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

Wellington Keffer

Male 1862 - 1940  (78 years)


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  • Name Wellington Keffer 
    Born 16 Jan 1862  Vaughan Twp., York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Anglican 
    Occupation 1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Designer 
    Occupation 1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Woolen Mill Worker 
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Designer, Woolen Mill 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-82018 
    Died 17 Mar 1940  [5
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I82018  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

    Father Solomon Keffer,   b. 18 Feb 1830, , York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1905, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Mager,   b. 16 Apr 1836, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1940, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years) 
    Family ID F21904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen Priscilla "Ella" Warren,   b. 10 Jul 1868, Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961  (Age 92 years) 
    Married Apr 1890  [4
    Children 
     1. John Warren Keffer,   b. 30 Jan 1891, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965  (Age 73 years)
     2. Alice Ethel Keffer,   b. 17 Mar 1892, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Franklin Mager "Frank" Keffer,   b. 17 Oct 1893, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1916, Maple Copse, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     4. Ernest Ralph "Punch" Keffer,   b. 29 Jul 1896, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1916, Courcelette, , Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Frederick Russell Keffer,   b. 2 Feb 1899, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1961, , Polk Co., Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     6. Mary Elizabeth Keffer,   b. 13 Aug 1901, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 2002, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
     7. James Wellington "Jim" Keffer,   b. 7 Mar 1905, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F21398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Many Friends Honor Memory, Late W. Keffer Service at Grace Under Auspices Masonic Order

      Friends from far and near paid their last respects to the memory of the late Wellington Keffer at the funeral services yesterday afternoon. Silent tribute was paid the deceased by the beautiful floral offerings, which showed the high esteem in which he had been held, and the large cortege which preceded to the cemetery told further of the esteem held for him. The service at the house was conducted by Rev. D. E. Foster, pastor of the United church of which the late Mr. Keffer was an active member. He was assisted by Rev. T. G. Marshall, minister of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, and Rev. N. A. Keffer, pastor of St. James Lutheran church. The service at the graveside was under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which the late R. W. Bro. Keffer was a past district deputy grand master as well as being a past master and chaplain of New Hope Lodge. Practically every lodge in the district was represented and the members acted as guard of honor as the cortege approached the cemetery where the simple and impressive ceremony of the order was observed at the grave. The service there was conducted by W. M. Bro. K. W. MacDonald, I.P.M. W. Bro Ernest Midgely, Chaplain W Bro. F. Featherstone and D. of C. W Br. R. A. Young. The pallbearers were K. W. MacDonald of Preston, R. A. Young, J. A. Beattie, D. W. Panabaker, C. A. Panabaker and J. J. Shaw of Hespeler, R Forbes Auld of Guelph and A. T. Panabaker of Blair.

      W. Keffer Dies at Home Here in 79th Year

      Wellington Keffer, one of the town's older and most highly esteemed citizens, passed away at his home, Harvey street, shortly after three o'clock yesterday afternoon. The late Mr. Keffer, who was in his 79th year, had not been in the best of health since last summer when he suffered a stroke while visiting his daughter in Saskatchewan. His ill health made necessary his resignation from duties on the public school board at that time and earlier this year he suffered a recurrence of the attack to which he succumbed. He was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Keffer, who is in her 104th year, and the late Solomon Keffer. He spent practically his entire life in this district, with the exception of a few years when he worked in the United States, and had formed a large circle of friends who will mourn his passing. The late Mr. Keffer was connected with the woollen trade for practically his entire life and for years was the head of the designing department at the R. Forbes Co. mill here. He retired from this vocation some 10 years ago when the local mill was amalgamated with the Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, Ltd.

      Active Fraternally

      A member of the United church, Mr. Keffer took an active part in the work of the congregation and he was a member of the official board for years. He was also well known in fraternal circles. A member of New Hope Masonic Lodge, he was a past district deputy grand master of the order and, until the time of his death, served as chaplain of the local lodge of which he was a past grand master. Mr. Keffer took an active interest in civic affairs and had devoted some 19 years of his time to the work of the public school board. He entered this body in 1921 and when, owing to ill health, he resigned from the body last year, the board passed a resolution "That the resignation.... be accepted with profound regret... During the 19 years of his membership Mr. Keffer served for many years as chairman of the property committee and the present splendid physical condition of the school property is due in no small part to his untiring efforts and good work... he went about the business of the board in an efficient manner and always with the best interests of the school wholly in view..."

      Historical Society

      The late Mr. Keffer was also the local vice-president of the Waterloo County historical society. In 1885, Mr. Keffer married Miss Leah Merz of Philadelphia, Pa., who passed away a few years afterwards. There were three children, two sons and a daughter, all deceased. After returning to this district he married Miss Ellen Warren, who survives him, in April, 1890, nearly 50 years ago. His mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Keffer of Hespeler; three sisters, Mrs S. Herschleg of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Mrs. Ethel M. Fisher and Miss Florence Keffer of Hespeler; a brother, Ephraim Keffer of Hespeler; two daughters, Mrs. W. J. Simpson of Gainsborough, Sask., and Mrs. Harry K. Stager of Preston and three sons, Fred, of Valley Field, Long Island, N. Y., John W. of Ridgewood, N. J., and James of Toronto, also survive. Two sons were killed in action in France during the last Great War. The funeral, under Masonic auspices, is to take place on Sunday afternoon. A service is to be conducted at his home, Harvey street, at 2: 30 o'clock and interment will be in the Hespeler cemetery.

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      Deaths
      Keffer - Died in Hespeler on Thursday, March 14, 1940. Wellington Keffer, in his 79th year. The funeral (Masonic) will take place on Sunday, March 17, from his late residence, Harvey street, Hespeler. Service at 2: 30 p.m. Interment in the Hespeler Cemetery.

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      Birth Place: Puslinch Township Ontario
      Date of Birth: January 16th, 1862
      Deceased: March 14th, 1940 at home, Hespeler, Ont.
      Age: 78 years, 1 month, 27 days
      Funeral Arrangements by Stager & Co. Hespeler Ontario, Est. 18973a

      3aMemorial Record book from the funeral home, Personal Record for Wellington Keffer

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-1 Page 24.

    2. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 39.

    3. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 20 Pg. 8.

    4. [S2208] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1891, Section 1 Page 38.

    5. [S2173] Find A Grave, Wellington Keffer (1862 - 1940) - Find A Grave Memorial. (2017). Findagrave.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017, from https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=133047309&ref=acom.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jan 1862 - Vaughan Twp., York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Designer - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Woolen Mill Worker - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Designer, Woolen Mill - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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