David Thorburn Symons

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David Thorburn Symons

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David Thorburn Symons, lawyer, was born on 9 September 1862 in Toronto, Upper Canada. He was the son of John Symons and Isabel Thorburn. He attended Upper Canada College and Trinity College, Toronto, where he obtained a B.C.L. in 1886. He was called to the bar in 1884, was made King’s Counsel in 1908 and practised as a member of the firm of Kingstone, Symons & Kingstone. He was elected chairman of convocation of Trinity College in 1901. In 1931 Symons was elected Chancellor of the Diocese of Toronto and held that position until 1949. Symons also served as Vice-President of the Bishop Strachan School for a number of years.

He married Frances Rebecca Bond (b. 1874) in September 1901 and they had six children: David Martin, John Thorburn, Katharine Patricia, Beatrice Mary and Isabel Frances.Their youngest son, Douglas Bond Symons, died in 1943 while serving with the Royal Navy in the Second World War.

David Thorburn Symons died on 14 May, 1952 and Frances Rebecca Bond died on 13 October, 1954.


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