Published:Apr 29, 2009


SPARROW, Archie Wilfrid "The Champ"passed away peacefully in Burlington Ontario, on February 26, 2009, in his ninety-fourth year, after a rich and full life. Predeceased by his mother Edna (nee Frid), father Fred and sister Margaret. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Lil) and daughter Virginia Hawthorne and son-in-law John. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Alex and Ken McFadyen and sisters-in-law Nora Panchuk, Ann Pawlick, Joan McFadyen, by several nieces and nephews and his cousin Phyllis and her husband Alan Ford. Archie and Lil were married for 69 years. Archie retired after 45 years employment at Procter and Gamble in Hamilton as a senior technician in the product research department. Archie was a very talented athlete and was a Canadian Amateur in Middleweight Boxing Champion in 1936 and Canadian Amateur Heavyweight Champion in 1947 and 1948. He was inducted into The Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. During the war years, Archie enlisted in the Canadian Army and in 1944 became Canadian Forces Light Heavyweight Champion of Canada. When the Brant Inn was in its glory in the 1950's, Archie worked part time as a bouncer on weekends and enjoyed meeting all the celebrities who frequented the Burlington Night Club. There is a chapter dedicated to him in Stewart Brown's book "Memoirs of the Brant Inn" caption titled "More like an Eagle than a Sparrow". Archie loved the beach and he and Lil vacationed in Barbados every Winter. He loved to garden and take his dogs for long walks along the Bruce Trail. He was also an avid curler and speed skater. Many thanks to Nora Panchuk and Bev and Mike Occomore for their assistance during the critical times in the past. Many thanks to the staff at Cama Woodlands Nursing Home and to Rev. Gordon Bucek for their support and compassion during this difficult time. Cremation has taken place through Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Hamilton/ Burlington SPCA. There will be a Memorial Service held in Burlington in late June, to be announced at a later date.


Category: Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspaper(s): Hamilton Spectator

Location: Cambridge

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