Bill McVittie

Hespeler’s Bill McVittie, served as mayor of the town from 1950 to 1953. He was chairman of the Hespeler Arena Building Committee.

1906 – 1980

Bill McVittie was a longtime teacher (1930- 1968) at Galt Collegiate Institute, but it was as a volunteer within the Hespeler community that he is best remembered.

McVittie joined the Hespeler Library Board in 1938, a post he held until 1950, eventually moving up to chairman from 1945-1950.

At that point, McVittie entered local politics, running for, and winning, the mayorship of the small community on the Speed River.

A member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years, he served as president and later chairman of the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital, forerunner of today’s Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

There were also stints as a fund-raiser for St. Luke’s United Church and Manse, New Hope Cemetery Chapel, and the Preston-Hespeler Masonic Temple, but McVittie is best known for the role he played in championing the construction of the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

The arena was constructed in 1948-49 and for the better part of the next five decades, was the social and athletic hub of the community. The arena was home base for several generations of aspiring hockey players.

McVittie served as chairman of the Hespeler Arena Building Committee.

McVitte, as chairman of the South Waterloo Memorial Hospital Board, is pictured at the far right at the official sod-turning for the construction of the hospital in 1952 on Coronation Blvd.. In the middle, third from left, is Galt mayor Art White, an avid sportsman and promoter of local sports.