Dorothy Griffin and Robert Parry

Born November 24, 1890, Dorothy Griffin was the only daughter of John Griffin (1860-1937) and Sarah Jane (nee Goodland) (1857-1931). When she was born her father was 30 and her mother was 33.

I know very little about my great-aunt. I have one photo of her, below, with my great-grandfather, Arthur and my great-uncle, Charles Griffin during WWI. My grandmother, also Dorothy Griffin, may have taken her name from her aunt.
Arthur Bird, Dorothy, and Charles Owen Griffin
Dorothy appears with her family on the 1911 census, but according to a passenger form from the Ocean Liner Minnedosa, Dorothy arrived in Canada (Quebec) on December 29, 1920. The form suggests that she was coming to Canada to be married. The form names her father, John, as her next of kin and suggests that she's going to meet her future husband, Robert Parry, in Calgary, Alberta. The form suggests that Robert lived at 1209 5th Avenue NW in Calgary.


5th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, Canada (image via GoogleMaps)
I have very little information about Robert Parry and his family other than his name and the fact he was born on April 10, 1893 in Bethesda, Caernarvonshire, Wales. After marrying, Dorothy and Robert had two sons:
  • John (Jack) Owen Parry (1923-?)
  • Robert Alan (Alan) Parry (1924-2000)
We find one further record in March, 1928 of Dorothy and her two sons (Jack and Alan) crossing back from Liverpool via the Ocean Liner Celtic (owned by the infamous White Star line). At this time, it appears they're living at 915 4th Avenue NW in Calgary (GoogleMaps shows that the home on this site was removed and a new one built in 2007). The document suggests that they were visiting her father, and it doesn't appear that Robert joined them.


After this, we find no further records of the family until 1956 when Robert died on October 26th.


Their obituaries from the Calgary Herald as follows:


This record confirms that Robert Parry was born in Wales. It also provides new information: Robert was employed by the Canadian National Railway (CNR) as a baggage master. The family was living at 201 29th Avenue N.E. at the time of his death at the Calgary General Hospital (the house is quite small and GoogleMaps photos from 2007-2015 are not clear because of an overgrowth of bushes out front). The record further suggests that one of his sons, Jack, moved to Finland, and the other, while still in Canada, was on the east coast in Newfoundland. At this time, the couple has two grandchildren.

Dorothy survived her husband by 24 years, and died on February 5, 1970. Dorothy was living in an apartment at 119 28th Avenue Northwest in Calgary at the time of her death and she is buried with her husband in 1970 in Union Cemetery. This obituary suggests that her children moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and she had two more grandchildren.

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