Ryeland Family Tree

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David KINNEAR[1]

Male 1909 - 2003  (93 years)


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  • Name David KINNEAR  [2, 3, 4
    Born 25 Nov 1909  Ballydonnety, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    • Near Hollymount, Near Downpatrick
    Christened 15 Feb 1910  [4
    Gender Male 
    Address Address:
    David KINNEAR 
    Education Southwell School, Downpatrick and later at a business school in Belfast  [6
    Immigration 1928  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation Execuitive Vice-President & CEO of Eatons  [2
    Residence Toronto, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    _UID DAC93AB5CC084B6FB1A7AA6294B982388B37 
    Died 24 Nov 2003  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I3662  Ryeland Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 

    Father Thomas Albert KINNEAR,   b. 1861, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1936, Jerrettspass, , Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Annie DICKSON,   b. 1874, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1921, Hollymount, Downpatrick, , Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1898  Belfast, , Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 8
    • or Downpatrick Unitarian
      he reason he didn't marry until he was 37 was because he had to literally wait until his mother had passed away before he was able to bring a wife home to the farm. [7]
    Family ID F1106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Millicent Elizabeth WILSON,   b. 1907,   d. 8 Mar 1999  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1937  Hamilton, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
    +1. David Wilson KINNEAR
    +2. Wayne Dickson KINNEAR,   b. 4 Oct 1946, Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1994  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1909 - Ballydonnety, County Down, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1928 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Toronto, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jun 1937 - Hamilton, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Nov 2003 - Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • KINNEAR, David (Dave) _ Passed away at Toronto, on Monday, November 24, 2003, in his 94th year, after a full, interesting and exciting life. Loving husband of the late Millie Elizabeth Wilson who was his devoted wife for 62 years. Dear father of David Wilson and his partner Carolyn Acker and the late Wayne Dickson. Proud ''Papa'' of Alec, Kathryn, Julie (Mary), Patrick, Sean and Samantha. Caring brother of Ethel and the late Winnie, Annie, Lily, Louise, Laura, John, Tom, Robert and Sam. Born in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, on November 25, 1909, he immigrated to Canada in 1928. Dave joined The T. Eaton Company and moved from Toronto to Hamilton, then Vancouver and back to Toronto. He was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, serving as an employee and director of Eaton's for a total of 65 years. After retiring from The T. Eaton Company, he was appointed Vice Chairman of Bank of Montreal, which was the most senior bank position in Ontario at the time. After leaving the Bank, he joined Royal LePage as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development until his full retirement at age 84. He also served as a director of numerous other organizations, including Canadian Pacific Railway and Uniroyal, was past president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and was a director and significant fund raiser for St. Michael's Hospital and the United Way. The hallmark of Dave's executive style was his amazing memory and his sincere interest in his employees and their families. He cared about all the people he encountered in life and sincerely enjoyed sharing with them in their successes and difficulties. Dave was enthusiastic about many sports, playing cricket and handball in his youth and golf for most of his life, and belonged to the Ancaster, Shaughnessy, Capilano and Rosedale golf clubs. He was an avid fan of hockey, football and baseball, and bred racehorses in partnership with Pres Gilbride and Frank Merrill. Dave's independent living in the last few years was made possible by his devoted caregivers Teresa Wegrzyn-Turska and Lucina Laczek, and the support of Ted Hiltz and the excellent staff at 561 Avenue Road. He was a familiar face on his twice-daily walks around Avenue Road and St. Clair Avenue until three weeks before his death. A special thanks to Dr. Peter Kopplin and the dedicated staff of the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital for their compassionate support. Please join the family in a celebration of Dave's life at TIMOTHY EATON MEMORIAL CHURCH, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, on Thursday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel (416-487-4523).

      Mr. D. Kinnear MR. David Kinnear, who died in Toronto, Canada, on November 24, at the age of 93, was a native of the Downpatrick area. Mr. Kinnear was born into a farming family in the townland of Ballydonity, near Hollymount, in 1909 and was educated at the Southwell School in Downpatrick and later at a business school in Belfast. Most of the family emigrated to Canada in the 1920s and Mr. Kinnear soon rose to prominence in the business community. He joined the T. Eaton Company and remained with it for a total of 65 years, rising from an employee to become chairman and chief executive officer. After retiring from the company he was appointed vice-chairman of the Bank of Montreal. He also held directorships of numerous other organisations, including Canadian Pacific Railway and Uniroyal. He was also involved in charity work. He was married to his late wife, Millie, for 62 years, and died just a day before he would have celebrated his 94th birthday. A memorial service was held on December 4. Mr. Kinnear is survived by the family circle and locally by his nephew, Mr. Tommy Taylor, from Woodgrange, and members of the Dickson family.

      Surname: Kinnear Given name: David Age: 18 Sex: M Nationality: Ir Date of arrival: 1928/03/05 (YYYY/MM/DD) Port of arrival: Saint John , New Brunswick Ship: METAGAMA , Canadian Pacific Reference: RG76 - IMMIGRATION, series C-1-c Volume: 1928 volume 2 Page: 93 Microfilm reel: T-14851

      David Kinnear Born in County Down, Ireland , in 1909, David Kinnear received his education at the Belfast Business College. At the age of 14 he came to Canada and gained employment with the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. On June 2,1937 David married Millicent Wilson of Hamilton, Ontario; They have two sons. David Kinnear was appointed Director of the T. Eaton Co. in 1960, vice-president 1963, Chief Executive Officer 1965 and Chairman of the Board 1969. He retired from T. Eaton Co. in May 1973. On June 1st, 1973 he was appointed Vice-Chairman, Bank of Montreal, and was a vice-president and Director of Advertising. LePage. Mr. Kinnear served as Director and Trustee of many companies; He retired and lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Notable Canadian Families : http://ulster_01.tripod.com/families.htm [5, 6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S640] 1911 Census of Northern Ireland, ((http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie)).

    2. [S118] Margaret Ferguson Letter and Tree, Margaret Ferguson Letter and Tree.

    3. [S119] Julie Kinnear Email, Julie Kinnear Email.

    4. [S144] Kinnear Family Register.

    5. [S710] David Kinnear's Obituary, (Toronto Star).

    6. [S757] David Kinnear Obituary, Down Recorder, (David Kinnear Obituary, Down Recorder).

    7. [S117] Lori Godin, Lori Godin.

    8. [S127] Sam Murdock Email, Sam Murdock Email.


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