A simple flat stone marker for The Honourable Sir John Morison Gibson. 10th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1908-14 was knighted in 1912. He was born in Toronto of Scottish immigrants and grew up in the Hamilton area. As one of the "5 John's" who formed the Dominion Power and Transmission Company that brought hydroelectricity to Hamilton in 1896, he was part of an influential group of men and this John used his many connections to merge his political career with business and real estate and eventually transportation. With his financial and legal interests, there were a few conflicts of interest that he managed to use to his advantage. He was not a popular Lt Governor as he chafed under the restriction of his office where he could not be his usual autocratic self and freely express his opinions. But, like many a businessman, he was also a great philanthropist and helped form the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Wentworth Historical Society, was on the board of the Hamilton School Trustees for 15 years where he championed the upgrading of educational facilities and the hiring of better-educated teachers, and urged the creation of an industrial school and a public library.
He experienced great personal loss in his family life and would marry three times, to Emily Birrell in 1869 (d. 1874), Caroline Hope in 1876 (d. 1877 along with their daughter), Elizabeth Malloch in 1881 (d. 1929) From this last marriage came four sons and two daughters. Three of his sons would predecease him - in 1908, John Gordon would die of TB, in 1915, Francis Malloch would be killed in action in France and in 1920, Archibald Hope would lose his life to influenza. Sir John died of a stroke in 1929 at his home, Ravenscliffe.
K.C.M.G. Knight Commander of St Michael and St George
K.C. King's Counsel
LLD Doctor of Law
MA Master of Arts
V.D. Volunteer Decoration
As a freemason since 1867, Gibson also rose to Grand Master of the lodge in 1892-94.
for a Taphophile Tragics at the Hamilton Cemetery