Samuel Soloman Hyams

Birth: Unknown in London, England

Death: October 9, 1894 in Victoria, B.C.

Samuel Solomon Hyams was born in London, England. He came to British Columbia in 1858 for the gold rush. He was an active member of the Hebrew Benevolent Society and heavily involved in creating the Jewish Cemetery. However, he returned returned to England. Samuel then went to the United States and had businesses in Boston, New York and San Francisco. For a time he was a lecturer at the anatomical museum at Harvard.

Samuel returned to Victoria in 1884 with his family and took a job as an optician. In 1891 Samuel gave a Yom Kippur address to a tiny congregation in Seattle. In October 1892, he conducted the first public High Holiday services in Vancouver in the Knights of Pythias Hall on Cordova Street.

He died on October 9, 1894. Pallbearers were Walle, Meldram, Roberts, Kennedy, Franck and Levin. Samuel was buried with Odd Fellow Rites.

Gravesite Details: Row E – Plot 11

In Loving Memory Of
Samuel S. Hyams
Native of
London (Eng)
Oct 9 1894
Aged 53 Years

Note: Transcription of his weathered marker was aided by the University of Victoria Digital Documentation of Monuments project:

Solomon Hyams died 1890
Adelaide Rosetta Hyams Gutman died 1901

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