Paul Blundy

Paul Blundy (1918 - May 11, 1992) was a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Sarnia in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1977 to 1981. He was a member of the Ontario Liberal Party. He served as mayor of Sarnia, Ontario from 1967 until 1975.

Paul Blundy
Ontario MPP
In office
1977–1981
Preceded byJim Bullbrook
Succeeded byAndy Brandt
ConstituencySarnia
Personal details
Born1918
DiedMay 11, 1992 (aged 73-74)
Sarnia, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
OccupationFuneral home director
Military service
AllegianceCanadian
Branch/serviceRoyal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Years of service1939-1945
Battles/warsBattle of the Atlantic

BackgroundEdit

Blundy served in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II. Blundy was the part-owner of a large funeral home in Sarnia. McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre was founded by Blundy and a fellow naval reserve officer, Donald F. McKenzie, in 1946. In 1947, Blundy received his funeral home director's license. In 1950, their company put the first oxygen-equipped ambulance into service in the Sarnia area and they operated an ambulance service until 1956. Blundy was an active member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia and a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 in Sarnia.[1]

PoliticsEdit

He ran in the 1977 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Andy Brandt, who had been his successor as mayor of Sarnia, by 257 votes.[2] Blundy sat as a member of the opposition during the 31st Legislative Assembly of Ontario, during which the Progressive Conservatives maintained a minority government. He was the Liberal Party's critic for social services.[3] He ran again in the 1981 election but was defeated by Brandt by 3,029 votes, as the Progressive Conservatives won a majority government under Bill Davis.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home: Our history". McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9.
  3. ^ Yaffe, Barbara (April 6, 1978). "Norton outlines plan for French services to Ontario's children". The Globe and Mail. p. 2.
  4. ^ Canadian Press (March 20, 1981). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01.

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