Guelph, Ont, February 1, 2019 – As Mayor, I join the community of Guelph in mourning the passing of the Honourable William Winegard.
Bill, as he was known to most of us, served as the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1967 to 1975 and went on to become Guelph’s Member of Parliament, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, and Canada’s first Minister for Science.
He was an honoured veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Bill was extraordinary not just for what he accomplished, but how he did it. He was a generous volunteer throughout his life, a mentor to many, and a statesman through and through. He was a driving force behind many community achievements, such as the fundraising campaign for the John McCrae statue at the Civic Museum. I remember when he spoke on Remembrance Day at the Sleeman Centre, you could hear a pin drop. He received a standing ovation for his eloquent advocacy for Canadian veterans.
We are grateful for Bill’s service to our community, and we know that his legacy will live on in many ways, large and small.