Speech to the House of Commons

October 01, 2013

Mr. Speaker.

I wish to recognize the passing of Bill Thake, who, until his death at age 77 on June 26 of this year, was the longest serving municipal politician in Ontario.

He was first elected to Westport village council in 1961 and became Mayor in 1969. He retained that position until his untimely death.

Bill, as he was known to everyone, was the kind of hard-working, honest man that everyone wants to represent them. Frugal in his own life, he treated taxpayer’s dollars with the greatest respect.

The advice he gave everyone was: Never make a promise you can’t keep, and always tell the truth.

As well as Mayor, he served four terms as Warden of the United Counties of Leeds-Grenville and sat on many other boards and committees.

Mr. Speaker, Bill is survived by his wife Marlene, daughter Cindy, son-in-law Chris and two grandsons.

He will be missed.