Bill Estabrooks

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Bill Estabrooks
Estabrooks in 2015
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Timberlea-Prospect
In office
March 24, 1998 – October 8, 2013
Preceded byBruce Holland
Succeeded byIain Rankin
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
In office
June 19, 2009 – May 30, 2012
Preceded byBrooke Taylor
Succeeded byMaurice Smith
Minister of Energy
In office
June 19, 2009 – January 11, 2011
Preceded byBarry Barnet
Succeeded byCharlie Parker
Personal details
Born(1947-07-26)July 26, 1947
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedJune 4, 2024(2024-06-04) (aged 76)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyNDP
Residence(s)Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
OccupationSchool teacher

William Irvine Estabrooks (July 26, 1947 – June 4, 2024) was a Canadian educator and politician from Nova Scotia.[1]

A native of Sackville, New Brunswick, Estabrooks attended Mount Allison University from which he graduated in 1969. Estabrooks found employment as a teacher in the communities around Halifax, Nova Scotia, residing in the suburban community of Upper Tantallon. Estabrooks taught at various schools in Halifax including Sir John A. Macdonald High, Sackville High and Brookside Junior High.[2] He was involved in local chapters of the Lions Club as well as volunteering with local hockey and football teams. He was also a recipient of the Lions International Presidents' Recognition Award and the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General.

In 2015, the Hubley Community Centre was named the Estabrooks Community Hall in Bill Estabrooks' honour for his years of dedication to the community.[3]

Political career


Estabrooks ran for the nomination of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party in the riding of Timberlea-Prospect in 1998. He was elected in the 1998 Nova Scotia election and was subsequently re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009 provincial elections.

Estabrooks was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia in June 2009 where he served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Minister of Energy until his resignation from cabinet in May 2012.[4][5]

Later life and death


On September 10, 2010, Estabrooks announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in November 2008.[6] He continued to serve in cabinet until his resignation on May 30, 2012. Estabrooks also announced his decision to not seek re-election in the next provincial election due to his health concerns.[4]

Estabrooks later moved to Edmonton around 2019 to be closer to his family, where he resided in a care home. He died there on June 4, 2024, at the age of 76.[7][8]


  1. ^ Gale, T.; Group, G. (1999). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Gale Group. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bill Estabrooks". Nova Scotia Legislature Website. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "HOWE ROOM: Estabrooks humbled by community's naming gesture". The Chronicle Herald. 2015-09-13. Archived from the original on 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  4. ^ a b "First female finance minister appointed in N.S." Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bill Estabrooks". Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Estabrooks has Parkinson's disease". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. September 10, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "'Call me Bill': Longtime Nova Scotia MLA Bill Estabrooks dies at age 76". CBC News. June 6, 2024. Retrieved June 6, 2024.
  8. ^ "Popular Nova Scotia MLA Bill Estabrooks dies at age 76". CTV News. June 5, 2024. Retrieved June 5, 2024.