Severe Pitre

1865 Matapedia, Quebec 1943 Victoria, BC



Continuation of tree (8th child of Severe Pitre/Charlotte Doiron); all known surname descendants:

              8        Severe Pitre  b: 11 November 1865  Matapedia, Quebec; d: 3 June 1943  Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

                                +Laura Lena Lusk  b: 20 November 1883  Winnipeg, Manitoba; m: 5 September 1901  Vancouver, BC; d: Bef. 1943

                          9          Clarence Jerome Pitre  b: 10 December 1901  Vancouver, BC; d: 1 August 1928  Inglewood, BC

                                         +Pearl Darnell  b: Abt. 1904  Ontario; m: 21 March 1921  Vancouver, BC [Alfred Abigail ---]; d: Aft. 1931

                          9          Yves 'Ivo' Pitre  b: Abt. 1910  British Columbia; d: Aft. 1931


Notes for Severe Pitre:


- 1891 Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia:  Severe Pitre 26 (cabinetmaker)


- 1901


- 1911


- 1921 Vancouver Centre, British Columbia:  Severe Petrie 54 clerk/cigar store, wife Laura 38, Yves 10; Clarence Petrie 20 foundry, wife Pearl 16.


- 1931 Vancouver City, Vancouver Centre, BC:  Widower Severe Pitre 56 cabinet maker, Jack Pitre 21 driver/taxi cab, lodgers at boarding house.  Clarence Jerome's widow Mrs. Pearl Pitre 25 waitress/tea room, with her daughter Norma Pitre 8 living with her brother Victor Darnell in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Misc.:  The Vancouver Sun (BC), Sunday, 18 November 1923:  Ivo Pitre (photo included), the 13-year-old son of Severe Pitre, proprietor of the Beaver cigar stand, Carrall street, and Mrs. Pitre, 318 Main street, should not be called a "new Canadian," because his father's and his mother's people, although they hailed from the old lands in Europe, were born, for the most part, in Canada.  But as a "French-Canadian," Ivo represents a type in the Vancouver schools and is a representative in the Strathcona school's "league of 40 nationalities."  Severe Pitre was born in New Brunswick of French-Canadian parents.  Mrs. Pitre was a Winnipeg girl, who came to Vancouver before her marriage to Mr. Pitre.  Her family was Irish by descent, with an English grandmother.  Both Clarence, 21, and Ivo, the two sons, have inherited interesting characteristics from the old French-Canadian and the Irish bloods in their veins.  While Clarence has already begun to learn a trade, Ivo is casting about for some profession which will furnish a safe outlet for his adventurous spirit.  Electrical engineering has the preference now, but his mother expects that he will change his mind several times before he has finished school.  A broken leg and a smashed wrist have been two rewards for Ivo's unquenchable spirit of do and dare.  Five years ago on Hastings street east an automobile knocked him down and fractured his leg, putting him to bed for six months.  Three years ago he assayed to walk some precarious height on the Georgia street viaduct and, falling 50 feet, he received no more serious injury than a broken wrist.  Ivo belongs to the "Y" this year and is taking a keen interest in the physical classes.


Obituaries for the children:

Clarence Jerome Pitre:  The Vancouver Sun (BC), Saturday, 4 August 1928:  (photo included) Clarence J. Pitre, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Pitre, 2204 Fourth avenue, was killed at the lumber mill of Wood & English Ltd., Inglewood, B.C., on Wednesday, August 1.  He had been at work there as a gas engineer for only three days.  A telegram was received by the local office of the firm on Thursday stating merely that the fatal accident had occurred, but giving no details.  The family was notified at once.  Deceased was well known in Vancouver to a large circle of friends.  He was 27 years of age and leaves a wife and one daughter, Norma, and one brother, Ivo, besides his parents, all residing in Vancouver.  Upon arrival of the SS. Prince George on Monday, Nunn & Thomson will take charge of the funeral arrangements, which will be announced later.



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