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Reeve Robert Speck at Toronto Township Centennial Celebrations
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Title: Reeve Robert Speck at Toronto Township Centennial Celebrations
Identifier: MI0027
Image Type: B&W Photo
Subject: Speck, Robert
Donor: City of Mississauga
Location: Confederation Square, Cooksville

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Description: This photo shows Robert Speck at Confederation Square for the lighting of the Centennial flame on December 31, 1966. Robert Speck was born in 1915 and raised on a fruit farm in Clarkson. He was president of the Lakeview Businessmen Association and the Clarkson Dixie Fruit Growers' Association. He entered politics in 1956, serving as Councillor for the Township of Toronto for one year, Deputy Reeve for three years, Reeve for eight years and Mayor of Mississauga for five. During his tenure as Reeve for his second term, Toronto Township applied to the Ontario Municipal Board for town status. In 1967 it was granted and the name "Mississauga" was chosen for the town. Robert Speck was elected the first mayor. After two heart attacks, he underwent a heart transplant in December 1971. Robert Speck died on April 5, 1972. Original photo at Museums of Mississauga. Description updated July 2019.
Agency: Mississauga Library System