Name: John Henry Robinson MOLSON
Birth: 5 JUN 1826 in Kingston, Ontario
Death: 28 MAY 1897 in Piedmont, Montreal, Quebec of nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
Burial: Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec
Reference Number: 90320
"All that is good and great about the family should not be underground." [John HR Molson, 1897]
Jackey, as he was affectionately known, was educated in Montreal public schools. Inheriting the Molson Brewery in 1847 under the terms of his grandfather's will, he became associated with its management; in 1852 he entered into partnership with his father to conduct their separately owned brewing and distilling enterprises. Operations were continued after 1863 by John H.R. Molson and Brothers; on the retirement of John Thomas Molson in 1866, distilling was abandoned but the brewery continued under John H.R. Molson and Adam Skaife. In 1879 Molson was made a director of Molson's Bank and was forthwith elected vice-president; president, 1889-97. Other interests included the Montreal Street Railway, the City and District Bank and the Scottish Life Assurance Co. He was a life governor of the Montreal General Hospital, a generous benefactor of McGill University and a founder of the Verdun Protestant Hospital for the Insane.
In 1897, there were no crematoriums in Canada. John's body was sent to Boston for cremation. His ashes were later placed in the family vault at Mount Royal. In his will, John left $10,000. to Mont Royal Cemetery with instructions... "for the erection and workings of a crematory furnace for the cremation of the dead."
Father: Thomas MOLSON b: 1 SEP 1791 in Montreal, Quebec
Mother: Martha MOLSON b: 31 OCT 1795 in Montreal, Quebec
Louisa Goddard FROTHINGHAM b: 15 APR 1827 in Montreal, Quebec
30 APR 1873
in Church of the Messiah, Montreal, Quebec