William George Beech
|William George Beech|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for York South
|Preceded by||Joseph W. Noseworthy|
|Succeeded by||David Lewis|
|Preceded by||Ted Jolliffe|
|Succeeded by||Donald C. MacDonald|
June 4, 1898|
|Died||May 28, 1971
|Political party||Federal PC, 1957-1962
Ontario PC, 1951-1955
|Spouse(s)||Marie Beech (née Newman)|
Beech was born in London, England and moved to Canada with his parents when he was very young. Beech served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I, joining the army at 16, and was wounded at Vimy Ridge. He was an industrial engineer, and then in 1950 owned a travel agency in the York Township.
Beech was a member of the council for York Township and was reeve from 1948 to 1951. He defeated Ontario Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) leader Ted Jolliffe to represent York South in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in 1951. He was defeated by the new CCF leader, Donald C. MacDonald, in the provincial election held in 1955 but was elected to a seat in the House of Commons two years later and again in 1958. Beech was defeated in his re-election attempt for the federal seat in 1962 by David Lewis of the New Democratic Party (NDP), a future leader of the federal NDP. It was notable that Beech won or lost his seats to three different leaders of the CCF/NDP. He ran again, and was defeated in the April 1963 Canadian general election. He died on May 28, 1971, in the Borough of York (as York Township was renamed in 1967), after a brief illness.
- "William Beech ex-York reeve". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1971-05-29. p. 93.
- William George Beech – Parliament of Canada biography
- Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
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