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John Loye was born in Montreal around 1880. He lived as a bachelor in Montreal and died there in November 1962. He was educated at Bishop School. Loye was an historian and an authority on early Montreal, railway history, stamps, and coins. He worked as a draftsman for H.R. Ives Co. and Meldrum Iron Works until his retirement around 1940. Loye founded the Canadian Railway Historic Association. He was also a member of the Montreal Antiquarian and Numismatic Society.
Loye was a founding member of Montreal's United Irish Societies (U.I.S.), which was established in 1928. The United Irish Societies was an amalgamation of Catholic and Protestant Irish Montrealers. Since 1928, the U.I.S. has organized the Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade. Loye designed the majority of floats in the parade prior to 1933. Loye served as president of the U.I.S. from 1933 to 1957. An expert in pen-and-ink artistry, John Loye designed the metallic leaves on McGill University's Roddick Gate and the headstone for D'Arcy McGee's gravesite (1946).
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Created by the Records Management and Archives Department September 2010.
Input and updated by Concordia University Libraries 2015-05-20.
Pidgeon, Don. John Loye. Montreal's St. Patrick's Parade. Retrived at http://www.montrealirishparade.com/about-us/history/historians-corner/john-loye