Birth4 Feb 1917, Great Harwood, Lancashire, England
Death13 Sep 1992, Wakefield, La Peche Co., QC, Canada Age: 75
Death MemoRR #3
Burial19 Sep 1992, Chestermere Lake, Calgary Co., AB, Canada
Residence13 Sep 1942, Preston, Lancashire, England Age: 25
Reside Memo4 Hawarden Road (Don’s Birth)
ResidenceApr 1953, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Age: 36
Reside Memo10 Kingsley Gardens (Before Departing for Canada)
ResidenceAug 1953, Rosemere, QC, Canada Age: 36
Reside Memo(On arrival in Canada)
ResidenceNov 1953, St. Eustache, QC, Canada Age: 36
Reside Memo107 Grand Moulin
Residence13 Sep 1992, Wakefield, La Peche Co., QC, Canada Age: 75
Reside MemoRural Route 3 (Time of Death)
ImmigrationMay 1953, Rosemere, QC, Canada Age: 36
OccupationHousewife / Nursing Assistant
FatherEdwin STANSFIELD , 47, M (1888-~1969)
MotherEthel PORTER , 48, F (1887-1963)
Misc. Notes

               TRUDY SMITH  -  1917  to  1992
                         A REMEMBRANCE

By Maggie Carlson
20 September 1992
Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

     Wonderful blue sky autumn day. Kind of day Trudy loved. Appropriate that we get together to celebrate her memory on such a day of autumn leaves and sunshine.

     Gertrude Stansfield  -  Born in Preston, England in 1917. Father was a textile miller. One sister, Marjory  -  still close, still in contact, still planning visits. Happy, quiet, loving home. Small house. Close family.

     Active girlhood, taught by the nuns. She worked for a lawyer before marrying. Sports, swimming and especially a love of tennis - played as a girl, met Bernard on the courts, watching the US Open the eve of her death.

     Bernard also came from Preston - seven years older than Trudy when as a 21 year old she married this young engineer from a rather different set of family traditions with the big house, not a high level of concern for central heating, or lighting the rooms.

     They were married 15 years before coming to Canada. Ruth, Mark, and Donald were born before a move to Cheltenham; Alan and Duncan were born in Cheltenham. It was in 1953 that the family of 4 boys crossed the ocean to Rosemere.

     Not the easiest of landings - house had been furnished by an exuberant Italian. It had bright blue, red walls and a green ceiling. The kitchen facilities were on the rudimentary side. Trudy remembered the fatigue of raising four young boys and having rather limited plumbing and water systems. Even when they moved to St. Eustache sur-le-lac and began to refurbish a summer house for yearround living, the plumbing and cooking arrangements were not “de grande luxe”. Not being accustomed to cesspits and other delights of Canadian rural living, the Smiths did not attend to theirs with results that any of us that live around here will anticipate.

     It was shortly after that time that one of the new Canadian neighbours suggested to Trudy that “it must be nice for you being here in Canada where everything is so civilized”. There were many days when Trudy thought she had left civilization far behind, far away.

     In the 1950’s the Smiths moved to Wakefield. Barry and Iris Trowsse had just moved in. Shane was weeks old. Rita Currie and Irma and Pitt and Gerry were the other neighbours. Trudy set about the task of raising her growing family.

     Meals alone take up an enormous amount of energy and time - especially with a husband who believed that a part time fridge, and 1 or 2 burners functional on a stove was probably enough! She was famous for good dinners as Donald said - “she raised no slim kids!”. She was especially splendid serving the Sunday joint as she would have called it in Preston. Roast lamb, roast pork, together with her crispy roast potatoes in the pan. There was a special kind of cookies that Mark loved and a trifle that the whole neighbourhood has been served. Legend has it that Duncan once ate a whole bowl of it at one go.

     As well as a house full of good cooking smells, boys boots, sailing gear, skiboots,  school stuff - there was always room for dogs. Beauty lived to 12 years.  We all remember the day Peter - lost at the ski hill. Sheba and Cleo an others all played their part.

     She took up nursing in the 60’s once a couple of the boys were gone. It opened up whole new worlds to her and gave her cherished friendships with Dr, hans and Ruth, and the nurses at the hospital. Iris remembers her grinning from ear to ear, poised to attack with a hypodermic needle when the neighbourhood had to be given shots in the 1972 flood.

     Trudy did not have the easiest of times during many parts of her life - but she took real joy in many things. her yellow spitfire was only the predecessor of the wonderful TR6 in which she literally bombed around the country. One of her great joys was to pull into a service station at great speed and flash her grey hair at the service station attendant expecting a kid at the wheel. She and Bernard drove it to Calgary - quite an experience.

     Her flowers gave her joy - and me too. Trudy’s Tall Yellow Flower - for that is the only name I know for it - was taken from her garden years ago. I have shared it with many friends. All of them call it Trudy’s Tall Yellow Flower - a form of immortality that I think she would have enjoyed.

     Her friendships gave her tremendous joy - she still visited school friends made in England in her youth - and continued in touch with one of her teachers. She would have 5 or 6 letters on the go at a single time - and would write to folk she met on holidays and during the travel that she and Bernard persued around the world.

     Her extended and growing family gave her joy. She had 10 grandchildren - Kathy is here today to represent them - and they grew up as active as their fathers. They ran around the neighbourhood and visited us all. Trudy looke forward to the beginning  - and the end of their visits! The family reunion in the mid 80’s saw barbeques, beach balls, picnic benches, and sleeping tents installed. She would have been so proud of that Christa’s wedding coming up soon represented the first of the next generation.

    But her greatest joy was her four sons. after Bernard’s funeral, she and the four boys went to lunch at the Alpengrus and for Trudy that was one of the great moments of her life. To be with her four boys, and to have time alone with them, and to be together. She told many people of er happiness at the moment in the weeks that followed.

     Trudy had two heart attacks before last week - one while returning from England. I think she had intimations of her own mortality; but it is very much the case that she was getting to the next stage after Bernard’s death where the arrangements were made and she was looking forward to the next phase of her life. She was enjoying her Sunday lunches with Iris at Alpengruss, talking about travel plans. The day before she died she had a jigsaw puzzle on the go, was writing some letters, had a glass of wine and watched some tennis on the TV. Although we do not wish to lose her, we can all appreciate that she left us very quickly, surrounded by the things that gave her joy. She would have been happy that we are remembering her today with happiness.

Many thanks to Ian Fairclough for this history of Gt Harwood
Great Harwood, Lancs.

Although no evidence of prehistoric man in Gt. Harwood has been uncovered it the area has been hunted and farmed for thousands of years. At Colne, about 10 miles to the north east, Stone, Bronze and Iron Age remains have been found. Only 2-3 miles from Gt. Harwood town centre is the Iron Age, Planes Wood, promontory fort at Portfield. The Roman occupation saw the main lines of communication missing the town as has happened before and since.

      At the time of The Norman conquest, Great Harwood was an area of moor, marsh, clearings and cultivated land with many springs and small streams running down the hillside and it was near these streams that the first farms were built. The area formed part of the holdings of the de Lacy family but in 1177 was bequeathed to Richard de Fitton. Subsequently the holding was split and passed, through marriage, to the Hesketh and Nowell families. The Heskeths owned two thirds of the town, the Upper Town, and the manor house at Martholme, the Nowells owned the Lower Town. Great Harwood remained in the hands of these two families for nearly five hundred years.

      In 1338, for services in Scotland, King Edward III granted a charter for a Market and Fair to Adam Nowell, Lord of the Manor of Netherton, Great Harwood. The market is still a weekly event but, despite later attempts to revive it, the last fair was held in 1933. Over the years clusters of houses were built in the town centre, Hindle Fold, Lower Fold, Cliffe, Stopes, Butts, Lidgett and Whalley Banks. Families had "town fields" in both the Upper and Lower town, grazing rights on Harwood moor and enough wood for everday needs but the Heskeths and Nowells owned all wood and minerals, all corn had to be ground at their mills and "Suit and Service" had to be given at the Manor court of the Heskeths. Often the crops would fail to ripen, or just fail, and families had to turn more and more to their handloom weaving.

      As a self contained and largely self sufficient community the growth of the township was limited by the number of people it could support, in 1660 there were 213 taypayers. In 1762 the Heskeths and Nowells were given the right to enclose the moor. New farms were built which prospered untill the building of the Dean reservoir in 1872 which eventually led to farming in the catchment area being banned because of the fouling of the land.

      No land was sold in Great Harwood until 1770 when Alexander Nowell was getting into financial difficulties. When he died two years later the Lower Town was put up for sale. Some farms were bought by local people but the majority were bought by Janes Lomax of Clayton Hall, Clayton-le-Moors. He owned coal mines in Clayton and leased land off the Heskeths for the same purpose. In 1819 Sir Thomas Hesketh sold the Upper Town to Richard Grimshaw Lomax.

     The changes taking place in the cotton industry during the first half of the 18th century meant distressing times for Great Harwood handloom weavers. 1826 was a particularly bad year with Relief Registers revealing that of 250 families needing help 230 families were handloom weavers; nearly two thirds of the householders.

      Bank Mill, Church Street, was the first power mill built in the town in 1844/5 taking advantage of local coal and the water of Nap Brook. Over the next two decades another ten mills were built. A spur to renewed building and a further boost to the towns prosperity came in 1877 with the arrival, a little late, of the railway and by 1919 a total of twenty two textile mills had been erected. In 1925 the Lomax family sold, by auction, the Clayton Hall Estate and there is now no Lord of the Manor, the land being owned by various people.
SMITH, Gertrude (Trudy)

Suddenly on Sunday, September 13, 1992, Trudy Smith, aged 75, of Wakefield, Quebec, wife of the late Bernard Smith, Mother of Mark, Sudbury, Ontario, Donald, Lytton, British Columbia, Alan, Thompson, Manitoba and Duncan, Calgary, Alberta. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church, Farm Point, on Saturday, September 19, 1992 at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Gatineau Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, Ottawa   613-233-1143
Birth8 Sep 1910, Preston, Lancashire, England
Birth Memo1:15 PM
Death22 Jun 1992, Hull, QC, Canada Age: 81
Burial27 Jun 1992, Chestermere Lake, Calgary Co., AB, Canada
Census3 Apr 1911, Preston, Lancashire, England Age: <1
Census MemoClass: RG14; Piece: 25283, RD476, Dist,10, Page 480, Household 240
Residence3 Apr 1911, Preston, Lancashire, England Age: <1
Reside Memo69 Brackenbury Rd. (Census Day)
Residence13 Sep 1942, Preston, Lancashire, England Age: 32
Reside Memo4 Hawarden Road (Don’s Birth)
Residence1944, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Age: 33
Reside Memo10 Kingsley Gardens
ResidenceMay 1953, Rosemere, QC, Canada Age: 42
ResidenceOct 1953, St. Eustache, QC, Canada Age: 43
Reside Memo106 Grand Moulin Road
ResidenceNov 1957, Wakefield, La Peche, QC, Canada Age: 47
Reside MemoRR#3
Immigration1953, Rosemere, QC, Canada Age: 42
Immi MemoFrom England
EmploymentCheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Employ MemoConsultant, Mechanical Engineer
EmploymentMontreal, QC, Canada
Employ MemoJohn Inglis & Co.
EmploymentNepean, ON, Canada
Employ MemoFederal Government
OccupationMechanical Engineer, Gov. Of Canada
FatherFrancis Walter SMITH , 14, M (1882-1975)
MotherMargaret Maria JAMES , 15, F (~1874-1938)
Family ID1
Marriage22 Oct 1938, Preston, Lancashire, England213, Marriage Registered at: Preston, Dec 1938, Vol.8E, Page 992
ChildrenRuth Brenda (Died as Infant), 7, F (1939-1941)
 Mark George , 3, M (1941-2016)
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