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Re: James Daniel Harrington b.1919, Verdun. Advice please.
Posted by: Donna Rimer (ID *****7871) Date: June 15, 2006 at 13:21:56
In Reply to: Re: James Daniel Harrington b.1919, Verdun. Advice please. by Susan of 1963

Hi Susan,
thank you so much for replying. I will let you know what I know and hope that it helps. My grandfather was born on March 31st 1919. I do not know his father's name (he would not discuss his childhood) but his mother was possibly called Margaret. She was either Irish or of Irish descent. I have applied to get a copy of his birth certificate from Canadian records as this will give me his birth name but heard nothing back. His stepfather was Percival Harrington and my grandfather took the name Harrington. Percival was an architect living on first Avenue, Verdun Que. My grandfather's siblings were Arnold, Dorothy (who's married name became Moore) and Helen. My grandfather attended a Naval academy as a child but joined the Royal Montreal Regiment during the second world war and came to England on the first of their ships to sail here. He saw no action during war time but married my grandmother and had two daughters. He left the UK in search of work in about 1948 on a merchant navy ship, jumping ship in Canada and ending up in Toronto. When his youngest daughter died aged 4, he lost contact with my grandmother. In 1964, contact resumed and at this time he was working and living still in Toronto but planned to come back to England for a reconciliation with his wife and daughter. At this time his parents were still in contact with my grandmother and they were still living in Verdun on First Avenue. The last anyone heard was when he called to say he had been buying new clothes for his trip back here. He was in contact 2 or 3 times a week but then suddenly the contact stopped and he was never heard from again.
Of course it would be great to know if I have surviving Canadian relatives but more than anything, I would like to know what happened to my grandfather. If he died, how and when and where is he buried? My two year search so far has just reached dead ends.
If you have any information then I would love to hear from you again.

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