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Fedor, Atkinson, Surek, Clow, Carrouthers family tree

Updated November 20, 2001

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George Allen (born in Welland Feb 29/36) & James Franklin ( Jan 9, 1942)

born to Julia Surek (born in Welland on Feb 10, 1915 - Feb 5, 1993)
George Fedor (born in Morrisville, Penn - Jan 11, 1913 - Aug
26, 1993)

Julia and George wed on November 11, 1934 in Welland

Julia's parents: Anna and Michael Surek (Austria)
Michael was a herdsman/chaffeur at Anna's estate in Austria. They eloped
and came to Canada. He worked building the Welland Canal and then applied
for the head herdsman job for Sunnyside Dairy in Dain City. They had
Michael, Julia, Ann, & Steve - all born in Welland. He had a very large
handlebar moustache and his pipe was always in his mouth.
Anna reminds Dad of Jessica Tandy - only considerably more attractive.

George's parents : Elisabeth Kovalik and Gregory Fedor (Hungary)
Gregory was a professional chef in Budapest and owned his own farm which
was 20 km from Budapest.
They married in Hungary, had 2 girls and then Gregory's brother from
Trenton, NJ convinced him that the USA streets were paved with gold and that
they should come to work in the liquor business (prohibition). That lasted
only one year (too dangerous) and they returned to Hungary. George was born
in Morrisville, PA just across the state line in Buck's County.
In his wisdom, Gregory had leased his farm for one year. They returned
there, had another girl, but he died soon after. 15 years later when
Grandpa was 16, he returned to Trenton, NJ with funds sent by his uncle.
After a motorcycle policemen was shot trying to halt a truck full of illegal
booze headed for the New York market, George wandered about the market and
hid on a truck full of lettuce bound for Niagara. He went to his Uncle Mike
Kovalik's Meat Market in Welland and learned to become a butcher. Grandpa
was deported three times and returned to Trenton. Each time he escaped and
returned to Welland. After he married Julia, he became a naturalized
citizen of Canada. We still possess his original US birth certificate.

Donna Lynne - born in Port Arthur Jan 28, 1942
sister - Joan Marie born in London June 6, 1940 - Jan 28, 1941

Vera Mae Luella Carrothers - born in Thorndale on November 30, 1911
Roy Howard Atkinson - born in Embro - February 5, 1913 - April 26, 1996

married June 15, 1935 in London - Dad began his work in Fort William after
graduating and then they opened a funeral home in St. Mary's. Dad became
a soldier and they had to sell it. Mom moved back in with her parents
because of Joanie's illness ...she was a patient at the Children's Hospital
in London many times in her short life. While Dad was in Ottawa, Jean was
killed and so Grandpa A asked Mom and I to come out to their new home in
Thamesford and stay with them to bring some joy to grandma's life. We
lived right next door to Uncle Bill and Aunt Eleanor and I remember having
great times with Wayne and Don. Uncle Edgar lived with grandma and grandpa
and they both were vets and I use to go out to the dairy farms on calls with
them. When the war was over we moved to Montreal (when I was 5) and
stayed there until I was 13 and then we moved back to Ontario (Brantford).
They moved to Toronto during my first year of teaching that is why dad and I
were married there at Bellfair United.

Vera's - parents Bertha Rathurn and James Carrothers They had a farm in
Thorndale which was originally his parents. He followed his parents' wishes
and farmed it although my grandfather really wanted to be a funeral
director. He waited until his parents passed away and then sold the farm
and moved the family to London. Mom was 16 years old then and found the
change very difficult at that age. Uncle Bill and Grandpa became funeral
directors and Grandma went to Westervelt College.
Uncle Bill got married and opened a funeral home in Thamesford and Grandpa
founded Carrothers funeral home.\

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