Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Hon. James Chalmers McRuer

Male 1890 - 1985  (95 years)


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  • Name James Chalmers McRuer 
    Prefix Hon. 
    Born 23 Aug 1890  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-339575 
    Died 6 Oct 1985  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Cause: Heart Attack 
    Buried 9 Oct 1985  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I339575  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father John McRuer,   b. CALC 16 Mar 1851, Lachute, Argenteuil Co., Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1935, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Mary Chalmers,   b. 1857, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1940, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 4 Dec 1883  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F248148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Robena Mary Dow,   b. 23 Nov 1903, , Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1992, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F248217  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Rowena Dow,   b. 21 Dec 1894, West Garafraxa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1966  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1919  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F248218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Aug 1890 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Sep 1919 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Heart Attack - 6 Oct 1985 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 Oct 1985 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • J. C. McRuer Ayr Native

      James Chalmers McRuer, one of the most distinguished figures in Ontario legal history. died of a heart attack on Sunday in Toronto. He was 95

      Two weeks earlier, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario had attended the unveiling of a bust in his honour at Osgoode Hall.

      Mr. McRuer, who conducted a one-man royal commission into civil rights in Ontario in 1964, also was chairman of the Ontario Law Reform Commission from 1964 to 1966 and vice-chairman from 1967 to 1977.

      A staunch Liberal, he was appointed to the bench during Mackenzie King's tenure as prime minister, becoming a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal In December, 1945, he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario, trial division.

      But it was a Conservative premier of Ontario \emdash John Robarts \emdash who, in 1964, chose him to conduct what Mr. McRuer described as "the most important royal commission appointed in my time."

      The civil-rights commission was designed to sweep away the dark clouds of Ontario's so-called police-state bill, introduced and withdrawn, after a public outcry, by the Robarts government. The job of the commission, whose broad terms of reference included the administration of justice in Ontario, was to study whether provincial laws and regulations had im-pinged on citizens' rights.

      In 1935, Mr. McRuer was chief council for a royal commission on textiles; in 1938, he was a member of royal commission on the penal system of Canada; in 1954, he was appointed chairman of a royal commission on the law relating to criminal sexual psycopaths; and, in 1956, he became chairman ofa royal commission on insanity as defence in capital cases.

      An advocate of treating dangerous drivers as common criminals, he made a controversial ruling in December, 1958. quashing a conviction on the grounds that reckless driving should he prosecuted under federal statues. not the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

      Born in 1890, Mr. McRuer began his legal career in 1913 after attending the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and Laval University.

      He served as a lieutenant in the First World War.

      Mr. McRuer was born on the McRuer family farm, townline, RR 3, Ayr, a son of the late John McRuer and Mary Chalmers. Beloved husband of Robena Dow and of the late Mary Dow. He is survived by his children Mary Louise Gaby, Katherine Rea McIntyre, John Dow McRuer, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto at 2: 30 p.m. today (Wed.) Interment will be at Ayr Cemetery from the chapel at 2: 30 p.m. Thursday.


      The Ayr News Oct 9 1985 pg 11

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Name: James Chalmers Date of Birth: 23 Aug 1890 Gender: Male Birth Place: Oxford, Ontario, Canada Father's name: John Mc Ruer Mother's name: Mary Chalmers

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      McRuer/ In Loving memory of/ William J. McRuer/ Feb. 4, 1891 - Nov. 21, 1970/ his wife/ Dora Cochrane/ July 20, 1899 - Feb. 14, 1984/ John A. Henderson/ Feb. 6, 1932 - Oct. 24, 2009/ His wife Dorothy E. McRuer/ Aug. 16, 1937 - /
      [Back/West] McRuer/ In Loving memory of/ Robert A. McRuer/ Aug. 18, 1897 - Feb. 3, 1988/ his wife/ Marion M. Lillico/ June 27, 1906 - Jan. 21, 1961/ son/ Donald William McRuer/ July 6, 1930 - Feb. 20, 1981/ at Rest

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      McRuer/ Hon. James Chalmers McRuer O.C./ Aug. 23, 1890/ Oct. 6, 1985
      [Left/South] His wife/ Robena Dow/ McRuer/ 1903 - 1992
      [Right/North] His wife/ Mary Dow/ McRuer/ 1894 - 1966
      [A] In Loving memory of/ Mary Dow McRuer/ beloved wife of/ Honourable James C. McRuer/ 1894 - 1966

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Mary Chalmers Age: 25 Birth Date: abt 1858 Birth Place: Wellesley, Ontario Marriage Date: 4 Dec 1883 Marriage County or District: Waterloo Father: John Chalmers Chalmers Mother: Margareth Chalmers Spouse :John McRuar Spouse's Age: 32 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1851 Spouse Birth Place: Canada Spouse Father: John Mcruar McRuar Spouse Mother: Janet McRuar

    5. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Mary Rowena Dow Age: 24 Birth Date: abt 1895 Birth Place: Belwood, Ontario Marriage Date: 27 Sep 1919 Marriage County or District: York Father: James Dow Mother: Katharine Louise Armstrong Dow Spouse: James Chalmers McRuer Spouse's Age: 29 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1890 Spouse Birth Place: Oxford Spouse Father: John McRuer Spouse Mother: Mary Chalmers