Covernton, Charles Frederick (1879-1958)

Charles Frederick Covernton was a physician. He lived at 1821 Haro Street from 1916 to 1920.

He was born in Montreal, Quebec on May 11, 1879. His father was Carleton John Covernton (1845-1913); his mother was Mina Stevenson (about 1852-1888).

Charles went to the Ontario College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1900. Later he went to the medical school at McGill University in Montreal, and graduated in 1905.

When he arrived in Vancouver in 1909, he became a member of the staff at the Vancouver General Hospital.

On December 26, 1911, Charles married Gladys Margaret Campbell. She was born on January 18, 1884, in Montreal. Her father was George Allan Campbell (1854-1928), who was a member of the Board of Trade and a leader of the Boy Scout movement in British Columbia. (He was also an ancestor of Gordon Campbell, who was the Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011). Gladys’s mother was Mary Ward (1856-1928).

From 1936 to 1941, Charles was the head of the pediatrics service of the Vancouver General Hospital.

He died in Vancouver on October 30, 1958.

Gladys died in Vancouver on November 16, 1948.

Charles and Gladys had three sons, who also studied medicine, and two daughters.


Carleton John Covernton (father of Charles Frederick Covernton)

C.J. Covernton, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 11, 1913, page 32: “Covernton – At Montreal on April 8, C.J. Covernton, father of Dr. C.F. Covernton of this city.”

Charles Frederick Covernton

Covernton In BC,

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Dec 2013), Charles F Covernton in entry for Carleton Covernton, 1901.

Montreal Gazette, Social and Personal, August 22, 1911, page 2,; “Mr. Covernton and the Misses Covernton, who have been visitors in Vancouver, the guests of Dr. Covernton, for some time, have now gone to Victoria on a short visit.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Dec 2013), Charles Frederick Covernton and Gladys Margaret Campbell, 1911.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1911-09-063045, Charles Frederick Covernton and Gladys Margaret Campbell,

Society, B.C. Saturday Sunset, December 30, 1911, page 12: “A wedding noted for its brilliance was the one celebrated in St. Paul’s Church, on Tuesday morning at 10:30, when Miss Gladys Campbell, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Campbell, and Dr. C.F. Covernton were married . . .”

On Dit, Vancouver Sun, March 9, 1912, page 7: “Mrs. C.F. Covernton was at home yesterday to her many friends for the first time since her marriage, in her residence, 1623 Robson street. . . .”

Social and Personal, Vancouver Province, March 9, 1912, page 8: “One of the prettiest post-nuptial receptions held during the early spring season was that of Mrs. C.F. Covernton, whose home on Robson street was thronged with callers yesterday. . . .”

“Noted city physician, Dr. C.F. Covernton dies,” Vancouver Province, October 31, 1958, page 10 (includes photograph).

“Rites Set for Pioneer City Doctor,” Vancouver Sun, October 31, 1958, page 50.

Charles Frederick Covernton, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 31, 1958, page 32; Vancouver Sun, October 31, 1958, page 34.

Dr. Charles Frederick Covernton, obituary, Canadian Medical Association Journal, December 15, 1958, Volume 79, pages 1026-1027,

Gladys Margaret Campbell (wife of Charles Frederick Covernton)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Dec 2013), Gladys Margaret Covernton, 1948.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1948-09-010221, Gladys Margaret Covernton,

“Doctor’s Wife, 65, Succumbs,” Vancouver Province, November 17, 1948, page 12 (includes photograph).

“Mrs. Covernton Dies at 64,” Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1948, page 8.

Gladys Margaret Covernton, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 18, 1948, page 23; Vancouver Sun, November 18, 1948, page 23.


Theodore Covernton (son of Charles Frederick Covernton)

“Theodore Covernton, Nurse Wed at Double Ring Rites, Vancouver Sun, May 17, 1952, page 30, “Vancouver and Edmonton share interest in the marriage of Lois Marie Webster, RN, and Theodore Henry Covernton, solemnized in a double ring ceremony at 8:45 p.m. Friday. Rev. George Turpin officiated at the service in Canadian Memorial Chapel. The bride, a graduate of Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.m. Webster of Edmonton, and the groom son of Dr. C.F. Covernton and the late Mrs. Covernton. [Also includes further details of the wedding and wedding party.]

Mary Covernton (daughter  of Charles Frederick Covernton)

Mary Covernton O’Brian, death notice, July 16, 1919 – April 2, 2014, “Mame is predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Peter D. O’Brian … She is survived and much beloved by her five children, 17 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Her children , Maureen Bryce ( Bill), Michael O’Brian (Inna),Trish DesBrisay (Phil Locke), Kerry McCulloch (David)), and Denise O’Brian, invite friends and family to a celebration of her life to be held on Saturday May 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at 902 Bayview, Roberts Creek.”


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