Jocelyn Lyall Bonnycastle1

#670, (1914 - 2001)
FatherGeorge Bonnycastle1 (1880 - 1976)
MotherMargaret Smith Eggo1 (1881 - 1970)
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of John Bonnycastle


Robert Foster
  • Robert Foster2
  • Roy Foster2 (1943 - 2009)
  • Elaine Foster2
  • Ken Foster11
  • Richard Foster2

Life Events

BirthJocelyn Lyall Bonnycastle was born on 25 Dec 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She and sister Frances were twins.1,2 
(with Parents) 1916 CensusJocelyn L appeared on the 1916 Census of Winnipeg, Manitoba with her parents. She was 1 year old, Anglican, and born in Manitoba.3 
(Subject) Photograph Here is Jocelyn in a family photo.1
George & Margaret Bonnycastle
Len & Mary Hawkins
and their children
probably taken spring or summer 1921
(with Parents) 1921 CensusJocelyn appeared on the 1921 Census of Toronto, Ontario with her parents. She was 6 years old and born in Manitoba.4 
Twins Jocelyn & Frances
Newspaper Published 4 Jan 1936 in the Vancouver Sun.

Twins' Coming-of-Age
The Christmas-day birthday of Frances and Jocelyn Bonnycastle, twenty-one-year-old twin daughters of Mr and Mrs George Bonnycastle, was celebrated a week later at a jolly house party at their Kerrisdale home which had been gaily decked out in the festive mood with canopies of streamers and balloons and with hats and favors for the guests.

The invitation list included the Misses Joyce Foster, Carmen Planta, Hilda Charlton, Betty Oldaker, Lois Alcock, Mary Lee, Janey Pitcher, Beth Gillanders.

Messrs Bob Foster, Bill Erkett, Harold Reid, Denver King, George Hawkins, Joe Van Snellenberg, Channing Hawkins, Victor Freeman, John Turner, Hugh Bonnycastle, Bob McKenzie and John Jamieson.6
Residence In 1937, Jocelyn Lyall Bonnycastle lived in 2031 W 45, Vancouver, British Columbia, "Joselyn L" with parents.7 
(Witness) MarriageJocelyn was an attendant at the marriage of William Eric Urquhart to her sister Frances on 22 Feb 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia.8 
MarriageJocelyn Lyall Bonnycastle married Robert Foster.1
Newspaper Published 9 Oct 1941 in the Vancouver Sun.

Bride Attended by Twin at Double Ring Rites Wednesday
The old fashioned custom of exchanging wedding rings marked the Wednesday evening wedding of Jocelyn, daughter of Mr and Mrs George F Bonnycastle to Robert Foster, Jr. Rev Dr E D Braden read the service in Ryerson United Church and Mrs C Caldwell sang "For You Alone." The groom is the son of Mr and Mrs Robert Foster.

The autumn leaf shades were combined in the bride's ensemble. Her frock was a gold wool crepe featuring unpressed pleats and her pompadour hat and accessories were in the brown tones. Mrs W E Urquhart, the bride's twin sister was her matron of honor and wore a frock and turban of moss green. Miss Lois Alcock was bridesmaid in velvet, a rust tone. They carried waterfall cascades of tiny bronze and gold 'mums. Mr Urquhart was groomsman and the ushers were Messrs George Lake and Hugh Bonnycastle.

The reception was held in the York Room of Hotel Georgia. For her honeymoon in Victoria and Nanaimo, the bride changed to a dolman coat of Canadian brown squirrel. Mr and Mrs Foster will return to make their home in the Churchill Apartments, 3731 West Fourth.9
Sisters Georgia & Jocelyn & Frances
(Mentioned) ObituaryShe was mentioned in Hugh Charles Bonnycastle's 1975 obituary as Mrs Jocelyn Foster of Burnaby.10 
DivorceJocelyn and Robert were divorced.1 
DeathJocelyn died on 23 Apr 2001 in Burnaby, British Columbia.2
ObituaryHer obituary was published on 30 Apr 2001 in the Vancouver Sun.
Foster - Jocelyn Lyall (nee Bonnycastle) born December 25, 1914, died peacefully on April 23, 2001. A longtime resident of Burnaby, Jocie rejoiced in being a twin, a mother, a grandmother and a servant of Jehovah. She was a highly-principled lady who loved family gatherings, babies, children, singing, pretty dresses, tea parties, elegant table settings, going to the opera, studying and sharing her faith. She is survived by her ex-husband Robert Foster; her twin sister Frances Wood; sister Georgia (Bill); her five children: Robert (Julia), Roy (Janis), Elaine (Ron), Ken (Sharon), Richard (Sandy); 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held May 5, 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 5525 Short, Burnaby.2
Last Edited23 Nov 2012


  1. Letters from Georgia Rickson, Vancouver, to J Kolthammer, dated early 1990s.
  2. Obituary of Jocelyn Lyall Foster in The Vancouver Sun, 30 April 2001.
  3. Online image of the 1916 Census for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (, Manitoba, Winnipeg City (15), ED 7 in City of Winnipeg, Page 3.
  4. Online image of the 1921 Census for Canada, viewed at Ontario, York West, Sub-District 69 Toronto, Page 7.
  5. E-mails from Janna Lee to J Kolthammer, June 2008.
  6. The Vancouver Sun, Frances and Jocelyn Bonnycastle's 21st birthday party, 4 Jan 1936. Image viewed at Google news archives.
  7. BC Directory.
  8. The Vancouver Sun, Wedding of Frances Bonnycastle and William Eric Urquhart, 22 Feb 1939. Image viewed at Google news archives.
  9. The Vancouver Sun, Wedding of Jocelyn Bonnycastle and Robert Foster, 9 Oct 1941. Image viewed at Google news archives.
  10. Obituary of Hugh Charles Bonnycastle in Vancouver Sun, 3 June 1975.
  11. E-mails from Ken Foster to J Kolthammer.