Warm tribute to the memory of the late Dr. I.W. Powell and his pioneer work in in connection with Freemasonry in this province was paid in the following self-explanatory letter sent to his widow, Mrs. Powell, recently:
901 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, B.C., October 8, 1927.
Dear Mrs. Powell:- At a meeting of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia, held last Wednesday, the 5th instant, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the formation of the first (Columbia) Chapter in this Province, many most eulogistic allusions were made to the splendid work of your late husband, Dr. Powell, not only in the part he took in obtaining a charter from the Grand Chapter of Scotland for Columbia Chapter, of which he was the First Principal L., but also in being the principal actor in the formation of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
The Earl of Cassillis, Grand First Principal Z. of the Supreme Chapter of Scotland, was naturally very much interested in the great superstructure that has been raised on the small but firm foundation laid by Dr. Powell, and has requested me to convey to you the high respect he has for his memory and admiration for his splendid work for Freemasonry, which he considered almost unique in the history of the Craft.
His Lordship also wished me to express to you his deep regret that the arrangements that had been made for him during his brief stay in Victoria would prevent the possibility of his waiting on you in person, but he had heard of your great interest in Freemasonry and the support and encouragement you had always given to your husband, which he was sure would always be a sweet memory to you. He therefore desired me to tender to you his best wishes for the improvement of your health, and for every blessing during the rest of your days.
Yours most sincerely,
(signed) Edward B. Paul
Past Grand Z
Victoria Daily Times, 18 October 1927 page 7
ARCH MASONS PAY TRIBUTE TO PIONEER
Late Dr. I.W. Powell Was Eulogized in Letter To Widow