Sunday, March 20, 2011


My maternal grandfather Edward F White Sr.'s death certificate came in the mail
this morning. It's answered some of my questions about a man I never met and
raised a few more in their place.

The document confirmed that my grandfather died on 6Dec 1981 I had thought he
had died in Billerica, Middlesex, Ma. but that was not the case. He died in Lowell,
Middlesex, Ma at St. John's Hospital. Apparently he'd had a stroke and after a
month suffered respiratory failure. His funeral was at the Sweeney Memorial
Funeral Home at 66 Concord Rd in Billerica and he was buried at  the Fox Hill
Cemetery on 9Dec 1981. He was 82 years old.

At the time of his death my grandfather was residing at 13 River St in Billerica
and his occupation is listed as a retired security guard. Interestingly, he was
divorced from his wife, the former Janet Love Booker. Keep in mind that he
and my grandmother had been divorced in 1936, forty five years before his death.
Was Janet Booker the only other woman he'd been married to since then or had
there been another? Did this second divorce take place in Suffolk County
or in Middlesex County?

Did his children by his second marriage live in Billerica? Are any other
members of the family buried at Fox Hill?

Would it be worth my time to see if the funeral parlor has any other records of
the funeral services? What about his obituary?

Stay tuned for future developments.


Carol said...

Bill, leave NO possible leaf unturned. Go for obit, go for funeral home, also call the cemetery and see if they have a file/records.

Congrats, one step closer.

Carol said...

Oh, and add him to Find A Grave and request a photograph of any headstone, ASAP.


GrannyPam said...

Lots of interesting leads here. I hope you find an obituary, sometimes those have great clues.