The next time you fly out of the Vancouver International Airport, remember the Gunner that used to farm the land there....
James McDonald, Sportsman, Dies
Funeral services for James McDonald, 47, Richmond pioneer, of Ewen Farm, No. 9 Road, Lulu Island, were conducted by Rev. J.R. Wilson, Monday, in Harron Bros. chapel; interment, family plot Mountain View cemetery. Pallbearers were A. Gilmore, Q. Crawford, P. Murphy, J. Cooney, O. Massey, S. Kearns.
Mr. McDonald was born on Sea Island, where his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald, farmed for many years. He died in Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, March 23, after a short illness. Surviving are three sisters and one brother.
He served overseas in the great war with the 16th Battery, 2nd Canadian Division Field Artillery for three and a half years. After the war, with his brother, he farmed land which is now part of the City Airport, until its purchase by the city of Vancouver.
He was a member of the B.C. Clydesdale Horse Association and an active sportsman, having played lacrosse for Eburne, the Native Sons and the first Richmond lacrosse team. He was a follower of amateur sports and had many friends in surrounding districts.
Check out his nominal roll record here.