Harley was the son of Harold Rix “Harry” Warner and Mary Jane Harber. He was born in Orillia, Ontario on September 18 or 19, 1897 (his Ontario birth record says the 19th, but other documents indicate that he celebrated his birthday, throughout his life, on the 18th).
He was named Harold after his father and his middle name, Harber, was from his mother’s family. But “Harley” is the name he used all his life. It was probably out of admiration for an older and very successful first cousin, Harley Warner Larkin, the son of his aunt, Hannah Maria Warner.
Harley served in World War I, stationed in Canada, England and France, from his enlistment in 1916 until his demobilization in 1919.
He married Helen Fredrica Price, at her father’s home in Toronto, on September 22, 1923. They had three children:
During World War II, when he was in his mid-forties, Harley was a foreman at the Victory Aircraft plant in Malton, Ontario, where they built Lancaster bombers for the war effort. Family lore has it that he worked on the tail assemblies.
Helen died in 1967 and Harley lived alone for the last eleven years of his life.
He died in a nursing home in Newmarket on May 10, 1978 and was buried in Saint John’s Norway Cemetery.
I created this website for my children and grandchildren, my brother and his children and grandchildren, and my various first, second, third and fourth cousins, all of whom are descendants of William Warner (1808–1845) and Sarah Leitch (abt. 1805–1893) who came to Canada over 190 years ago.
In fact, the website goes back as far as that William’s paternal grandfather, who was also named William Warner (1753–?), and his wife Elizabeth White (1755–?).
You can jump to any of William and Elizabeth’s descendants by using the Family Tree link in the menu bar at the top of each page or the Search tool directly above.