A journey of immigrants from the Moravia region of what is today the Czech Republic, the Sumara family sailed from Liverpool UK onboard the S.S. Ionian, arriving at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Christmas Eve, 1904. They joined a wave of European immigrants searching for a new beginning in a promising new land. Working in the coal mines of Sydney and Springhill, the Sumara family settled in Cumberland County near Oxford.
This family was no different than other immigrant families... joy and sorrow, successes and setbacks, new lives and forgotten memories. Two sons were lost, one in each of the World Wars. Children were lost to accident and illness, parents to age and the struggle to raise a family in a new land. The Sumara family represents a very small portion of Canada's immigrant population, now in its fifth generation, with only a handful spread out across the country.
Vencel Sumara & Anna Pastor
(d. 1917 [farm accident])
(m. Douglas Rushton)
(m. Otillie Lazars)
(KIA, France, 1918)
(m. Oliver King)
(d. 1921 [drowning])
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World War I
Private Albin Joseph Sumara
KIA 28 August 1918, France
LEST WE FORGET
World War II
Private Albin Frank Sumara
KIA 1 November 1944, Belgium
King, Marie Bozena (nee Sumara)
Sumara, Florence (nee Jollimore)
Sumara, Roland Ralph "Ronnie"
Sumara, John Julian
Sumara, Charles Vincent
Sumara, Vencel Jr.
Sumara, Otillie ("Tillie"; nee Lazars)
Sumara, Doris (nee )
King, Blanche (nee )
Rushton, Annie Valeria (nee Sumara)
Sumara, Eleanor (nee )
Sumara, Albin Frank
Myatt Helen (nee Rushton)
Sumara, Eva (nee West)
Sumara, Albin Joseph
Sumara, Francisec ("Frank")
Gilroy, Viva Beatrice ("Vie"; nee Crawford)
Sumara, Anna (nee Pastor)
23 November 1896 — 28 August 1918
Service Number: 111480
Unit: 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)
VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT
Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: VI. J. 21.
Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, on the road from Arras to Cambrai. The VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT is at the north side of the main road between the two villages.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
World War I
Private Albin Joseph Sumara
The funeral of Annie, wife of Vencil Sumara, took place from her home on Tuesday afternoon, January 20th.
A large number of neighbors and friends gathered at the home to pay their tribute of respect to one who had lived in the neighborhood for many years, and by the quietness of her life had endeared herself to a large number of her neighbors.
Coming from Austria more than 20 years ago, she, with her husband, settled on a farm at Hansford, where they reared their family. Many sorrows have come into their home during the past few years; one son was killed in the late war, another son was killed near the home, a daughter was drowned in 1927, and now the mother of the home is gone.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and a comforting message was brought to the stricken by Rev. Frank Smith, pastor of the Oxford Baptist Church. Much sympathy is felt for the remaining members of the family, the father a short time ago having the misfortune to fall on the ice and break his leg. He is slowly improving, but was, of course, unable to follow the remains of his wife to its last resting place in the Thomson cemetery, where the bodies of other members of the family lay resting.
[Source: The Oxford Journal, Thursday, 22 January 1931, Page 5, Column 4. Provided by Mary Willa Littler]
1870 — 1931
Sumara, Charles Vincent - 94 of Wolfville formerly of Oxford, passed away peacefully with his family present on August 2, 2011 following a brief illness in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.
Born in Joggins, N.S. on April 9th 1917, he was a son of the late Frank & Ottilie (Lazarz) Sumara. Charlie was a journeyman machinist at the Oxford Foundry & Machine Co. for 39 years, even building a steam engine from the ground up.
He was also a master craftsman in woodworking, designing many pieces of furniture which were given to his family & friends. Charlie was an active member of the Oxford Baptist Church, having served many years as a deacon. He also loved singing in the choir and participated in many community activities, including the town council.
Other interests included fishing, golf, curling, gardening, needlepoint and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 66 years: Eva (West); daughters: Diane (Grant) McAllister of Halifax, Nancy (Charles) Purdy of Malagash; brother: Ron of Springhill; five grandchildren: Shannon (Shane) Robilliard, Darren McAllister, Julia (Jamie) Shipley, Rachel (Zack) Purdy-MacKenzie, Miranda Purdy; six great grandchildren: Sumara, Kaden, Patrick, Nathan, Jakob & Isabella; he also had many nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Albert, Albin, John & Edward.
There will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011 from the Stoney Hill Baptist Church, Lockhartville. Rev. Gary Manthorne officiating. A reception will take place in the church hall immediately following the service. Interment will take place in the Lower Horton Cemetery, Grand Pre. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Annapolis Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Drive, Coldbrook. Family flowers only.
Donations in memory of Charlie may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made through www.annapolisvalleyfuneralhome.com
[Source: Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook, NS]
1917 — 2011
SUMARA, Doris I. Peacefully with her family present, at Rosebridge Manor, Easton's Corners on Friday, June 12th, 2009 Doris Irene (McKinnon) Sumara in her 82nd year.
Beloved wife for 56 years of John J. Sumara. Cherished mother of Jeffrey J. and his wife Kim and grandmother of Sarah and Dylann of Toledo. Dear sister of Hilda (late Delbert) Truelove, Norma ('Bud') Thomas, Glenna (late Scott) Dunham, Judy (late Conrad) DiPietro, Vern (Elizabeth) McKinnon and the late Gordon 'Buddy' McKinnon.
Doris will be sadly missed by her sister-in-law Mary McKinnon, all her nieces, nephews, friends and family. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. W. Perth on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. Interment will be held at a later date in Crawford Cemetery, McDonald's Corners.
In remembrance, contributions to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark County would be appreciated. The family wish to thank the staff of Rosebridge Manor for their support care and compassion shown to Doris.
Blair & Son Funeral Home, Perth, 267-3765to send your condolences or for further information visit www.blairandson.com
SUMARA, Edward Douglas - Upper Clements. On October 1, 2008, Edward, born on April 8, 1927, completed his life's journey at the age of 81 years. He slipped away peacefully in the hands of God and his family in the early morning hours of October 1. He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and remained focussed on life, not death, until the end. When cancer takes lives, it cannot take "spirits", and his was an inspiration for us all.
Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late Frank and Winnifred Sumara of Springhill. In Halifax, he pursued a career with Canada Post. He retired from the Customer Service and Claims Division, Atlantic Postal Regional Office after 34 years of service. Edward was a proud and honorable brother of the Masonic family. He was a Master Mason and a Past Master of Annapolis Royal Lodge No. 33, Past High Priest of Eureka Chapter 5, and Officer of Austin Bentley Chapter No. 15. He was also a member of the Shriner and a past member of the Dartmouth Lions Club.
Edward was a man of quiet temperament and strong faith. He was an active member of the Anglican Parish of Clements, Upper Clements, and the first male choir member, followed by others, until his health failed. He traveled extensively, and really enjoyed meeting new people, especially with his fifth wheel travel trailer in later years throughout Texas and the southern states. He "lived one day at a time" and had so many fond memories of times spent at his cottage in Northport on the Amherst Shore with friends and family.
Edward enjoyed many activities, namely golf, ballroom and square dancing, oil painting, carpentry, gardening with his wife, music, quiet walks and lot of reading, especially historical novels and travel logs. He was an accomplished cook and host to family and friends, who spent wonderful moments at his table and home, learning his cooking secrets.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Florence Jollymore; brothers, Albion and Albert, and stepdaughter, Valerie Ann. Surviving to cherish many precious memories are his loving wife, Jeanette (Forcey Leslie); brothers, John (Doris) and family, Jasper, Ont.; Charlie (Eva) and family, Wolfville; Ronald, Springhill; sister-in-law, Eleanor and family, Espalona, Ont.; stepchildren, Blaine (Jane), Port Elgin, Ont.; Sharon (Rob), Lower Sackville; Stephen (Donna), Toronto, Ont. He was "Papa" to Brett, Lauren, Bradley, Brian, Brittany, Christopher, Jeannine and Brennen, his grandchildren. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren's achievements and loved him as his own, as they loved him.
The Sumara family wishes to acknowledge and thank his whole medical team, whose expertise, care and compassion meant so much to him and Jeanette, namely Dr. Catherine McNally, V.O.N. staff, home support workers, and especially to the complete palliative care staff of Annapolis Community Health Centre.
A special thank you to Father Neish and family. Never will we forget the kindness, compassion and generosity of those whose thoughtfulness touched our lives in numerous ways throughout his illness. Ed's immense kindness and generosity of spirit will be forever treasured by those who loved and knew him best.
"Shared grief is half the sorrow but happiness when shared is doubled".
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Cremation has taken place and funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, October 6, in St. Edward's Anglican Church, Clementsport, with Father Gordon Neish officiating. Private family interment will be in Old St. Edwards Cemetery. Family flowers only.
Donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal, or to Old St. Edwards Cemetery Fund. E-mail condolences may be sent to: KAULBACHFH@...
"You were always there when I needed you, no task too great or small, with loving heart and willing hands for me, you did them all. For all the blessings life has given me, and all that's left to do, I've never known a greater gift, than the years I shared with you". Love J
[Source: Friday 03-October-2008 www.thechronicleherald.ca Halifax NS]
1927 — 2008
SUMARA, Eleanor - Eleanor of Espanola passed away at the Espanola Regional Hospital on Sunday August 28, 2011 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Al Sumara (1995).
Loving mother of MaryAnne Gawalko of Espanola and Gerry (wife Joyce) of West Guilford, Ont. Will be sadly missed by 4 grandchildren Melissa and Nathan Gawalko and Robert and David Sumara. Dear sister of Mrs Joyce Brown of Steetsville and the late Eileen Hollinger and Muriel Mc Cabe. Cremation.
A Memorial visitation will be on Wednesday August 31, 2011 from 9U30am to the time of the Memorial Service at 11U00am in the BOURCIER FUNERAL HOME, Espanola with Rev. Henk Willem officiating. Interment of ashes in the Espanola Cemetery.
If so desired, donations to the VON or St. Gerorge's Anglican Curch, Espanola would be appreciated.
Sumara, Eva Leanna (nee West)
1914 — 2014
Sumara, Eva Leanna (West), 99, of Parkland Truro, formerly of Wolfville and Oxford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Truro. Born in West Brooklyn on October 25, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Cora (Burgher) West.
Eva received her teachers certificate from Normal College, Truro and a BA from Acadia University, Wolfville. She taught for 20 years in different schools in Nova Scotia. She was a talented seamstress, knitter, quilter & enjoyed vegetable gardening & preserving as well as world travelling. Eva was active in the Baptist church and sang in various choirs. She liked to please her grandchildren by baking a batch of rolls and was especially proud of her family and their accomplishments.
Eva is survived by daughters; Diane (Grant) McAllister of Halifax, Nancy (Charles) Purdy of Malagash; brother Gerald (Mildred) West of Wolfville, sister Myrna (Ron) Conrad of Kentville; five grandchildren; Shannon Robilliard, Darren McAllister, Julia (Jamie) Shipley, Rachel (Zack) Purdy-MacKenzie, Miranda Purdy; six great grandchildren; Jakob, Patrick, Nathan, Sumara, Kaden and Isabella. She also had many nieces and nephews. Eva was predeceased by her husband, Charles, brother Asahel West, sisters Della Thompson, Evangeline Tracey & Madeline Doig.
There will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11am, from the Stoney Hill Baptist Church, Lockhartville, Rev. Dr. Barry Morrison officiating. Interment will take place in the Lower Horton Cemetery, Grand Pré. A reception will be held in the church hall following the interment. By request family flowers only. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.serenitylindsayfuneralhome.ca
1891 — 22 February 1971
Springhill lost one of it's finest senior citizens Monday, Feb. 22, 1971 in the passing of Frank Sumara. He was 79 and had been in failing health for the past year.
Mr. Sumara was born in Poland on June 4, 1891, The son of the late Annie and Vencel Sumara. He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1903 and settled in Sydney, Cape Breton, where he received his education and became a miner. On Nov. 8, 1913 in Sydney Mines he took as his bride, the former Ottilie Lazarus, formerly of Poland. They moved to Springhill in 1923 where Mr. Sumara worked in the local mines until his retirement in 1965.
Their union was blessed with six sons: Albert (Espanola, Ont.); John, (Hamilton, Ont.); Charles, (Oxford); Edward, (Dartmouth); Ronald, (Halifax); and Albion, who lost his life while serving his country Overseas. His wife passed away Oct 20, 1940. Besides his five sons, he leaves to mourn his passing one sister, Mrs. Annie Rushton, Oxford, and his beloved grandchildren.
Mr. Sumara was an adherent to the United Baptist Church. He was an ardent member of L.O.L. No. 1611 and was honored by the Order by being made a Life Member. He had an excellent reputation as a workman. At home he found much enjoyment and recreation in his workshop where he fashioned items of furniture, piture frames, garden ornaments, bird houses, etc. He was a prolific reader and enjoyed television, especially in his later years. He was a hospitable person who enjoyed having lots of company, particularly when they brought along musical instruments and the evening was spent in playing and singing. Except for his work and his Lodge, his interests were centered in his home and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a wonderful neighbor, always doing thoughtful little deeds for all, and cheering everyone with his sunny disposition. He leaves a wide circle of friends who join his devoted family in mourning his passing.
The remains rested at Brown's Funeral House, where many called to pay their last respects. On Wednesday evening L.O.L. 1611 held its memorial service for their late brother. The funeral service was held Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harr E. Ward officiating. The church choir sang the old familiar hymns "Unto The Hills" and "The Lord's My Shepherd." The pallbearers were from Mount Carmel 294 and L.O.L. 1611. Herbert Spence, Burt Vance, Percy Boxx, Dick Mitchel, Claude Chatfield and Lorne Hunter. Committal was in the Springhill Memorial Receiving Vault with interment to be made in Hillside Cemetary in the spring.
The beautiful floral tributes, memorial donations and cards of sympathy testified to the affection and respect in which Frank Sumara was held by all who knew him. The floral tributes were as follows:
Pillow -- Family.
Sprays -- sister Annie; Betty, Fred and Girls; Cedar Temple No. 21, Pythian Sisters; Stewart Fraser; Ann and George Stiven; Roger and Blanche; Hazel and Lawrence; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rushton and Family.
Crescent -- Mary, Paul, Connie and Children
Baskets -- Doll, Jerry, Cathy and Lynn; Freda and Doug Corkum; Marge, Fred, Vonda and Shawna; Dept. 150 and 151, Simpson Sears; Quality Control, Halifax Dept.
Stars -- Joan and Paul; Betty and Gerald, Helen and Curtis, Ralston and Gay.
Cross -- Vi.
Basket -- Eleanor and Albert, Marianne and Gerald.
Crescents -- Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McDonald; Frank and Muriel McCabe. Containers -- Doris, John and Jeff; David, Wanda and Cathy; John,
Georgie and Bob; Noreen, Barb and Jo-Anne; Lena, Ernie Munroe and Family.
Urns of Roses -- Mrs. George Strong; Grace, Purdy and Bea; Hal and Katrina, Elizabeth and James.
Wreaths -- Steam Plant Employees, Espanola, Ont.; Oxford Foundry and Machine Co.
Home attending the funeral were his son Albert and wife Eleanor of Espanola, Ont.; his son Edward and wife Florence, Dartmouth; son Ronald, Halifax; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Finley and daughter Joanne, Oromocto, N.B. His son John, Hamilton, Ont., was unable to attend due to illness.
1920 — 2010
In hospital in Smiths Falls, with his family by his side, on Monday June 21st, 2010 John J. Sumara (veteran of WWII, Royal Canadian Engineers) at the age of 90 years.
John was predeceased in June, 2009 by his beloved wife Doris McKinnon, brothers Albert, Eddie and Albin who was killed in action in WWII, November, 1944.
He will be sadly missed by his son Jeff and his wife Kim, his granddaughters Sarah and Dylann, brothers Charles (Eva) and Ronnie Sumara, sisters-in-law Eleanor and Jeanette Sumara, the McKinnon family and many good friends.
Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St W., Perth Friday June 25th, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the chapel Saturday at 1:30 P.M.
In remembrance, contributions to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the Lanark County Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Branch 95 Royal Canadian Legion, Smiths Falls will hold a Veteran's Service of Remembrance on Friday at 8 P.M.
Gravesite:801 Concession Road, 10 DalhousieLanark Highlands, OntarioK0G 1M0, Canada
View photos and more information at the Blair & Sons Funeral Home website.
John served as a Sapper in World War II
Pte. J.J. Sumara, Canadian Army Regiment # E4944
Mrs. Frank Sumara
The death occurred at her home, Clarence St., Monday, Oct. 21, of Tillie Winfred Lazurs, wife of Frank Sumara, following an illness of four months. Mrs. Sumara was born in Poland, the family coming, 35 years ago, to Sydney Mines, where she was married, Nov. 8, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Sumara came to Springhill in 1922, and have been highly respected in the community. Many friends have regretted Mrs. Sumara’s long illness and death at the early age of 46 years, and much sympathy is felt for those who will miss her so sadly.
She leaves, beside her husband, a family of six fine boys who are a credit to her unceasing care and interest. They are Spr. John Sumara of the Pioneer Corps, Quebec; Pte. Albin Sumara, North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Amherst, former pitcher with Pugwash Intermediates and Springhill Busters; Charles, Oxford; Albert, Edward and Ronald at home. She leaves also one sister, Mrs. Julian Mazurek of Milwaukee, Wis., and one brother, William Lazurs, of Kansas City.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2.00 o’clock, from her home. In the absene of a Baptist minister at the present time, the service was taken by Rev. J.R. Millar of St. Andrew’s United Church, assisted by the Baptist Choir, singing the old hymns of comfort, “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”, “Rock of Ages” and “Abide With Me.” The house was filed with friends, and there were many tributes of sympathy and esteem. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery, with Messrs. Henry Potter, James Demetre, Verne Hargreaves and Clifford Smith as pallbearers.
Following are the tributes:
Pillow — Husband
Gates Ajar — Sons
Basket — John and Fern.
Spray — Grandpa and Grandma Sumara.
Wreath — Eureka Lodge No. 15, I.O.O.F.; 94 Wall, No. 2 Mine.
Basket — Friends and Neighbors of Church and Clarence Sts; Mr. and Mrs. John Kosec and Famly.
Wreath — Mrs. Yarkus, Mrs. Sertich, Mrs. Sziron, Mrs. Orlick, Mr. and Mrs. Fasang, Frank Hafner, Mrs. Pocze, Mr. and Mrs. Artle.
Sprays — Employees, Foundry & Machine Co., Oxford; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cecil and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Beecher; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Herrett; Mrs. E.A. Potter; Jas. Demetre; Peg and Bill Brown; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Istok and Family; John Balga and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hasicek and Family; Steve Zahorec and Stevie; Margaret and Theodore; Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Vavera; Lena and Jack; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sertich and Cathrine; Mrs. Kavalak and Family; James St. Friends of Charlie, Oxford; Dr. and Mrs. F.E. Walsh and (?)uddo; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Holden, Cecil, Edwin and Minnie; Mr. and Mrs. John Yauss; Mr. and Mrs. John Grumm and Marion; Annie and Douglas and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Poszkoski and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Brownie Poszkoski; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weaver.
Cards of Sympathy — Mr. and Mrs. Steve Husar and Family; John Balga and Family; Edith; Mr. and Mrs. John Kosec and Family; Lena and Jack; Mr. and Mrs. George S. Reid and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newman; Margaret and Theodore; Mary Yauss; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Conway; Margaret Conway; Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Saffron; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Miller and Family; Miss Grace Adams & Pupils of Grade 8; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Metz and Family; Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Allbon; Mr. and Mrs. Fred O’Brien; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Austin; Marg and Henry Dykens; Lillian and Nobbie; Erma McLeod; Mr. and Mrs. James McLeod; Sertich Family; Fraser Hayman; Mr. and Mrs. Allan Reid and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Silas Pettigrew and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Earle Terris; Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Terris; Mr. and Mrs. Ross McNutt; Pauline and Selma; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Henwood; Springhill B.Y.P.U.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Soppa; Mr. and Mrs. Neddie Adams; Mr. and Mrs. Ervin MacEachern; Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Moss; Mr. David Austin; Velma and Eddie; Eldon and Mother; Mrs. Tom Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Carrigan; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McLean; Mr. and Mrs. Obed Martin; Millie Cvickovich and Family; Eldon and Evelyn; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Legrow and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Campbell; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Miller and Bill; Mr. and Mrs. Fasang and Son; Ethel and Charlie Rose; Phyllis Meagher; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Halliday and Family; Isabel Campbel; Mrs. Janet Rushton; Mr. and Mrs. Dannie Beaton Jr.; Mae Stevenson, New Glasgow; Niece and Nephew, Milwaukee, Wis.; Roy and Rhoda Turnbull, Amherst; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Porter and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Muzurek and Family and Mr. and Mrs. Helen, Jerry Cinara, Milwaukee City; Mr. and Mrs. Saraha Tipping Halifax; Gladys MacPherson; Jean Cudhea.
CARD OF THANKS
Mr. Frank Sumara and Family wish to thank their friends and neighbors for kind sympathy in their recent bereavement: with special thanks to Rev. J.R. Millar and the Baptist Choir, also the pallbearers of “Eureka Lodge No. 15, I.O.O.F.
Tillie (R) with sister-in-law Annie Rushton (nee Sumara) and Annie's daughter (possibly Helen or Betty).
Sumara, Otillie Winnifred ("Tillie"; nee Lazars)
Sumara, Agnes (ex Davis; nee Bakayt)
2nd wife of Vencel Sumara
Emigrated to Canada c. 1916.
First husband Joseph Peter Davis (1866–1932)
Resident of East Hansford at time of marriage to Vencel
Vencel & Agnes lived at Miller's Corner, Springhill.
Father: John Bakayt
Mother: Agnes Jokim
Born in Lithuania.
1 June 1881 – 8 September 1966
4 May 1918 — 1 November 1944
Service Number: F/50271
Unit: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery: ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Belgium
Grave Reference: VII. D. 1.
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used.
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"...As the company was still 500 yards from its final objective Lt-Col. Forbes had gone forward to see what was happening, taking his D.R. with him, Pte. A.F. Sumara. He met C.S.M. Baillie and asked him where Captain Winhold was located. Baillie had just been with Winhold and acted as a guide in going back to the house, but found that Winhold had gone to one of the platoon positions, probably MacAllister's. They started for it and men on the other side of the street yelled at them. Baillie, in the lead, could not make out what they were saying, and was halfway across the street when heavy machine gun fire opened, sweeping the thoroughfare from no more than 50 yards away. Pte. Sumara was killed but Lt-Col. Forbes miraculously escaped the bullets by diving to the curb. The shouting men had been trying to warn the trio of the enemy fire.
– "No Retreating Footsteps. The Story of the North Novas",
by Will R. Bird. P. 270.
World War II
Private Albin Frank Sumara
KIA, Knocke-sur-Mer, BelgiumBattle of the Scheldt
1863 — 1949
Following a lingering illness there passed away at his home, Miller Corner, Tuesday, September 20th, Vencel Sumara in his 86th year.
The late Mr. Sumara was born in Poland, July 22nd, 1863, and came to Canada in 1903, where he and his family settled in East Hansford, N.s.; for a number of years, later coming to Springhill where he has resided for the last fifteen years. His first wife predeceased him a number of years ago. Later he married Agnes Davis who is left to mourn his loss; also his son, Frank, residing in Springhill; two daughters, Mrs. Mary King, Springhill; Mrs. Douglas Rushton, Oxford, and a number of grandchildren.
The funeral was held Friday, September 23rd, from St. John's Roman Catholic Church.
Internment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Messrs. Albert Weaver, Steve Serticle, Joe Cecil, Harold Thompson, Joe Yauss and Stanley Dachuk.
Following are the floral tributes:
Wreath — Wife.
Pillow – Frank adn boys
Sprays — Mary, Annie and Family; Albert and Eleanor; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cecil; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Metz and Calvin Gilbert; Mr. and Mrs. John Dembenzkin; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hassick; Friends and Neighbors of Athol Road, Friends and Neighbors of Miller's Corner; Harold, Sadie, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Quinn; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pettigrew; Viva, Noreen and Herb.
Wreaths — Company Hands and Miners of 11400 Wall.
Baskets — Mr. and Mrs. Fred Deschetza and Laddie; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Domnick; Mrs. Pashkoski and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Maddick; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunter.
Mass Cards — Members of C.W.L. Springhill; Mrs. A. Farkas; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Misken; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Istoke; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weaver and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Serticle; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cecil; Archie Bobby; Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson; Mrs. Sam Miller and Family.
Many sympathy cards were also received.
Sumara, Mary Isabel (nee Gilroy)
Viva Beatrice Gilroy, age 103 years of High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2004 in High Crest.
Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Cunningham) Crawford.
She was a member of the St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, Springhill, The Lady Minto Rebekah Lodge # 23 and formerly the Springhill Senior Citizen Organization.
Vi lived long, laughed often and loved much.
She is survived by her daughter Noreen (Herbert) Finley, Oromocto, N.B.; granddaughter, Jo-Anne Finley, Nanaimo, B.C.; step-brother, Purdy (Beatrice) Crawford, Toronto, Ontario; her chosen son, Ron Sumara, Springhill and special friend Shelley (Robert) Grant, Springhill Junction.
She was predeceased by her husband George William Gilroy; a daughter, Mary (George); two brothers, William and Fred.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. Interment in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill, at a later date.
Donations to the St. Andrews-Wesley United Church, Springhill or High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, would be appreciated.
"Death is not extinguishing the light it is only putting out the lamp as dawn has come."
Gilroy, Viva Beatrice ("Vie")
King, Blanche (Roger J. Peterson )
King, Marie Bozena (nee Sumara)
King, Oliver M.
Myatt, Helen (nee Rushton)
Myatt, Helen G. — 86, Oxford, died with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, in High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill.
Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Annie (Sumara) Rushton.
For many years, Helen worked at Oxford Co-op and was a member of the Colfax Rebekah Lodge, Oxford.
She enjoyed camping and spending time at the family cottage with her husband Curtis.
Helen also loved being a proud grandmother and great-grandmother to her family. Helen is survived by sons, Darrell (Vivian), Oxford; and Doug (Mel), Oshawa, Ont.; brother, Paul (Joan), Oxford; sister, Betty Bird , West Leicester; grandchildren, Trudy, Sherry and Shawn; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Cameron, and Carter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis; brother, Ralston; sister, Georgina; brother-in-law, Gerald Bird.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today with funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, November 23, both in MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, 5075 Main St., Oxford (447-2930), with Pastor Connie Stewart officiating.
Donations may be made in Helen's name to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Pine Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1921 — 2007
OXFORD— Mrs. Anna Valeria Rushton, 78, of Oxford died Monday in All Saints Hospital, Springhill.
Born in Czechoslovakia, she was a daughter of the late Vencel and Anna (Pastor) Sumara.
She was a member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge, Oxford, and of the Oxford United Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Helen (Mrs. Curtis Myatt), Oxford, and Betty (Mrs. Gerald Bird), Leicester, Cumberland County; two sons, Ralston and Paul, both of Oxford; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; a daughter, Georgina; two sisters, Helen and Mary; three brothers, Frank, Albin and Vincent.
The body is in MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, Oxford, where funeral service will be 2 p.m. today, Rev. Keith Lyons officiating, with burial in the Birch Grove Cemetery, Leicester.
1902 — 1981
Rushton, Annie Valeria (nee Sumara)
Nov 1, 1923
Funeral of the Late Vencil SUMARA
The funeral of Vencil SUMARA, who met his death as a result of a thresher accident, was held on Oct 12th. Rev. Dr. BENNETT officiated being assisted by Rev. F.J. ARMITAGE. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends.
The surviving relatives are his father and mother, one brother, Frank at Hansford, two sisters, Mrs. Douglas RUSHTON and Helen at home.
The pallbearers were Douglas MAYNE, Edward THOMPSON, Edmund UDSON,
The burial took place at Thomson cemetery.
Following is a list of the floral tributes
Wreath - Family
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Oliver KING
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Frank SUMARA
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Millege THOMPSON
Wreath - Mr. & Mrs. Henry EMBREE
Bouquet - Warren MATTINSON
Bouquet - Orland and Grey MAYNE
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Bedford MATTINSON
Bouquet - Mrs. TUTTLE, daughter and son
Bouquet - Mr. & Mrs. Jos. WAVROCH
Wreath & Bouquet - Alex McARTHUR
Bouquet - Mrs. Ernest BEEL
Bouquet - Mrs. B.SINDELAR
Bouquet - Pearl Hudson
Wreath - Misses Beatrice and Annie STERLING
Wreath - Samuel MYATT
[Source: Oxford Journal (submitted by Dyan Matheson)]
New OCT 11, 1923
Another accident has ended a useful life, Wenzal, 18 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles SUMARA of Hansford on Saturday was feeding grain into a thrashing machine at the farm of Oliver KING. By some means the clothing of young SUMARA became entangled in the flywheel of the engine. Before the machinery could be stopped he was whirled around severely injuring his head and left arm.
Dr. GILROY was summoned and gave him best attention. SUMARA was taken to Highland View Hospital for treatment on Monday. The injuries, however, proved fatal, Mr. SUMARA passing away on Tuesday.
The remains were brought to his saddened home for interment on Wednesday. The deep sympathy of the whole community goes to the relatives in their bereavement.
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This note appeared in the local newspaper — most likely the Oxford Journal.
NOTE the error: "Wenzal" / Vencel Jr. (aka Vincent in some accounts) was the son of Vencel and Anna Sumara.
There was a Charles Sumara in the family, son of Vencel Jr.'s brother Frank, born in 1917, only six years earlier.
1905 — 1923
b. 1910, East Hansford, Cumberland County
d. 1927, accidental drowning, Pugwash River
15 July 1915 — 17 July 1995
Birthplace: Florence, Cape Breton
Father: Frank Sumara
Mother: Otillie Lazars
* Charlie (b. 9 April 1917, Joggins, Cape Breton)
* Albin (b. 4 May 1918, Joggins, Cape Breton)
* John (b. 3 April 1920, Hansford, Nova Scotia)
* Edward (b. 8 April 1927, Springhill, Nova Scotia)
* Roland (Ronnie) (b. 9 Oct. 1933, Springhill, Nova Scotia)
Mary Isabel Gilroy on 14 February 1942
(Mary died 27 August 1943)
Eleanor Strong on 10 July 1946
Children (with Eleanor):
* Mary Ann (26 June 1947)
* Gerald (7 August 1950)
Albert David Sumara, of Espanola, passed away at Espanola General Hospital, Monday, July 17, 1995 in his 81st year.
Beloved husband of Eleanor (nee Strong) of Espanola. Dear father of Mary Anne (Mrs. Morris Gawalko) of Pickering and Gerald (wife Joyce) of Oshawa. Will be sadly missed by grandchildren, Melissa and Nathan Gawalko and Robert and David Sumara.
Loving brother of John (wife Doris) of Smith Falls; Charles (wife Eva) of Oxford, Nova Scotia; Edward (wife Janet) of Annapolis, Nova Scotia; Ronald of Springhill, Nova Scotia; and the late Albin Sumara.
Albert was a veteran of World War Two and ordinary member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 39, Espanola. He was very active with his church. Albert was an avid outdoorsman and golf enthusiast.
Friends called at the Bourcier Funeral Home, Espanola, on July 19. Funeral service was held at St. George's Anglican Church, Espanola, on July 20, Reverend Karen Heath officiated. Interment in Espanola Cemetery.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to St. George's Anglican Church. Arrangements by Bourcier Funeral Home Ltd., Espanola.
Albert served in World War II
(Pte. A.D. Sumara, Service # F66500)
Sumara, Albert David
Ron was an active member of the
Springhill Heritage Group (SHG)
Dear Family & Friends of Ronnie,
Our departed weatherman lent us a hand yesterday, providing beautiful blue skies and very comfortable temperatures for his committal service at Hillside cemetery in Springhill.
Ron's cremated remains were added to the family plot, between his parents Frank Sumara (1891–1971) and mother Tillie Lazars (1895–1940).
Andrew MacDiarmid of MacDiarmid's Funeral Home (Oxford) provided words of comfort to those in attendance (nieces Nancy Purdy; Diane McAllister and husband Grant; dear friends Russel Fisher, Marion MacDonald, Murray and Linda Scott, faithful Church Street neighbour Steve Cole, cousin Joan Rushton, Mark Rushton and wife Verónica Cordero). Several regrets were received from those unable to attend the mid-morning service, and we appreciate all of the messages from those who knew and loved Ron.
I had been driving past Hillside cemetery for the past three years, occasionally going in and tromping around, trying to locate Frank & Tillie's gravesite, without success until yesterday's visit. And a surprise was waiting there — I did not know that Albert's first wife, Mary Gilroy, who died while giving birth, is also laid to rest in the family plot. Another note to add to the family history archive.
Following the service, we relocated to downtown Springhill, Fencebuster's Café — a spot we had hoped to bring Ronnie for a day trip to see his friends, but sadly the pandemic and then his health meant that wasn't possible. Fencebuster's owner Doug Spencer and staff were very accommodating, placing us in the large table for a bit of reminiscing about Ronnie and a sharing of family history tidbits. My very sincere thanks to Diane and Nancy in particular for filling in some blanks and offering memories of the Sumara family (who knew that Tillie had a glass eye??)
In due course, a granite marker will be added to the plot to mark Ron's resting place.
The family of Ronnie Sumara regrets to announce his passing, following a brief illness, at the age of 87 years.
The youngest son of Frank Sumara and Ottilie Lazars of Springhill, Ron endured the loss of his mother when he was seven years old. He counted Viva “Vi” Gilroy as his second mother, until her passing in 2004 at High-Crest nursing home, where he was a faithful visitor.
The son of a coal miner, Ron’s family lived in one of the “Potter’s Row” houses on Church St. Ron’s early life was marked by a country at war, brothers serving in the Canadian Forces, and a debilitating illness that left him hospitalised for long periods. He overcame these challenges to earn an education in meteorology, which he put to use serving at Canada’s northern bases — the DEW line — and primarily at Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) in the 1950s. Returning from his tour in the North, he worked as a meteorologist in Sydney and later Halifax until returning to Springhill in the 1970s.
Returning to his hometown, Ronnie was known for his generosity, as he loved to cook and deliver meals to neighbours, prepare sandwiches for events at the library and heritage centre, and generally went out of his way to bring folks what they needed, often making multiple trips down and up Springhill’s steep roads daily. He had a great love for gardening, particularly his flower beds of tulips, and his apple trees, named after his brother Charlie and sister-in-law Eva Sumara, respectively.
Ronnie was an avid photographer, responsible for many of the family treasures documenting family and places from decades past. During his time in the North, he amassed dozens of fascinating images of life among the Inuit of the region, the stark landscapes, and his fellow inhabitants at HMCS Frobisher Bay.
Back in Nova Scotia, Ronnie spent countless hours walking the streets of Springhill, photographing buildings and homes for projects with the Springhill Heritage Group, where he dedicated his time to preserving the history of his community and enjoyed the company of good friends in common cause. Special mention must be made of his friends Russell Fisher, Pat Crowe, Audrey Ryan; and his good friend the late Ross Rushton.
He is remembered by friends and neighbours for always having a generous supply of treats for the kids at Halloween, Christmas, and any other excuse to be kind. He was a constant presence at the Springhill library, very giving of his time and donations, and made good use of the senior’s education courses offered there once he purchased his first computer.
A lifelong bachelor, Ronnie had no children, though he spoiled those around him as if they were his own. He was predeceased by his mother, Ottilie Lazars; father, Frank Sumara; brothers, Albin Frank, KIA in Belgium during World War II; Albert (Mary Gilroy; Eleanor Strong); Edward (Florence Jollimore; Jeanette Forcey Leslie); John (Doris McKinnon); Charles (Eva West); his dear aunt Annie (Douglas Rushton) Sumara; aunt Mary (Oliver M. King) Sumara; cousins Helen (Curtis Myatt) Rushton; Ralston (Gay) Rushton; Fred (Betty MacLean) King; Laurence (Hazel Ball) King; Blanche (Roger Peterson) King. He is survived by nephews Gerald (Joyce) Sumara; and Jeff (Kim) Sumara. Nieces Mary Anne Gawalko, Diane (Grant) McAllister, Nancy (Charles Purdy) and JoAnne Finley; Cousins, Paul (Joan MacDonald) Rushton; Betty (Gerald) Bird. Ron had many grand nieces and nephews, and countless friends who remember him fondly.
Ron’s family extends heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at The White Birches Retirement Residence and Gables Nursing Home, both in Amherst, for their dedication to Ronnie’s well-being these past few years.
Ronnie was an essential link to the Sumara family history. Mark Rushton, son of Ron’s cousins Paul and Joan, took up the project of maintaining the family archive of photos and artifacts. Ron was our link to those who went before. Those who served and sacrificed, those who mined and endured. The son of a Polish immigrant to Nova Scotia, Ron safeguarded photos, wartime medals, woodcrafts of his industrious father, and most importantly, memories of the family of which he was the last in his generation. It remains our charge to preserve those treasured memories and to remember from where we came, and those whose trials and tribulations led us to these shores and lands beyond.
In Canada there are only two Sumara family lines — that of Ron’s great-grandparents Vencel and Anna (Pastor) who landed in Halifax in 1904 with their children, among them Ron’s father Frank; the other line, immigrants to the prairies from the USA, may well be distant cousins. Our story will continue to be documented at www.sumara.ca
Ronnie did not wish to have a service upon his passing. His ashes will be interred with his parents in Hillside Cemetery with a small committal service in the near future.
Donations in Ronnie’s memory may be made to the Cumberland Health Care Foundation, Springhill Miners Memorial Library, or the charity of your choice.
Ronnie chose MacDiarmids Funeral Home, Oxford, to manage his funeral arrangements. We thank Andrew and Leta for their kindness and sympathies.