Waterloo Region Generations
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Reeve William John Lyon "Lyon" Findlater

Male 1886 - 1957  (70 years)


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  • Name William John Lyon "Lyon" Findlater 
    Prefix Reeve 
    Born 29 Nov 1886  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Elected Office Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve - Ayr 
    Interesting story, public service, politics 
    Public Service Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    cemetery board 
    Public Service Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    school board 
    Name Lyon Findlater 
    Occupation 1911  Roseville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer Son 
    Residence 1911  Roseville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-339390 
    Died 8 Jun 1957  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: Cause: Heart Attack 
    Buried 11 Jun 1957  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I339390  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2021 

    Father Robert Findlater,   b. 10 Aug 1836, New York City, New York, USA. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1913, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Marion H. Lyons,   b. 23 Sep 1858, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1932, Burlington, Halton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1885  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F19038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Mamie" Kathleen Birley,   b. 31 Jan 1887, Burford, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1967, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1914  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Mary K. Findlater,   b. 1928,   d. 1994  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F248074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ayr Reeve Dies Suddenly - Shocked and almost unbelieving, the citizens of Ayr learned Saturday morning of the death of their reeve, Lyon Findlater, 70, who succumbed to a heart attack during the night. One of the village's most popular figures, Mr. Findlater had been busy on Friday supervising road work, and later in the afternoon tending the Ayr Cemetery. While at this task he became ill and returned home. Late in the night his condition became acute and he passed away about 1: 30 a.m. Saturday. There had been no previous indication of ill health for Mr. Findlater, who had sat at the head of the council table only four days previous discussing village affairs in which he anticipated, taking an active part. Native of North Dumfries Mr. Findlater was born in North Dumfries, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Findlater. He was married 43 years ago to the former Mamie Birley, who survives. For many years he farmed on the Wrigley's. Road, before coming to Ayr eight years ago

      Served on School Board

      While in the township Mr. Findlater showed a deep interest in community affairs, for which he found an outlet by serving on the Wrigley's school board. He was also secretary-treasurer of the former Township School Area No. 2. For many years he was superintendent of the Ayr-Wrigley's county road.

      Third Term as Reeve

      Upon removal to Ayr, Mr. Findlater accepted nomination to Ayr Council, and served continuously until his death. He was filling the reeve's chair for his third term this year.

      Admirable Approach to Council Work

      Mr. Findlater approached his municipal duties with a frank and unbiased attitude. His opinions were always openly stated, but he was a willing listener to the views of his colleagues and the ratepayers. One of his outstanding characteristics was his innate kindliness. In all his years on council he was never known to be vindictive or unfair. Any necessary unpleasant decisions he was forced to make were always softened with a smile.

      Cemetery Board Official

      Mr. Findlater had been the efficient secretary-treasurer of the Ayr Cemetery Company and cemetery caretaker for several years.

      Socially Active

      Socially, he was a valued member of the Ayr curling and bowling clubs and of Ayr Masonic Lodge. He seldom missed, a euchre party or other entertainments sponsored by local organizations. - Supporter of Hockey - Mr. Findlater was an ardent hockey fan, and in his capacity as reeve and Community Centre Board chairman he always gave favorable consideration to requests of the Ayr clubs. Whenever a hockey playoff game fell on a council meeting night he pushed the business with alacrity to permit his attendance at part of the contest. Politically, Mr. Findlater had Liberal views and was an official of the constituency association. He was a faithful member of Knox United Church.

      The. Survivors

      Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Mrs. Henry Fetter (Mary), Ayr, and a brother, Roy, of Galt. Five grandchildren also survive.

      The Funeral

      The largely attended funeral was held from Knox United Church on Tuesday, the service being conducted by Rev. R. D. Thompson. The profusion of floral tributes bore mute testimony of the esteem of his many friends. Interment was made in Ayr Cemetery. The pallbearers were: A. Erb Clark, John H. Dance, G. S. Dalrymple, Warren Vincent, Erie Sharp and M. E. Smith. Honorary pallbearers were: J. S. Knapp, James Johannes, Warden Herbert Schnarr, David Herriot, Floyd Becker and R. G. Ford. Prior to the service, senior pupils of Ayr Public School filed past the casket.

      Masonic Service

      On Sunday evening a service under the auspices of Ayr Masonic Lodge was held at Little's Funeral Home, Galt.

      The Ayr News Jun 13 1957 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S180] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1901, Dumfries (North) B-4 Page 5.

    2. [S562] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1911, Div 3. Pg. 15.

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Findlater/ In Loving memory of/ Wm. Lyon Findlater/ 1886 - 1957/ his wife/ Mamie K. Birley/ 1887 - 1967/ at Rest

    4. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11781 (1886), Findlater-Lyons.
      Robert Findlater, 49, Farmer, res. North Dumfries b. New York, son of George Findlater and Elizabeth Lyon, Married Marion Lyons, 29, res. North Dumfries, b. Same, daughter of James Lyons and Elsie Jane Kenney, Wittness(es) - John Findlater and William Lyons, both of North Dumfries, 18 Nov 1885 at North Dumfries

    5. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Marion Lyons Age: 29 Birth Date: abt 1856 Birth Place: North Dumfries Marriage Date: 18 Nov 1885 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: James Lyons Mother: Elsie Jane Kenney Lyons Spouse: Robert Findlater Spouse's Age: 49 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1836 Spouse Birth Place: New York Spouse Father: George Findlater Spouse Mother: Elizabeth Lyon

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: William Lyon Findlater Age: 27 Birth Date: abt 1887 Birth Place: North Dumfries Marriage Date: 17 Jun 1914 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: Robert Findlater Mother: Marion Lyons Spouse: Kathleen Mary Birley Spouse's Age: 27 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1887 Spouse Birth Place: Burford, Ontairo Spouse Father: Charles Birley Birley Spouse Mother: Kathleen Birley

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Nov 1886 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Ayr - - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - cemetery board - - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - school board - - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer Son - 1911 - Roseville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Presbyterian - 1911 - Roseville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1914 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Heart Attack - 8 Jun 1957 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 11 Jun 1957 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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