Walkem, Richard Knox (1880-1962)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 809.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 809.

Richard Knox Walkem was a lawyer. He lived at 2044 Comox Street in 1907.

Richard Knox Walkem was born in Kingston, Ontario on Mary 23, 1880 (He was often called “Knox Walkem.”) His parents were Richard Thomas Walkem (1840-1906) and Emily Ann Henderson (about 1847-1917). Richard Thomas Walkem was a prominent lawyer, who was the brother of George Anthony Walkem (1834-1908), a premier and judge in British Columbia.

Richard Knox Walkem was a brother of George Alexander Walkem, who lived at 2056 Beach Avenue in 1903; 2054 Comox Street from 1904 to 1907, 2044 Comox Street from 1908 to 1910, and 1000 Gilford Street in 1914. Further information appears on the page for George Alexander Walkem.

Richard went to public school in Ontario. In 1902, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston. While he was at Queen’s he was active in hockey, rugby and other sports.

He arrived in Vancouver about 1903. He studied law with Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper (who lived at 2050 Barclay Street from 1899 to about 1924).

In 1905 he became a member of the British Columbia bar, and specialized in commercial law.

On March 1, 1913, in Vancouver, Richard married Elenore Ruby Rudolf. She was born in Marie, Quebec on December 4, 1893. (She was often called “Ruby.”) Her parents were George Alden Rudolf and Eleanore Macdonald Forbes.

Vancouver Daily World, January 27, 1913, page 9, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, January 27, 1913, page 9, column 4.

The Gazette (Montreal), March 5, 1913, page 2, column 1.

The Gazette (Montreal), March 5, 1913, page 2, column 1.

For much of their time in Vancouver, Richard and Ruby lived at 1550 Angus Drive in Vancouver.

Richard was a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the Vancouver Club and the Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club. He was the Commodore of the Pacific International Power Boat Association.

In 1936 he became a King’s Council, recognizing his contributions to the legal profession.

Ruby died in Vancouver on March 17, 1953.

Richard retired in December 1961. He died in Vancouver on April 22, 1962.

Richard and Ruby had the following children

 

John (“Jack”) Walkem

John (“Jack”) Walkem was born in Vancouver about 1916.

He married Mitzi Maree.

He died in Langley, British Columbia on June 4, 2001.

 

Knox Walkem

Knox Walkem was born in Vancouver on January 31, 1931.

He worked as a steel executive.

He did not marry.

He died in Vancouver on February 19, 1970.

 

Charles Anthony (“Tony”) Walkem

Charles Anthony (“Tony”) Walkem was born in Vancouver on May 7, 1921.

He became a lawyer.

On May 15, 1953, in Brampton, Ontario, Tony married Elizabeth Marie May.

The Gazette (Montreal), May 1, 1953, page 21, column 1.

The Gazette (Montreal), May 1, 1953, page 21, column 1.

It appears that Tony later married Mabel Edna Andrews.

Tony died in Vancouver on March 30, 1970.

 

Nancy Yvonne Walkem

Nancy Yvonne Walkem (sometimes “Nancy Eleanor Yvonne Walkem”) was born in Vancouver.

It appears that she married Mr. Elliott, probably sometime in the 1930s.

On October 7, 1939, in Montreal, she married Herbert Kellock Domville (“Kelly”) Heming, who was an employee of Royal Trust Corporation. He was born in Vancouver about 1907.

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008. Name: Heming; Religion: Presbyterian; Event Type: Mariage (Marriage); Marriage Date: 1939; Marriage Place: Montréal, Québec (Quebec); Place of Worship or Institution: Presbyterian Saint Andrew and Saint Paul; Spouse: Elliott [née Walkem].

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008. Name: Heming; Religion: Presbyterian; Event Type: Mariage (Marriage); Marriage Date: 1939; Marriage Place: Montréal, Québec (Quebec); Place of Worship or Institution: Presbyterian Saint Andrew and Saint Paul; Spouse: Elliott [née Walkem].

The Gazette (Montreal), October 9, 1939, page 14, columns 4-5.

The Gazette (Montreal), October 9, 1939, page 14, columns 4-5.

The Hemings lived in Montreal.

The Gazette (Montreal), November 23, 1945, page 15, column 3.

The Gazette (Montreal), November 23, 1945, page 15, column 3.

Kelly Heming died in New York in February 1969.

The Gazette (Montreal, Canada), February 17, 1969, page 43, column 1.

The Gazette (Montreal, Canada), February 17, 1969, page 43, column 1.

Nancy died in Montreal on August 18, 1989.

The Gazette (Montreal), August 21, 1989, page 43, column 2.

The Gazette (Montreal), August 21, 1989, page 43, column 2.

 

Sources

Richard Thomas Walkem (father of Richard Knox Walkem)

Richard Thomas Walkem, A Cyclopaedia of Candian Biography, ed. George Maclean Rose, Toronto, Rose Publishing Col, 1886, page 676, http://archive.org/stream/acyclopediacana00rosegoog#page/n689/mode/1up.

Career of the late Richard Thomas Walkem; The Lisburn Standard, Saturday, April 28th 1906; http://ied.dippam.ac.uk/records/23493.

 

Richard Knox Walkem

Richard Knox Walkem, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, edited by E. O. S. Scholefield, and Frederic William Howay; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 631-632; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/631/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/632/mode/1up.

Annalls, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 1903-1965, pages 26, 41, 84, 85, 92, 93, 95, 97, 158.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNL5-253 : 16 July 2017), Richard Knox Walkem, 01 Jun 1880; citing Birth, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,845,397.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2KT-NHL : 10 February 2018), Richard Knox Walkem, 01 Jun 1880; citing Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, 01 Jun 1880, reference cn 7295; FHL microfilm 1,845,397.

Society, Vancouver Province, October 4, 1905, page 3: “Mr. Knox Walkem returned from Victoria last night after having been called to the bar. He was presented to the Hon. Mr. Justice Martin on Tuesday by Mr. C.V. Bodwell, K.C. Mr. Walkem will practice in Vancouver in partnership with Mr. W.E. Burn.”

“Knox Walkem Jumped Overboard; When His Launch Caught Fire Last Night While Taking in Gasoline at Denman Street Boathouse,” Vancouver Province, September 4, 1908, page 1.

Society, Vancouver Province, August 10, 1910, page 5: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Walkem, from Montreal, are the guests of their brother, Mrs. [sic] Knox Walkem, Shaughnessy Heights.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-P1M : 11 March 2018), Richard Knox Walkem and Eleanore Ruby Rudolf, 01 Mar 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

Eleanor Ruby Rudolf and Richard Knox Walkem, wedding description, Vancouver Province, March 1, 1913, page 8.

Eleanor Ruby Rudolf and Richard Knox Walkem, wedding description, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1913, page 7: “Mr. and Mrs. Walkem left on the afternoon train for New York, en route to England, where they will embark on the new S.S. Empress of Russia at Liverpool and return home via the Orient”.

Society, Vancouver Province, September 11, 1916, page 10: “Mr. and Mrs. Knox Walkem will leave tonight for New York and will spend some time in Montreal before returning home.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1916, page 8: “Mrs. Knox Walkem, who lately left with Mr. Walkem on a five weeks tour of Eastern Canada and the United States, is at present staying with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry Joseph, at Montreal. Mr. Walkem, who has been in Ottawa, will shortly join them and proceed with them to New York for a short visit.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 11, 1927, p. 14: “Mr. and Mrs. R. Knox Walkem and Miss Nancy Walkem of this city were recent visitors at Harrison Hot Springs.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTZ-LDW : 8 November 2017), Richard Knox Walkem, 1962; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/184073f1-49a1-4444-b39d-dc76cf2bc3a2.

“R. Walkem, lawyer, dies at 82,” Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1962, page 7: . . . “His wife died in 1953. Family: Three sons, John, Knox and Charles, and a daughter, Mrs. Nncy Heming.”

“Lawyer, Sportsman Knox Walkem Dies,” Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1962, page 7, columns 1-2

Richard Knox Walkem, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 23, 1962, page 26; Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1962, page 28: “Walkem—Passed away April 22, 1962, Richard Knox Walkem of 1550 Angus Dr., in his 81st year. Survived by 3 sons, Knox. Jr., John and Charles, all of Vancouver; daughter, Mrs. Kelloch (Nancy) Heming, Montreal, Quebec. Funeral service Wednesday, April 25th at 1:30 p.m. from St. John’s Shaughnessy Church, Granville St. and Moncton Ave., Rev. Canon A.M. Trendell, D.D., officiating. Cremation. Nunn & Thomson, funeral directors.”

Richard Knox Walkem, Nos Disparus, The Advocate, Volume 20 (1962), page 116 (includes photograph). “Surviving is his son, Anthony, of the Vancouver Bar, and two other sons and one daughter. . . .”

 

Eleanore Macdonald Forbes (mother of Elenore Ruby Rudolf)

“Mrs. Rourke Dies Suddenly,” Vancouver Sun, June 28, 1933, page 13:

“Well known for her philanthropic work in the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire,, Eleanor Macdonald Rourke, 69, widow of the late Colonel W.H. Rourke, died Tuesday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Knox Walkem, 1550 Angus Drive.

Mrs. Rourke’s club record shows many years of active service in the I.O.D.E. . . .

A native of Port Daniel, Quebec, Mrs. Rourke was a daughter of the late Richard Wolfe Forbes.

She came to Vancouver 25 years ago.

Her death was unexpected, as she was in apparently good health.\Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Christ Church Cathedral, Rev. Major C.C. Owen and Rev. F.H. Wilkinson, rector, officiating.

Committal will be in the family plot, Mountain View cemetery, Center & Hanna, funeral directors, in charge.”

 

Elenore Ruby Rudolf (wife of Richard Knox Walkem)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZV-PBY : 11 March 2018), Richard Knox Walkem and Eleanore Ruby Rudolf, 01 Mar 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,705.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPH-ZCF : 8 November 2017), Ruby Eleanor Walkem, 1953; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/2e3646a7-1707-46ec-bcf9-70241174acef.

“Mrs. Knox Walkem Funeral Thursday,” Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1953, page 2, columns 1-2 (includes photograph of Mrs. Knox Walkem).

“Prominent Lawyer’s Wife Dies,” Vancouver Province, March 17, 1953, page 17, columns 1-2 (includes photograph of Mrs. Knox Walkem).

Mrs. Knox Walkem, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 17, 1953, page 24; Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1953, page 23.

 

John (“Jack”) Walkem (son of Richard Knox Walkem)

John Knox (Jack) Walkem, death notice, Vancouver Sun, June 8, 2001, page F8, column 3: “Walkem—John Knox (Jack). Jack passed away at the Langley Memorial Hospital, June 4, 2001, at the age of 85. He is survived by his loving wife Mitze (nee Maree) of Langley, and a niece, Ronne (Barney) of Yellowknife. Born in Vancouver, Jack was an avid sportsman, a photographer, ad former BC wrestling champ, golfer, and sailor. He was active for many years in amateur car racing in the province, During World War II he served in the Canadian Merchant Marine as a marine engineer on the Atlantic and Paciicf routes, on ships built in Vancouver. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.”

 

Knox Walkem, Jr. (son of Richard Knox Walkem)

“Knox Walkem Tops Exam,” Vancouver Sun, Janaury 29, 1947, page 15. “He has been notified that he topped the list in the November esamination of British Empire writers of the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers. . . .”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYZ-6LS : 8 November 2017), Knox Walkem, 1970: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/260f73c8-bd9d-402e-acbe-6924137e2034.

 

Charles Anthony (“Tony”) Walkem (son of Richard Knox Walkem)

Charles Anthony WALKEM, Circa 1922 – 1970; https://www.myheritage.com/names/charles_walkem

Charles Anthony WALKEM was born circa 1922, to Richard Knox WALKEM and Eleanor Ruby WALKEM (born RUDOLF). Richard was born circa 1881, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Eleanor was born circa 1894, in Marie, Quebec, Canada. Charles had 3 siblings: Knox WALKEM and 2 other siblings. . . . Charles passed away on month day 1970, at age 48 at death place.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLY8-HRG : 8 November 2017), Charles Anthony Walkem, 1970; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/917c3215-782f-4ed3-8a90-d73d7d4761c6

 

Herbert Kellock Domville Heming (husband of Nancy Yvonne Walkem)

1921 Canada Census, Herbert Kellock D Heming in household of Herbert Payne Heming [indexed as Herbert Pagre Heming]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 4, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 12. Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008. Name: Herbert Kellock Douville Heming; Religion: Baptist; Event Type: Mariage (Marriage); Marriage Date: 1938; Marriage Place: Montréal, Québec (Quebec); Place of Worship or Institution: Baptist Rosemont. Spouse: Ruby Grace Woodard.

 

Ronne Aileen Heming (daughter of Nancy Yvonne Walkem)

Ronne Aileen Heming; Trafalgar Echoes 1960, by Trafalgar School for Girls; https://archive.org/details/trafalgarechoes1960traf; https://archive.org/stream/trafalgarechoes1960traf#page/27/mode/1up

Ronne Heming, Circulation Manager at Up Here Publishing, Northwest Territories.

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