Skinner, Albert Carlos, 1871-1964

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Skinner, Albert Carlos, 1871-1964

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Albert Carlos Skinner was born in Waterloo on 26 November 1871. He is the son of Carlos Young Skinner and Emily Elliot. He moved to Sherbrooke with his parents in 1878. He married Margaret Cowan in 1899. He was the father of five children (three sons and two daughters).

He was the President of the jewellery firm "A. C. Skinner Limited" in Sherbrooke until 1935, which was founded in Waterloo by his father in 1859. Albert C. Skinner began working with his father in 1898 and took over after his death in 1915. Albert C. Skinner's sons, Carlos C. and Neil, took over the company in 1935 and changed its name to "Skinners Brothers". In 1954, the company was sold to another jeweller of Sherbrooke, "Nadeau & fils".

In the 1920s and 1930s, Albert C. Skinner was involved in municipal politics. He was a member of the Sherbrooke City Council from 1917 to 1926, and the Mayor from 1930 to 1932. Throughout his political life, he fostered the "bonne entente" between the anglophones and the francophones of the city to build up a strong community.

He was a member of many organizations. He was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. At once, he had been the President of the Sherbrooke Board of Trade, Sherbrooke Library, Sherbrooke Rotary, and the Wales Home (Richmond). He also was a member of the Sherbrooke Snow Shoe Club, Sherbrooke Country Club, Sherbrooke Curling Club, St. George's Club, Canadian Club.

Albert C. Skinner died in August 1964 at 92 years old.


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