Rev. Frederick Thomas Dibb was the second son of Rev. Ashton Dibb. He was born in India in 1864, but was later sent to boarding school in England. A few years after the death of his father, when he was only sixteen, he already worked as a clerk at Great Eastern Railway while living with his mother at Hampstead, London. He later moved to Canada and took a course at Bishop’s college, Lennoxville, in Quebec.
Frederick Thomas was ordained by the late Archbishop of Ontario in 1892. From that year until 1897 he was a missionary at Ernesttown, and was made Rural Dean of Lennox and Addington in the latter year. Frederick Thomas married Sarah Elizabeth Miller, they had three children Edith Alexandrina (1896-1910), William Hugh Carey (1898-?) and Jessie Evelyn McGillivray (1899-?).
He became acting rector of Bath in 1899 and in 1904 was sent to Deseronto. He undertook a mission at Odessa in 1903, and on the retirement of Rev. Arthur Jarvis, rector of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Napanee, was appointed vicar of that parish. Rev. Frederick Thomas was a strong man, physically, mentally, and morally. He was a vigorous advocate of temperance principles and of all measures leading to better citizenship.
As reported in ‘Dialogue’ the publication of the Diocese of Ontario on June 2010, Jessie Evelyn McGillivray (Dibb) Hall, his daughter, wrote some of her memories of her father for the 100th anniversary of the Parish of Bath in 1987.[i]
“Father was very fond of poetry and also had a great sense of humour. I remember him saying, ‘Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran their rural races.’”
Rev.Frederick Thomas Dibb died in December 2nd, 1910 due to a terrible accident. A local newspaper described the incident.[ii]
“One of the most distressing accidents occurred at the Grand Trunk station on Friday noon last. The Rev. Rural Dean Dibb, accompanied by his wife, little daughter Jessie and his sister-in-law, Mrs. W. C. Smith, went to the station to take the fast train for Kingston.
When they arrived at the depot the mail train was just in and they decided not to wait for the fast train. Mr. Dibb went to secure the tickets, while the others boarded the train. The train started and he rushed from the station and succeeded in catching hold of the handles of the coach, but unable to maintain his grip, was swung under the moving train. Two coaches passed over the unfortunate man’s body, cutting it to pieces before the train was stopped.”