Harold with his younger brother Bob, around 1915.
My maternal grandfather, Harold Ewart Cockburn, was born in Hamilton, Ontario on September 4, 1911. He was the fourth of six children born to John Cockburn (week # 4) and Mary Heddle (week # 5), who had immigrated to Hamilton from Scotland a few years
earlier. Harold became known as "Hye" for most of his life. His eldest sister Catherine died of Tuberculosis at the age of 17; he and his three brothers and one sister remained close during their lives, despite some relocations in adulthood.
Unfortunately, with the exception of the oldest son, Jack, who lived into his 80's, all of the remaining Cockburn siblings died in their 40's or 50's.
Harold worked mostly in factories in Hamilton, an industrial town. He met and married Peggy
(week #1) in 1932 and they raised three daughters together. Harold was reported to be a fairly serious, at times strict, father; however he was also known to like a good party and practical joke. He was proud of his daughters and eventually his
eight grandchildren, however sadly he died when they were all fairly young. At the age of 11, I was the second oldest grandchild when "Gramp" passed away at 55 years of age, after a long battle with stomach cancer (as did his father before him).