William Culham Woodward

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William Culham Woodward
William Culham Woodward
16th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
August 29, 1941 – October 1, 1946
Monarch George V
Governor General The Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Premier Duff Pattullo
John Hart
Preceded by Eric Hamber
Succeeded by Charles Arthur Banks
Personal details
Born (1885-04-24)April 24, 1885
Gore Bay, Ontario
Died February 24, 1957(1957-02-24) (aged 71)
Hawaii, USA
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Ruth Wynn-Johnson (m. 1921)
Relations Charles A. Woodward (father)
Children Charles N. "Chunky" Woodward
Occupation Businessman
Profession Politician

William Culham Woodward, also known as Billy Woodward and Willy Woodward, (April 24, 1885 – February 24, 1957)[1][2] was a member of a successful merchandising family in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Heir to the Woodward's department store chain founded by his father Charles A. Woodward in 1891, he started out in 1907 as a bookkeeper for the store, ultimately rising to become company president in 1937 upon his father's death.[3][4] He was succeeded in that capacity by his son, Charles N. "Chunky" Woodward in 1956.[5]

Among the many other positions Woodward held were Charter Member of the Board of the Bank of Canada from its founding in March, 1935; President of the Vancouver Board of Trade; Life Governor of the Vancouver General Hospital; Founder and Patron of the Vancouver Little Theatre. During World War I, he served overseas in the First Canadian Heavy Artillery.[6] Woodward was, like his father, a member of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon of the International Order of Freemasonry.[7]

Woodward served as the 16th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia from 1941 to 1946.[8]