Gladys May Griffin and Ernest Charles Prosser

Gladys Griffin
When Gladys May Griffin was born on October 17, 1922, in Canada, her father, Arthur Bird Griffin, was 33, and her mother, Lily (nee Moore), was 31. She was the middle daughter with two sisters. 

Gladys and Ernie on their wedding day
Gladys married Ernest Charles Prosser. The marriage record isn't available yet but they married in Hamilton in the early 1950s (Ernest is still living with his parents on Prospect Street South in Hamilton as late as 1949 according to Canadian voter lists).

When Ernest Charles Prosser (Ernie) was born on March 19, 1919, in Ontario, Canada, his father, Richard William Prosser, was 29 and his mother, Catherine Elizabeth (nee Parr), was 26. He had one brother and one sister.

In 1957 we find the couple listed at the two bedroom home they would live the rest of their lives in at 278 Roxborough Avenue, Hamilton. The home was a block away from Gladys' sister, Dorothy.

278 Roxborough Avenue, Hamilton (image via Google Maps)
Ernie worked as a machinist at P.B. Yates Machine Co. in Hamilton, a company that claimed to be the largest manufacturer of woodworking machinery in the world. After being employed there for thirty years, Ernest went on to work at Stelco for another 17 years, until his retirement in 1984.

Ernest and Gladys
Gladys was a housewife. The couple did not have any children, but Gladys spent a lot of time doting on her niece and nephew and their children. Her home was always warm and cozy, and always had a cat or two.

Ernest Prosser
In the early 1940s, Ernie was a well known light-heavyweight club fighter in Hamilton. He boxed out of the East End Boxing club at St. Ann's and in 1944 he won the Golden Gloves Championship in Buffalo. He was a great sportsman - and the couple bowled and golfed together regularly and were members of the Chedoke Golf Course.

Gladys (Griffin) Prosser
Ernie died after a lengthy battle against lung cancer not more than a year after his retirement on October 3, 1985, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 66.

Gladys died in Hamilton on June 16, 2001, at the age of 78.

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