Thomas, Ernest Webb (1884-1970)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 857.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1918, page 857.

Ernest Webb Thomas was a clerk with the Bank of Montreal. He lived at 1819 Robson Street in 1918.

 

Family Background and Arrival in Canada

Ernest Webb Thomas was born in Grahamstown, Cape Colony, South Africa, on July 31, 1884. His father was James Percy Thomas (1830-1911), who was a Royal Engineer in South Africa. Ernest’s mother was Martha Ann Webb (1846-1927).

Ernest arrived in Canada about 1905. By In 1906, he was living in Brandon, Manitoba, working as a hired man.

 

Early Married Life

Ernest first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1910. He was living on 21st Street in North Vancouver, and he was an agent for the Western Pacific Development Company Limited. (Ewen Wainwright MacLean, (1863-1923), who lived at 1942 Alberni Street in 1919 and 1920, was the president of the company.)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1170.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1170.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1222.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1222.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 1, page 85.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 1, page 85.

On March 1, 1910, in Vancouver, Ernest married Hilda Mary Fraser. At the time of the marriage, Ernest was the manager of the Northern Crown Bank in Allan, a village about 55 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hilda was born in Vancouver on November 3, 1887. Her parents were Angus Carmichael Fraser (1844-1906) and Annabella Nicholson Smith (1850-1933). (Hilda was the sister of Margaret (“Greta”) Fraser, who married Charles Robert Draney. Mr. Draney was a cannery manager who lived at 1932 Alberni Street in 1919 and 1920.)

In 1911 (and possibly as late as 1913), Ernest was an employee of the British Columbia Telephone Company. He appeared at the following addresses.

1911 1122 Comox Street
1912 Not listed in Vancouver directories
1913 1122 Comox Street under names (not under street listing)
1914 to 1917 Not listed in Vancouver directories

Ernest and Hilda were in Buffalo, New York, in October 1914, when their son, Ernest Webb Thomas, was born.

In 1917, they were in Toronto, Ontario, for the birth of their son, Angus Graham Thomas. The 1918 Toronto directory listed Ernest at 114 Glencairn Avenue.

Toronto City Directory, 1918, page 1252 [edited image]; https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec191800midiuoft#page/n1263/mode/1up.

Toronto City Directory, 1918, page 1252 [edited image]; https://archive.org/stream/torontodirec191800midiuoft#page/n1263/mode/1up.

Return to Vancouver: A Series of Occupations

By 1918, Ernest was back in Vancouver, living at 1819 Robson Street. He was a clerk with the Bank of Montreal.

From 1918 to 1955, he appeared at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1918 1819 Robson Street
1919 and 1920 150 East 17th Street, North Vancouver
1921 and 1922 259 West Keith Road, North Vancouver
1923 to 1927 426 East 10th Street, North Vancouver
1928 and 1929 452 East Seventh Street, North Vancouver
1930 Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort
1931 to 1932 452 East Seventh Street, North Vancouver
1933 to 1935 859 Grand Boulevard, North Vancouver
1936 to 1941 1905 West 16th Avenue
1942 to 1949 2820 West 41st Avenue
1950 to 1953 1615 West 13th Avenue
1954 to 1955 813 Cook Road, Lulu Island, Richmond

He was a bank clerk until the mid-1920s, when he set up an accounting business.

In 1928 he was the acting manager of Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort.

Grouse Mountain Chalet, 1927, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 289-004.040; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/grouse-m-oun-t-ain-chalet.

Grouse Mountain Chalet, 1927, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 289-004.040; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/grouse-m-oun-t-ain-chalet.

In 1929 he was the proprietor of E.W. Thomas and Company, a firm of brokers at number 52 in the Exchange Building, 553 Granville Street.

In 1930 he appeared twice in the Vancouver directory. One listing showed him at Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort. Another listing had him as a salesman at J. Anderson and Company, a financial agency business.

From 1931 to 1935 he was the manager of Grouse Mountain Resort.

In 1936, he became a salesman for Blane Fullerton and White, a firm of insurance agents and brokers.

In 1937, he was with Braemar Realty.

In 1940, he was a salesman with the real estate firm of H. A. Roberts Limited.

From 1942 until 1949 he worked for the Canadian government, much of that time as an insurance officer with the Unemployment Insurance Commission.

In 1950 he became a brokerage salesman, first with R.V. Winch and Company, and later with Newcombe Realty.

Hilda was the provincial secretary of the British Columbia Parent Teachers Association. She was a member of the I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire), a women’s charitable organization.

Hilda died in Vancouver on November 9, 1952.

In the mid-1960s, Ernest moved to Victoria, British Columbia. He died in Victoria on May 5, 1970.

Ernest and Mary had the following children.

 

Douglas Fraser Thomas

Douglas Fraser Thomas was born in Vancouver on December 5, 1912.

On September 30, 1939, in Vancouver, he married Mary Katherine McPhail. She was born in Seattle, Washington, on May 14, 1917. Her parents were Donald Murray McPhail and Zora Laird.

Douglas died in Surrey, British Columbia, on March 9, 1988.

Mary died in Mission, British Columbia, on June 10, 1995.

 

Ernest Webb Thomas

Ernest Webb Thomas was born in Buffalo, New York on October 28, 1914. (He was sometimes called “June.”) He served with the Canadian military during the Second World War, and he continued his service after the war.

On July 16, 1946, in Kelowna, British Columbia, he married Becky Gore. She was born in Kelowna on January 16, 1916. Her parents were Stanley McIver Gore (1873-1942) and Phyllis Honora Margaret Elliot (1880-1969).

It appears that Becky had studied at the Vancouver School of Art in the late 1930s.

Ernest’s and Becky’s marriage ended in divorce.

Ernest died in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 9, 2004.

 

Angus Graham Thomas

Angus Graham Thomas was born in Toronto, Ontario, on May 5, 1917.

On August 14, 1951, in Vancouver, he married Kathleen Cragg. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, on May 29, 1917. Her parents were Arthur and Sarah Cragg.

Angus died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on October 17, 1991.

 

Roy Daryl Thomas

Roy Daryl Thomas was born in North Vancouver, British Columbi, on June 8, 1919.

On December 19, 1942, he married Dorothy Lillie (or Lily) Townsley, who was born in Vancouver. Her parents were Ernest Edward Townsley (1895-1980) and Phyllis Rebecca Murchison (1898-1988).

Daryl served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 29 June 1945, page 3407; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37154/supplement/3407/data.pdf.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 29 June 1945, page 3407; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37154/supplement/3407/data.pdf.

He later operated an insurance agency in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

He died in 2007, and was buried in Saint Mary’s Anglican United Church Cemetery in Sorrento, British Columbia.

 

George Philip Thomas

George Philip Thomas was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 21, 1920.

He studied forestry at the University of British Columbia and at Yale University.

On November 24, 1945, in London, England, he married Mary Emma Potter. She was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, on August 19, 1922. Her parents were Frank and Dorothy Potter.

George became the head of the Canadian Forestry Service.

George died in Victoria, British Columbia, on March 30, 1988.

Mary died on March 16, 2009.

 

Kenneth Owen Thomas

Kenneth Owen Thomas was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia on May 13, 1923 (some sources say May 7, 1922).

He died in North Vancouver on November 10, 1925.

 

Rainald Webb Thomas

Rainald Webb Thomas was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 29, 1928.

He had a long career with the British Columbia Forest Service.

He married Georgina Tucker.

Rainald died on November 27, 2013.

 

Sources

James Percy Thomas (father of Ernest Webb Thomas)

James Percy Thomas; http://1820settlers.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I110785&tree=master

James Percy Thomas, https://www.geni.com/people/James-Percy-Thomas/6000000021132049835: “James Percy Thomas; Birthdate: 1830 (81); Death: July 26, 1911 (81); Grahamstown, Cape, South Africa (Cardiac – 2 months); Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Cape, South Africa; Immediate Family: Husband of Martha Ann Webb.”

From: Ellen Stanton; Wednesday, 8 May 2002; To: SOUTH-AFRICA-IMMIGRANTS-BRITISH-L@rootsweb.com; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA-IMMIGRANTS-BRITISH/2002-05/1020837837: “I am searching for my husband’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother who lived in Grahamstown and East London. Their names were: James Percy THOMAS (1830-1911), a royal engineer, and Martha Ann Webb THOMAS (1846-1927). They emigrated to S. A. separately and married at Commemoration Methodist Church in 1866. They had at least 10 children: . . . Ernest Webb [Thomas] (7/31/1884-5/5/1970) who emigrated to Canada . . .”

James Percy Thomas, death certificate; South Africa, Cape Provin…, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972  1911 Albany; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G563-4GW?i=271&cc=1779109

 

Martha Ann Webb (mother of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Martha Ann Webb (born about 1846); http://1820settlers.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I108460&tree=master.

Martha Ann Webb; https://www.geni.com/people/Martha-Ann-Webb/6000000021131912181: “Martha Ann Webb; Birthdate: 1846 (81); Death: 1927 (81); Immediate Family: Daughter of William Webb and Elizabeth M Webb; Wife of James Percy Thomas; Sister of George Webb; Elizabeth Weeks; William Webb; Suzannah Webb; Keziah Cockcroft and 5 others.”

 

Ernest Webb Thomas

Ernest Webb Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/ernest-webb-thomas_39112107: “Born in Grahamstown, South Africa on 31 Jul 1884. Ernest Webb married Hilda Mary Fraser and had 7 children. He passed away on 5 May 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJ6-T2M : 13 November 2014), E Webb Thomas in household of Colin D Rex, 18, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001201721.pdf

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-5VW : 21 January 2016), Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser, 01 Mar 1911; citing Kerrisdale, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/64125785-41fd-4d62-9a7c-cafcd082658c.

Hilda Fraser and Ernest Webb Thomas, marriage description, Vancouver Province, March 3, 1911, page 5: “The marriage took place on Wednesday evening at Beaufort in Kerrisdale, the home of Mrs. A.C. Fraser, of her daughter, Miss Hilda Fraser and Mr. Ernest Webb of Saskatchewan, son of Mr. E. [sic] Thomas of Johannesburg. . . . A small company of guests were present to witness the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. J.A. Logan. The bride . . . was attended by her sister, Miss Cora Fraser . . . . Mr. Allen Gibbon was best man. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas left for a visit to Vancouver Island after which they will go to make their home at Allan, Saskatchewan, where Mr. Thomas is manager of the Northern Crown Bank. The bride is the seventh daughter of Mrs. Fraser and it is worthy of note that the groom is a seventh son.”

Society, Vancouver Daily World, March 3, 1911, page 11: “Vancouver as a city is still too young to be able to lay claim to many native daughters of marriageable age. But there are a few who can boast this distinction, and Miss Hilda Mary Fraser, who was married on Wednesday evening, Is one of them. Miss Fraser is the seventh daughter of the late Mr. Angus Fraser and Mrs. Fraser, well known old-timers here, and she and her sisters have a large circle of friends in the Terminal City. Mr. Ernest Webb Thomas, manager of the Northern Crown bank, Allen, Saskatchewan, is the happy bridegroom, and he curiously enough is the seventh son of Mr. Ernest [sic] Thomas, of Johannesburg. The marriage, which was solemnized by the Rev. John Logan at Beaufort, Kerrisdale, the residence of the bride’s mother, was a pretty one. Miss Cora Fraser, one of the bride’s sisters, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Alan Gibbon was best man.”

“Throwback Thursday: The Grouse Mountain Highway,” Lower Lonsdale, Apr 28, 2016, http://www.lowerlonsdale.ca/grouse-mountain-highway/. [Includes history of Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort Ltd. and the Grouse Mountain Highway.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB6-DG3 : 13 April 2017), Ernest Webb Thomas, 1970.

Ernest Webb Thomas, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, May 7, 1970, page 45: “Thomas—At the Veterans’ Hospital on May 5, 1970, Ernest Web Thomas, of 1365 Rockland Ave., in his 86th year. Survived by 6 sons, Douglas F., Vancouver, Ernest W. Jr., Victoria,; Angus G., Vancouver; R. Daryl, Salmon Arm; G. Phillip, Victoria, and Rainald W., Lake Cowichan; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; also a sister, Mrs. Doris Thatcher, Detroit, Mich. He was a veteran of the Boer War, a member of Orion Lodge No. 51, AF&AM, Penticton, and Vancouver Lodge of Perfection. The remains will be accompanied to Vancouver, where funeral service will be held in the Hamilton Mortuary, 38th Ave. at Fraser St. Interment Mountain View Cemetery. Haywards’ Chapel in charge of arrangements.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-W99X : 13 December 2015), Ernest Webb Thomas, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26365505, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26365505.

 

Angus Carmichael Fraser (father of Mary Hilda Fraser)

Angus Carmichael Fraser, Vancouver Voters, 1886; Richmond, British Columbia, British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994, pages 288-296.

Angus Carmichael Fraser, https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/angus-carmichael-fraser_9188066: “Born in Baie Chaleur, Quebec, Canada on 1844 to Allan Fraser and Jane Carmichael. Angus Carmichael married Annabella Nicholson Smith and had 10 children. He passed away on 20 Nov 1906 in Vancouver General, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6S-9R5 : 18 November 2014), Angus Fraser, North, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 97; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13284, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,920; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e329/e008211130.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-ZHG : 13 November 2014), Angus C Fraser, Cowichan North, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148093-00327.

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Fo to Fz; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/votefo.htm: “Fraser, Angus Carmichael, Cowichan Lake (east end), Contractor, Cow.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-SFJ : 13 November 2014), Angus C Fraser, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 15, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-3XQ : 30 September 2015), Angus C Fraser, 1906.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKC-3X7 : 30 September 2015), Angus C Fraser, 1906.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3Z74 : 13 December 2015), Angus C. Fraser, 1904 [sic]; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26281495, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26281495.

 

Annabella Nicholson Smith (mother of Mary Hilda Fraser)

Annabella Nicholson Smith; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/annabella-nicholson-smith_19148171: “Born in Escuminac, Quebec, Canada on 1849 to Malcolm Smith and Catherine Nicholson. Annabella Nicholson married Angus Carmichael Fraser and had 10 children. She passed away on 1934 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6S-9RR : 18 November 2014), Annabella Fraser in household of Angus Fraser, North, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 97; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13284, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,920.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-ZHP : 13 November 2014), Annabella Fraser, Cowichan North, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093.; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148093-00327.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-SFV : 27 April 2017), Anabella Fraser, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 15, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SVHR : 2 March 2015), Annabelle Fraser, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5H-95G : 30 September 2015), Annabella Fraser, 1933.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3Z73 : 13 December 2015), Annabella Fraser, 1933; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26259359, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26259359.

 

Hilda Mary Fraser (wife of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Hilda Mary Fraser, https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/hilda-mary-fraser_9081793: “Born in Vancouver on 3 Nov 1887 to Angus Carmichael Fraser and Annabella Nicholson Smith. Hilda Mary married Ernest Webb Thomas and had 7 children. She passed away on 9 Nov 1952 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZK-22R : 12 December 2014), Hilda Mary Fraser, 03 Nov 1887; citing British Columbia Archives film number B13804, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,115,625; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ccdf5bd0-443a-4185-8071-ada7a06c6716.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWK3-ZH1 : 13 November 2014), Mary Hilda Fraser, Cowichan North, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148093; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=pdf&id=30953_148093-00328.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVJ-SFP : 27 April 2017), Hilda Fraser in household of Anabella Fraser, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 15, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-5V3 : 21 January 2016), Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser, 01 Mar 1911; citing Kerrisdale, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPF-6JQ : 13 April 2017), Hilda Mary Webb-Thomas, 1952.

“P-TA Chief, IODE Worker, Dies at Home,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1952, page 33:

“First provincial secretary of the Parent-Teachers’ Association and an active IODE worker, Mrs. Ernest Webb-Thomas, died Sunday at her home, 1615 West Thirteenth.

Born in Vancouver, Mrs. Webb-Thomas was prominent in war work, church and community affairs.

She was a district leader of the St. John Ambulance Corps and a member of the Seaforth Highlanders Women’s Auxiliary. She was also active in affairs of St. John’s Anglican Church.

Surviving are her husband, Ernest Webb-Thomas; six sons, Maj. Douglas Fraser, Sea Island; Capt. Ernest Webb, Victoria; Maj. Angus Graham, North Vancouver; Sqdn. Ldr. Roy Daryl, Sea Island; Capt. George Philip, Vancouver; Rainald Webb, Saskatoon, and two sisters, Mrs. F. Reginald Arkell and Mrs. Cecil H. Hill, both of Vancouver.

There are 10 grandchildren.

Funeral will be held from St. John’s Church, Nanton and Granville, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.”

“Noted PTA Worker Dies in City,” Vancouver Province, November 10, 1952, page 33. [Similar to “P-TA Chief, IODE Worker, Dies at Home,” Vancouver Sun, November 19, 1952, page 33, above.]

Hilda Mary Webb-Thomas, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1952, page 26; Vancouver Sun, November 10, 1952, page 25: “At her residence, 1615 W. 135h Ave., Vancouver, Nov. 9, 1952, Hilda Mary, wife of Ernest Webb-Thomas. Survived also by 6 sons, , Major Douglas Fraser, Sea Island; Capt. Ernest Webb, Victoria; Major Angus Graham, North Vancouver; Squadron Leader Roy Daryl, Sea Island; Capt. George Philip, Vancouver; Rainald Webb, Saskatoon, 2 sisters, Mrs. F. Reginald Arkell, and Mrs. Cecil Hill. Funeral services at St. John’s Church, Shaughnessy, Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m., Rev. A.M. Trendell, D.D., officiating. Interment family plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Center & Hanna, Funeral Directors.”

 

Douglas Fraser Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Douglas Fraser Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/douglas-fraser-thomas_79013524: “Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 5 Dec 1912 to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser. He passed away on 9 Mar 1988.”

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1939-09-479510; Douglas Fraser Thomas and Mary Katherine Mcphail; date of marriage: September 30, 1939; place of marriage: Vancouver: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b2e37011-4913-43b4-9ab1-8e03fe4071ac.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1988-09-004832; Douglas Fraser Thomas; date of death: March 12, 1988; place of death: Surrey; age at death: 75; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/3d155044-3373-4051-9b39-e086a8c95af8; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ea4bd369-5d19-447b-ad53-137a3a64736d

 

Mary Katherine McPhail (wife of Douglas Fraser Thomas)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1939-09-479510; Douglas Fraser Thomas and Mary Katherine Mcphail; date of marriage: September 30, 1939; place of marriage: Vancouver: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b2e37011-4913-43b4-9ab1-8e03fe4071ac.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1995-09-012654; Mary Katherine Thomas; date of death: June 10, 1995; place of death: Mission; age at death: 78; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/7233ab01-c201-4c50-80c3-85509ea61800; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/c3e74745-15d1-4b7b-aaa0-1094dd71a955.

 

Andrew Murray Thomas (son of Douglas Fraser Thomas)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6G-PPYM : 13 April 2017), Andrew Murray Thomas, 1949.

 

Ernest Webb Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Ernest Webb Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/ernest-webb-thomas_90153213: “Born to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser.”

Ortona: Canada’s Epic World War II Battle; By Mark Zuehlke, Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre, 1999, page 176: “West of the Edmontons, the Seaforths’ objective was a ridge overlooking The Gully and a three-storey, white stucco farm-manor house located on the opposite side, called Casa Barardi. ‘A’ Company, under the command of Captain Ernest Webb Thomas, was to seize the ridge and support the Edmontons’ left flank.”

Ernest Webb Thomas; death notice; Published in The Vancouver Sun on Nov. 19, 2004; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-thomas&pid=157212127; published in The Times Colonist on Nov. 14, 2004; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-thomas&pid=157443107: “Thomas, Ernest Webb (June) M.B.E., C.D. retired, born October 28, 1914, died peacefully at Glengarry Hospital in Victoria on November 9, 2004 only a short time after celebrating his 90th birthday with family and friends. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Lesley and her husband Thomas Quinn of Belcarra, BC; son Paul and his partner, Monique Gibson, of Victoria; his former wife, Becky, of Kelowna; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers, Douglas, Philip and Angus and survived by brothers Daryl (Dorothy) in Salmon Arm and Rainald in Sooke; and by sisters-in-law Mary in Calgary and Kay in North Vancouver. June attended school in North Vancouver where he was active hiking in the North Shore mountains and skiing on Grouse Mountain where his father (E. W. Thomas, Sr.) was the manager of the first chalet. a decorated Army Officer, during the Second World War he served with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Britain, Sicily and Italy and with the South Saskatchewan Regiment through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He continued his service after the war with the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, moving to Victoria in 1951 and working with the Militia Units until his retirement in 1964. He then worked with Canada Post from 1966 to 1979, serving as post master in Holberg and Gold River. While in Gold River he served as an Alderman, completed the first great walk from Gold River to Tahsis and began his hobby of weaving. After his retirement to Victoria in 1979 he traveled widely and was a member of the Victoria Weavers Guild. June was a grandson of Angus Carmichael Fraser who came to B.C. in 1868 and was active in the logging, fish cannery and boat-building industries. He and his wife, Annabella Nicholson Fraser, built the first two-storey house in Vancouver in 1878 and in 1881 bought a 300 acre farm on Sea Island. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m. at First Memorial Chapel, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Victoria Hospice Society would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be sent to: irememberjune@hotmail.com

 

Stanley McIver Gore (father of Becky Gore)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGY-X5K : 13 April 2017), Stanley Mciver Gore, 1942.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-HWHD : 13 December 2015), Stanley M Gore, ; Burial, Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery; citing record ID 106499626, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106499626.

 

Phyllis Honora Margaret Eliot (mother of Becky Gore)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY1-PHM : 13 April 2017), Phyllis Honora Margaret Gore, 1969; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ff836bf3-6450-4c7e-b4e2-4db8448296b6.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-HWHZ : 13 December 2015), Phyllis H M Gore, ; Burial, Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery; citing record ID 106499625, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106499625.

 

Becky Gore (wife of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Vancouver School of Art, [Calendar] 14th session, 1938-1939; unpaged; http://ecuad.arcabc.ca/islandora/object/ecuad%3A53/datastream/OBJ/view; Awards 1937-1938, Merit Certificates: . . . Becky Gore.”

 

Angus Graham Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Angus Graham Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/angus-graham-thomas_92590713: “Born to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser.”

British Columbia Death Registration; Registration Number: 1991-09-019840; Angus Graham Thomas; date of death: October 17, 1991; place of death: North Vancouver; age at death: 74; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f5039c93-ca69-42ec-a521-e65a30cbe004; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f8b2354d-7918-4982-b903-d4267257abe3.

 

Kathleen Cragg (wife of Angus Graham Thomas)

Ena Mildred (Cragg) Colmer, death notice, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nsnews/obituary-print.aspx?n=ena-mildred-colmer-cragg&pid=150768062: “Ena Mildred (Cragg) Colmer, December 12, 1913 – April 24, 2011; Born Wolverhampton, England. Ena is predeceased by husband Richard John Colmer, mother Sarah Cragg, father Arthur Cragg, brother Dr. George Cragg, Kathleen Thomas and friend Pat Hendericks. Survived by son George (Percy), grandson Zachary, Xydus, Xavier and of course adopted TJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she enjoyed and cherished any time she could. Mom was brought up on a homestead in Peace River, Alberta where she later became a teacher, at a one room school house called Ena’s School after her. She met husband Richard in Peace River and later moved to Victoria to own a hardware store and then moving to North Vancouver in the early fifties where she worked with brother Dr. George Cragg in the North Marine Medical Centre, owned by her father Arthur. Ena loved to be outside, especially in her garden which would take hours of her time, although not undivided as she also had a passion for her art and piano. She loved to travel to Britain to see family and new friends made, and did so numerous times. Thanks to devoted Caregivers, Joy Marqueses, Christy Pilorin and Myrna Ancheta, who was by her side at time of passing. Donations to Lions Gate Hospital. Celebration of Life, Bridge Baptist Church, 515 West Windsor Road, North Vancouver, Friday May 6 at 1pm.” [Ena Mildred (Cragg) Colme was a sister of Kathleen Cragg.]

 

Roy Daryl Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Supplement to the London Gazette, 29 June 1945, page 3407; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37154/supplement/3407/data.pdf

Distinguished. Flying Cross: “Flight Lieutenants. . . . Roy Daryl Thomas (Can/J 23052), 418 (R C A.F.), Sqn.”

Honorable Mentions; http://acesofww2.com/can/canadians.html: “Roy Daryl Thomas.”

Barbara Nielsen; Date: 03/18/2003; http://myplace.frontier.com/~matt.carmichael/gb%202003.htm: “Comments: A relative of mine in Birmingham, Alabama was sent a “Thomas” link from another relative in South Africa (amazing how this all happens!). The “Thomas” is my grandfather – Ernest Webb Thomas – who came from South Africa at the age of 16 and ended up settling in British Columbia. Anyway, the Carmichael link is as follows: Angus Carmichael (1793) – Jean (Jane) Carmichael m Allan Fraser – Angus Carmichael Fraser m Annabella Nicholson Smith – Hilda Fraser (my grandmother) m Ernest Webb Thomas – Roy Daryl Thomas (my father) m Dorothy Lillie Townsley – Barbara Thomas (me) m. Steven Nielsen. I am quite anxious to hear from you and find out where you are and what the connection is.”

Thomas, Roy Daryl (Married on 19 Dec 1942), appeared in Barrie Examiner, 31 Dec 1942, p. 9; http://news.ourontario.ca/1070663/data?n=113. Notes: Dorothy Lille Townsley, Vancouver; Date of Publication: 31 Dec 1942; Date Of Event: 19 Dec 1942; Last Name(s): Thomas; Local identifier: Ontario.BMD.438808

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-KNRL : 13 December 2015), Roy Daryl Thomas, ; Burial, Sorrento, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Sorrento Community Cemetery; citing record ID 121544180, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121544180.

 

Ernest Edward Townsley (father of Dorothy Lillie Townsley)

Ernest Edward Townsley; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/ernest-edward-townsley_10620516: “Born in Foggthorpe, Yorkshire, England on 1895 to William Townsley and Lillie Jane Wells. Ernest Edward married Phyllis Rebecca Murchison and had a child. He passed away on 26 Mar 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S3FP : 2 March 2015), Ernest Townley in entry for William Townley, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1B-5VY : 13 April 2017), Ernest Edward Townsley, 1980; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/9c9f33e5-3ad7-4d3d-828d-51ccd96f9680.

 

Phyllis Rebecca Murchison (mother of Dorothy Lillie Townsley)

Phyllis Rebecca Murchison; https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/phyllis-rebecca-murchison_28167629: “Born in Barrie Vespra Township Simcoe, Ontario, Canada on 2 Mar 1898 to Duncan Charles Murchison and Mary Louise Ball. Phyllis Rebecca married Ernest Edward Townsley and had a child. She passed away on 25 Jan 1988 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada.”

British Columbia Death Registration; Registration Number: 1988-09-001860; Phyllis Townsley; date of death: January 25, 1988; place of death: Salmon Arm; age at death: 89; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/dd350ca4-c29d-4c1f-a775-baed8c56b4d5; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/4f05c9e6-17eb-4a58-9e0e-26521a97b2c0.

 

George Philip Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

George Philip Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/george-philip-thomas_89433530: “Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 21 Nov 1920 to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser. George Philip married Mary E Potter and had 3 children. He passed away on 28 Mar 1988 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.”

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1988-09-008149; George Philip Thomas; date of death: March 30, 1988-03-30; place of death: Victoria; age at death: 67; DTH_1988008149.jpg http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ba837145-3635-42ae-9f41-971f21624c58; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/2d76df72-1edf-44c4-94b2-65c14f27f425.

 

Mary Emma Potter (wife of George Phillip Thomas)

Mary E Potter; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/mary-e-potter_168179770: “Born. Mary E married George Philip Thomas and had 3 children.”

Mary Emma (Potter) Thomas; death notice, Published in the Victoria Times Colonist from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2009; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=125265539; and the Calgary Herald from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2009; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=125229816: “Thomas, Mary Emma (Potter) August 19, 1922 March 16, 2009 Mary was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and in her late teens moved to London where she worked prior to and during World War Two. During the war years she met Canadian Army Captain Phil Thomas and in 1945 they married in London. Phil and Mary established themselves in Vancouver, B.C., starting careers and family. Before her beloved Phil’s death in 1988, they lived a happy and meaningful life in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and then back to Victoria for the too few years of retirement together. Mary now leaves behind her children, Wayne (Olwen), Victoria Ashmead (Ralph) and Hadyn (the late Cindy-Lee); grandchildren, Karen (Kelley), Christy (Bill), Fraser (Heather), David, Mary, Moira (Paul), Evan and Isla (Jamie). Mary’s great-grandchildren, Cole, Eloise, Muriel, Ryerson and Bennett were so lucky to have GG” in their young lives. Mary was the third of seven children born to Frank and Dorothy Potter and she leaves a large and loving family overseas. Mary was intrepid, fiercely proud of her family, dedicated to extensive voluntary work, and placed paramount importance on loyalty and love of friends. Family and friends are invited to share memories of our Mum on Saturday, March 21, 1:00 3:00 pm, #7 118 Strathcona Road SW, Calgary, Alberta.”

 

Kenneth Owen Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Kenneth Owen Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/kenneth-owen-thomas_46456907: “Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 7 May 1922 to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser. He passed away on 1925.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLK-9MQ : 13 April 2017), Kenneth Owan [sic] Thomas, 1925.

 

Rainald Webb Thomas (son of Ernest Webb Thomas)

Rainald Webb Thomas; https://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/rainald-webb-thomas_93413621: “Born to Ernest Webb Thomas and Hilda Mary Fraser.”

Rainald Webb (Rai) Thomas, death notice, Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2013; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=rainald-webb-thomas-rai&pid=168382183: “Rainald Webb (Rai) Thomas; 1929/11/29 – 2013/11/27; Rainald Webb Thomas, of Sooke, B.C., gently passed away in the company of his wife, on November 27, 2013. Rai was born on November 29, 1929 in North Vancouver, B.C. and lived all of his life near the coastal waters of British Columbia. He was a Professional Forester, Real Estate Appraiser, and had a passion for golf, curling and boating (especially sailing). In 1977, Rai was instrumental in the development of the Cowichan Valley Demonstration Forest, he curled and officiated this game for more than 40 years (including the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics), and he volunteered with the local HAM radio club during search/rescue and community events. He remained active with the Highland Pacific Golf course until renal cancer became metastatic earlier this fall. He was survived and will be missed by his wife of 32 years, Georgina Tucker; his daughters, Bobbinette, Lia and Michelle; his sons, John and Neil; his grandchildren, Devon, Hali, Abby, Neil, Tyler and Chelsea; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.”

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