Ritchie, George (1864-1946)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1076.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1076.

George Ritchie was a hardware merchant. He lived at 1925 Pendrell Street from 1910 to 1934.

George Ritchie was born on June 8, 1864, in Elgin, Scotland. His parents were Alexander Ritchie and Jane Nicoll.

George married Elizabeth Jane Wilson. She was born on February 20, 1865, in Blythe, Northumberland, England. Her parents were John Wilson and Mary Short.

In 1890, George and Elizabeth were in Brooklyn, New York.

They arrived in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1890. George worked as a grocer with Thomas Sturch Annandale in New Westminster.

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 644 (New Westminster).

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 644 (New Westminster).

In 1895 the Ritchies moved to Nelson, British Columbia.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 287 (Nelson).

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1898, page 287 (Nelson).

In 1904, George was with the hardware firm of Hamilton Byers and Company.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 422 (Nelson).

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 422 (Nelson).

The Ritchies moved to Vancouver in 1905. George was a hardware salesman.

George appeared at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1906 935 Howe Street
1907 1028 Haro Street
1908 and 1909 2152 Cornwall Street
1910 to 1934 1925 Pendrell Street
1935 to 1944 4630 Osler Street (with Frank Stead)
1944 and 1946 1686 West 13th Avenue

In 1909, George began his long-term relationship with the Crane Company.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1004.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1004.

George and Elizabeth were in the Vancouver society directory in 1914.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 57.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 57.

Elizabeth died in Vancouver on April 2, 1915. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

George died in Vancouver on August 23, 1946. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

George and Elizabeth had the following children.

 

Ethel Ritchie

Ethel Ritchie was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 9, 1890.

On October 11, 1911, in Vancouver, she married Frank Stead. He was born on February 28, 1881, in Hossforth (Leeds), Yorkshire, England. His parents were Thomas Ballan Stead and Jane Lister.

Frank arrived in Canada in 1901. After a short time in Calgary, Alberta, he moved to Vancouver. He served for many years with the Canadian military, including almost all of the First World War.

Captain Frank Stead of the Canadian Army Service Corps [cropped]; about 1915; Vancouver City Archives; SGN 1639; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-captain-frank-stead-of-canadian-army-service-corps.

Captain Frank Stead of the Canadian Army Service Corps [cropped]; about 1915; Vancouver City Archives; SGN 1639; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/studio-portrait-of-captain-frank-stead-of-canadian-army-service-corps.

Frank and Ethel were at 1917 Pendrell Street in 1916 and at 1925 Pendrell Street from 1923 to 1934.

Frank died in Vancouver on March 24, 1951. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Ethel died in Vancouver on September 6, 1978. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Frank and Ethel had a son, Dr. Gordon Wilson Stead (1913-1995), who married Lucy Gore.

Gordon Stead, October 31, 1945, Honorary degree recipients at University of British Columbia [detail]; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 78-016; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/honorary-degree-recipients-at-university-of-british-columbia.

Gordon Stead, October 31, 1945, Honorary degree recipients at University of British Columbia [detail]; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 78-016; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/honorary-degree-recipients-at-university-of-british-columbia.

Jean Elizabeth Ritchie

Jean Elizabeth Ritchie was born in Nelson, British Columbia, on January 3, 1898.

The Miner (Nelson, British Columbia), January 8, 1898, page 1, column 6; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xminer/items/1.0182746#p0z-4r0f:

The Miner (Nelson, British Columbia), January 8, 1898, page 1, column 6; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xminer/items/1.0182746#p0z-4r0f:

Jean married James Gilmour Wright MacKinlay. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 9, 1890. His parents were James Gilmour Mackinlay and Maggie Hart.

In 1914, James was a law student.

In 1914, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to service during the First World War. In January 1915 he was discharged from the Canadian Army and began his commission in the Imperial Army.

James died in Vancouver on June 2, 1971. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Jean died in Vancouver on January 27, 1980. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Sources

Alexander Ritchie (father of George Ritchie)

“Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYSX-LLW : 8 December 2014), Alexander Ritchie and Jane Nicol, 27 Jan 1854; citing Elgin, Moray, Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,801.

“Scotland Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMDV-LD5 : 5 November 2014), Alexander Ritchie, Elgin, Moray, Scotland; from “1881 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 4, PRO T 1, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 203,433 (possible connection).

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSDC-QHM : 18 November 2014), Alexander Ritchie, Elgin, Moray, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 7, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 208,649 (possible connection).

 

Jane Nicoll (mother of George Ritchie)

“Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYSX-LL7 : 8 December 2014), Alexander Ritchie and Jane Nicol, 27 Jan 1854; citing Elgin,Moray,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 990,801.

 

George Ritchie

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQ2V-BQQ : 2 January 2015), George Ritchie, 08 Jun 1864; citing Elgin, Moray, Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – R to Rn; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/voter.htm: Ritchie, George, Nelson, Salesman, KWN.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-X9H : 27 April 2017), Geo Ritchie, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61765&highlight=38&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Geo+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012968.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG5N : 2 March 2015), George Ritchie, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63721&highlight=44&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+George+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940098.pdf.

1921 Canada Census, George Ritchie, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 3; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLL4-ZMB : 13 April 2017), George Ritchie, 1946; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/c6a0f608-c625-41dc-8c6a-9230a8e66675.

“B.C. Pioneer Dies Here,” Vancouver Province, August 24, 1946, page 5:

“A resident of B.C. for 55 years, George Ritchie, 83, died here Friday. He was born in Elgin, Scotland.

Mr. Ritchie was one of the pioneer hardware and plumbing merchants of the province. He came to Canada in 1890, and settled in New Westminster. Five years later he moved to Nelson, where he was active in civic affairs, serving on school boards for many years.

In 1905 he came to Vancouver, and was associated with Crane and Co., with whom he remained until his retirement.

Active in Masonic circles, Mr. Ritchie was Past Grand Master of the order.

He is survived by two daughters in Vancouver, two sisters in Montana, and a sister in Scotland. Mrs. Ritchie precedeased him thirty years ago.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Rev. Dr. W.H. Smith officiating, in the chapel of Nunn and Thompson. Interment at Mountain View.”

George Ritchie, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 24, 1946, page 2; Vancouver Sun, August 24, 1946, page 18: “Ritchie—On Aug. 23, 1946, George Ritchie, of 1686 W. 13th Ave., in his 83rd year. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank Stead, Mrs. J. Gilmour Mackinlay; 1 grandson, Gordon Wilson Stead; 2 sisters in Montana and 1 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Funeral service, Monday, Aug. 26, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., from Nunn & Thomson’s chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. Dr. W.H. Smith officiating. Interment Mt. View cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7XPD : 13 December 2015), George Ritchie, 1946; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26262459, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26262459.

 

Elizabeth Jane Wilson (wife of George Ritchie)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-X9C : 27 April 2017), Eliz Ritchie, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61765&highlight=39&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Eliz+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012968.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG5J : 2 March 2015), Elizabeth Jane Ritchie in entry for George Ritchie, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63721&highlight=45&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Elizabeth+Jane+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940098.pdf.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKS-SJD : 13 April 2017), Elizabeth Jane Ritchie, 1915.

Mrs. George Ritchie, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 3, 1915, page 22: “A pioneer of British Columbia who is widely known at the coast and in the Kootenays, died yesterday in the person of Mrs. George Ritchie, 1925 Pendrill [sic] street. Mrs. Ritchie came to New Westminster twenty-four years ago, and after a residence there of five years, removed to Nelson, B.C., where she resided for ten years, coming to Vancouver again in 1906, where she resided until the time of her death. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m., Rev. Dr. McLaren officiating.”

Elizabeth Jane Ritchie, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 3, 1915, page 18: “Ritchie—At her late residence, 1925 Pendrell street, on Friday, April 2, Elizabeth Jane, beloved wife of George Ritchie. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters to mourn her loss, Mrs. Frank Stead and Jean Ritchie, both of this city. Funeral on Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m., from the residence, Rev. Dr. McLaren officiating. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this only imitation.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7XGB : 13 December 2015), Elizabeth J. Ritchie, 1915; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26302525, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26302525.

 

Ethel Ritchie (daughter of George Ritchie)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-X9Z : 27 April 2017), Ethel Ritchie in household of Eliz Ritchie, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61765&highlight=40&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Ethel+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012968.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG5V : 2 March 2015), Ethel Ritchie in entry for George Ritchie, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63721&highlight=46&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Ethel+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940098.pdf.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-566 : 21 January 2016), Frank Stead and Ethel Ritchie, 11 Oct 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

Ethel Richards and Frank Stead, marriage description, Vancouver Province, October 12, 1911, page 7: “A quiet wedding took place on Wednesday morning at the home of Mr. George Ritchie, Pendrill [sic] street, when Ethel, their youngest daughter, was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Stead. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Wright, in the presence of the immediate friends of the family . Mr. H. Black acted as best man and Miss Jean Ritchie attended the bride. Autumn leaves and white chrysanthemums and asparagus ferns centered the table where the wedding breakfast was served, after which Mr. and Mrs. Stead left for a short trip south.”

1921 Canada Census, Ethel Stead in household of George Ritchie, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 3; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB1-3XZ : 13 April 2017), Ethel Stead, 1978; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/87ae762a-bc73-4796-bd10-ac80e47698d0.

Ethel Stead, Vancouver Province, September 9, 1978, page 46; Vancouver Sun, September 9, 1978, page D2: “Stead—On September 6, 1978, Ethel Stead passed away peacefully in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband, Major Frank Stead in 1951. Survived by 1 son, Gordon W. Stead and daughter-in-law, Lucy; grandson, Frank Martin Stead; granddaughter Anne (Mrs. Raymond Lance); sister, Mrs. Jean Mackinlay. Private funeral service has been held in the Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel Interment Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-724W : 13 December 2015), Ethel Stead, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26368779, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26368779.

 

Frank Stead (husband of Ethel Ritchie)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-56N : 21 January 2016), Frank Stead and Ethel Ritchie, 11 Oct 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Stead, Frank; Rank: CPT; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9249 – 9; Item Number: 248665; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=248665.

1921 Canada Census, Frank Stead in household of George Ritchie, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 3; 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPP-FLN : 13 April 2017), Frank Stead, 1951; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/99023161-7565-4156-877e-395cb30e1935.

“Prominent City Soldier Dies at 69,” Vancouver Province, March 26, 1951, page 5 [includes photograph of Frank Stead]:

“Funeral of Frank Stead, one of the original group who formed the Boy Scouts in Vancouver, will be held from Nunn & Thomson, Tuesday at 3 p.m., Rev. C.M. Stewart officiating.

Mr. Stead died Saturday, aged 69.

Born in Leeds, Eng., he came to Canada in 1901, living for a time in Calgary and then moving to Vancouver.

He served with the militia in the Corps of Guides, and for many years with the Sixth Regiment DCOR, later helping with the establishment of the Army Service Corps in Vancouver, and becoming its commanding officer in the early days of the First World War.

In 1915 he joined the 102nd battalion North British Columbians, serving overseas as captain and quartermaster till the end of the war. He was mentioned in dispatches.

Upon his return to Vancouver, Mr. Stead rejoined the DCOR as quartermaster, retiring with the rank of major. He was brigade major of the 11th and acted as first honorary aide to a Lieutenant-Governor when he served in that capacity to the late R. Randolph Bruce.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Dr. Gordon W. Stead of Ottawa; a brother and sister in England; and a brother in Toledo, Ohio.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.”

Frank Stead, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 26, 1951, page 21; Vancouver Sun, March 26, 1951, page 19: “Stead—Passed away in hospital March 24, 1951, Frank Stead of 4669 Osler Ave., in his 70th year. Dearly beloved husband of Ethel Stead, he leaves also to mourn his loss a son, Gordon W. Stead, Ottawa; 1 sister and 1 brother in England, and 1 brother in Toledo, Ohio. Funeral service Tuesday, March 27th, at 3 p.m. in Nunn & Thomson’s Chapel, 10th Ave. and Cambie St., Rev. C.M. Stewart officiating. Interment, family plot, Masonic section, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-724Z : 13 December 2015), Frank Stead, 1951; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26262458, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26262458.

 

Gordon Wilson Stead (son of Ethel Ritchie)

1921 Canada Census, Gordon Wilson Stead in household of George Ritchie, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 3; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

The Degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) Conferred at Congregation, October 31st, 1945; https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/hdcites/hdcites2.html: “Gordon Wilson Stead. Mr. Chancellor, I have the honour to present for the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Gordon Wilson Stead, whose name in a new pilgrim’s progress would be Mr. Steadfast, though it was fated to be written on the waters of the Mediterranean where he cleared the way for battle and relief.

Gordon W. (Wilson) Stead, obituary, Vancouver Sun, October 28 1995, unknown page; http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/STEAD/2004-03/1079127266:

“STEAD — Gordon W. (Wilson); B. Comm (UBC), B.A. (UBC), L.L.D. (Hons. Causa) (UBC), Lieutenant-Commander, RCNVR (WWII), Commodore (Hon.) Canadian Coast Guard. Born: February 4th, 1913. Died: October 19th, 1995.

Gordon’s vitality and love of life and its challenges will be missed by many people. His wife of 48 years, Lucy (GORE); his daughter Anne (Lance) of Abbotsford, B.C.; his son Martin (ALLER-STEAD, and wife Gail) of Toronto; as well as grandsons Jay and Jesse, have lived and laughed with Gordon, sought his advice, hiked with him, played together and created a family of diverse talents. We cherish his memory and honour his gifts to us.

His English father, Frank, and Scottish mother, Ethel (RITCHIE) taught him well the virtues of inner strength, curiosity, love of others, attachment to the sea and respect for nature that were optimistic principles guiding his life. Gordon’s time was spent in the service of family, community, country and humankind, and his success are celebrated to this day by those who did not know him but who benefit from his work.

Growing up in Vancouver, summering at Redroofs on Half-Moon Bay and sailing at age 15 to Australia on R.M.S. Niagara as a Purser’s Writer, and working for Straits Towing prepared him with a life-long love of the sea. Navy service during WWII as a Lieutenant-Commander in the RCNVR on loan to the Royal Navy took him to the Mediterranean and Malta where he commanded a flotilla of motor-launch mine-sweepers as Captain of HMML 126. This part of his life was recounted in “A Leaf Upon The Sea”, his award-winning naval memoir published in 1985.

Gordon knew and loved Canada in greater depth and breadth than most ever have the opportunity to, having travelled almost everywhere in it. He was part of the first geodetic survey crew in B.C. in the 1930s.

In civilian life, he married Lucy GORE in 1948, whom he met when both were in graduate schools in California. His professional career took them to Ottawa, where he worked in various Federal Departments and Ministries, guiding the creation of the Canadian Coast Guard and its attendant College along the way. Seconded to U.B.C., he ended his career as a professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning, teaching, advising students and Provincial and Federal governments. A life member of the Canadian Port and Harbour Association and Le Cercle Universitaire d’Ottawa, his involvement in many communities was appreciated and sought. He represented Canada as a member of the first international marine delegation Canada sent to establish liaisons with the U.S.S.R. and he represented Canada in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.A. as a delegation leader to I.M.C.O., a U.N. agency.

And now he is missed by his wife, family and friends whom he spent his last years with, planning, talking, hiking, advising, arguing, enjoying, travelling, loving and being loved well in return. We are all better for having had him with us, and Canada is the poorer for his passing.

At his own request, after cremation, scattering of ashes will be done by family. No flowers or donations of any kind are requested.

The family wishes to thank VanCity Trust Services, especially Mr. John Meyer, and the staffs of Arbutus Manor, South Granville Park Lodge and St. Paul’s Hospital for their care and kindness during Gordon’s last, brief illness.

A memorial service will be held on November 3rd, 1995, in the Fireside Room of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (Oak and 49th), at 11:00.”

 

Jean Elizabeth Ritchie (daughter of George Ritchie)

British Columbia Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1898-09-676189; Jean Elizabeth Ritchie; date of birth: January 3, 1898; place of birth: Nelson; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/be66d6b1-dc1f-4f8f-a616-c8548a4ae457.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVL-X98 : 27 April 2017), Jean Ritchie in household of Eliz Ritchie, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 16, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61765&highlight=41&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Jean+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000012968.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG5K : 2 March 2015), Jean Elizabeth Ritchie in entry for George Ritchie, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63721&highlight=47&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Jean+Elizabeth+Ritchie; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940098.pdf.

1921 Canada Census, Jean Ritchie in household of George Ritchie, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 3; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZ6-9MD : 4 December 2014), Jean Elizabeth Mackinlay, 1936; citing Seattle, King, Washington, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1383, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 2,266,201.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-VD62 : 9 October 2015), Jean Elizabeth Mackinlay, 1924-1952; citing M1463, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 60, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,570,773.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL19-L9P : 13 April 2017), Jean Elizabeth Mackinlay, 1980.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-QL7F : 13 December 2015), Jean Elizabeth Mackinlay, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26368781, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26368781.

 

James Gilmour Mackinlay (father of James Gilmore W. Mackinley)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTFG : 2 March 2015), James Mac Kinley, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Mackinlay, James Gilmour; Regimental Number: 28871; Date of Birth: 09/05/1890; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6994 – 21; Item Number: 160862; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=160862; Digitized service file: B6994-S021; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B6994-S021

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGF-R3G : 13 April 2017), James Gilmour Mackinlay, 1934.

 

Margaret Hart (mother of James Gilmore W. Mackinley)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTFP : 2 March 2015), Margaret Mac Kinley in entry for James Mac Kinley, 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2G-5F1 : 13 April 2017), Margaret Hart Mackinley, 1943.

 

James Gilmour Wright MacKinley (husband of Jean Elizabeth Ritchie)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MTFT : 2 March 2015), James G Mac Kinley in entry for James Mac Kinley, 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, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTQ-2J9 : 13 April 2017), James Gilmore Wright Mackinlay, 1971; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/84065763-27ae-4a95-b7f2-f662f0afc430.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-QLQP : 13 December 2015), James Gilmour Mackinlay, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26368780, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26368780.