Famous Masons in History
July 30, 1903 - 11 April 11, 1990
A successful manager of amateur hockey clubs, Harold Ballard was part owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team from 1962, and principal owner and chief executive of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. from 1972 until his death.
Ballard was a flamboyant and controversial figure who left a mixed legacy.
Convicted of fraud in 1972, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.
Legendary for his stinginess, vindictiveness and autocratic temperament, he
exhibited a strong philanthropy in making the Gardens available for many benevolent
functions and was honoured by the Ontario Hockey Association, the City of Toronto
and the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled, among others, for
Member: Corinthian Mo. 481, Ontario
June 24, 1884 - June, 1979
Frederick Wellington Taylor began playing hockey at the age of twelve, going on to be inducted into Hockey’s Hall of Fame in 1947 after playing two Stanley Cup championship games in 1909 and 1915, and scoring 205 goals over a twenty-one year career between 1902 and 1923.
During his professional hockey career he also was employed by the Immigration Department. He eventually retired as Commissioner of Immigration for British Columbia and the Yukon Territories. An active member of the Vancouver community, he was president of the Pacific Coast Hockey League in 1937 and helped form the British Columbia Hockey Benevolent Society, where he served as director from 1954 until his death in 1979.
- Initiated: Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa
- Raised: August 27, 1913
- Affiliated: November, 1913
- Plantagenent Lodge No. 65
Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon records. Elsewhere noted as born 1885/06/23.