Gertrude Catherine McPhail and Michael Bernard Baine

When Gertrude Catherine McPhail was born on December 4, 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, her father, Archibald James Jacob McPhail (1870-1941), was 24 and her mother, Cecelia (née Garrow) (1876-1941) was 18. Gertrude had six brothers and three sisters.

Gertrude married Michael Bernard Baine on June 28, 1917, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Michael Bernard (Bernie) Baine was born on October 14, 1893, the son of Thomas Baine (1866-1900) and Maria (née Cummings) (1869-1938). His occupation at the time of the marriage is a crane driver.

Ontario, Canada Marriages (image via

The Baines had two sons and four daughters during their marriage:

  • Thomas Leonard Baine (1918-1999) m. Winnifred Madden (1922-2001)
  • Betty Mary Baine (1920-1979) m. William McLaughlin (1911-1987)
  • Bernard Joseph (Bun) Baine (1921-2008)
  • Gertrude (Trudy) Baine (1930-2015) m. James William Butler (1929-1992)
  • A daughter (still living)
  • A daughter (still living)

We find them on the 1921 census living at 40 Garfield Avenue North in Hamilton where they lived until at least 1958. Bernie’s occupation is listed as “operator” (presumably crane operator) on the census, but on later voter’s lists, he’s a clerk. Gertrude was at home.

1921 Canadian Census (image via
40 Garfield Avenue North (image via GoogleMaps)

The couple is at 933 Fennell Avenue East, Apartment 6 between 1963-1972 (and perhaps longer).

Bernie died in Hamilton on May 11, 1981.

The Hamilton Spectator

Gertrude survived Bernie by almost ten years, dying on February 11, 1991. Her obituary suggests she was living in Townsview Life Care Centre (now Dundurn Place Care Centre) at the time of her death:

The Hamilton Spectator

The couple are interred together in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Section 20. The stone reads:

BAINE / Gertrude C. / 1893-1991 / Michael B. / 1893-1981

Main image: Gertrude and Michael Bernard Baine (centre) with family (image via

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