James / Jim / Buddy Clowes

ca. 1940
ca. 1940

1919 - 1976

Tara Clowes writes:

My family folklore, told to me by my mother before she passed ca. 2002. She sat me down and told me all the family secrets that nobody ever talked about. She said that my grandfather, James Clowes from Dartmouth, NS, was gay, but not openly; he was married with children, and secretly ran an underground gay mens club society in Halifax and / or Dartmouth throughout the 50's and 60's. The statue that adorned the front entrance of the club, after the club was closed, went into his personal effects, which has then passed down through my family.1

Tara's father brought the statue home in the late 1990s from his mother's house one day and stuck him in the back yard, in a birdbath (pic on file.) He lived out back in the birdbath for a while, then moved indoors, and later her father painted him the rich blue colour.

They lived on Portland at Victoria.

He was in the military but didn't go to war; he stayed in Saint John. He had diabetes. He's from Maine, from Houlton.

Clowes is the son of J.B. Clowes and the late Mrs. Clowes of Houlton, Maine. He was graduated from Houlton High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1940. 2

Q's for Tara

Other media on file:


1. September 27, 2022 email
2. 1941 Wedding Announcement