V.I.P. History At Lakeview Cemetery & Crematorium
The Honourable Alexander Mackenzie
Canada's 2nd Prime Minister
Alexander Mackenzie was an immigrant from Scotland, born near Dunkeld in 1822. He left school when he was 13 years old and prospered as a stonemason and contractor in Sarnia. When the Pacific Scandal brought down Sir John A. MacDonald's Conservative government in 1873, Mackenzie formed Canada's first Liberal cabinet. He won the general election that followed and held the office of prime minister for five years. A tireless worker, he introduced the secret ballot, created the Supreme Court of Canada and struggled to launch the national railway. In the 1878 elections, his party lost to Macdonald's Conservatives and Mackenzie soon resigned as leader of the opposition. He held his seat in the Commons until his death. Alexander Mackenzie passed away in Toronto in 1892, and he was buried here at Lakeview Cemetery.
Hon. Alexander Vidal
M.L.C. 1863-1867, Senator 1873-1906, County Treasurer 1853-1892
Alexander Vidal was born in Bracknell, Bershire, England on August 4th, 1819. He came to Canada in 1834 and served in the Rebellion of 1837. He was the Provincial Land Surveryor of the Bank of Montreal in Sarnia. He was also elected to the Legislative Council in 1863 for the St.Clair Division. He sat in that Chamber until Confederation in 1867. He was called to the Senate in 1873. At 87 years age, Alexander Vidal died in Sarnia on December 18th, 1906, and is buried here at Lakeview Cemetery.
Emerick Alexander Vidal
County Treasurer 1892-1894
Emerick Alexander Vidal was born in Sarnia, on September 25, 1848. He served in the Fenian Raid 1856 and also published a very correct map of the Town of Sarnia. He was appointed County Treasurer on the April 1st, 1892, on the resignation of his father. He held the office until his death on January 29, 1894. He was only 46 years of age and is buried here at Lakeview Cemetery.
Frederick Forsythe Pardee, M.P.
M.P. West Lambton 1905-1921, M.P.P. West Lambton 1898-1902
Frederick Forsythe Pardee was born in Sarnia, 29th day of December, 1867. He was educated in Sarnia and Upper Canada College. He was called to the Bar in 1891 and practised in Sarnia. He created K.C. by the Ontario Government in 1908. He was M.P.P. for West Lambton in the Legislative Assembly for Ontario, 1898-1902. He was elected M.P. for West Lambton, November 22nd, 1905. He was also elected Chief Whip of the Liberal Party in 1909. He was called to the Senate in 1921. He died Feb. 4th, 1927.
William Thomas Goodison
M.P. 1925-1928 West Lambton
A native of Strathroy, William Thomas Goodison was born in Strathroy on February 16, 1876, of Irish parentage. He was educated at Strathroy, Sarnia Collegiate Institute, and Osgoode Hall. He was called to the Bar in 1899 and was the President and Manager of John Goodison Thresher Company, Industrial Mortgage and Finance Company. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1925 and 1926. He held his position until his death in 1928.
Hon. Pauline Mills McGibbon
22nd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 1974 – 1980
Pauline McGibbon was born in Sarnia on October 21, 1910. She was the first woman to serve as the serve as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and was the 22nd person in Canadian history to hold this title. In addition she was also the first woman to serve as a Vice-Regal Representative in Canadian history.
Mrs. McGibbon served as Chancellor for the universities of Toronto and Guelph, Chairman of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, honorary colonel of 25 (Toronto) Service Battalion and was a Director of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. She was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967.
A particular focus of her mandate was the arts in Ontario. After leaving Office, Mrs. McGibbon was promoted to be a Companion of the Order of Canada, and was appointed to the Order of Ontario. She died in Toronto in 2001, aged 91. She was buried in the family plot in the Lakeview Cemetery.