Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday’s Obituary: Fred Burchill

Fred Burchill obituary

Fred Burchill was born about 1907 in England. He came to Canada as a home child in about 1916. Once here, he was taken in (adopted) by a couple named Thomas and Anna Nephin of Chichester, Pontiac County, Quebec. I’ve previously written about great-uncle Fred in Freddie Burchill, Home Child.

Fred married Agnes (Aggie) Vanasse, a Pontiac County girl (and my late father’s maternal aunt), in September 1935 at St. Alphonsus Church in Chapeau. The couple, who had three children, settled in Ottawa, Ontario.

I remember meeting my great-aunt and great-uncle only once, when I visited them at their apartment in Ottawa in the late 1970s. It’s a shame that I didn’t know them better, because they were a lovely couple.

Fred died on 8 November 1989 in Ottawa. Aunt Aggie and their children survived him.


“Fred Burchill”, obituary, undated clipping (1989), from unidentified newspaper; Demoskoff Family Papers, privately held by Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff, British Columbia, 2014. Yvonne received the original clipping from her Aunt Joan (Belair) Laneville when she visited her home in May 2014.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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