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Rev. Dr. Alexander Aitken RATTRAY

Male 1905 - 1983  (77 years)


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  • Name Alexander Aitken RATTRAY  [1
    Prefix Rev. Dr. 
    Born 10 Dec 1905  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Alexander Aitken RATTRAY, born 10 December 1905, at 8.15 p.m. at Thom Place, Dundee; son of Alexander Aitken RATTRAY, plasterer, and Kate RATTRAY, formerly ANTON. Informant: Margaret Marshall, nurse.
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Oct 1983  Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Died age 77, on 2 October 1983, at the Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia. Cause of death attributed to cerebral thrombosis; diagnosed with lung cancer previous year. His usual address was 2847 Rockwell Ave., Victoria. He was married to Vera [error] May BROOKS. He was a Presbyterian minister. Born 10 December 1905, Dundee, Scotland. Father: Alexander RATTRAY; mother: Kate ANTON, both born Dundee, Scotland. He was cremated 04 October 1983, Royal Oak Crematorium, Victoria, B.C. The informant was his wife, Verna M. RATTRAY of the same address. Funeral director: First Memorial Services, Victoria, B.C.
    Buried 5 Oct 1983  Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    • His cremated remains were buried in Royal Oak Burial Park - Grove, Victoria, Falaise Dr., Vancouver Island, B.C. (Cemetery Finders) Section: Grove M769 with his wife's cremated remains.(Royal Oak Park)

      Rev. Dr. Alexander AITKEN, at the Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, B.C., on October 2, 1983. Born in Dundee, Scotland on December 10, 1905. He leaves to mourn, his loving wife, Verna; daughters Kathryne and son-in-law, John ROBERTS; son, Alexander David and daughter-in-law, Trudy. He was ordained to the ministry in 1940, serving the Presbyterian Church in Canada for many years, most recently at Knox Presbyterian, Victoria. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 1983 at 2 P.M. in Knox Presbyterian Church, 1964 Richmond Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Cancer Research Fund c/o Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, B.C. Arrangements through the Memorial Society of B.C. and First Memorial Services. (Obit)
    Notes 
    • Born in Dundee, Scotland, Alex A. RATTRAY was a textile engineer before coming to Canada, where he farmed in Saskatchewan before completing his studies for the Ministry.

      Dr. RATTRAY took his B.Sc. degree at McGill and Acadia Universities, his B.D. at Presbyterian College, Montreal, and the Ph.D. at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

      He has pastored churches in Canada, served as an Army Chaplain in Canada and overseas; was interim Professor of History at Lindsborg University in Kansas, U.S.A.; and returned to Canada as an Ordained Missionary to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. He was later a minister in West Vancouver, in Quebec, and Victoria, Vancouver Island, before retiring due to ill health.

      Of added interest is the fact that as an assumed Cadet of the House of Rattray in Perthshire, Dr. RATTRAY has his own coat of arms which he assigns to the ancient Scottish burgh which he re-creates in his novel, whose hero is a yourn laird of the Rattray of centuries ago. He is a member of both the Burns Club and the St. Andrew's and Caledonia Society of Victoria.

      His previous writings have included Poems of a Kootney Pastor (Creston B.C., Press) and contributions to The Canadian Youth Hymnal, Canadian Author's Poetry Competitions, and various articles to the Dundee Courier and Advertiser.

      His hobbies have included painting in oils, piano, organ, and playing soccer, and while in Scotland he was a professional runner specializing in the sprints and quarter-mile. [6]
    Person ID I1097  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2012 

    Father Alexander Aitken RATTRAY,   b. Abt 1882, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Kate ANTON,   b. Abt 1881, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 2 Jun 1905  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Alexander Aitken RATTRAY, Bachelor, age 23, Plasterer and Joiner, residing at 110? Armfield Street, Dundee; son of Roderick RATTRAY, Blacksmith and Joiner, and Elizabeth RATTRAY, maiden name DAVIDSON; and Kate ANTON, Spinster, age 24, Jute Weaver, residing at 247 Blackness Road, Dundee, daughter of John ANTON, Retired Dairyman, and Margaret ANTON, maiden name, STURROCK, (Deceased), married on 2 June 1905. They married after Banns, according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. Married at Thorn Place, Dundee in the District of Lochee, in the Burgh of Dundee. Witnesses: Archie RATTRAY and Annie RATTRAY. [7]
    Address 10 Dec 1905  [1
    Thom Place, Dundee, Scotland at the time of Alexander's birth 
    • Address at the time of Alexander's birth.
    Family ID F824  Group Sheet

    Family Verna May BROOKS,   b. 6 Aug 1910, White Sands, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 2001, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 30 May 1940  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • RATTRAY - BROOKS: At Parkview Manse, Saskatoon, Sask; on May 30th, 1940 by Rev. Ronald Rowat, B.A., Verna Mae BROOKS, only daughter of Mrs. and the late David BROOKS of Murray Harbor, P.E.I., to Rev. Alexander Aitken RATTRAY, B.A., B.Sc., of Dundee, Scotland, pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Wilkie, Saskatchwan.

      Notation in Lauretta BROOKS's diary, " Verna left home to be married in Saskatoon, Sask. May 24, 1940; married May 30, 1940". [8, 9]
    Address 1983  [3
    2847 Rockwell Ave., Victoria, British Columbia 
    • Address at the time of Alex's death.
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F318  Group Sheet

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    Alex Rattray
    Alex Rattray

  • Sources 
    1. [S72] Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth, General Registrar Office.

    2. [S676] Personal communication.

    3. [S200] Registration of Death.

    4. [S162] Website.

    5. [S11] Obituary/Death or Funeral notice.

    6. [S66] Book: Blood on the Heather, Alex A. Rattray, (Vantage Press, Inc., 516 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001).

    7. [S74] Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, General Register Office.

    8. [S47] Newspaper: Charlottetown Guardian.

    9. [S37] Diary of Lauretta Brooks, nee Machon, (original manuscript).


  

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