Joseph Foy – Featured Deceased Member of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 For July 2017

Each month Ashlar Lodge No. 3 features one of our Deceased Brethren as a way of remembering our Deceased Brethren and highlighting the contributions they have made to Nanaimo and the surrounding area.

Our Featured Deceased Brother for July 2017 is Joseph Foy (died 9 February 1915). Bro. Joseph Foy joined Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1913. He was a manager at the South Wellington coal mine. He died on 9 February 1915 after going into the mine in an attempt to rescue miners trapped underground following a flood in the mine.

Joseph Foy, who died in 1915 trying to rescue miners from a flooded coal mine. (Photo courtesy of Foy family archive - private collection - used with permission)
Joseph Foy, who died in 1915 trying to rescue miners from a flooded coal mine. (Photo courtesy of Foy family archive – private collection – used with permission)

Nanaimo musician David Gogo, whose great-grandfather died in the Wellington Mine flood, has written a song about the events of 9 February 1915:

 

Joseph Foy is buried in Bowen Road Cemetery, Nanaimo.

Joseph Foy grave, Bowen Road Cemetery, Nanaimo, B.C.
Joseph Foy grave, Bowen Road Cemetery

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