Graduated from Victoria College, Cobourg, and from Trinity College, Toronto. Excellent horseman and involved himself with the farm activities of his parishioners. He knew crops and livestock. Founded St. Stephen's Church on Concession Street in Hamilton. Holy Trinity parish on corner of Upper James and Fennell Avenue was named for him.
Fennell Avenue, a street on the Hamilton, Ontario Mountain was named after him.
- Bailey, Thomas Melville (1992). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol III, 1925-1939). W.L. Griffin Ltd.