Rowan Family story – as of Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:53:58 AM

20121103-183925.jpgAunt Geraldine

Geraldine Died March 29, 2016

Spoke to my Aunt Geraldine on the phone on Saturday, Feb 9, 2013
She was born in Thorold, Ont. on Jan 7, 1923 – celebrated her 90th birthday recently
Geraldine Waters(her brother Tom was also born in Thorold, Ont.)

Her daughter (my cousin), Sue has 2 children
Her other daughter (my cousin) Judy has a son who opened a craft brewery in a converted church in Virgil, ON recently

Geraldine and her sister Beatrice married two brothers, Duncan and John respectively.

Liz and I visited with Geraldine in the late fall of 2011 at her home in Stratford, ON
(she lives alone) All her siblings except Edward and her half brother Fred are deceased.
Geraldine and Duncan moved to Stratford from Niagara Falls in 1964
Edward Rowan lived in Toronto with his wife Jeannette ( sadly, Ed passed Oct 16, 2016 )

Eva (1914), Beatrice(1916), Margaret(1917), Eileen(1919), Geraldine(1923), Thomas(1926), Edward Rowan Rowan(1932)

Her mother (my grandmother) Julia Rose Mahoney was born on Jan 7, 1893, and died Jan 20, 1932, at age 39 (Chronic Pyelitis) leaving 7 children

Eileen Rowan Catherwood Thomas Rowan (photos to follow)

Her father (my grandfather) Frederick Edward Rowan was born Aug 31, 1892, and died in 1976 age 84 leaving second wife Mary and 2 children from that marriage ( Fred Rowan, Mary Ann Rowan Swec )

Fred was born in Bracebridge, ON and is interred at Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ont. (section 5, plot 308 – grave 1)

Fred and Julia were married June 30, 1913, at St Columbkille’s Roman Catholic Church, Uptergrove, Mara Twp, Ontario Co (near Orillia), Ont.

Parents of Julia Rose Mahoney
My great Grandfather was James Mahoney Born Oct 20, 1851 (King Twp, York, Co, Ont.)

My great Grandmother was Bridget Gaughan – Born Aug 25, 1860 (near Orillia, On) and died Nov 17, 1896, leaving 9 children (Michael, Patrick, Susan, Eva, Mary, James, Julia, John, James)

They were married Mar 1, 1881, at St Columbkille’s Roman Catholic Church, Uptergrove, Mara Twp, Ontario Co (near Orillia) , Ont.

Parents of Bridget Gaughan
My great-great Grandfather was Patrick Gaughan – born 1824 Ireland
My great-great Grandmother was Bridget Kelly – born 1824 County Mayo, Ireland
Parents of Bridget Kellyk
My great-great-great Grandfather is (I believe) Tobias Kelly

Etymology & Historical Origin – Rowan
Rowan is an anglicized version of the Irish male name Rúadhán, from the Gaelic word for “red-haired” or “little red one”. The name was borne by a 6th-century Irish saint in County Tipperary who has been venerated as one of Ireland’s Twelve Apostles. Saint Rúadhán gave the prophecy that the Celtic pagan king Diarmait would be killed by the roof-beam of his hall at Tara. The king thus had the beam removed and cast into the sea. Unbeknownst to him, the beam had been retrieved from the sea and placed in the hall of Banbán. While on a circuit of Ireland, Diarmait arrived at the hall where the beam fell on him, killing him, and so Rúadhán’s prophesy is fulfilled. Rowan is an Irish name that denotes certain physical attributes, in this case, red hair. It has mainly been considered a masculine name in Ireland, but Rowan is also used on little girls. The feminine Rowan is usually associated with the Scandinavian word for the attractive Rowan tree with clusters of bright red berries. In this case, Rowan is believed to come from the Old Norse “raudnian” meaning ‘getting red’. Red is obviously the recurring theme with the name Rowan. In Celtic tradition, the rowan tree was revered for its balance between beauty and stamina. It was also honoured for its protective qualities symbolized by the tiny five-pointed star at the base of each crimson berry. These berries also attracted songbirds which the Celts saw as an omen of goodwill.

Update Rowan Family story – as of Sunday, October 16, 2016

Edward RowanEDWARD ROWAN age 85 died suddenly and peacefully on October 16, 2016. Ed was born on November 24, 1931, in Niagara Falls, ON. Predeceased by son Joel, survived by his wife Jeannette (Jan), daughter Siobhan, son Blaine (Charlene) grandsons, Joel and Jeremy, son Dean (Joanne) and granddaughter Danae.
Also predeceased by all of his siblings and their spouses; Eva (Milton) Monrad, Beatrice (John) Waters, Margaret (Keith) Craig, Eileen (Dave) Catherwood, Geraldine (Duncan) Waters, Tom (Jane) Rowan, and step-siblings Mary Anne Swec and Bernice Rowan.


Update Rowan Family story – as of Friday, April 1, 2016, at 12:00 pm

geraldinewatersGeraldine Margella Waters, age 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Cedarcroft Place, Stratford. Born in Thorold, Ontario, daughter of the late Frederick and Julia (Mahoney) Rowan. Predeceased by her husband Charles Arnold (Dunc) Waters on August 18, 1997. Survived by her loving children Connie Bakker, Judy (Adrian) Pontsioen, David (Joyce) Waters, Al (Lisa) Waters,  and Sue (Don) Thibideau. Proud grandmother of Jason Bakker, Chris (Jen) Pontsioen, Rob Pontsioen (Claire Eckert), Corinne Robinson (Shawn Sheppard), Brent Waters, Ian Waters (Erika Blackie), Claire Waters (Rayne Bryson), Kali Waters (Mike Kruse), Andrew Waters, Dana Anderson (Cody), Kyla Gray (Richard), Brett Thibideau (Michael Rempel) Aaron Thibideau (Erin Fedeniuk). Great Grandmother of Taylor, Bianca, Ava, Jack, Charlie, Jacob, Lucy, Esther, and Oliver. Geraldine is survived by her brothers Ed and (Jeanette) Rowan and Fred Rowan and sisters-in-law Jean Hiscocks, Helen Waters and Irene Waters and brother-in-law Ed Swec, along with many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Geraldine was predeceased by a daughter in infancy Dana Eileen Waters, grandson Brian Bakker, her stepmother Mary Rowan, along with her siblings and their spouses; Eva (Slim) Monrad, Bea (John) Waters, Mig (Keith) Craig, Eileen (Dave) Catherwood, Tom (Jane) Rowan, Mary Anne Swec and Bernice Rowan. Friends and family may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. The Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford. Rev. Seejo John will officiate. Interment to follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Restoration Fund, Canadian Diabetes Association, Lung Association or the charity of one’s choice through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

Additional Info

  • Service Information:
    Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
    Funeral Mass
    Monday, April 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
    St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
    96 Huron Street, Stratford
    Avondale Cemetery
    4 Avondale Ave., Stratford
    St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Parish Hall
    Memorial Donations
    St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Restoration Fund
    Canadian Diabetes Association
    Lung Association
    Charity of One’s Choice