July 1, 2016.  I closed the sale of my house, with my cousin and Lawyer, Stanley Clapp. He has relocated in Leaside from his original Toronto Erskine Ave address.  Boy, does he look a lot like Eric Clapton, but that is another story. . .

Eric Patrick Clapton (born 30 March 1945, in The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England) is an English guitarist, singer and composer. Clapton is the son of  sixteen-year-old, Patricia Clapp, and Edward Fryer, a Canadian soldier stationed in England.

Eric’s biological  father, who already had a wife, returned to Canada after World War II. His mother, was not able to bear the shame of raising an illegitimate child (a child of unmarried parents) in post-war Britain.

Patricia Clapp (age 16), Rose Clapp’s daughter, ) too young to care for a  child, left Eric  to be raised by his grandparents Jack and Rose Clapp .

The surname Clapton comes from Rose’s first husband and Patricia’s father, Reginald Cecil Clapton (d. 1933), and this was the surname that Eric was given.

Until Eric was 9 he thought Rose Clapp was his mother. She was actually his Grandmother !


Interestingly enough, my father's name is Jack and my Uncle's name is Cecil, and my first cousin Stanley Clapp, looks like Eric !

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