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Tom Thornley McGillycuddy Stoker

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B. June 1885 at London, Middlesex, England 

D. 6 June 1937 at New York, New York

The Montreal Gazette 

June 7, 1937                                                                                                                         


T. McG. Stoker, Drowned at N.Y. 

Well-Known Financier Falls From Cabin Cruiser into East River 


Was Associated With Present Lord Beaverbrook as Director of Securities Firm 

New York. June 6 

Capt. T. T. McG. Stoker, 54, retired investment broker of Montreal, was drowned today when he fell from a 24 – foot rented cruiser in view of friends who waited for him to dock at an East River pier. 

Mr. Stoker, who lived at 3489 Drummond Street, Montreal, tumbled as he waved to his friends, missed a line thrown to him and swam against the swift current to within 50 feet of a dock when he disappeared. Police began a search for the body. 

Captain Ralph Hayes of the New York Yacht Club, was the only other person on the cruiser. The Canadian broker, staying at a New York hotel for a week, had rented the craft to take his friends for a spin and was on his way to pick them up when the accident occurred. 

Captain Stoker, who came to Canada from Ireland, carved out for himself a distinguished career in the financial life of this country – one interrupted for several years during the World War when he saw active service in France. 

He was associated for a number of years, both before and after the conflict, with Royal Securities Corporation of this city.  In the few years that he was connected with this company before the outbreak of war,  he rose to become one of its directors at the time Lord Beaverbrook, then Max Aitken, was its president. 

Captain Stoker obtained his start to success in Canada in the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which he joined on arrival in this country and with which he remained for some time. 

Later he became associated with the Royal Securities, where his financial skill was immediately recognized and given full scope. By 1914, he had been chosen director of the company, a position which he left when war was declared to return to Ireland and rejoin the Regiment, of which he was on the reserve of officers. 

He crossed to France as a Staff Captain in the 1st Brigade of the Munsters in the British Expeditionary force and served with distinction. 

When the war ended, Captain Stoker returned to Canada, where he once more joined the Royal Securities. 

Taking a position in the sales department, he remained with the firm until 1922, when he resigned to form his own investment concern of Stoker, Owen, Limited, in which he was associated with Col. Hugh Owen. 

At the time of his death, he had branched out into various financial activities and maintained his personal office in the Royal Bank Building, from which he directed his many affairs. 

On his return from active service, Captain Stoker married Mrs. Drummond, widow of Guy Drummond, who was killed overseas. He resided at 3489 Drummond Street. 

Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Braithwaite, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Braithwaite; three sons, Desmond, Thornley, and Patrick: and a stepson, Guy Drummond. 

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