Fred Burr

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Fred Burr
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Dave Cooke
Constituency Windsor—Riverside
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Sandwich-Riverside
Personal details
Born (1911-02-26)February 26, 1911
Middlesex County, Ontario
Died January 17, 2006(2006-01-17) (aged 94)
Kincardine, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Dorothy
Children 3
Occupation Teacher

Frederick Arthur Burr (February 26, 1911 – January 17, 2006) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1967 to 1977 who represented the ridings of Sandwich-Riverside and Windsor—Riverside.


Born in Middlesex County, Ontario, to Arthur Edward Burr and Emily Rose Vernon, Burr had a long career as a high school teacher at Walkerville Collegiate Institute where he taught Latin and Greek for 34 years.[1]

His son, Dave Burr served one term as the mayor of Windsor, Ontario. In addition to his son, Burr had two daughters, Sheila and Maureen, and was pre-deceased by his wife, Dorothy.


Burr ran in the 1945 federal election in the riding of Essex West. He came in third to Liberal candidate Donald Ferguson Brown.[2] He tried four more times in provincial and federal elections before winning in the 1967 provincial election by 799 votes.[3] In the next provincial election in 1971, he won by 10,000 votes.[4]

While his tenure as an MPP was spent in Opposition, he was known as a forward-thinking member, asking questions about solar power and the effects of freon as far back as 1974 and was regarded as one of the first politicians to take up the cause of second-hand tobacco smoke.[5]


  1. ^ Tribute in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, May 31, 2006
  2. ^ "How Ontario voted in Federal election". The Toronto Daily Star. June 12, 1945. pp. 10–11. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but.." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. 
  4. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  5. ^ Dowd, Ed (May 11, 2006). "NDP backbencher in '70s finally proven right". Orangeville Citizen. Archived from the original on January 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Obituary of Fred Burr in the Globe and Mail, 18 April 2006