1880-1958

Thomas Ney Bird was born on December 13, 1880 in the apartment in above the woollen mill. He was educated in Bracebridge and upon leaving school he joined the family woollen mill business and continued employment there until his retirement.  Following the death of his father, Thomas was the mill's president for a short time but resigned in favour of his son.  An active member of the community, Robert was a member of the Bracebridge Board of Education, the Bracebridge Rotary Club since its organization, the Curling and Lawn Bowling Clubs and in 1904 was a Town Councilor. He married Mary Isobel Hodgins (1882-1959) who was a member of the Bracebridge high school staff before their marriage. Three children were born to the couple: Mary Florence (Speers), John Henry  (1914-1971) and Robert Thomas. Well informed on many subjects of the day, Thomas took pleasure in conversing with old friends, reading and growing flowers. 

Thomas died unexpectedly at his McMurray Street home in 1958.  

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