Matthew Sheard

Plot 1, Lot 72
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Toronto-born Matthew Sheard was the eldest of five sons born to Joseph Sheard, the mayor of Toronto in 1871 and 1872. Joseph Sheard was an architect and contractor though he refused to build the scaffolding from which Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hanged for their part in the Rebellion of 1837. As a young man Matthew decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and he too studied architecture. He practiced his profession in Toronto for thirty-five years, also doing work in Ottawa, New York City, Milwaukee, and in Chicago where he helped design buildings to replace those destroyed in the great conflagration that ravaged the “windy city” in 1871. One of Sheard’s best-known Toronto works was The Telegram newspaper office on Bay Street at Melinda. Matthew Sheard died on March 3, 1910 at his Yonge Street residence.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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