Bain, Joseph Cecil

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Bain, Joseph Cecil

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  • Bain, Joseph C.

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Joseph Cecil (Joe) Bain was born in Toronto in 1916. He lost his mother a few weeks later and was raised by his aunt, Mrs. Margaret (Horton) Robinson. He met Lillian Murphy in late 1934 or early 1935 and they were married in late 1935 in Toronto. Throughout Lillian’s time as a Spiritualist, Joe was supportive of her interests and career, building the Bethel Sanctuary in their unused basement in 1974. In 1980, Joe was certified as a healer with the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (Canada), Inc., and ordained by W.C. Partridge in Richmond. Joe, an Anglican, agreed to be ordained so as to have the authority necessary to manage the business and legal aspects of Springdale Park Spiritual Association, and to conduct funeral services when necessary. Later, he produced for his children a compendium from Arthur Findlay’s autobiography Looking Back (1955), to highlight the parts he felt were most significant to Lillian’s belief in Spiritualism. In 1980, he became the fifth and final President of Springdale Park Spiritual Association. He retired from his career in business for the last time in 1987, when he and Lillian moved up to Bracebridge permanently. After Lillian’s death in 2003, he donated a number of records and other material to SRIC. Joe passed away peacefully in 2009.


Toronto, ON; Bracebridge, ON; Richmond, BC

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Bain, Lillian Catherine (1916-2003)

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Springdale Park Spiritual Association (1938-2000)

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Created by Samantha Booth, June 2015


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Walter Meyer zu Erpen (Survival Research Institute of Canada, President)

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