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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: Robert Speck was the first and only Mayor of the Town of Mississauga. He was born in 1915 and raised on a fruit farm in Clarkson. He was president of the Lakeview Businessmen Association and of the Clarkson Dixie Fruit Growers' Association. He entered politics in Toronto Township in 1956, serving as Councillor for one year, Deputy Reeve for three years, Reeve for eight years and Mayor for six. 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 a new name given to the town, Mississauga. Robert Speck had suffered two heart attacks and in December 1971 he underwent a heart transplant. However, he died in April 1972 from a combination of pneumonia and a duodenal ulcer. This photo shows Speck at Confederation Square for the lighting of the Centennial flame, December 31, 1966. Original photo at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of April 2012. Description updated July 2019.
Agency: Mississauga Library System