The Sentells

Frederick William Sentell, one of Vancouver’s earlier Aldermen and the builder of Vancouver’s first city hall at 100 Powell Street also built many homes in what is now known as Strathcona.

Frederick William Sentell was born in St. John, New Brunswick on May 31, 1858, the son of Edward Sentell and Margaret Blair. He came to Vancouver around 1887.

On May 13th, 1889, 30 year-old New Brunswick-born Frederick William Sentell married 17 year-old Montreal, Quebec-born Alice Slade at Wesley Methodist Church with the Reverend Ebenezer Robson officiating. The wedding certificate records Alice’s parents as John and Margaret Slade. They had at last one son, Frederick Washington Sentell, born in Vancouver on July 4, 1890. Frederick Washington Sentell worked as a teamster, and then as a city fireman from 1917 to 1919 but died during the Spanish Influenza pandemic on January 14, 1919.

Frederick William Sentell died on January 22, 1951 at the age of 92 and is buried in the Old Section of Mountain View Cemetery in plot 1-02-007-0006. Alice Sentell on October 14, 1956 at the age of 83 and is buried with her husband. Their son is buried in the Old section of Mountain View Cemetery in plot 1/02/024/0012.

Of the homes built by Mr Sentell 844 Dunlevy, built in 1899, survives and is currently under restoration by the current owner, architect Graham Elvidge and his wife Kathleen. It was lived in from 1956 until their deaths by George and Clara Winchcombe who also lived on and off at 830 Dunlevy in 1907-1910, 1917, and 1921-1956.

George Winchcombe was born in Kensington, England on August 14, 1880 the son of Isaac Winchcombe and Emma Kearley. His wife, Clara Adelaide Augusta Palmer, was born in England on March 2, 1882. George died at Shaughnessy Hospital on January 6, 1959 at the age of 78 and is buried in the Horne 1 section Mountain View Cemetery in plot 5-01-003R-0002. Clara died at Oakherst Private Hospital on August19, 1966 and was buried with her husband.

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