|19th Mayor of Toronto|
|Preceded by||Samuel Bickerton Harman|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Manning|
|Born||11 October 1813
Hornsea, near Hull, Yorkshire, England
|Died||20 August 1883
Toronto, York Cty, ON, Canada
|Resting place||St. James Cemetery, Toronto, York Cty, ON, Canada|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Elizabeth Tuke|
|Children||Mary, Matthew, Joseph, George, Thomas, Henry and Charles S.|
Born in Hornsea, near Hull, Yorkshire, England, his father died when he was only 6 weeks old, leaving 4 young children to be raised by his mother. He quit school at the age of 9 and found a job as an apprentice with a barrel-maker.
He sailed from Hull on 15 April 1833 aboard the "Foster" landing in Quebec. He made his way by "Durham Boat" to Prescott, Upper Canada where he boarded the steamboat "William the Fourth" for York, arriving in Toronto in 1833.
He first was a carpenter, builder, and then became an architect in the 1840s. He built the Henry Cawthra's house (a mansion at the corner of King & Bay, Toronto) which was demolished in 1946. He also built the Ontario Bank building (at the corner of Scott & Wellington).
At the time of Confederation he was the Commissioner of Works and an Alderman (1851- 1871) in St. Patrick's Ward. He introduced the motion for the August "Civic holiday". In 1851, he is listed as an alderman, a building inspector, and an architect civil engineer. He designed the Dead house in St. Michael's Cemetery, and he helped design the Parliament Buildings of Canada in Ottawa.
A park was named in his honour on the lot that was once his home (The Mayor Joseph Sheard Parkette). It is found between the streets Yonge, McGill, Anne (now called Granby) and Church (12 McGill St).
His son, Dr. Charles Sheard, became the city's Chief Medical Officer and also served as a Member of Parliament. Other and current living members of the Sheard family include Dr Charles Sheard Jr (deceased), Justice Joseph David Sheard (Ontario Court of Justice) and Matthew Sheard.
|Cherry Street Hotel / Palace Street School||1859||Joseph Sheard||15, 18||409 Front Street East|
|Octagonal mortuary vault; designated historic property under Ontario Heritage Act (1975)||1855-56||Joseph Sheard||1414 Yonge Street, St. Michael's Cemetery (Toronto), Deer Park, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario|
|Ashbridge Estate||1854||Joseph Sheard||Queen Street East near Coxwell Avenue, Ashbridge's neighbourhood, Toronto|
|Bishop's Palace||1852 additions||Joseph Sheard||200 Church Street|
|Northfield||1856||Joseph Sheard||372 Jarvis Street|
|Tin and Copper Smith Building||1857||Joseph Sheard||83 Yonge Street|
|Laughlin Lodge||1858 alterations||Joseph Sheard||87 Elm Street|
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