Mona’s Legacy

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Mona’s husband Herbert remarried and went on to a distinguished career as a Supreme Court Judge in Vancouver. He died in 1957 after a long illness. At that time, his son Archie was living New Westminster, BC.

During the Second World War, Mona’s youngest son Phil flew 39 missions over France and Germany and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he returned to Vancouver and became a broadcaster and sports writer there. He also became a world-class bridge player. He died in 2012, leaving a wife, two daughters and a son, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

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This concludes the story about Mona and her family. Please stay tuned for the story of Archie and Corrie’s youngest child, Phyllis, who outlived the rest of the family by nearly two decades.
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Image: Photo of Mona Natalie Knight, circa 1925, courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Clark, Cobourg, Ontario, 8 August 2014.

Another Tragedy

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March 26, 1934. Four years after her mother Mona’s death, Barbara Wood was coming home from a movie with her boyfriend. He rounded a curve too fast, and the car flipped over. Passers-by were able to rescue him, but Barbara was not so lucky. She died at the scene of the accident. She was just 19 years old.

It’s hard to imagine the effect of this tragedy on her relatives in Kingston. Her grandfather Archie died the following year, and his wife Corrie four months later. It was the end of a very painful period in the Knight family story.

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Mona’s Daughter

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Mona’s daughter was full of life and laughter. A year after her mother’s death, she wrote a chatty letter to her grandfather Archie:

“My friend is having a house party. There are going to be nine girls…. We will take turns cooking. I’m afraid I’m not much of a cook but I can manage breakfast all right… Please congratulate Aunt Phyllis for me, she must be a very good golf player…”

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The Accident

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Three years after Mona’s singing performance for the Governor-General and his wife, tragedy struck. On a Saturday night during the Christmas holidays, Mona was driving home when her car hit a patch of ice. It spun around and crashed into a taxi. Mona was thrown against the steering wheel and died from her injuries.

Left behind were her husband Herbert and three children: Archie (17), Barbara (15) and Philip (9).

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