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Permanent Residents
James Barrie

James Barrie (1895-1964)

A CNR employee, James Barrie built a summer residence in 1923 (293 Westcroft), but it was soon winterized. His daughters still lived in the family home in 2011.

John Baxter

John Baxter (1890-1962)

Born in Scotland, he became an architect and a general contractor. He arrived to Montreal in 1912 and to Beaconsfield in 1923. He was a soldier in the First World War. In 1924 he started his own company. He built the Beaurepaire Protestant school in 1924, the Beaconsfield Golf Club clubhouse in 1929 and the Christ Church (Anglican) in 1931. He lived on Kirkwood Avenue.

Edward A. Bedbrook

Edward A. Bedbrook (1890-1940)

As an engineer, Edward A. Bedbrook worked for CNR and Dominion Engineering. He is the architect and builder of his residence in 1927, at 78 Woodland Avenue. He was first to have a flush toilet on Woodland.  He built and renovated a few houses, among other things, whatever one had to do to survive the Great Depression.

Douglas Bremner , C.M.

Douglas Bremner , C.M. (1893-1980)

A civil engineer, a philanthropist, Douglas Bremner was named Member of the Order of Canada for his 50 years of charitable services. Among many projects, he helped found and support the Mackay Centre for deaf and crippled children.  He moved to Beaurepaire in the 1956 and lived at 430 Lakeshore.

Kenneth Crone


A journalist with “The Standard”, “Lakeshore Review” and many other newspapers, Kenneth Crone was a warden at Christ Church from 1925 to 1927, one of the founders of the old Beaconsfield Citizens’ Association in 1923, a spokesman for St. Louis residents requesting sidewalks, road, street lights and other improvements when everything had to be put in place for permanent residents. He was also Commissioner on the Protestant School Board.

Robert A. Dade

Robert A. Dade (     -1961)

Robert A. Dade built his house in 1917 and worked as a clerk. He made his mark, when in 1925 he caught the largest bass (3-1/4lbs).  The same year, he is the winner of the single tennis tournament. A very good lacrosse player also.

Léo Dandurand

Léo Dandurand (1892-1964)

Léo Dandurand et son épouse Émilia Laplante bought Joseph Léonide Perron’s residence (Centennial Hall) from his estate, in 1940.  The same year, the house was destroyed by fire and rebuilt almost identical. Léo was co-owner of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club and a well-known restaurateur. In 1953, he sold to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and the residence became a Youth Protection School for girls.

Christopher Wm Dickens

Christopher Wm Dickens (1885-1945)

Born in Whimbley, England, Christopher Wm Dickens came around 1922 and built his residence. He worked as a railway conductor for the CNR.

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