William Davis, the former premier of Ontario, dies at 92


On Sunday morning, William Davis who once served as premier of Ontario died at 92. The release stated:

“It is with immense sadness and deep gratitude for his remarkable life as a husband, father, brother, grandfather of twelve and great grandfather of three, that we announce the passing, in his beloved home town of Brampton, the morning of August 8, 2021, of the Hon William G Davis, the eighteenth Premier of Ontario. After spending much family time in his favourite of all places, his cottage in Georgian Bay, he died of natural causes … surrounded by members of his family.”

Before he became the premier of Ontario, Davis served as education minister and universities minister. He was elected to serve as a premier in 1971, and he stayed in office until 1985. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented:

“The former Premier of Ontario leaves behind an incredible legacy of service – and I have no doubt that the impact of his work will be felt for generations to come.”

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown also expressed his sorrow:

“He was our most beloved resident in Brampton, Ontario’s most successful Premier and the definition of decency. His legacy is one of profound accomplishment & he will be missed greatly.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory has said that the City of Toronto will lower flags at City Hall and other municipal buildings to honour William Davis.

He added:

“To me, he was always Premier Davis, but he was also my one-time boss, a law firm colleague and most of all a friend and mentor through most of my life. In all of those roles and many more including most importantly as a husband, father and grandfather, the same personal qualities always shone through: decency, integrity, balance, and he was a very proud Canadian.”


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