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Aspray, Owen Talbot

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  • 1880-1948

Owen Talbot Aspray was born in London, England on December 12th, 1880 to parents Thomas Neville and Emily Aspray. He immigrated to Canada in 1900. In the Victoria City Directory 1910-11, Aspray is listed as a fireman living at the No. 5 Fire Hall on Douglas Street. In 1910, Aspray married Matilda Collier in Victoria. They had three daughters: Emily Matilda (1911), Annette Ada Violet (1913), and Constance Owena May (1917). According to the 1911 census, the Asprays were living on Tolmie Avenue in the 1911 census and Owen worked as a teamster. At Willows Camp on December 11th, 1914, Owen Aspray enlisted in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. His wife was then living at 10 Sims St, Maywood P.O. He officially became Lieutenant Owen Talbot Aspray in November of 1918. Aspray returned to Canada In March of 1919. He died in 1948 and is buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park. Owen Talbot Aspray is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll.

Lavender family

The Lavender Ridge housing development is located on 620 Judah St. The property was owned by Walter Lavender (1879-1955) & Sarah Mepham Lavender (1889-1976), and later by their son Leslie John Lavender and his wife Bernice. Walter and Sarah Lavender immigrated in 1912. They had 2 sons. The elder died in 1914 of scarlet fever and chicken pox (death certificate - BC Archives) at age 7. The younger son Leslie Lavender (d. 1976) helped on the property all his life. Leslie sold part of his property to the government, where the postal station was built, but died soon after the sale. After Bernice Lavender died, the property was sold, the original house was demolished and the Lavender Estate Housing Project was built.

Reed, Herbert and Lucy

Herbert Reed was head gardener for the Parliament Buildings for many years until his retirement in 1950. He also drove the school bus for Royal Oak School. His Saanich addresses include [749] Haliburton, Santa Clara, and Stelly's Cross Rd. Herbert died in 1960 at the age of 76. Lucy Reed (nee Webster) was a member of Royal Oak Women's Institute. Herbert and Lucy Reed emigrated from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England ca. 1911 as a married couple with Lucy’s parents, Sarah and William Webster. The Websters lived on Cherry Tree Bend and William ran a blacksmith business in Royal Oak with the help of his sons.

Draper, S. Horace

Horace Draper was born in 1925 in Ottawa. He served with the Canadian Navy during the Second World War, then worked as a draughtsman and photographer with the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory for over 25 years. He died in 2005.

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