Saturday, February 11, 2017

Frank Cramm

Sadly I was recently informed Frank Cramm passed away in November 2015. I had never met him but we emailed back and forth a bit about the family tree and he sent me some photos. He stopped responding and I assumed it was because it became more difficult with his MS, however, it appears he fell ill.

My mother was the same age and always told me stories about Frank from when they were young. He sounded like someone I would have really liked to know. It is too bad we did not live in the same province. She always told me about him when I was young. She told me how he was always studying and how he worked himself through University. She says he was crazy smart, kind hearted and had a wicked sense of humor. She said he had this great wavy hair (which you can see in the photos) but he shaved it all off as a joke the night before his wedding and his wife was furious. I take everything my Mom says with a grain of salt, so who knows if that is true or not, but I have seen discussions about him on some of the Newfoundland social media sites recently and everyone seems to have loved him.

Here is his obit, along with some older photos. The first one is him with his parents in Old Perlican.

Dr. Frank Cramm, Teacher, Principal, MUN Professor and educator. Born 1937 in Old Perlican, Trinity Bay. Predeceased by parents Frances (Fanny) and Clarence (Cam) Cramm. Frank passed away at St. Patrick's Mercy Home after battling Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer for many years. Left to celebrate his life are his wife Judy (Hitchen), married for 52 years; sons Darryn (Katherine) of Wabush, Labrador, Maurice (Karen) of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and daughter Heidi (Mike Keiley) of Kingston, Ontario. Frank also leaves behind six grandchildren, Alex and Kelly Cramm, Brennoch and Seamus Keiley, and Stephen and Rachael Cramm; as well as a large circle of relatives and friends. Frank was a very beloved and valued educator who was most happy in his classroom working alongside and with his education students. He leaves behind as his legacy a significant contribution to education throughout our province. Special thanks to Dr. L. Alteen and the staff of St. Pat's Nursing Home and Dr. J. McCarthy, Dr. B. Tompkins and Dr. S. Edwards at the Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic. Thanks as well to Dr. M. Stephanelli, neurologist, and Dr. Drover, Urologist, all of whom directed his care over several years. Finally, a very large thanks to the loving and caring nursing staff of 1st floor St. Patrick's Mercy Home, who gave him such compassionate and devoted care over the last seven years he was a resident. Cremation followed by reception to celebrate his life at St. Patrick's Mercy Home, Elizabeth Avenue East, on Thursday, November 26th from 3-7 pm. Memorial service will be held in the St. Patrick's Mercy Home Chapel on Friday, November 27th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, it is Frank's request that donations be made to Gower Street United Church or St. Patrick's Mercy Home, or Gower St. United Church. To send a message of condolences or to sign the memorial guest book please visit He co-authored a Newfoundland history book that was used in Elementary schools for years.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Strickland Family

I know I have posted this photo before, but I am hoping someone can help me. This is primarily a Bursey family blog, however, within the family tree there are branches yet to be discovered. This is a photo of Julia Poppea Bursey, my Grandmother Hilda's mother, seated. Juia's maiden name was Strickland and she married John Bursey and lived in Old Perlican, Newfoundland, although I don't believe she was originally from there. She may have originated in Boston or anywhere for that matter. The photo may be with her brother and sister (possibly named Mary or Rachel). I have no name for the brother. It appears the photo was taken in Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada). If anyone can help me trace the Strickland line of the family tree, it would be much appreciated. UPDATE: I now know that Julia was born in LaPoile Bay, Newfoundland. Her parents were John and "F" Strickland. I still can't find the full first name. Her siblings were Frank, May (or maybe Mary), Rachel, Arthur, and James.

Monday, December 23, 2013


Here are some random photos. Hope they are not duplicates.

Saturday, March 09, 2013


This is my grandmother's (Hilda Bursey's) old dictionary. She brought it with her from Old Perlican when she moved to Saint John. It was important to her because she planned on becoming a school teacher, but for whatever reason, that never worked out. She dated this January 1929, so she would have been 18 years old. It was probably her last year living in Old Perlican. The first page is torn, but you can still see that it was given to her by her uncle Jim.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Hilda (Bursey) and Bill Loder Grave

Here is a photo of the gravestone for Hilda (Bursey) and Bill Loder at Fern Hill Cemetery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

England Bursey Theory

Thanks to George Smith for this exciting new info...

George believes (and I agree) that the England Burseys and North American Burseys all share the same distant ancestor of William Bursey born 1703 and his wife Mary Stevens.William was recorded as being a Tailor in the town of Christchurch, Dorset, England in 1746.

Here are photos of George's grandfather, George Bursey and one with his wife Catherine on their wedding day 1921. I have reposted a photo of Wallace Bursey from Old Perlican NF. George and I both think there is a strong resemblance. Post a comment or email me to let me know what you think. There are more photos of Wallace throughout the site.

Thanks George!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fred Bursey

Fred Bursey (b 1882-d 1950), son of William James Bursey and Matilda Pike (brother of John Bursey). Photo provided by Frank Beaudoin (thanks so much!).