52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #17 John James Marr

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme.  This week’s theme is “Prosper”.  Which ancestor has a rags-to-riches story? Which ancestor prospered despite the odds? I have chosen my mum’s uncle John James Marr.

John James Marr was born 22 December 1899 at 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne.

The following information is from an obituary on a Public Member Tree at ancestry (http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/12259543/person/-301903609) – the name and date of the newspaper this obituary was from is not identified, but since John was buried 29 August 1967, and the obituary mentions his funeral was “yesterday”, it would have been from one of the Melbourne newspapers on 30 August 1967.

Death of Mr. J. J. Marr

More than 300 people attended the funeral yesterday of Mr John James Marr, who died at his home, Hackett St., Pascoe Vale, last Saturday night.

Mr Marr, founder of the building construction firm of J. J. Marr and Sons Pty. Ltd., South St., Glenroy, was aged 67.

He became ill soon after completing his one-year term of office on June 30 last as president of the Rotary Club of Broadmeadows.

Broadmeadows Rotarians formed a guard of honor at Fawkner Crematorium yesterday.

Mr Marr was a foundation member of the club, which was chartered in November, 1962, and was the driving force behind the erection of the Rotary Centre at the corner of Glenroy Rd., and Waterloo Rd., Glenroy.

Broadmeadows is the only Rotary club in Australia with its own premises.

Born in North Melbourne, he was educated at Melbourne High School and later went into the building industry.

Before and during the second world war he started the firm of J. J. Marr and Sons in Yallourn, building half the houses in the town under government contract.

Another 1700 houses were built at Moe.

In 1955-56 Mr Marr’s firm won the contract to build most of the houses on the Heidelberg area set aside for the Olympic Village when the Olympic Games were in Melbourne.

In recent years the firm has been engaged in government housing work in Geelong and Canberra but has also entered the private field with two large estates being developed in Glenroy.

The funeral sevice was conducted at Pascoe Vale South Methodist by the minister, Rev Mr Bradfield.

Rev. R. Deasey of St. Matthews, Anglican Parish Glenroy, a fellow Broadmeadows Rotarian, also spoke at the service.

 John married Frances Cook on 21 April 1923 at the Methodist Church in Miller Street, North Melbourne.  He and his wife had 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls.

When my mum married my dad in 1952, as mum’s father was too ill, John gave her away.

John James Marr died 26 August 1967.