This question is related to an original question asked 9 years ago but with a twist. The OP was asking about familial titles
This was the original question.
This may seem an odd and morbid question, but I am curious about the use of relative familial titles when the family member you are referring to died prior to your birth. For example, say my mother has a brother named Bruce. How would I refer to my mother's brother Bruce if he died before I was born?
A lot of answers suggested that the individual was still this person's uncle. The original question implies a blood connection.
Now my question implies no blood connection.
Is the husband of my mother's sister my uncle, even if he perished before I was born?
Okay, to clarify. My Aunt had remarried by the time I was born and I recognised this second individual as my uncle. It's just in conversation the other day, and for more information I am a first generation Australian of British descent, a newly immigrated Chinese friend of mine referred to him as my uncle.
Another clarification from a question asked. The sentence from my Chinese friend, fairly verbatim, was "So your uncle died and then your Auntie moved to Australia and 4 years later your parents followed" And I had also explained that I had been born 3 years after my parents arrived in Australia. So I'm not sure if she was trying to westernise her grammar or if it was a direct translation from her cultural point of view. Next time we speak, which will be tonight AEDST I'll query her and try to understand what she meant, she's a very pleasant person and will take no offense to me trying to understand her understanding of familial titles.