Deceased Brethren of St. John’s Lodge No. 21

David Davidson served as Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 21 in 1922.

David Davidson as Worshipful Master of St. John's Lodge No. 21, 1922 (photo: St. John's Lodge No. 21)
David Davidson, Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 21, circa 1940 (photo: St. John’s Lodge No. 21)

David Davidson’s family home is still standing at 1030 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith.

David Davidson family house, 1030 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith, circa 1905 (Davidson family photo - private collection -used with permission)
David Davidson family house, 1030 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith, circa 1905 (Davidson family photo – private collection -used with permission)

David Davidson served on Ladysmith Council in 1928 and 1931.

Ladysmith Council, 1928. St. John's Lodge No. 21 member David Davidson (standing, right) [photo: Ladysmith & District Historical Society]
Ladysmith Council, 1928. St. John’s Lodge No. 21 member David Davidson (standing, right) [photo: Ladysmith & District Historical Society]
Ladysmith Council, 1931. St. John's Lodge No. 21 member David Davidson (standing, right) [photo: Ladysmith & District Historical Society]
Ladysmith Council, 1931. St. John’s Lodge No. 21 member David Davidson (standing, right) [photo: Ladysmith & District Historical Society]
Here is David Davidson’s June 1949 obituary in the Ladysmith Chronicle:

“David Davidson, 81, Passes After Illness

A resident of Ladysmith from the turn of the century. David Davidson, respected pioneer, passed away at Vancouver late last Sunday night, June 5, at the age of 81 years.

Born in Muirkirk. Ayrshire. Scotland, on April 26, 1868, Mr. Davidson had followed the coal mining industry until his retirement some years ago. In 1889 he came to Canada and had worked in Extension mines. In 1900 he moved to Ladysmith and during his long residence here, had an active part in the development of this city. For many years he served on the City Council as an alderman, and had always maintained a great interest in community affairs.

Retiring from the mines, Mr. Davidson became keenly interested in gardening as a hobby. He was a staunch supporter of the United Church in Ladysmith, and in fraternal circles was a past master of St. Johns Lodge No.
21, A.F. & A. M., and a past patron and life member of Sharon Chapter No. 4 O.E.S. in which organizations he played an active part until illness overtook him over two years ago. Mr. Davidson was predeceased by his wife,
in December 1945.

Surviving are one son, Thomas Bryden Davidson. Ladysmith and two daughters, Mrs. Vera Joyce and Mrs. Blanche Waggett, both of Victoria. There are also seven grandchildren and two great¬grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. David Shearer of Vancouver and a brother in Scotland.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the United Church with Rev. H. J. Armitage officiating. Services will be under the auspices of St. Johns Lodge No. 21,  A.F. & A. M. Interment will take place in the family plot, Ladysmith Cemetery with D. J. Jenkins Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.”

(Source: Ladysmith Chronicle, 10 June 1949, from Ladysmith & District Historical Society collections)

David Davidson is buried in Ladysmith Cemetery. We will get a photo of his grave in future:

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