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Charles Frederick Bodsworth was a Canadian writer, journalist and amateur naturalist.


Bodsworth, Fred was born on October 11, 1918 in Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada. Son of Arthur John and Viola (Williams) Bodsworth.


Student in public schools, Port Burwell.


Born in Port Burwell, Ontario, Bodsworth worked as a journalist for the St. Thomas Times-Journal, The Toronto Star, and Maclean's, where he also served as assistant editor. From 1964 to 1967, he was president of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. He died at Scarborough General Hospital in Toronto.

The Port Burwell branch of the Elgin County Library was renamed in his honour in 2005.


  • Bodsworth received the Matt Cohen Prize in 2002 for his writing.



Board directors Natural Science of Canada, 1980-1988. Honorary board directors Long Point Bird Observatory, since 1970. Chairman board trustees James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for ornithological field research, 1975-1988.

Member Federation Ontario Naturalists (honorary life, president 1964-1966), International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Writers Union of Canada Clubs: Ornithological, Field Naturalists (past president), Brodie (Toronto), Writer's Tust of Canada (Lifetime Achiev. award, 2003).


Married Margaret Neville Banner, July 8, 1944. Children: Barbara (Mistress Edward Welch), Nancy (Mistress Richard Hannah), Neville.

Arthur John Bodsworth

Viola (Williams) Bodsworth

Margaret Neville Banner

Barbara Bodsworth (Mistress Edward Welch)

Neville Bodsworth

Nancy Bodsworth (Mistress Richard Hannah)