I came across this obituary: ___________________________________________
Wilf Spooner, 92, Ontario political icon
Wilf Spooner, considered "a true political icon of his time," died Wednesday [Feb 14, 2001] in Timmins, Ont. He was 92.
"Spooner was a mentor for all the Progressive Conservatives who followed him, including myself," said Alan Pope, who, like Spooner, is a former Cochrane South provincial politician and cabinet minister. Spooner was affectionately known as Mr. Northern Ontario after representing the interests of the North for years. He was mayor of Timmins from 1950 to 1955 and held several portfolios as a member of the Ontario legislature from 1955 to 1968.
As mines minister, he supported silicosis treatment programs and fought to eliminate the disease as an occupational hazard among Ontario's miners. As minister of lands and forests, Spooner expanded the provincial park system throughout the province.
"Finally, after his retirement, Spooner stayed in the North and continued to contribute to the North, such as serving as chair of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission," Pope said. Spooner was the "finest politician I believe in the history of the North," he said.
Spooner's wife of 61 years, Gertrude (Toots), died in 1991. In failing health, he moved to a North Bay nursing home in 1998.
Spooner was one of the most accomplished cabinet ministers in the Conservative government of former premier John Robarts. Spooner was a "perfect and astute gentleman," added Jack Helpert, a friend for 60 years. Helpert said Spooner was deeply concerned about his community and Northern Ontario but he always put his family first. "Wilf's capacity for hard work earned him praise from members of all political parties. He was blunt but he tempered his remarks with a dry wit."
Spooner was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Massey outside of Sudbury and married his late wife Toots in 1930. They came to Timmins in 1932 where Spooner, an accountant, worked in an insurance office. His political career started in Timmins in 1939 and he went on to win five straight elections. He moved into provincial politics in 1955 when he captured the Cochrane South riding for the Progressive Conservatives. Spooner served as minister of mines, minister of lands and forests and municipal affairs minister. He was defeated in 1967. He was appointed to the ONTC in 1978 and became chairman in 1982, a post he held until 1989.
A funeral mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel in North Bay on Monday [Feb 19]. ____________________________________________
Is anyone posting here related to this remarkable man ? What is his family line ?