of Stockton, Durham, England
by Karen Ford Wilson
(Collingwood, Ontario, Canada)
William Ford and his local farm girl, Bernice Wilson on the their wedding day in 1941.
My father, William Ford emigrated to Canada on the Montroyal in 1929 under the BICA program. He was 19 years old. His home life in England had been unstable after his father, William Ford, moved to India and his Mother, Elizabeth (nee Dunning), sent all the children to live with relatives after she entered into a new relationship.
He was the only one in his family to emigrate.
He was placed to work on a farm in Ravenna, Ontario. The inspection report card indicated that the farm family thought he “was a good boy”.
Dad made many friends and stayed in the general area for the rest of his life, marrying a local farm girl and raising 6 children. They had been introduced by one of Mom's relatives who Dad was boarding with.
He didn’t become a farmer, instead working in shipbuilding. He lived to be 92, passing away in 2002. Mom recently celebrated her 100th birthday (Nov 2020).
He only made it back to England once to visit his siblings.