For the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the death of movie star Elizabeth Taylor brought back memories of when she and Richard Burton were married on 16 March 1964 in a civil ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev Leonard Mason, the Minister of Montreal's Unitarian Church of the Messiah.
Leonard Mason was born in Ainsworth, Lancashire, and served Unitarian congregations in England before becoming Minister of the Unitarian Church in Montreal. He was one of the most outstanding preachers and public speakers of his generation. As a result of all the unwanted publicity he received for performing this celebrity marriage he initiated the introduction of civil marriage in Quebec.
It is funny what we are remembered for. He was promised no publicity and here again his name is in the news.