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February 3, 2005
Memorial Service for former Toronto Fire Chief Ben Bonser
The Toronto Fire Services, in partnership with the Toronto Professional Fire
Fighters' Association, Local 3888, will hold a memorial service for former Fire
Chief Ben Bonser.

Date: Saturday, February 05, 2005
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Ave.

Bernard Arthur Bonser passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on
January 26. All fire fighters, family and friends are welcome to attend the
memorial service.

After returning home from WWII, Ben Bonser joined the Toronto Fire Department
on April 15, 1946. His badge number was 983.

Early in his career, Ben Bonser became very active in the Toronto Fire
Fighters' Association, as was his father in the Carpenters' Union. Ben Bonser
held elected positions with the Toronto Fire Fighters' Association, Local 113,
from 1950 to 1971, including being President from 1959 to 1963.

Following the historic Eaton's Fire on May 9, 1977, which was Toronto's largest
conflagration since the Great Toronto Fire of April 19, 1904, Ben Bonser
reached the climax of his distinguished career. He was appointed Fire Chief on
May 20, 1977, a post he held until January 31, 1988. In 1985, he was appointed
a Member of the Order of Canada.

Bernard Arthur Bonser goes down in history as a great Fire Chief and as a
leader in the Canadian fire service industry in both management and labour.

Information about the Ben Bonser legacy can be found at news/ben_bonser/index.htm

Media contact:
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-807-7140 (cell),
416-334-5223 (pager)



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