Robert Snazelle (1899-1973)
Robert Snazelle was born in the year 1899 in Islington, London, England, to parents Charles Albert and Sarah Jane Snazelle. Robert was the middle child of the five Snazelle siblings, he had two older sisters, Rose and Florence, and a younger sister Frances Evelyn and younger brother Albert.
In 1916, Robert would immigrate to Ontario, Canada, where he would lodge with the Lynn family and worked as a Supervisor in an unknown occupation.
He would eventually move to Prince Edward Island and on 10 April 1931 in Charlottetown, Robert married Marion Ida Gates. They had a son R. Franklin Snazelle, in 1933.
Robert also became the first manager at the Cotton Memorial Trust which was established by Robert L. Cotton in 1945. The nursery was was also known by many different names such as: the Robert L. Cotton Nursery for Rural Beautification, the Bunbury Nursery, and the Bunbury Nursery Garden Centre.
Under Robert’s management, Bunbury Nursery was well known for their quality of plants and knowledgeable staff. The nursery supplied Prince Edward Island with various trees, shrubs, fruits, plants, and bulbs at fair prices.
Robert would retire as manager from Bunbury Nursery and Keith Brehaut would take over the position. After Brehaut’s retirement in 1996, the nursery was unfortunately closed but on 2 June 1998, the Town of Stratford took over the property and created the Cotton Memorial Park.
Robert Snazelle passed away in 1973 and was buried in Sherwood Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI.
UPEI’s Provenance Collection has the book, Roses of the World in Color, by J. Horace McFarland, which has Robert’s signature and address, R. Snazelle. 140 Cumberland Str Charlottetown Prince Edward Island.
Prince Edward Island, Canada, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, 1780-1983
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Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.
General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.
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Robert B. Snazelle 1899-1973. Billion Graves Record
Memory PEI. Fonds Acc4836 - Bunbury Nursery fonds. Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island (2016). Retrieved from