GAYNOR, THOMAS MAMEOTIUS (1866-1928)
GAYNOR, THOMAS MAMEOTIUS, town clerk, customs officer, and police magistrate; mayor of Chatham, 1919-21; b. Chatham, 11 May 1866, s/o Thomas Gaynor and Catherine Buckley; brother of William Cleophas Gaynor; m. 1890, Mary Ida Flieger, d/o G. Archibald Flieger and Jane Wright, of Chatham; d. there, 19 Feb 1928.
T. M. ("Myrt") Gaynor distinguished himself academically at St Michael's Commercial College, which was conducted in Chatham from 1876 to 1880 by the Christian Brothers of Montreal. After he left school he apprenticed as a printer with the Chatham World and was later shop foreman and editorial assistant to James L. Stewart. In 1901 he was appointed town clerk of Chatham, a position which he resigned four years later to become an appraiser on the customs house staff. At a political meeting held during the federal election campaign of 1911 he asked questions which were deemed to be supportive of the Liberal platform, and for this he was dismissed from the customs service by the victorious Conservatives. He accused Donald Morrison, the defeated Conservative candidate, of having misrepresented the facts to the department, but his protest fell on deaf ears.
For several years Gaynor was an agent for the Dominion Express Co. He served six years on the Chatham Town Council and two years as mayor. In 1922 he was appointed to succeed James F. Connors as police magistrate for Chatham. It was stated that he had the self-confidence, independence of spirit, and will to do what was just without regard to the religion, race, or social position of persons who came before his court. When he died in 1928, at age sixty-one, he left his wife, M. Ida Flieger, two daughters, and two sons. His eldest son, F. Roy Gaynor, died in France in 1916.
[b/d] church records [m] Advocate 25 Jun 1890 / Advocate 4 Sep 1901, 7 Jun 1905, 21 Feb 1928; Fraser (C); Leader 24 Feb 1928; tombstone; World 13 Dec 1911, 27 Jan 1912, 20 May 1922, 3 Jun 1922