Ivan Thrasher

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Ivan Thrasher
Ontario MPP
In office
1964–1967
Preceded by Maurice Bélanger
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Constituency Windsor—Sandwich
Personal details
Born(1914-05-21)May 21, 1914
Amherstburg, Ontario
Died January 11, 2011(2011-01-11) (aged 96)
Guelph, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Orpha Miller
Children 5
Occupation Farmer, real estate agent
Military service
Allegiance Canadian
Service/branch Canadian Armed Forces
Years of service 1940-1945
Battles/wars Italian Campaign, Liberation of Holland

Ivan William Thrasher (May 21, 1914 – January 21, 2011) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1964 to 1967. He represented the riding of Windsor—Sandwich in the government of John Robarts.

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Background

Thrasher was born Amherstburg, Ontario near Windsor, Ontario. He was one of eight children in the family of William and Ruby Thrasher. [1] In 1940, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served in the 1st and 2nd Regiments, participating in both the Italian campaign and the liberation of Holland. After returning to Canada, he began a turkey farm, then a successful real estate business. [2]

Amherstburg Town in Ontario, Canada

Amherstburg is a town near the mouth of the Detroit River in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. In 1796, Fort Malden was established here, stimulating growth in the settlement. The fort has been designated as a National Historic Site.

Windsor, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

Windsor is a city in Ontario and the southernmost city in Canada. It is on the southern shore of the Detroit River, due south and directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan. Windsor is a major contributor to Canada's automotive industry and has a storied history and a diverse culture. Known as the "Automotive Capital of Canada", Windsor's industrial and manufacturing heritage is responsible for how the city has developed through the years.

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He married Orpha Miller in 1946 and together they raised five children in Cottam, Ontario and Ruthven, Ontario. [1] [2]

Kingsville, Ontario Town in Ontario, Canada

Kingsville is located in Essex County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, and is Canada's southernmost municipality with town status. The town had a population of 21,552 in the Canada 2016 Census, up from 21,362 in the Canada 2011 Census.

Politics

Thrasher ran for office in the 1963 provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Windsor—Sandwich. He was defeated by Liberal incumbent Maurice Bélanger by 999 votes. [3] When Bélanger retired in 1964, Thrasher ran to replace him in a by-election. He defeated Liberal candidate Archibald Gignac by 829 votes. [4] Thrasher served as a backbench supporter in the majority PC government led by Premier John Robarts. In the 1967 election, Thrasher ran in the redistributed riding of Windsor West. He came in third, trailing the winner, NDP candidate Hugh Peacock, by 1,884 votes. [5]

Windsor—Sandwich was an electoral riding in Ontario, Canada. It was created in 1934 and was abolished with the 1967 election as a result of redistribution. The area was restructured as Windsor West from 1967 to 1975, during which time it was represented by New Democrats Hugh Peacock and Ted Bounsall.

The Ontario Liberal Party is a provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. The party is ideologically aligned with the Liberal Party of Canada but the two parties are organizationally independent and have separate, though overlapping, memberships.

Later life

After leaving politics, he returned to his farm where he bred and raced thoroughbred horses. His farm was called 'Lucky T. Stud'. He died in 2011 at the age of 96. [1] [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Parent, Ruth (April 20, 2011). "Ivan William Thrasher". The Globe and Mail. p. L8.
  2. 1 2 3 "Ivan Thrasher: Obituary". The Windsor Star. January 22, 2011.
  3. Canadian Press (September 26, 1963). "78 in Tory Blue Wave -- 23 Is All Grits Saved". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 25.
  4. "Second Bid, Thrasher Succeeds". The Globe and Mail. September 11, 1964. p. 1.
  5. Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but..." The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2.