William Murdoch (politician)

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Bill Murdoch
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byCharles George Fletcher
Succeeded byDonald Paterson
ConstituencyEssex South
Personal details
Born(1904-06-15)June 15, 1904
Leeds, England
DiedApril 28, 1984(1984-04-28) (aged 79)
Amherstburg, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Marie Bondy (m. 1932)
OccupationMunicipal official

James William (Bill) Murdoch (June 15, 1904[1] – April 28, 1984[2]) was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1960 to 1963. He served as the Progressive Conservative MPP for Essex South from his election in 1943 until his retirement in 1963.

He was born in Leeds, England, the son of James Murdoch and Elizabeth Mary Hole, and was educated in England. Murdoch came to Canada, where he became a farmer, in 1923. In 1932, he married Marie Bondy. Murdoch served on the local school board and was treasurer on the municipal council for Harrow, Ontario.[1] Murdoch was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1963. From 1968 to 1971 and from 1974 to 1976, he served on Amherstburg town council.[2][3] He died in 1984 in Amherstburg.[4] He is buried at Colchester Memorial Cemetery, Colchester, Ontario. [5]


  1. ^ a b Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1952, GP Normandin
  2. ^ a b Dale, Clare A (1992). Whose servant I am" : speakers of the assemblies of the province of Upper Canada, Canada and Ontario, 1792-1992. Toronto: Ontario Legislative Library. pp. 261–65.
  3. ^ "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. April 30, 1984.
  4. ^ http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1176712?PHPSESSID=8fd230c1ccdf51e345015b8456718113
  5. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=MUR&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GScntry=10&GSsr=401&GRid=71255425&

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