George Sr. - Formerly of Welland, at his residence Linhaven Home for the
Aged, St. Catharines, on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, in his 97th year. Beloved
husband of the late Bertha Bott. Cherished father of George H.V. Bott and
Kingsley K. Bott (Darlene), all of Port Colborne and Edward F. Bott (Brenda) of
St. Catharines. Lovingly remembered by many grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Harold Bott and his
daughter-in-law Doreen Bott (2003). Born in Darlston, England, Mr. Bott moved to
Welland in 1945, taking employment with the former Welmet Industries, as
superintendent. Mr. Bott was a former member of Copestone Masonic Lodge #373,
Welland, joining the Masonic Order in Trois Rivers, Quebec. He was a member of
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, a founding member of the Brotherhood of Anglican
Churchmen and for years was the custodian of Smith Street Anglican Cemetery. As
well Mr. Bott was a past president of the Welland Riding Progressive
Conservatives. Funeral services will be private family with interment in
Overholt Cemetery, Port Colborne (Bethel). As expressions of sympathy, donations
to Holy Trinity Church would be deeply appreciated by the family, with cards
available at the H.L. CUDNEY FUNERAL HOME, 241 West Main Street, Welland, who
are in care of the funeral arrangements. - 10/14/2004
George & Bertha
George & Bertha Bott
(left c.1929, right c.2000)
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Bertha Bott (March
3, 1905 - May 29, 2001)
George Bott (December 20, 1907 -
October 12, 2004)
George and Bertha Bott are my grandparents.
George Jeavons Bott was born December 20, 1907 in England
(although, as he likes to tell the story, he was conceived
in Winnipeg, Manitoba).
In 1929, George picked up what few belongings he had and
came to Canada. It was in Rosemount, Quebec (near Montreal)
that he met Bertha Woolgar while on the way to the circus.
Wanting to have his picture taken with this beautiful young
woman, George came out with his best line, "Vous voulez
poser avec moi?"
Not speaking a word of French, Bertha replied, "I'm not
And so their courtship began. Once George met Bertha's
mother, he knew he was a "dead duck", as he likes
to put it.
On October 5, 1929, George and Bertha married and 9 months
(and 10 minutes) later, George Jr. was born.
George and Bertha would go on to have two more children,
Kingsley and Edward (plus a few dogs along the way: Shadow,
Peter and Sandy among others).