ELIZABETH HELEN BROOK AND WILLIAM GEORGE KEIR
Elizabeth (Betty) Helen Brook grew up in Peterborough and graduated from Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational Institute. After high school Betty worked on the switch board at Canadian General Electric (CGE) while enrolled in night school courses then for the accounting and customs department at CGE through much of the war. Betty married William (Bill) George Keir on June 14, 1948. Bill was born in Fairville, New Brunswick on August 10, 1924. He was recruited from St John High School by Canadian General Electric (CGE) at the age of 17 to work in St. John New Brunswick before being assigned to the Test Program at CGE Peterborough. Bill enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces Infantry as Private #C49826 during the Second World War and was posted in British Columbia expecting to be shipped overseas to fight the Japanese. Fortunately the war was declared over before Bill saw active duty. After being married, Bill worked at the CGE Head office in Toronto while Betty worked at Norris Iron Works on Eastern Avenue in Toronto as a bookkeeper. Bill and Betty then returned to Peterborough where Bill continued to work for CGE designing small motors until his retirement. Betty worked as a bookkeeper for the Ottonabe Region Conservation Authority in Peterborough for 20 years. Bill died December 29th 2006 and his ashes are buried in Rosemount Garden Cemetery south of Peterborough.
Betty and Bill had two children (the first two grandchildren for Robert and Violet). They were Patricia (Patti) Elizabeth Keir, born on March 12, 1954, and William (Billy) Steven Keir, born on March 18, 1957. The family eventually lived at 993 Hatfield Crescent in Peterborough's North end with Patti and Billy attending Queen Elizabeth Public School, Edmison Heights Public School, and Adam Scott Collegiate. Following her high school years, Patti earned her BSc in Nursing from St Josephs Hospital in Peterborough and Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. After graduating Patti worked at Camp Maple Leaf for WW1 veterans, St Joseph's Hospital in Peterborough and Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa working in various positions before her retirement. Patti met and married Keith William Trolley September 10th 2005. Patti and Keith currently reside in Bowmanville with Betty.
Bill Jr, having chosen a career in drafting and design after graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College, has worked in various places in Canada including Winnipeg and Montreal. Bill now works for Husky in Bolton Ontario. Bill met and married Katherine Lynn Cunningham born October 31, 1957 from Peterborough, Ontario, on October 3rd 1981. After graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College as a Registered Nurse, Kathy worked in Nanaimo BC as well as Montreal. Kathy now works as a dialysis nurse in Newmarket Ontario. Kathy also has her own business teaching Yoga. Bill Jr and Kathy married on October 3, 1981, and had their first child William Samuel Keir on October 23, 1982 in Ajax, Ontario. Their second child, a daughter named Nicole Katherine Keir, was also born in Ajax on July 16, 1985. Bill , Kathy and their children all currently reside in Aurora Ontario.
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