Fred Vendrasco

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Fioravante (Fred) Vendrasco
Born 1888
Died 1914 (aged 25–26)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Blairmore, Alberta
Nationality Italian
Occupation Timber Packer

Early Life


1888, 24 Feb, Fioravante Sesto Vendrasco was born in the Comune of Arzene, Province Portenone, Northern Italy.


Father Giovanni Vendrasco, age 42 in 1888, occupation a merchant of rags and old clothes and his wife Giovanna Preveddo, housewife.

Miner and Siblings (not necessarily in birth order)

  • Giovanni Vendrasco
  • Fioravante Sesto Vendrasco
  • Sebestiano Vendrasco (born Crespano)
  • Luigi Vendrasco (born 24 Dec 1885, Arzene)
  • Antonio Vendrasco



Immigration to Canada

1913 Ship America, age 26, single, from Arzene, going to Frank, Alberta to brother Giovanni

Occupation in 1914

Timber Packer

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Two sources:
1) Buried in Hillcrest but not in Mass Grave
2) Buried in Blairmore, Alberta. Assume this one is correct.

2017, 13 Nov. Ian Mackenzie wrote: "There is a Bozzer shown on the Blairmore Catholic Cemetery map at the municipal office, plot 15 in row 15 west of the Cross. That map location also has a handwritten note “Hillcrest Mine Disaster” next to his plot. Another victim Vendrasco is shown next to him, in plot 16. I have not visited this site so I don’t know if there are headstones. Maybe these two buried next to each other suggested the Mass Grave reference? There are seven ‘unknown’ graves adjacent to these two."

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E

Interesting Facts

The other Vendrasco brothers were in the Crowsnest Pass.

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