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Sir James William Woods

Male 1855 - 1941  (86 years)


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  • Name James William Woods 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 1855  Woodstock Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting life story, business, life story, honoured 
    Residence Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-373735 
    Died 25 Apr 1941  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I373735  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Family Lady Euphemia Douglas,   b. CA 1856,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F257475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary - Sir James Woods Dies at Age of 85 - Toronto Industrialist Was Knighted for Work During Great War - Toronto, April 25 -

      Sir James Woods, who carried out his prescription of "work, and more of it," for longevity until the last, died today at the age of 85. He was one of Canada's leading industrialists. As death which came during the night after he retired complaining of not feeling well, Sir James was president of the York Knitting Mills Ltd., and the Gordon Mackay and Company Ltd., wholesale dry-goods firm with which he was associated for 66 years. His reputation was international. Practical demonstration of business ability in furtherance of the cause of the British Empire brought him a knighthood in 1919 and for his work as a member of the British War Mission in New York in the Great War; he received the honor of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He headed a commission in 1916 which went to England to report on ways of finding new markets in Britain, France and Egypt for Canada's exports. Sir James, native of Woodstock, Ont., and resident of Galt before moving to Toronto, started with the Gordon Mackay Company when he was only 19. Apart from the time spent on his war services, he spent the rest of his life with the company. Sir James was not only an industrialist. His philanthropies were many and he was active as vice-chairman of the Health League of Canada. It was his firm belief that good health and stamina were essential as a prime asset in a time of national emergency. He always was interested in the workers of Canada. Concerned over what he believed to be unfair discrimination against hiring middle aged men, he took an active part in the founding of the "Forty to Fifty Club," which had as its objective the placing in suitable jobs of men between those ages. He is survived by Lady Woods, the former Euphemia Douglas of Toronto, and two sons and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

      Montreal Gazette - 26 Apr 1941

  • Sources 
    1. [S2558] News - QC, Montreal - Montreal Gazette, Obituary of Sir James W. Woods.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1855 - Woodstock Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1941 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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