Alden Clayton "Alvin" Hagar
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
Alvin Hagar was born July 4th, 1913 on the Alderville Reserve north of Cobourg, Ontario to parents William Hagar and Ethel Marsden.
Alvin's father, William was also an Orangemen and was killed in action on May 8th, 1918 while serving with the 19th Battalion.
Alvin became a member of the Loyal Orange Association, joining Alderville Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1069 in 1936. He was working in the Toronto area at the outbreak of World War II and enlisted with the Canadian Arming in 1940.
He was deployed overseas in 1941 and served at Normandy in 1944. Later that year he suffered a leg injury as a result of shrapnel from a V-2 rocket attack, the attack itself occurred east of Antwerp. Alvin spent the following year in various hospitals and suffered from his injuries for the rest of his life.
Following the War, Alvin returned to Toronto and worked many years for the Imperial Optical Company. Alvin transferred to Coronation Loyal Orange Lodge No. 215, where he served as lodge Chaplain for several years. Upon the demise of that lodge, Alvin joined Birchcliff Loyal Orange Lodge No. 2856 in Toronto and remained a steadfast member up until the time of his passing.
A faithful and loyal member, Brother Hagar did not miss lodge meetings or the Twelfth walk until the last couple years of his life.
Alvin passed away on March 5th, 2009 in Toronto at the age of 96 years and with 73 years of service in the Loyal Orange Lodge.
With information from John Wells (County Secretary), Canadian Orangeism and the Military, Part III by Rt. Wor. Bro. Alex Rough, Interview with Alvin Hagar for the University of Regina Digital Collection and Ancestry.ca.
Obituary of Alvin Hagar
HAGAR, Alvin - Peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital on Thursday, March 5, 2009, Alvin Clayton Hagar, in his 96th year, loving and devoted husband of Audrey, dearest brother-in-law of Doris, Marjorie, Mrs. Arthur Payne (Lillian), Mrs. Arthur Jordan (Madeline), beloved uncle of Rick, Ron, Randy, John, Colleen, Rod, and fondly remembered by grandnieces and nephews Jesse, Julia, Christopher, Alex, Alicia, and Amanda, he will be sadly missed. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations to the Alderville United Church would be greatly appreciated. A local service is scheduled for St. James' Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street, on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow in the early spring at the Alderville First Nation Reserve, north of Cobourg.
Source: The Toronto Star.