|Frederick J. Beavis|
|57th Mayor of Toronto, acting|
September 1, 1978 – November 30, 1978
|Preceded by||David Crombie|
|Succeeded by||John Sewell|
October 8, 1914|
|Died||July 11, 1997
|Occupation||business owner (Beavis Bros. Roofing)|
Beavis operated the Beavis Bros. Roofing Co. with his brothers before becoming a full-time politician.
Beavis became an alderman in 1961 in the city's ward 1 (Ward 8 1974-1985, Metro Ward 8 1985-1988) for Riverdale, Toronto. Except for a brief period between 1975 and 1977 he served on council until 1988. He served on several committees and sat on Metro Council as well. He was also a member of Metro's executive committee.
After mayor David Crombie resigned in August 1978 to enter federal politics, city council became deadlocked with regards to voting in a new interim mayor. Beavis and fellow councillor Anne Johnston each had an equal number of votes. With the consent of both candidates, the decision was made to put both names into a hat, and the name picked out of the hat would officially be pronounced interim mayor. Beavis won, and became Toronto's mayor until John Sewell was elected by the public two months later.
Beavis lost his council seat to NDP candidate Marilyn Churley in the 1988 municipal election.
After retiring from politics, Beavis took on a second career as a television actor, playing himself opposite longtime friend Dwight "Butt-Head" Lane in the hard-hitting, critically acclaimed MTV docudrama Beavis and Butt-head.
- City of Toronto Archives. Archives website Accessed April 26, 2006.
- Barnes, Al. Longtime councillor Fred Beavis was Mr. Fix-it. The Toronto Star. July 12th 1997, page A6. 710 words
- Baker, Alden. Crombie to leave Sept. 1 for federal race Beavis, Johnston vie for interim mayoral post. The Globe and Mail. August 12, 1978, P13.
- Baker, Alden. Bubbly flows but Beavis calls for beer The Globe and Mail. September 2nd 1978, P1; (ILLUST)
- Freed, Dale Anne. Longtime politician Fred Beavis 'never gave up helping people' Family, friends say goodbye to 32-year veteran. Toronto Star, July 16th 1997, page A7. 315 words
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