William George Beech


William George Beech (June 4, 1898 May 28, 1971) was a mid-20th century Canadian politician that represented York Township at all three levels of government.

William George Beech
Member of Parliament
for York South
In office
1957–1962
Preceded byJoseph W. Noseworthy
Succeeded byDavid Lewis
Ontario MPP
In office
1951–1955
Preceded byTed Jolliffe
Succeeded byDonald C. MacDonald
ConstituencyYork South
Personal details
Born(1898-06-04)June 4, 1898
London, England
DiedMay 28, 1971(1971-05-28) (aged 72)
York, Toronto
Political partyFederal PC, 1957-1962
Ontario PC, 1951-1955
Spouse(s)Marie Beech (née Newman)
OccupationIndustrial engineer/businessman

Background


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.[1] He was an industrial engineer, and then in 1950 owned a travel agency in the York Township.[1]

Politics


Beech was a member of the council for York Township and was reeve from 1948 to 1951.[1] 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.[1]

References


  1. "William Beech ex-York reeve". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1971-05-29. p. 93.