Bill White (Canadian politician)
William Andrew White, III
Bill White, seen here in the mid-1970s.
Photo courtesy of the White family.
|Born||February 7, 1915|
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||January 23, 1981 (aged 65)|
|Political party||Co-operative Commonwealth Federation|
|Spouse(s)||Vivian R. Keeler|
|Children||W. Romney White, Chris White, Laurie White, Sheila White, Tim White|
|Residence||Scarborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Teacher/Composer/Choral Group Leader|
Family and education
He was born in 1915 in Truro, Nova Scotia, the son of Baptist minister William A. White and his wife Izie Dora (White). (They were not related before marriage.) Among his twelve siblings were internationally renowned Canadian concert singer Portia White, labour union leader and politician Jack White, and television performer Lorne White. Another sister married a Mr. Oliver, and they were the parents of Donald H. Oliver, the first black Canadian Senator.
His family moved to Halifax where his father was minister of the Church for nearly 20 years. After attending local schools, he got an education and music degree. He taught music. He was also a composer and choral group leader.
Marriage and family
Bill White and his wife had children including software designer W. Romney White, folk musician Chris White, Toronto physician Laurie White, social activist and politician Sheila White, and professional musician Tim White.
1949 federal election
|Canadian federal election, 1949: Spadina|
|Progressive Conservative||Willard M. Box||9,407|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||William Andrew White||5,969|
Order of Canada
Bill White was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 18, 1970. He was invested into the Order on March 31, 1971. The appointment was for "services to the community and his contribution to better relations and understanding between people of different racial background." Another honour he earned was the Scarborough Citizen of the Year in 1976.