Famous Canadian Masons

  1. General James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759):  British army officer and commander of the British expedition. One of the most legendary figures of Canadian history, as he is known as the man whose defeat of the Marquis de Montcalm in 1759 on the Plains of Abraham, marked the beginning of British rule in Canada.
  2. John Graves Simcoe (25 February 1752 – 26 October 1806): British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 until 1796. He founded York (now Toronto) and was instrumental in introducing institutions such as courts of law, trial by jury, English common law, freehold land tenure, and the abolition of slavery.

  3. John Molson (28 December 1763 – 11 January 1836):  English-born brewer and entrepreneur who immigrated to Quebec in 1782. Formed the Molson Brewery in 1786.

  4. Chief Tecumseh Brown-Eagle (March 1768 – 5 October 1813): Native American Shawnee warrior and chief, who became the primary leader of a large, multi-tribal confederacy in the early 19th century. Born in the Ohio Country (present-day Ohio), and growing up during the American Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War, Tecumseh was exposed to warfare and envisioned the establishment of an independent Indian nation east of the Mississippi River under British protection.

  5. Alexander Keith (5 October 1795 – 14 December 1873):  Scottish born Canadian brewer and politicianwho founded the Alexander Keith’s Brewing Company in 1820.

  6. Kivas Tully (1820 – 24 April 1905): Structural engineer and architect of many public buildings. He was appointed the first Ontario Provincial architect and engineer from 1868 to1896. He was involved in the supervising of the competition leading to the design of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen's Park. As the provincial department of public works' chief architect, Tully supervised a series of district courthouses built in northern Ontario. The courthouse at Parry Sound designed in 1871 still forms the core of the present courthouse complex. The Ontario Archives hold drawings for virtually all provincial buildings including courthouses, registry offices, goals & lock-ups, schools and colleges, hospitals and other works executed under his supervision from 1896 until 1926.

  7. Sir John Abbott (12 March 1821 – 30 October 1893): Canada's first native-born, and third, Prime Minister from 1891 to 1892.

  8. Sir MacKenzie Bowell (27 December 1823 – 10 December 1917): A founding member of the Canadian Press Association in 1859. Canada’s fifth Prime Minister from 1894-1896.

  9. Ezra Butler Eddy (22 August 1827 – 10 February 1906):  Canadian businessman who began manufacturing wooden matches by hand in Burlington, Vermont in 185. He brought his business to Hull, Quebec in 1854rapidly becoming one of the largest match factories in the world.

  10. Sir Sandford Fleming KCMG (7 January 1827 – 22 July 1915): Scottish-born Canadian engineer and inventor. He proposed worldwide standard time zones, designed Canada's first postage stamp, left a huge body of surveying and map making, engineered much of the Intercolonial Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada and founder of the Royal Canadian Institute, a science organization in Toronto.

  11. Alexander Robert Dunn (15 September 1833 – 25 January 1868): The first Canadian recipient of Victoria Cross in 1857.

  12. James Kirkpatrick Kerr (1 August 1841- 4 December 1916): Canadian lawyer and Senator serving as Speaker of the Senate from 1909 to 1911.

  13. Joseph Seagram (15 April 1841 – 18 August 1919): Businessman best known for his Joseph E. Seagram & Sons distilling company, the makers of Seagram’s Whiskey.

  14. Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley (15 January 1841 – 14 June 1908):  Lord Stanley became the sixth Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. He is famous in North America for presenting Canada with the Stanley Cup.

  15. Sir William Dillon Otter (3 December 1843 – 5 May 1929): professional Canadian soldier who became the first Canadian-born Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Militia.

  16. Sir William Mulock (19 January 1844 – 1 October 1944): Canadian lawyer, businessman, educator, farmer, politician, judge, and philanthropist.

  17. Major General Sir Samuel Benfield Steele (5 January 1848 – 30 January 1919):  A distinguished Canadian soldier and police official. He was an officer of the North-West Mounted Police, most famously as head of the Yukon detachment during the Klondike Gold Rush, and commanding officer of Strathcona Horse during the Boer War.

  18. Sir Allan Bristol Aylesworth (27 November 1854 - 13 February 1952): Appointed postmaster General of Canada and Minister of Labour in 1905 and Minister of Justice from 1906 to 1911.

  19. Sir Robert Laird Borden (26 June 1854 – 10 June 1937): Canada’s eighth Prime Minister from 1911 to 1920.

  20. Dr. George Sterling Ansel Ryerson (21 January 1855 – 20 May 1925): Ontario physician, businessman and political figure. He represented Toronto in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1893 to 1898 as a Conservative and then Conservative-Protestant Protective Association member.

  21. Robert Butchart (30 March 1856 – 27 October 1943): Canadian businessman and a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry.

  22. Kenneth Jewell Colpoys Dunstan (22 January 1859 – 30 December 1938): The Vice-President of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada; President of the Canadian Electrical Association, The Toronto Board of Trade, Toronto Civic Guild, Ontario Associated Boards of Trade, College Heights Association and City Improvement Committee, Canadian Club as well as a member of many other bodies.

  23. Dr. James Naismith (6 November 1861 – 28 November 1939): was a Canadian physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball in 1891.

  24. John Bayne Mclean (26 September 1862 – 25 September 1950):  Canadian publisher and founder of Maclean's Magazine, the Financial Post and the Maclean Publishing Company, later known as Maclean-Hunter.

  25. Henry Cockshutt (8 July 1868 – 26 November 1944): Was the thirteenth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

  26. Richard Bedford Bennett (3 July 1870 – 26 June 1947):  Canada’s eleventh Prime Minister from 1930 to 1935.

  27. George Howard Ferguson (18 June 1870 – 21 February 1946): The ninth Premier of Ontario from 1923 to 1930.

  28. Samuel McLaughlin (8 September 1871 – 6 January 1972): Introduced and produced Canada’s first automobile and started what is known today as General Motors of Canada. He was appointed honourary colonel of the Ontario regiment, a position he held until 1967. In that same year, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada.

  29. Robert William Service (16 January 1874 – 11 September 1958):  British-Canadian poet and writer who is known as "the Bard of the Yukon". 

  30. Sir Arthur William Currie GCMGKCB (5 December 1875 – 30 November 1933): was a senior officer of the Canadian Army who fought during World War I.

  31. Most Rev. Derwyn Trevor Owen (29 July 1876 — 9 April 1947): the sixth Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and the fifth Bishop of Niagara, then Toronto.

  32. Angus James Walters (9 June 1881 – 11 August 1968): Sailor and sea captain who skippered 1921 to 1938 skippered the schooner Bluenose, which appears on the Canadian dime.

  33. Frederick Wellington "Cyclone" Taylor (23 June 1884 – 9 June 1979): Canadian professional ice hockey player and civil servant.

  34. John Keiller McKay (11 July 1888 – 12 June 1970): the nineteenth Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 1957 to 1963. Served overseas in World War I, rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

  35. Samuel Bronfman (27 February 1889 - 10 July 1971): Businessman who owned Seagram Co. Ltd. Was President of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1939 to 1962, and he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967.

  36. Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice (3 October 1890 – 20 August 1965): A surgeon who established a medical practice in Toronto and was subsequently appointed lecturer in anatomy at the University of Toronto, an affiliation he retained for 27 years.

  37. Nathan Phillips (7 November 1892 – 7 January 1976): Canadian politician and popular Mayor of TorontoOntario.

  38. Captain Arthur Roy Brown (23 December 1893 – 9 March 1944):  Was a WWI pilot, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 

  39. George Alexander Drew (7 May 1894 – 4 January 1973): The fourteenth Premier of Ontario from 1943 to 1948.

  40. Roy Thomson (5 June 1894 – 4 August 1976):  Canadian newspaper proprietor who became one of the moguls of Fleet Street and first Baron of Fleet. He first came to prominence when he was selling radios in Ontario, and to give his customers more programmes to listen to, decided to launch his own radio station. He then moved into newspapers, buying The Scotsman as a salute to his Scottish ancestors, followed by the first Scottish independent television channel. By 1966, he owned both The Times and The Sunday Times.

  41. John George Diefenbaker (18 September 1895 – 16 August 1979): Canada’s thirteenth Prime Minister 1957 to 1963.

  42. Leslie Miscampbell Frost (20 September 1895 – 4 May 1973): The sixteenth Premier of Ontario from 1949 to 1961.

  43. Mitchell Frederick Hepburn (12 August 1896 – 5 January 1953): The eleventh Premier of Ontario from 1934 to 1942.

  44. Wilfrid Reid "Wop" May (20 March 20 1896 – 21 June 21 1952):  Canadian flying ace in the First World War and a leading post-war aviator. He was the final allied pilot to be pursued by Manfred von Richthofen before the German ace was shot down on the Western Front in 1918.

  45. Henry Asbjorn Larsen (30 September 1899 – 29 October 1964): Joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1928 was assigned as first mate to RCMP schooner St. Roch on her maiden voyage to the western Arctic. Later that year he was made skipper, a position he retained until 1948. Retired with the rank of superintendent in 1961.

  46. Gordon Sinclair (3 June 1900 – 17 May 1984): Broadcaster-journalist and author. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971.

  47. Joseph Roberts "Joey" Smallwood (24 December 1900 – 17 December 1991): Politician from NewfoundlandCanada. He was the main force that brought the Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949, becoming the first Premier of Newfoundland, serving until 1972.

  48. The Hon. Dana H. Porter (14 January 1901 – 13 May 1967): Canadian politician and jurist. Porter was a member of the Ontario Legislature from 1943 to 1958 serving as a representative for Toronto St. George. In 1958, Porter left politics to accept an appointment as Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal.

  49. Harold Ballard (30 July 1903 – 11 April 1990): Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL from 1972 until 1990

  50. Francis Michael “King” Clancy (25 February 1903 – 10 November 1986): Professional hockey player, coach, referee and was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs executive from 1958 until his death in 1986. 

  51. Thomas C. Douglas (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986): The seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961.

  52. Donald Methuen Fleming: (23 May 1905 – 31 December 1986): Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1963.

  53. Charles William "The Big Bomber" Conacher Sr. (20 December 1909 – 30 December 1967):  Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings and New York Americans in the National Hockey League.

  54. John David Eaton (4 October 1909 – 4 August 1973):  Canadian businessman and a member of the prominent Eaton family. Became president of T. EATON CO LTD in 1907.

  55. William "Billy" John Potts (25 June 1915 – 4 February 1990): Canadian professional wrestler best known by his ring name "Whipper" Billy Watson, and was a two-time world heavyweight wrestling champion.

  56. Herbert Allan Borden Leal O.C., Q.C. (15 June 1917 – 12 October 1999): Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, and Chancellor of McMaster University.

  57. John Ross Matheson (14 November 1917 – 27 December 2013): Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician who helped develop both the maple leaf flag and the Order of Canada.

  58. Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford (1 May 1916 – 30 August  2006): Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted more than 50 years.

  59. Jake Gaudaur, Jr. (5 October 1920 – 4 December 2007): CFL player who played for the Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. He served as a pilot in the Second World War.

  60. Lord Atholl Layton (20 August 1921 – 18 January 1984): Professional Wrestler and he was presented with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 1983. He died after a heart attack in 1984.

  61. William Grenville "Bill" Davis PCCCQC (30 July 1929 -): The eighteenth Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985. 

  62. Tim Horton (12 January 1930 - 21 February 1974): Professional hockey player who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Started Tim Hortons Donut Shops in 1964.