Bertrand Bampton was a life insurance agent. He lived at 821 Denman Street in 1912.
He was born in December 23, 1885, in Lachute, Quebec. His father was George Edwin Bampton; his mother was Anna Louise Pollock.
Bertrand’s father, George, was a lawyer. He was born in Plymouth, England on September 15, 1849. He received his education at Christ’s Hospital in London, England, and served for five years in the Royal Navy. After he was invalided from the navy, he moved to Canada. He went to McGill University and was called to the bar in 1879. On August 1, 1884, he married Anna Louise Pollock. She died in November 1891 (possibly in Lachute, Quebec). In September 1896, George married Eva Kate Lawson.
Bertrand arrived in Vancouver in 1907.
He was recruited into the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
On June 18, 1924, in Seattle, Washington, Bertrand married Mary Virginia Fox. She was born on June 29, 1891, in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Her father was James George Fox (1858-1933); her mother was Emma Brightbill Strickler (1861-1917). Mary’s first marriage had been on November 30, 1917, in Hummelstown, to Paul Jay Sykes, who died on October 12, 1918. Paul and Mary had a son, Paul J. Sykes, Jr.
In 1925, Bertrand joined Canada Life Assurance Company. He was a charter life underwriter and a life member of the Life Underwriters’ Association of Canada. He was also a member of the Men’s Canadian Club and a former member of the Burquitlam Golf and Country Club and the Terminal City Club in Vancouver.
Mary died in Vancouver on August 9, 1964. She was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Bertrand died in Vancouver on April 7, 1965. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Bertrand and Mary had the following children, who were twins.
Virginia Fox Bampton
Virginia Fox Bampton was born on November 12, 1925. In 1962, she married Matthew Nicholas Paul Reiffer. He was born on June 23, 1923. He died on March 30, 2012.
Matthew and Virginia had a son named Randy Bertrand Reiffer.
Diana Louise Bampton
Diana Louise Bampton was born on November 12, 1925. She married Lawrence Robertson Munroe, who became a city planner. He was born on July 10, 1923; he died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on January 12, 1970.
Diana then married Henry Cornelius Belhouse, who was a meteorologist. He was born on May 16, 1921; he died on March 12, 2012.
Among Bertrand Bampton’s relatives was his sister, Louise Bampton. She was born on November 18, 1891, in Lachute, Quebec. She was a school teacher. It appears that she was never married. She was living at 825 Gilford Street in Vancouver when she died on December 13, 1963.
George Edwin Bampton (father of Bertrand Bampton)
Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1898, Henry James Morgan, page 47, https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morg#page/47/mode/1up
Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912, Henry James Morgan, page 57, https://archive.org/stream/canadianmenwomen00morguoft#page/57/mode/1up.
George Edwin Bampton, Accountant, Medical and Navigating Branches’ officers: A-F., http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7612157.
1881 Canada Census: Quebec, Argenteuil, St. Jerusalem, page 17, family 85, line 4, George E. Bampton, advocate, age 22, http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e327/e008164995.pdf.
1891 Canada Census, Quebec, Argenteuil, Lachute Town, page 6, family 31, lines 5-8, George E. Bampton, age 41, http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148187-00039.pdf.
1901 Census of Canada, Quebec, Argenteuil, Lachute Town, I-3, page 2, family 15, lines 3-7, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=87408&highlight=3&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Geo++E.+Bampton; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z003/pdf/z000124548.pdf.
1911 Census of Canada, Quebec, Argenteuil, 32 Lachute, page 6, family 72, line 50, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=151760&highlight=50&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+George+Bampton; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e002042531.pdf.
1911 Census of Canada, Quebec, Argenteuil, 32 Lachute, page 7, family 72, lines 1-5, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=151761&highlight=1&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Eva+Bampton; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e002042532.pdf.
Bertrand Bampton, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/w/e/i/Karl-D-Weissert/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0938.html; “Bertrand Bampton died date unknown. He married Mary Virginia Fox on June 18 in Seattle, WA, daughter of James G. Fox and Emma Brightbill Strickler.”
1901 Census of Canada, Quebec, Argenteuil, Lachute Town, I-3, page 2, family 15, lines 3-7, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=87408&highlight=5&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Bertrand+Bampton; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z003/pdf/z000124548.pdf.
1911 Canada Census, British Columbia, Vancouver, 1 Vancouver City, page 6, family 64, line 45, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63664&highlight=45&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Bertram+Bampton; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940040.pdf.
Canadian Expeditionary Force, Bertrand Bampton; Regimental Number: 2021862; Date of Birth: 23/12/1885; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 404 – 1; Item Number:23059; https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=23059
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1965-09-005042, Bertrand Bampton, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=d53ef2b1-3c7c-4ed8-8b85-18128d6d250d.
“Bampton Rites Monday,” Vancouver Sun, April 10, 1965, page 60: “Funeral service will be held Monday for Bertrand Bampton, 79, a Vancouver businessman who died Wednesday. The service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Simmons and McBridge Funeral Chapel by Rev. G.C. Kelly. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Mamorial Park. Born in Lachute, Que., Dec. 23, 1885, “Bee” Bampton came to Vancouver in 1907. He served overseas for 2 ½ years with the B.C. Regiment during the First World War. In 1925 he joined Canada Life Assurance Co. He was a charter life underwriter and a life member of the Life Underwriters’ Association of Canada. He was a member of the Men’s Canadian Club and a former member of the Burquitlam Golf and Country Club and the Terminal City Club. He is survived by twin daughters, Mrs. Lawrence R. Munroe, North Vancouver, and Mrs Matthew Reiffer, West Vancouver, and a stepson, Maj. Paul J. Sykes, Jr. USAF Ret., West Vancouver.”
Bertrand Bampton, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 9, 1965, page 29; Vancouver Province, April 10, 1965, page 32; Vancouver Sun, April 8, 1965, page 42; Vancouver Sun, April 9, 1965, page 35; Vancouver Sun, April 10, 1965, page 35.
Mary Virginia Fox (wife of Bertrand Bampton)
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1964-09-010289, Mary Virginia Bampton, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=2f24e7ec-3334-4e15-9949-4d100c6be70c.
Mary Virginia Bampton, death notice, Vancouver Sun, August 10, 1964, page 23; Vancouver Sun, August 11, 1964, page 23; Vancouver Province, August 11, 1964, page 22: “Bampton – Passed away August 9, 1964, Mary Virginia, beloved wife of Bertrand Bampton, of 2484 Point Grey Road, in her 74th year. Also survived by 1 son, Major Paul J. Skyes, Jr., U.S.A.F. Retired, Vancouver; 2 daughters, Mrs. L.R. (Diana) Munroe, North Vancouver; Mrs. Matthew N.P. (Virginia) Reiffer, New Westminster; 3 brothers, Robert T. Fox and J. Edward Fox, both of Hummelstown, Penn.; James G. Fox, West Orange, N.J.; 1 sister, Mrs. Sarah Bair, Seattle, Wash. The deceased was a member of the American Women’s Club, Vancouver, also the Women’s Musical Club, Vancouver. Funeral service Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple Street, Rev., N.D.B. Larmoth officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park.”
Virginia Fox Bampton (daughter of Bertrand Bampton)
Matthew Nicholas Paul Reiffer (husband of Virginia Fox Bampton), obituary, ObitsforLife.com, http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/497951/Reiffer-Mathew.php
Mathew Nicholas Paul Reiffer Obituary. Date of Birth: Saturday, June 23rd, 1923; Date of Death: Friday, March 30th, 2012. Funeral Home: McKenzie Funeral Services, mckenziefuneralservice.com. “Reiffer, Mathew Nicholas Paul, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2012. He was 88 years old. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Virginia and son Randy (spouse Tammy Herriott and grand daughter Emma Herriott) and by his other family and friends. Mathew fought honorably in WWII with his brothers. After the war, he then married Ginny and worked as a custodian for many years. He was a gifted bridge player even as his eyesight was failing. The funeral service will be held on Thursday April 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, 21st and Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. Donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. You may sign the book of condolences at mckenziefuneralservice.com.”
Virginia Fox (Bampton) Reiffer, obituary, North Shore News (North Vancouver, British Columbia), http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nsnews/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-fox-reiffer-bampton&pid=165150697: “Virginia Fox (Bampton) Reiffer, November 12, 1925 – May 18, 2013.
Passed away suddenly after a long illness. Predeceased by her husband Matthew in March 2012 and by her brother Paul J. Sykes. Survived by her son Randy (Tammy), twin sister Diane Belhouse and cousin Barry Bampton (Penny) and family. She grew up in Kerrisdale (Magee ’43), (UBC BA ’47). Graduate study in California led to a career as a psychometrician testing children for local school districts. Through a mutual talent for bridge she met and married Matthew in 1962. They moved to West Vancouver in 1964 where she had many lifelong friends. Some of her happiest memories were the four summers spent working at the Chateau Lake Louise. In her youth she was a gifted pianist and also enjoyed sailing her little red sailboat. Ginny loved travelling and many cruises with Matthew. Always kind hearted, Ginny loved animals, especially her cat Quila. In lieu of flowers donations to the West Vancouver SPCA would be appreciated. No service by request.
Clemens Joseph Reiffer (brother of Matthew Reiffer)
REIFFER, Clemens Joseph, obituary, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CAN-BC-OBITS/2008-12/1229108605. “Clemens Joseph Reiffer was born on November 27, 1913 in Bruno, SK, and passed away in Hospital in Fort St. John, BC on November 29, 2008 at the age of 95. He is survived by his long-time companion Mary Thompson, and Laura and Johnny Thompson, and his brothers Matthew, Lambert, and Al, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predecease[d] by his brothers Ben, Jack and Silver, and his sisters Helen, Teddy and Marion. Clem served in WWII in the 12th Canadian Field Artillery landing on D-Day, and he later served in Belgium and England. After the war he returned to Canada and worked in the lumber industry. He moved to Hudson’s Hope and was employed as a supervisor in the construction of the WAC Bennett Dam. A memorial service will be held at the West Vancouver United Church on December 12, 2008 at 1:00 pm.” Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 12/11/2008 – 12/12/2008
Diana Louise Bampton (daughter of Bertrand Bampton)
Lawrence Robertson Munroe (first husband of Diana Louise Bampton), British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1970-09-001499, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=f59cb908-0dbe-4d35-ba44-2609bf76d9f5.
Jack Belhouse (father of Henry Cornelius Belhouse), British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1973-09-015090, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=10c64402-3487-418e-b191-501624b4b231
Cornelia Belhouse (née Ekelmans) (mother of Henry Cornelius Belhouse), British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1976-09-015009, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=08163ecc-6847-416d-b461-4df9ef6135e4.
Henry Cornelius Belhouse (second husband of Diana Louise Bampton): Henry C. Belhouse, Obituary, North Shore News (North Vancouver, British Columbia), http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nsnews/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=156514044: “May 16, 1921 – March 12, 2012; Surrounded by his family, Henry died peacefully after a long illness. Beloved husband of Diana, loving father of Bob (Connie), Jack (Linda), Glenn and Julie, predeceased by son David, grandfather of Brad Belhouse and Lori Tannar (Jeff), great grandfather of Christopher Belhouse and Breanna and Brooklyn Tannar. Upon graduation from University of Alberta in 1941 (B.Sc. Hons Math and Physics), he was seconded to U. of Toronto to study to become a Wartime Meteorologist for the armed forces, but topped his class and went on to become a full meteorologist and was posted to Vancouver. In 1942, he married Lois (nee McDiarmaid) and was widowed in 1956. In 1961, he married Daphne (nee Harrison) and began a career in Toronto as head of the newly created Instrumentation Branch, a job he loved. During the next ten years, his many successful projects included the design and installation of Automatic Weather Stations, setting up the weather radar system across Canada, and his innovative design of a digital altimeter that won international acclaim. Widowed again in 1971, he moved to Vancouver in late 1972 and married Diana Munroe (nee Bampton). After his retirement he led a full and happy life of music, curling and lawn bowling. He was a perfectionist in his many skills and enjoyed happy hours in his workshop doing beautiful woodworking and electronics. He could repair anything and was always ready to embrace any challenge. He shared his love of music over the years in the North Shore Organ Music Club with his playing of both theatre organ and piano, and at the University Womens’ Club of Vancouver where he played during Christmas at Hycroft. Until slowed down by cancer and diabetes, he was a championship lawn bowler and served as President of the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club. A private family celebration of his life has been held. Donations in his memory to the charity of your choice will be welcomed.
Lois Yvonne Belhouse (née Grant) first wife of Henry Cornelius Belhouse, British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1956-09-004582, Lois Yvonne Belhouse, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=8db97d88-5273-48ab-9043-88e6d88a12c7.
Louise Bampton (sister of Bertrand Bampton)
British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number 1963-09-014909, Louise Bampton, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=72ce0137-1683-4601-a177-c6ef1865f05f.
Louise Bampton, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 16, 1963, page 25: “Bampton – Passed away December 13, 1963, Louise Bampton of 825 Gilford St. in her 73rd year. Survived by a brother Bertrand, Vancouver; 3 nieces, Mrs. L.R. Munroe, North Vancouver; Mrs. M. Reiffer, New Westminster; Miss Malou Bampton, San Francisco; 1 nephew George F. Bampton, Winnipeg; 3 grand-nephews, Barry, Glen and Craig, all of Winnipeg; also a half brother Lawson Bampton, Montreal; 2 half sisters, Mrs. Edna McDonald, St. Laurent, Quebec, Mrs. Charles MacKeracher, Montreal. Funeral services Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Simmons and McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St. Rev. Canon F.J. Nicholson officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park.”