John Rogerson (1837 - 1925) was a Scotsman who immigrated to Saint John at age 12. He possessed great skills as a woodworker, artist and carver and was renowned on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1883 Rogerson conceived of a centennial clock as befitting the celebration of the Saint John’s 100th anniversary.
One hundred twenty-eight years after its crafting, Gregory Walsh donated the centennial clock to the City of Saint John, in loving memory of his wife of over fifty years, Marie I. Murphy Walsh. The terms of the agreement, with the city and the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, provide for its permanent display in the city’s official reception area, the Ludlow Room, at Saint John City Hall.
In order to ensure its security and preservation, Mr. Walsh has established a fund of $25,000 with The Greater Saint John Community Foundation. It provides for the clock’s proper maintenance and ongoing public enjoyment of it as a fitting part of our community’s heritage as the only known artifact dating from the City’s centennial. Any earnings from the permanent fund not required for the clock, is used for the ongoing charitable work of the Community Foundation and to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Greater Saint John. Mr. Walsh’s gift has been matched with a gift of $12,500 from the T.R. Meighen Foundation’s Community Advancement New Brunswick program. It was augmented by a bequest from Mr. Walsh to the Foundation’s Community Fund when he passed away in 2006.
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