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Robert John Bridges
Grant of Arms
May 20, 2011
Vol. VI, p. 49
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Argent a chevron Azure between in chief two roses and in base a beaver couchant Gules;
Two swans reguardant their necks entwined proper;
A POSSE AD ESSE;
The roses represent Mr. Bridges’ English heritage while their number represents his two children. The red, white and blue of the shield recall the Royal Union Flag. The beaver symbolizes Canada, Mr. Bridges’ adopted home, and his leadership in the construction and restoration business. The chevron represents the divide between Mr. Bridges’ old and new countries; it also resembles a mason’s square – a reference to his stone restoration business – and a bridge, a pun on his surname.
The two swans evoke the pair of swans that live on the pond in front of Mr. Bridges’ home.
This Latin phrase means “From Possibility to Reality”.
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 12, 2011, in Volume 145, page 3516 of the Canada Gazette.
Original concept of John Bridges and Ralph Spence, Albion Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
D. Robert Tunstall