|23rd Mayor of Edmonton|
November 2, 1949 – November 7, 1951
|Preceded by||Harry Dean Ainlay|
|Succeeded by||William Hawrelak|
|Alderman on the Edmonton City Council|
November 9, 1938 – November 2, 1949
|Born||April 11, 1893
Revelstoke, near Plymouth, Devon, England
|Died||April 22, 1955 (aged 62)
|Political party||Citizens Committee, Independent|
|Spouse(s)||Gertrude Florence Smitt|
Parsons was born in Revelstoke, near to Plymouth, Devon, England in 1893. He was educated in Plymouth, but he and his parents immigrated to New Jersey in the early 1900s. He attended technical schools there, and began work as a bricklayer with the Standard Oil Company in Bayonne, New Jersey.
In 1910, he moved to Edmonton, where he enlisted in the armed forces to fight in World War I. He served with the 49th Battalion, under the command of fellow future mayor William Antrobus Griesbach. Upon his return to Canada, Parsons married Gertrude Florence Smitt on January 8, 1918; the pair would have three sons.
In his post-war life, Parsons was active in the labour movement and served as an executive officer of the Edmonton Trades & Labour Council (he would serve as its president from 1941 until 1945).
Parsons first sought elected office in the 1931 Edmonton election, when he ran for Edmonton City Council as an aldermanic candidate. He finished seventh of fifteen candidates, and was not elected. He fared similarly in the 1932 and 1934 elections.
After this defeat, he returned to municipal politics, and was finally elected alderman in the 1938 election, finishing fourth of thirteen candidates. He was re-elected in 1940 (finishing fourth of eighteen candidates), 1942 (third of twelve candidates), 1944 (third of twelve), 1946 (fourth of thirteen), and 1948 (first of twelve) elections.
He resigned half way through his two-year aldermanic term to run for mayor in the 1949 election. He narrowly won the five candidate field, and was elected to a two-year term. He sought re-election in the 1951 election, but was soundly defeated by William Hawrelak. He did not return to public life thereafter.
Personal life, death, and legacy
In later life, Parsons was involved in veterans organizations. He was president of the Ex-Servicemen's Association and was an executive member of the Montgomery branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He also served as a labour representative on the Edmonton Hospital Board.
Sidney Parsons died April 22, 1955.
Parsons Road and Parsons Industrial, both in Edmonton, are named in his honour.
- Edmonton Public Library biography of Sidney Parsons
- City of Edmonton biography of Sidney Parsons
- Report to the Edmonton City Council Executive Committee including a list of aldermen who have been honoured in the names of Edmonton's features
- History of labour's involvement in Edmonton politics from the Edmonton Bullet at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)
Harry Dean Ainlay
|Mayor of Edmonton