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Ira Eugene Lowe (died 1947, aged 69) ran Lowe’s Garage, located at 314 1st Avenue in downtown Ladysmith.
Here is a 1931 advertisement for Willys cars and trucks showing Ira E. Lowe as the Ladysmith Willys dealer:
Here is Ira Eugene Lowe’s obituary in the Nanaimo Daily News:
“IRA E. LOWE, LADYSMITH, DIES
A pillar of community strength was lost to Ladysmith on Saturday night when death called to Ira Eugene (Gene) Lowe, 69 years old and a native son of Nanaimo. He passed away at Ladysmith Hospital. For the 47 years of his active life in Ladysmith he had been a large contributor to the various community projects which were identified with that place, and his advice, counsel and assistance had always been soundly and freely given.
Fraternally he was associated with the Ladysmith Aerie of Eagles and also the Native Sons. For many years he served his community as a school trustee and also a member of the Ladysmith Hospital. For the 47 years of his [printing mistake in original] was a magistrate and for many years a notary public. Always keenly interested in athletics, he was secretary of the Ladysmith Football Club in its heyday of activities, was a recognized authority on baseball and umpired for many years. In basketball he had contributed largely to Ladysmith schedules and during the latter years of his life came to be known as one of the best trout fishermen of his district. he was an “all-round” man with a circle of warm friends ever expanding. he was genial and understanding, qualities which earned deep respect for his judgement at all times.
Surviving are his widow, Emma May; three sons, Ira E. of Nanaimo, and Ben P. and Percival P. of Ladysmith; four daughters, Mesdames D.W. Miles and W.A. Wilson of Ladysmith, William Pannell of Nanaimo and R. Burns of Youbou. There are eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at St. John’s Anglican Church, Ladysmith, Rev. W.S. Greenhalgh officiating and D. J. Jenkins Ltd. in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in the family plot, Ladysmith cemetery”
(Source: Nanaimo Daily News, 12 May 1947)
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