|William Ford Coaker|
|Born||October 19, 1871|
|Died||October 26, 1938|
|Occupation||union leader, politician|
|Known for||Uniting the rural fishermen of Newfoundland and founding the Fishermen's Protective Union|
He organized the first local of the FPU co-operative in 1908 and led it as it expanded into a multifaceted interest involved in trading, publishing, light and power, shipbuilding, shipping and cold storage.
He took the FPU into politics in 1912 and Coaker was elected to the Newfoundland House of Assembly in the 1913 general election where he remained until 1924. He served in cabinet during World War I and from 1919 until 1924 when he was minister of marine and fisheries.
There is both a poem and song written referencing Coaker. The original anthem of the Fishers Protective Union was titled "We are coming Mr. Coaker, and we're 40 thousand strong". This anthem was sung or chanted at FPU meetings to show support for Coaker and his movement to unite the fishermen. There is also a poem titled "Coaker's Dream".
The former high school on New World Island, Coaker Academy, was named after Coaker. The school located in Virgin Arm, Newfoundland was closed in 2005 in favor of the islands new school, New World Island Academy, and has since been destroyed due to asbestos.
- Heritage Newfoundland
- Government of Canada, Newfoundland and the Great War, Who's Who in Newfoundland, Sir William Coaker
- The Rise of the Fishermen's Protective Union, the First World War and the National Government, 1908-1919
- Select Bibliography of Sir William Ford Coaker, the Fishermen's Protective Union (FPU)
- Poem "Coaker's Dream"
- Song "We Are Coming Mr. Coaker"
- Sir William Ford Coaker