James Alison, father of Mrs. (the Rev.) L.H. Currie, died at his home in Toronto on Wednesday last and was buried on Saturday. Mr. Alison was born in Belfast, Ireland, on March 1, 1834, coming to Toronto in the early sixties. On his first Sunday in Toronto he attended Cooke's Presbyterian Church and had been an adherent of that church ever since. In 1867 he started business as an importer of woolen goods at 264 Yonge Street, later adding the Custom tailoring business, it being still carried on by his son Samuel on King Street. He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. and of the L.O.A. and for many years manufactured all the regalia for Orange lodges throughout Canada. In an editorial note the Mail and Empire on Friday last says: "The late James Alison was a fine type of Ulsterman, diligent in business, with a kind heart and a keen brain, whose word was as good as anybody's bond. Canada and the other British Dominions owe much to men of the James Alison type." From the Mail and Empire we take the following; "Some 400 people, including practically all the leading members of Cooke's Presbyterian Church, Queen Street east, attended the funeral service there on Saturday afternoon for the late James Alison of 50 Murray Street, who passed away on Wednesday in his 80th year. The service in the church was preceded by one at the house and the interment took place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
"The service was conducted by Rev. William Patterson, D.D., minister of the church, who was assisted by Dr. John Neil, Dr. E.A. Henry and Rev. J.S. Conning of Baltimore, a son-in-law of deceased. In paying tribute to the memory of deceased, Dr. Neil said he has known the late Mr. Alison for over 40 years. He had been loyal to his church, to his home, to his friends and to his country. For 41 years he had been treasurer of Cooke's Church and for many years an elder. Dr. Henry added his tribute continuity of service to God and the church until the very last was an [sic] Patterson said only a few words in reference to one who had been one of the chief stalwarts of the church, stating that he would pay his tribute at the morning service on Sunday.
"The family mourners were deceased's four sons, Thomas H., of New York; Gardener R., Samuel and Albert of Toronto, and three daughters, Mrs. J.S. Conning of New York; Mrs. Thomas Rennie of Toronto and Mrs. L.H. Currie of Grimsby, Ont. The widow has been ill for a considerable time. Deceased was a member of the Masonic and Orange Orders, the Irish Protestant Benevolent Association and the York Pioneers, representatives from all of which attended the service."
A memorial service was held on Sunday morning in the church.