Figure 6: One of the three refineries constructed in the Vancouver Lower Mainland during Jim Downie’s time.
New Petroleum plants were built in the Peace River country: at Dawson and Taylor. BA Oil built a new grassroots oil refinery at Port Moody, by the end of the decade (1959).
The above projects took place during Jim Downie’s time in serving Boilermakers as a Local Lodge President 1946-1957, Business Agent 1947-1950 and 1950 – 1959 as a District Representative.
Lodge 191 was re-charted in 1951 under the guidance of Brother Downie and IVP Harry Gomes. In 1957 after Lodge 359 was in trusteeship for two and half years an election was held, Brother Fred Butler who also had a big hand in the Local Lodge was elected President over Brother Jim Downie.
Brother Downie soon retired. If Brother Jim Downie did not step forward to lead 75 years ago there would have been no Lodge 359 and maybe no Boilermaker construction trade in British Columbia.
There is no known relatives of Brother Jim Downie in Lodge 359.
Lodge 194 established in 1898 at Vancouver B.C. serving railway, shipyard, fabrication shops & some construction. At its peak of operation there was 1600 members, the local merged with 359 in the early 1990’s with 4 members.
With much appreciation these images and the story lines were supplied from the Robert MacIntosh collection.