Waterloo Region Generations
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William A. Philip

William A. Philip

Male 1873 - 1964  (91 years)

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  • Name William A. Philip 
    Born 11 Feb 1873  Fergus, Nichol Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1900  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    bank clerk 
    Occupation 1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cashier Bank 
    Historic Building 1909  65 Concession St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 65 CONCESSION ST.
      Research indicates that the house was built circa 1870 by Fred Allenby, a prominent Galt lawyer. Mr. Allenby retired in 1904 and died in England in 1910. The house passed to his daughter, Ruth, who married William Philip on September 18, 1900. It appears that Ruth and William lived in the house from at least the early 1900's. William was born in Fergus and came to Galt in 1899 as manager of the Galt branch of the Imperial Bank of Canada. William took over as manager of the Galt branch of the Royal Bank of Canada in 1909 and remained there until he retired in February 1934. Ruth died in 1932. William was appointed as a member of the Grand River Conservation Authority in 1934 and served on the commission for 20 years, 18 of them as chairman. He was also a director of the Gore Mutual Insurance Co. from 1933 to 1964, served as president of the company and in 1961 was chairman of the board. He died on April 6, 1964. One report says that Mr. Philip lived in the house until his death at the age of 93. Another source says that he died in Marsdale Manor. Research did not turn up any conclusive evidence either way but the latter information seems more likely since the occupant of the house after the mid-1950's is listed as William A. Philip, one William and Ruth's four sons. William A. lived in the house until 1971 when he sold it to John C. Heutinck, the proprietor of Heutinck Nursing Home, later called Hilltop Manor Nursing Home, 42 Elliott St. The nursing home, is still (2004) listed as the owner of the property. The house appears to have been used as a residence by Mr. Heutinck and his wife, Margaret, until the early to mid-1990's after which it was uninhabited.1a

      1aPrepared by Jim Quantrell Archivist City of Cambridge Archives July 8, 2004
    Interesting building, story 
    Occupation Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    bank manager 
    Occupation 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Manager, Bank 
    Religion 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Anglican 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-60025 
    Died 7 Apr 1964  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Buried Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Person ID I60025  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father James Philip,   b. Abt 1841, Of, Fergus, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary,   b. Abt 1841, Of, Fergus, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F27733  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth Armitage Allenby,   b. 9 Jun 1872, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1932, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1900  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7, 8
    Children 
     1. Professor James Allenby Philip,   b. 18 Dec 1901, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1977, Victoria Harbour, Simcoe Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. William Armytage "Pat" Philip,   b. 17 Mar 1903, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1977  (Age 74 years)
     3. Frederick G. Philip,   b. Jan 1906, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Prior Allenby Philip,   b. 2 Jul 1911, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F16677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Feb 1873 - Fergus, Nichol Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - bank clerk - 1900 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Sep 1900 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cashier Bank - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - bank manager - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager, Bank - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Apr 1964 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William A. Philip
    William A. Philip
    from Waterlo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • WILLIAM A. PHILIP
      1871-1964
      William A. Philip

      William A. Philip, one of the great pioneers of conservation in Ontario, was born in Fergus.

      He was the first manager of the Royal Bank in Galt, a post which he held for forty-two years. He served as president of the Gore Mutual Fire Insurance Company, chairman of the Galt Board of Education, and was a founding member of the Waterloo Golf and Country Club.

      Cognizant of the necessity for conservation in the Grand River Valley, he was a founder of the Grand River Conservation Commission, and was its first president, a post he held for eighteen years. He also was chairman of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, organized later, the first development of its kind on this continent, preceding action by the great Tennessee Valley Authority. Now such projects are worldwide in scope.

      Philip's service to the community was very extensive and was marked by high integrity and great ability.

      Waterloo Region Museum \\ Inductees - P to R. (2016). Waterlooregionmuseum.com. Retrieved 21 August 2016, from https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/region-hall-of-fame/inductees-p-to-r/

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-1 Page 3.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      William Philip Born: Fergus Ontario Age: 28 Est. Birth: abt 1872 Father: James Philip Mother: Mary married Ruth Armytage Allenby Age:: 28 Est. Birth: abt 1872 Born: England Father: Fredk Armytage Mother: Susie Cossin married 18 Sep 1900 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Galt

    3. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 17 Page 31.

    4. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of William A. Philip - Apr 15 1964 pg 16.

    5. [S2490] aaa Vit - ON - Birth Registration, Birth Certificate 024193 (1872).
      Name:William Philip Date of Birth:11 Feb 1872 Gender:Male Birth Place:Wellington, Ontario, Canada Father's name:James Philip Mother's name:Mary Brown

    6. [S2598] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican Cemetery Internet Link.
      PHILIP/ William PHILIP/ Feb. 11, 1872 - Apr. 7, 1964/ his wife/ Ruth ALLENBY/ June 9, 1872 - Jan. 18, 1932/ William Armytage PHILIP/ Mar. 17, 1903 - Apr. 12, 1977/ James Allenby PHILIP/ Dec. 18, 1901 - Dec. 8, 1977/

    7. [S118] News - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo - Waterloo Chronicle, 27 Sep 1900.
      Allenby, Ruth married 18 Sep 1900 to Philip, Wm. At Galt, by the Rev. Rural Dean Ridley.

    8. [S2488] aaa Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate.
      Name:William Philip Age:28 Birth Year:abt 1872 Birth Place:Fergus, Ontario Marriage Date:18 Sep 1900 Marriage Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:James Philip Mother:Mary Philip Spouse:Allenby Ruth Armytage