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William Stevens

William (Jervis) Stevens, pianist, teacher (born 6 January 1921 in ​Montréal, ​QC, of American parents; died 1997). B.Mus. (McGill) 1943.

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William Thomas Aikins

William Thomas Aikins, surgeon, educator (b at Toronto Township, Upper Canada 4 June 1827; d at Toronto 25 May 1897). The son of Protestant Irish immigrants, he studied at John ROLPH's Toronto School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.

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William Townsend

William Townsend, painter (b at London, Eng 23 Feb 1909; d at Banff, Alta 4 July 1973). He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1926-30) and then worked in England as a painter and book illustrator.

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William Tritt

William Tritt. Pianist, teacher, b Pointe-Claire (Montreal) 27 Dec 1951, d Montreal 23 Oct 1992; B MUS (Montreal) 1969, M MUS (Montreal) 1969.

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William Tutin Thomas

Thomas's ecclesiastical works include St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa (1872-74); St James Memorial, Kemptville, Ontario (1873); St John's Anglican Church, Truro, Nova Scotia (1873-81); and the Church of St John the Evangelist (with Frank Darling), Montréal (1879-80).

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William Wakeham

William Wakeham, physician, public servant (b at Québec 30 Nov 1844; d at Gaspé, Qué 20 May 1915). William Wakeham was educated at the School of Military Instruction of Québec and McGill College in Montréal, graduating with a medical degree in 1866.

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William Walker Hamilton Gunn

William Walker Hamilton Gunn, ornithologist, ecologist (b at Toronto 18 Mar 1913; d at Lindsay, Ont 15 Oct 1984). His research on bird migration and behaviour has been applied effectively to ecological management and public education.

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William Warren Baldwin

William Warren Baldwin, doctor, lawyer, politician (b at Knockmore, Ire 25 Apr 1775; d at Toronto 8 Jan 1844). He arrived in Upper Canada in 1799, eventually settling at York [Toronto]. Urbane, talented and in due course wealthy, Baldwin established a comfortable and distinguished law practice.

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William Wasborough Foster

William Wasborough Foster, military officer, public servant, mountaineer (b at Bristol, Eng 1875; d at Vancouver 2 Dec 1954). Energetic, capable and good-humoured, Foster immigrated to Canada in 1894 to work for the CPR before becoming BC's deputy minister of public works in 1910.

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William Waterhouse

William (James) Waterhouse. Violinist, teacher, born Winnipeg 15 Aug 1917, died Saint-Boniface, Man. 22 Nov 2003; LAB (London) 1933, B MUS (Boston) 1950, M MUS (Boston) 1950, honorary RAM 1976. He began his musical training at four with his father, John, and Bernard Naylor.

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William Watson

William Watson, "Whipper Billy," professional wrestler (b at Toronto 25 June 1915; d at Orlando, Fla 4 Feb 1990). It is claimed that he won 99% of his 6300 matches during a 30-year career. He was popular in the Toronto area and frequently drew capacity crowds.

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William Wilkie

William Wilkie, merchant, radical (b at Halifax c 1795; d unknown). The son of a sea captain, Wilkie went into business just as the War of 1812 ended. Peacetime Halifax experienced acute economic dislocation and, provoked by slumping trade and rising taxes, Wilkie turned to protest.

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William Yellowhead

William Yellowhead, or Musquakie, Ojibwa chief (d at the Rama Reserve, Lk Simcoe, Canada W 11 Jan 1864). During the WAR OF 1812 Yellowhead, then in his thirties or forties, fought for the British. He had his jaw shattered by a musket ball.

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William “Torchy” Peden

William J. "Torchy" Peden, cyclist (born 16 April 1906 in Victoria, BC; died 26 January 1980 in Chicago, Illinois). One of the greatest cyclists of his era, Peden was particularly successful on the six-day racing circuit in the 1930s. In his first four years of six-day racing, he won 24 of 48 races. In total, he won 38 of 148 races between 1929 and 1948, a record that stood until 1965. Peden was one of the top-paid athletes of the Depression era, alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees. He is a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, BC Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame.

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Willie Eckstein

Willie or Billy (William) Eckstein. Pianist, composer, b Pointe St-Charles (now Montreal), 6 Dec 1888, d Montreal 23 Sep 1963. He began playing piano at 3, and was billed at 12 in New York as 'The Boy Paderewski'.