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Robert Lees Notes and Obituary
research by Sue Hill
|[Newspaper clippings dated in handwriting Oct 10th 1893 - from the scrapbook of family history, photocopied from his cousin's scrapbook in the early 1960s by my grandfather Lawrence Brown]|
A SKETCH OF THE CAREER OF THE LATE MR. LEES
|His work in Old Bytown and Participation in the History of Some Troublous Times - His Private Tastes|
|The funeral cortege which takes place tomorrow afternoon from Wildwood,
Ottawa East to Beechwood, will be remembered by those who witness it, as
the last sad rites of an honourable and useful man.
It is about 30 years since Robert Lees, the subject of this sketch, built
for himself the quiet residence where on Monday last he breathed his last.
Mr. Lees had a natural taste for the quietude of a semi-country life,
and was moreover a lover of floral and horticultural pursuits, and for
many years he was a prominent amateur in local exhibition displays.
MR. LEES IN BYTOWN
These incidents are mentioned because Mr. Lees, from his well-known political
leanings, and his having pleaded the cause of the accused, had become
a prominent figure in the affairs of the times, and because also on
But in due time quietness and a better feeling prevailed and the subject of this sketch was reinstated in the minds and affections of all parties as a quiet, respectable and unoffending citizen. Mr. Lees practised law successfully, and after his appointment to office he dignified, by an orderly life and by the application of high attainments in his profession, the office conferred upon him by those in authority.
To speak of the many honourable positions occupied by Mr. Lees in his long and useful life in our midst would be superfluous, but while following closely his professional duties he yet found time to devote to civic, social and philanthropic efforts. For some years Mr. Lees was a member of the city council, and his services as a legal advisor for the board of management of the Protestant Orphans' Home from the date of its organization, cannot be too highly spoken of, all professional services having been given gratis.
Having spoken of none of the more prominent events in the life of the
deceased during his long residence in Ottawa it is only necessary to say,
his family relationship and his youthful history having been yesterday
alluded to, that in the demise of Mr. Lees Ottawa has lost a good and
useful citizen and the government a faithful official.
Mr. Robert Lees, Q.C. County Crown Attorney, died at his home here this morning. Mr. Lees had been in poor health for some time, but last evening he was taken seriously ill. Heart failure was the immediate cause of death. Mr. Lees was one of the best known men in Ottawa and the County of Carleton. He was born in Dalkeith, Scotland, and when a child came with his parents to Canada in 1817, nearly 80 years ago. In 1819 his father became one of the pioneer settlers of Lanark county, taking up land near Perth. Mr. Lees was admitted as attorney in 1847 and called to the bar in 1848. He leaves a family of one son and four daughters. Two of the daughters are married, Mrs. R.D. Brown of Ottawa East, and Mrs. S. Preston, of Toronto. The remaining daughters, Miss Victoria and Miss Jessie Lees, lived with their father at the old homestead, Wildwood, Ottawa East. Mr. William Lees, the only son, was in his father's office studying law. Mrs. Lees, nee Miss Jessie Dickson, of Pakenham, died about seven years ago.
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