Herbert O. Sparrow

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The Hon.
Herbert O. Sparrow
Senator for Saskatchewan
In office
Appointed by Lester B. Pearson
Personal details
Born (1930-01-04)January 4, 1930
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Died September 6, 2012(2012-09-06) (aged 82)
Political party Liberal
Committees Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture (1980–1983)
Chair, Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (1983–1984)

Herbert Orval Sparrow, CM (January 4, 1930 – September 6, 2012) was a Canadian politician.

At the time of his retirement, Sparrow was the longest-serving member of the Canadian Senate, and was the last remaining member of the Upper House to have been appointed by Prime Minister Lester Pearson. He was appointed on February 9, 1968, and sat as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada representing the province of Saskatchewan. Sparrow retired from the Senate upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75 on January 4, 2005.

Sparrow was a businessman, farmer and rancher. He opened one of the first Canadian KFC locations in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in the 1950s and still operated the establishment until his death.

Herb was involved in many worthwhile projects in the city of North Battleford. His contracting company "Westman Contracting LTD" helped develop many parts of the Killdeer area in North Battleford. He also provided lunches to underprivileged children at local schools and helped form the Centennial School for special-need children.

In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[1]

Herb was in excellent health despite his advanced age until in 2012 he had a massive stroke and had to be transferred to RUH in Saskatoon where he died less than a week later.

His ever-faithful wife of many years died in 2015, and the last member of his remaining family died in late 2012. He is survived by 6 children: Ken Sparrow, Joanne Sparrow, Bryan Sparrow, Rob Sparrow, Lauren Sparrow and Ron Sparrow.


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