FAMILY HISTORY: SWARBRICK
THE FAMILY OF RICHARD & ALICE SWARBRICK
MONUMENT INSCRIPTIONS AND DEATH NOTICES:
1888 - 1974
1893 - 1972
|To everything there is a season
and a time to every purpose
under the heavens
|"SWARBRICK, Alice Mary - At the Scarborough Centenary Hospital on Sunday, December 3, 1972.
Alice Maltman, beloved wife of Richard Swarbrick, Dear mother of Allan, Katherine (Mrs. N. Hunt), Dorothy (Mrs. E. Partridge), all of Toronto, and Robert of the U.S.A. Also loved by 12 grandchildren. Sister of Jessie Black. A private family service was held on Monday, December 4, 1972.
Interment - St. Jude's Wexford Cemetery."
|(From The Toronto Star, Monday, 4 December 1972)|
|"SWARBRICK, Richard Joseph - At Green Acres, Newmarket, Ont., on Thursday, September 12, 1974, Richard Joseph Swarbrick in his 87th year. Beloved husband of the late Alice Maltman, dear father of Allan, Katherine (Mrs. N. Hunt), Dorothy (Mrs. E. Partridge) all of Toronto, and Robert of California. Loving brother of Mrs. Jessie Black. A private family funeral will be held on Saturday, September 14, 1974. Interment - St. Jude's Wexford Cemetery."|
|(From The Toronto Star, Saturday, 14 September 1974)|
|Richard and Alice are buried in the churchyard of St. Jude's church in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
St. Jude's Wexford, built in 1848, is the oldest church building in Scarborough and marks it's 155th anniversary in 2003.
The church still stands among the graves of it's first parishioners. The church structure, built by local farmers, is an exact replica of an ancient Gothic church in Scotland as remembered by St. Jude's first pastor, the Rev. William Darling.
St. Jude's church, built of pine boards milled to resemble stone blocks, was built on it's current site except for the belfry, which was assembled in Toronto and conveyed to the site by a horse drawn sleigh under the watchful eye of carpenter Robert Boyd. The original chapel, measuring only 20x40 feet in size, became a favourite place for small weddings and other religious services.
|1:||As we now know, the information on Richard's headstone and in his Death Notice is incorrect. He was actually born in 1884 and was 90 when he died.|
|2:||The photos of Richard and Alice's grave and St. Jude's Wexford Church were both taken c.1990.|
|3:||Information on St. Jude's Church is taken from an article by Rick Schofield printed in The Scarborough Mirror, Sunday, 19 January 2003.|