Theodore Fay Elliott (1888-1958)

Long Time Employee of Art Monument Company

Theodore Fay Elliott, through his employment with Art Monument Company Ltd., helped leave a significant legacy on the grounds of Mountain View Cemetery. The company designed many of the grave markers that today commemorate the pioneers who helped build the City of Vancouver.
Theodore Fay Elliott (called Fay) was born in Farmington, Washington Territory, USA on October 14, 1888. His parents were John Hess Elliott and Nettie Florence (Faris) Elliott. Fay’s paternal great grandparents, James Elliott and Mary E. (Laughlin) Elliott, were frontier farmers from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Theodore Fay was named after his maternal uncle, Theodore Thompson Faris, of Page County, Iowa.
At nine years of age, Fay arrived in Vancouver with his parents and younger sister, Elva Eleanore Elliott. He spent his childhood in the Fairview Slopes neighbourhood, excelled at sports, and began work as a carpenter in 1906. By 1914, Fay was employed at the Eburne Sawmill where it is believed he sustained an injury to his leg that left him with a permanent disability. He went on to work for John and Vern Whitworth in the sales division of Art Monument Company Ltd. Art Monument was founded in Vancouver in 1919 and its office was located at 602 East 15th Avenue. The company was acquired by Service Corporation International (Canada) Ltd. in 1989.

Theodore Fay Elliott married Eneath Lulu Whitman in Vancouver, BC on January 11, 1911. The couple were members of the Odd Fellows Lodge and lived at 631 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver. They raised two sons, Ray Worth Elliott (1914-1992) and Lorne Quentin Elliott (1919-2001). Fay and Lulu divorced and Fay later married Norma Viola Riley of Saskatchewan. Theodore Fay Elliott died in New Westminster, BC on April 21, 1958.

Theodore Fay Elliott and his sister, Elva Eleanore grew up here in the family home, located at 1167 West 7th Avenue in Vancouver. Their father John Hess Elliott built the home in 1908. The house, which had a view of the local mountains and False Creek, also boasted electricity, city water and indoor plumbing, “modern” features for its day. The kitchen, with wood stove and icebox, was fully equipped for their mother Nettie Elliott, and came with a separate pantry room for her baking supplies. The home’s exterior showcased beautiful Victorian details with clapboard and shake wood siding. There was also an attractive sundeck on the second floor. The home hosted numerous parties and family gatherings including Elva’s wedding reception. The Elliott family home was sold in 1937.

Biography by Raymond Reitsma.

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