Ed Burritt - 1877 – 1966
Ed’s diary reads “Left the employment of the Hudson’s Bay Co. to start in business for myself, April 27th, 1907”. The founder of Burritt Bros. was a community leader, a diligent businessman, and a compassionate employer. Soon joined by his brother Harvey, they located the business on Hornby St. in downtown Vancouver from 1907 to 1967. Ed’s sons, Charlie & Edmund, followed in their fathers’ footsteps in the second generation.
Harvey Burritt – 1872 – 1937
Harvey was a skilled upholsterer and, after joining Ed in business to officially become the Burritt Bros., brought his keen attention to practical details to the carpet trade. As a lively energetic “character”, Uncle Harvey was well loved by his family and colleagues. As a life-long bachelor, Harvey left the succession plan to his children and thus the next generation were truly Burritt brothers.
Edmund Burritt – 1911 – 2007
Edmund started with the family business as a young lad and, along with his brother Charlie, succeeded his father and uncle as the second generation owners of Burritt Bros. Ed had a keen interest in music and the arts, and was the driver of business growth into more fashionable and decorative carpet & area rugs.
Charlie Burritt – 1917 – 1980
Charlie Burritt was blessed with boundless energy, great leadership skills and a wonderful passion for fun. He led Burritt Bros. with cautious determination and an unshakable commitment to the highest standards of quality and business ethics. Charlie and Ed moved the business to the current location on Main St. in 1967. Charlie’s son Harvey joined his father in business, as uncle Edmund moved into retirement in the early 1970’s, and became the third generation owner on Charlie’s passing in 1980.