The Aitken family has lived in Nanaimo since the late 1800s. As a young man, Thomas Morrison Aitken was a baker's assistant but later became a coal miner. Thomas married Mary Margaret Greenwell on October 1, 1902. Their son, Isaac, was also a miner. Thomas died in Nanaimo on November 19, 1952 at the age of 73. Mary died on January 21, 1966 at the age of 80.