Talmage Williams was born in New Brunswick on April 28, 1860 and died in Vancouver on April 15, 1894. The Daily World Newspaper on April 16 provided a little more information on Mr. Williams. He died at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening at Alexandra Hospital. About one week earlier, he had come down with a fever and as he had been slightly unwell for some months, it wasn’t long in running its fatal course. He was a native of St. John, N.B. where his mother still lived. He had lived in Vancouver for a number of years and had managed the Vancouver Mill until lately. At the time of his death, he was managing the cooperage jute department of the C. Cooperage and Jute Company.
His funeral was to take place at the Masonic Temple at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. He was a member of the Mount Hermon Lodge, the Royal Arch Chapter, and the Granville Lodge of the Knights of Phythias. He had held several positions in these lodges including scribe for the Royal Arch Chapter, past chancellor and keeper of records and seal of the Granville Lodge.
His epitaph is a verse quite popular at the time:
“Remember Brothers As You Pass By Where You Are Now So Once Was I Where I am Now So You Must Be Prepare For Death And Follow Me”
Written by Lorraine Irving