunday while vacationing in Palm Springs, Calif.

A Freeman of the city of Vancouver, a former alderman, and chairman of the Board of Governors of University of B.C., Cunningham was one of the city’s most respected citizens.

He had been scheduled to return to Vancouver with his wife today following their California vacations.

Cunningham had been visiting with friends in his apartment suite in Palm Springs Sunday nights when he was striken by a heart attack.

He was 76.

One of the pioneer businessmen of Vancouver, Cunningham was a graduate of the Ontario College of Pharmacy and opened his first drugstore here in 1911.

That store, opened when Cunningham was only 21 years of age, was the first of an eventual multi-million-dollar chain of 52 Cunningham Drug Stores.

From his earliest days, he was a booster of the city, a leader in the community, a patron of the arts, a town planner with vision, and a man devoted to the cause of higher education.

To thousands, he was a friend—a genial, affable, diplomatic and unflappable man.

He was, possibly more than any other man, Mister Vancouver.

Cunningham was born in 1889 in North Dakota of Canadian parents, and at the age of two, travelled in a covered oxen-drawn cart to Western Canada.

His parents farmed for a short time in the Chilliwack-Hope area, before moving to Vancouver. He attended public and high school here, and, at the age of 16, became indentured to the druggist in Woodward’s Department Store.

His life of public service started in 1932 when he was elected to the Vancouver Public School Board. He became chairman in 1934.

In 1935, Cunningham was named to the board of governors of UBC, a position he retained for 30 years. He was to retire from the board in July.

From 1954 to 1957, Cunningham was a member of Vancouver city council.

At various other times, he has been a member of the Vancouver Progress Committee, town planning commission, metropolitan health committee, the aquarium society, the Salvation advisory board, the B.C. Lions and the 1967 Centennial Committee.

Las April, he was made a Freeman of Vancouver, and last autumn the students of UBC awarded him their highest honor, the Great Trekker award.

He is survived by his widow; one son, Ralph, of Vancouver; and two daughters, Mrs. John Lecky of Vancouver and Mrs. Stuart MacKay of Toronto.”

George Torrance Cunningham, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 9, 1965, page 27; Vancouver Sun, March 9, 1965, page 29: “Cunningham—George Torrence [sic] Cunningham, in his 76th year. Passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 7, 1965 while vacationing in Palm Springs, California. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Willena, one son, Ralph T. of Vancouver, two daughters, Mrs. John MacD. Lecky of Vancouver and Mrs. Stuart MacKay of Toronto, two brothers, Alvin Cunningham of West Vancouver and R.P Cunningham of Seattle, one sister, Mrs. Peter Blanche of Vancouver, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Nunn and Thomson Ltd., funeral directors in charge.”

 

William Andrew Thornton (father of Myrtle Willena Thornton)

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMJY-MP6 : accessed 26 April 2016), William Andrew Thornton and May Carscadden, 27 Apr 1887; citing registration , Kendall, Durham, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,218.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPHC : accessed 26 April 2016), William Andrew Thornton, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLK2-84D : accessed 26 April 2016), William Andrew Thornton, 1929.

 

Mary Carscadden (mother of Myrtle Willena Thornton)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPHZ : accessed 26 April 2016), Mary Thornton in entry for William Andrew Thornton, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRX-KV3 : accessed 26 April 2016), Mary Thornton, 1958.

 

Myrtle Willena Thornton (wife of George Torrance Cunningham)

Myrtle Willena Thornton, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/myrtle-willena-thornton_55375158: “Born on 1891 to William Andrew Thornton and Mary Carscadden. Myrtle Willena married George Torrance Cunningham and had 3 children.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MPH6 : accessed 26 April 2016), Willena Myrtle Thornton in entry for William Andrew Thornton, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Myrtle W. Cunningham [indexed as Murtle W. Cummingham] in household of Geo T. Cunningham, [indexed as Geo. T. Cummingham]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 8; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1G-812 : accessed 26 April 2016), Myrtle Willena Cunningham, 1978.

Myrtle Willena Cunningham, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 29, 1978, page 26; Vancouver Sun, June 29, 1978, page C18: “Cunningham—Passed away on June 28, 1978, Myrtle Willena Cunningham, predeceased by her husband George T. Cunningham 1965. Survived by 1 son Ralph; 2 daughters Beverley, Vancouver and Patricia, Toronto; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; her sister Mrs. Vilda McLaren, Vancouver. A memorial service will be conducted from Shaughnessy United Church, date and time to be announced later. Mount Pleasant Nunn & Thomson in charge.”

 

Beverly Kathleen Cunningham (daughter of George Torrance Cunningham)

1921 Canada Census, Beverley K. Cunningham [indexed as Beverley K. Cummingham] in household of Geo T. Cunningham, [indexed as Geo. T. Cummingham]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 8; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Thomas James Thornton-ON,CA; http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1606&p=surnames.thornton: “Hello, I am looking for living descendants of Thomas James Thornton and Harriet Dumont (see 3rd generation below) I am hoping to learn more about Samuel and Mary Dumont, parents of Harriet. Thank you, Adrienne . . . John MacDonald Lecky (1913 – ) & Beverley Kathleen Cunningham (1916 – )”

Harry Charles Lecky, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/harry-charles-lecky_25789402: “Born. Harry Charles married Eva Marguerite MacDonald and had 2 children. He passed away on 1970.”

Eva Marguerite MacDonald, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/eva-marguerite-macdonald_43879073: “Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada on 1889 to George Leslie MacDonald and Louise Willena Thornton. Eva Marguerite married Harry Charles Lecky and had 2 children. She passed away on 1970.”

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS8C-4ZB : accessed 27 April 2016), Harry Charles Lecky and Eva Marguerite Macdonald, 28 Dec 1912; citing registration , London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,906,621.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MR-1FBN : accessed 26 April 2016), John Macdonald Lecky and Beverley Kathleen Cunningham, 1938.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HS9-V3R : accessed 26 April 2016), John Macdonald Lecky, 1944; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

UBC Alumni Chronicle, October 1950, page 21, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/chronicle/AL_CHRON_1950_10.pdf: “Class of ’37 . . . Mr. & Mrs. John M. Lecky (Beverley Cunningham).”

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1988-09-010071; Beverley Kathleen Lecky; date of death: June 13, 1988; place of death: Vancouver; age: 72; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/Phase2/DTH/DTH_1988010071M.jpg; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/genealogy-images/Phase2/DTH/DTH_1988010071.jpg.

The University of British Columbia, Board of Governors meeting, July 26, 1988; http://bog.ubc.ca/files/2015/07/MIN-BG-1988.07.pdf; portions also reproduced in Senate Memorial Tributes – “L”, https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/tributes/tribl.html.

“The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia was held on Tuesday, July 26, 1988, at 2:00 p.m. in the Board and Senate Room of the Old Administration Building. . . .”

“RESOLVED, That the Memorial Minute to Beverley Kathleen Lecky be spread upon the minutes of the Board; and that a copy be sent to her surviving relatives extending the deepest sympathy of the Board of Governors.”

“Beverley Kathleen Lecky

With the recent death of Beverley Kathleen Lecky, The University of British Columbia has lost a loyal graduate and an active lifelong supporter of her Alma Mater.

Mrs. Lecky came from a family whose connections with the University were unusually strong. Her father, the late George Cunningham, served on the Board of Governors for over thirty years. She earned her B.A. degree in 1938, while assuming an active role in student affairs. After serving on the executive of the Alumni Association, she was elected to the Presidency of that organization in 1968.

In 1969, Beverley Lecky was elected by Convocation to the Senate and, in accord with the policy of the time, was one of four senators elected to the Board of Governors. In 1972 she was reappointed by the government to serve a second term on the Board.

In addition to her university service, Mrs. Lecky was active in many facets of the community. She held numerous executive positions in United Community Services, and served on the Boards of the Vancouver Association for Retarded Children, the Vancouver Girls Club Association, the Health Centre for Children, and the Junior League of Vancouver.

Beverley Lecky’s life was one of service, both to the community and to the University which she loved. Few alumni have given of themselves so freely and unstintingly. Few alumni will be missed as much as she. Beverley Lecky embodied all of the qualities which every university hopes to instil in its graduates.

To her husband, John, and to her surviving family, the Senate of The University of British Columbia extends its deepest sympathy.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6G-K623 : accessed 26 April 2016), Beverley Kathleen Lecky, 1957.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6G-KF3Z : accessed 26 April 2016), Beverley Kathleen Lecky, 1957.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-QH9S : accessed 26 April 2016), Beverley K (Baby) Lecky, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 27325064, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27325064.

 

Ralph Torrance Cunningham (son of George Torrance Cunningham)

1921 Canada Census, Ralph T. Cunningham [indexed as Ralph T. Cummingham] in household of Geo T. Cunningham, [indexed as Geo. T. Cummingham]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 8; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ralph Cunningham, death notice, Globe and Mail, December 26, 2003, page S6; Vancouver Sun on Dec. 23, 2003; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=ralph-cunningham&pid=157238236: “Cunningham, Ralph T. October 10, 1918 – December 20, 2003 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Ralph Cunningham was born in Vancouver on October 10, 1918. He came from a pioneering family who first settled in the Fraser Valley in the late 1800’s. Ralph was very active in the business community of Vancouver, having been President of Cunningham Drug Stores, a chain of 88 stores throughout BC and Alberta. He sat on numerous corporate boards and gave generously to his community by heading the United Way, Kiwanis Club of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Trade. Ralph was an avid golfer and fly fisherman who was most happy when accompanied by family members who always gained from his wealth of knowledge. He was predeceased by his loving wife Norma, granddaughter Pipa Norton and sister Beverly Lecky. Left to wish him God speed are Ralph’s sons Ron (Susan), Allan, and daughter Diane Norton (John), and his much loved grandchildren Robyn Vinciguerra (Nico), Allison, Anna-Lee, Benjamin Cunningham and Danny, Leslie, Kyle and Justin Norton. He was very honored to see his first great-grandchild Avery Vinciguerra. He was also blessed to have in his life the Lecky and McKay families and his great friend Margaret Eyre. We are very thankful for the care and love of his home support girls Judy, Monica and Bonita, and the staff at the VGH Elder Care Unit. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., January 12th, Shaughnessy Heights United of Church, 1550 West 33rd, Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations to Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia would be greatly appreciated.”

 

Patricia Cunningham (daughter of George Torrance Cunningham)

UBC Alumni Chronicle, October 1950, page 22, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/chronicle/AL_CHRON_1950_10.pdf: “Class of ’45: Mrs. Stuart Mackay (Patricia Cunningham).”

UBC Alumni Chronicle, 1959, page 8; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/ubcpublications/alumchron/items/1.0115984: “Mrs. J. Stuart Mackay (Patricia Cunningham, B.Com. ’ 45), was elected president of the Junior League of Toronto this year. After moving to Toronto, she wrote scripts for the Junior League radio show “Sounds Fun,” and acted the chief part until the show went off the air four years ago.”

Canadian Communications Foundation, Biographies; J. Stuart MacKay (1918-1986); Written by J. Lyman Potts – February, 1996; https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=%22j+stuart+mackay%22+toronto+OR+vancouver:

“MacKay, J. Stuart (1918-1986). On graduation from high school in 1937, Stuart MacKay embarked on a broadcasting career as an announcer with CJCA, Edmonton, then managed by the All-Canada Mutually-Operated Stations (ACMO).

Moving from announcer-writer through production, programming and sales to station management, he was posted to Winnipeg (CKRC) in 1939, Vancouver (CKWX) in 1940, Winnipeg in 1946 and Regina (CKRM) in 1948.

In 1949 to Toronto, where he rose to become President and General Manager of All-Canada Radio Facilities Limited, followed in 1965 by the Presidency of Selkirk Communications Limited, the newly formed holding company which included All-Canada and the All-Canada owned group of radio and TV stations.

During his regime, Selkirk grew to include ownership in a number of Canadian radio and TV stations; invested in cable companies, movies and record production facilities, established Canada’s largest broadcast sales organisation and expanded Selkirk’s international operations by developing interactive cable systems in Texas and Florida, and setting up the first commercial radio station and privately-owned radio news network in England.

In 1984, MacKay retired, and assumed the function of Chairman of the Board.

Stuart MacKay was a strong supporter of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and served on several of its committees. One of his proudest achievements was setting up the CAB Program Exchange, which encouraged stations to swap taped programs on Canadian subjects and those which featured Canadian talent.

In 1996, the School of Radio and Television Arts, Faculty of Applied Arts, Ryerson Polytechnic University announced the inauguration of the J. Stuart MacKay Communicator of the Year Award to honour Canadians who have made a significant contribution to human values in broadcasting/electronic media, as managers, producers, writers, performers or in other professional capacities.

Not long after his death on July 3rd, 1986, J. Stuart MacKay was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.”

Edmonton Broadcasters, Alphabetical Listings – Mac; http://www.edmontonbroadcasters.com/Mac/: “J. Stuart MacKay – Announcer CJCA 1937; CKRC Winnipeg 1940; CKWX Vancouver 1942; CKRM Regina 1948; management roles leading to President All-Canada Radio Facilities Limited Toronto 1949-1965; President Selkirk Communications 1965-1984. Died in 1986. CCF bio.:”

“Broadcast executive led multi-media group,” [obituary, John Stuart MacKay], Toronto Globe and Mail, July 5, 1986; page A20.

J. Stuart MacKay, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail, 05 July 1986: A20: “Mackay, J. Stuart (Former President and Past Chairman of Selkirk Communications Ltd.) Suddenly at the family farm, Strathnaver, near Leskard, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 2nd, 1986. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Cunningham). Dear father of Jed and his wife, Pam Joanne and her husband Andre Bennett, Barbara and her husband Chris Ward. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Jessica, Liam, Gavin Stuard Ward and Claire Bennett. Son of Margaret and the late Ewen MacKay. Brother of Joyce and her husband Dr. Walter Johnson, Forbes and his wife Markie. Special uncle of John, Robin, Lenore and Brian Lecky, Melisande [sic] Fraser Johnson, Ronald and Allan Cunningham and Dianne Norton. A private family service was held at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, July 5th. Cremation. If desired, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 2200 Yonge St., Suite 1710, Toronto, Ontario M4S 2C6.”