Statement from Mayor Kathryn McGarry on the passing of former Cambridge Councillor and MPP Bill Barlow

Posted on Tuesday July 07, 2020

It was with much sadness that I learned of the passing of former Cambridge Councillor and MPP Bill Barlow.

I was fortunate to know 'Bowtie Bill’, as he was affectionately known for his trademark bowtie, for many years. Bill was truly committed to public service and to his community. We always related well on different issues. He was a true gentleman, respectful, engaged, caring and thoughtful. Even in recent years, he would speak eloquently as a delegate at Council on a variety of topical issues. He was extremely passionate about politics, and the growth and development of his beloved Cambridge 

Bill served as Alderman for the City of Galt from 1967 to 1972 and as Councillor for the City of Cambridge for 1973 to 1977.  When he retired from council, he answered the call to serve provincially. He was elected Cambridge & North Dumfries' Member of Provincial Parliament for two terms (1981 to 1987).  

In 2019, Bill was inducted into the Cambridge Hall of Fame for his lifelong commitment to the community. He has been involved in many local clubs, community associations and cultural projects over the years. He volunteered for 62 years in different roles in the scouting movement. Bill also owned his own company, Barlow Cartage, and served on various local and provincial business and trade associations.

On behalf of Cambridge City Council, I offer our sincere condolences to the Barlow family during this difficult time.