John EASTON (1874-1949)
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland 14 April 1874, he came to Winnipeg in 1904. On 24 July 1895, he married Isabella Robinson (1878-1944) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He had four children: Ivy Ethel Easton (1897-1973), Samuel Easton (1900-1987), John Easton (1910-1960), and Herbert Robinson Easton (1916-1941). He once resided at 733 Beverley Street in Winnipeg with his wife.
Community Activist, Civil Servant
He became an active citizen, churchman, and fraternalist. As an Orangeman (Grand Master, 1917), he supported the ladies’ Orange Benevolent Association and attained several prominent positions in the organization. He was grand master of Manitoba and British America as well as president of the Triennial Orange Council of the world in 1930, 1931, and 1932. At the time of his death, he was a member of the advisory council of British America. He belonged to the Empire Club and was a life member in the AF & AM (St. John’s Lodge No.4) and the Winnipeg Conservative Club. A promoter of recreation in the city, he was Chairman of the Winnipeg Public Parks Board and President of the Protestant orphans’ home of Manitoba, as well as, secretary and treasurer. A civil servant who was employed as the assistant commissioner of the Manitoba debt adjustment board.
He died at Winnipeg on 29 April 1949 and is buried in Brookside Cemetery.
- Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society with updates.
- Obituary [Isabella Eaton], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1944, page 4.
- Grave Marker [Ivy Ethel Easton Smith], Find a Grave, Memorial #111433177.
- Obituary [Samuel Easton], Winnipeg Free Press, 02 July 1987, page 39.
- “Plant Manager Dies in Calgary“ [John Easton], Edmonton Journal, 08 August 1960, page 25.
- Canada World War II Records and Service Files of War Dead [Herbert Robinson Easton].
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